223 posts • joined 30 Oct 2007
Re: starter pack
Just moving house and found mine, unopened, in the Basic box set, 'cos I splashed out on a set of 'jewel' dice when I bought it in about '82. The crayon's gone a bit flaky, though...
Re: But, but, but...
Ooooh; I see what you mean. So the headline should really be 'Google Streetview Reveals Top-Secret Ferrari Cloaking Technology'. Cool.
Wouldn't fancy standing opposite the blurry one in Connaught Square with a camera for too long; probably asking for an invitation to discuss the finer points of the rights of the citizen in a democracy, while undergoing a cavity search...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Routemaster puts the cost of a new RouteMaster (aka 'Boris Bus') as £354,000, so those 470 units would come in at about £170 million (assuming no discount for bulk).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26124894 gives the cost of an F35 at around £60m per plane (£150m+ if you allocate infrastructure, training, support etc.)
So, somewhere between 1 and 3 strike jets, or 470 buses. Now there's a strategic decision worth pondering, particularly if we could have ex-Gurkhas as conductors and Boris himself driving the lead vehicle through the gates of Kabul...
'Moonbat' lives in mid-Wales (I see him at our school gate every so often), so if he's getting paid at a London rate, he's doing OK ; )
Got to be fixed by 15:15
or the mums at our school gate won't know what to think...
Re: So which is it?
And £9.99 for the version with clothing that amounts to more than a bikini...
Re: This was bound to crop up eventually
In that case, 'doom' needs an SI unit. Can I suggest that from now on all degrees of doomedness be expressed in fractions or multiples of the size of wails?
In our next bulletin: Dallas PD call a news conference to point out that this copter 'could*' have been carrying a dirty bomb / mujahedin / anthrax-infected-gerbil and start lobbying for their APCs to be equipped with SAMs (or at least quad .50s in a pintle mount).
* i.e. couldn't, but never mind. Well, perhaps the gerbil...
Re: Small, Medium, or Large?
Finally; a genuine use for all that Yahoo IM traffic which the NSA recorded...
("In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally" http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/gchq-nsa-webcam-images-internet-yahoo)
Re: Yes, let's not
"You could at least be sure that Han shot first with Quentin at the helm"
Han would have execute(d) every motherf*cking last one of (them), accompanied by The Shangri-Las singing 'Leader of the Pack"....
Re: Sort out the pricing...
"took me a couple of months to watch them all"
Took me most of Season 1 on Netflix to work out that each episode was less than 50 minutes long when watched that way, as each 'hour' of 'real time' action in the TV broadcast included the advert breaks. Weirdly, I felt kind of cheated; it meant there were 4 hours we didn't get to see, presumably when JB got to shit and shower (but never shave)...
Re: Don't need to reboot each time
"Such a simple addition should cause less confusion to new Windows Server 2012 users"
TBH, if your sysadmin can't find the way to restart or shut the thing down, however well hidden, then perhaps they're not the ideal person for that particular role. Maybe something like inventorising the office paperclip supplies...
Re: Why Iran?
Presumably because Iran has been under trade embargo of varying degree, particularly relating to US companies, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and so any Microsoft OS located there is likely to be of somewhat dubious origin.
Re: I invite the US and the other 5 eyes partners...
"My religion consists of the 4-B's... Babes, Beaches, Beer, and BBQ"
Your interrogation regime* will therefore consist of Ann Widdecombe in a micro-bikini, serving you warm Kaliber lager and cold Linda MacCartney sausages on a replica of Blackpool seafront in November.
* Illegally renditioned UK citizens only. Feel free to substitute other methods where culturally appropriate.
"Hey, lookee here! Tits!!!!"
Nope; that's not the body part(s) in question; they deemed it to be 'undesirable nudity', remember?
On the other hand*, research into penile recognition technology should now get an unexpected infusion of Government cash (and another use for those airport full-body scanners too)
*or in the other hand. YMMV.
The IKEA 'Splosh': now available with 4 or 6 drawers in a range of colours
I get all my kitchen design inspiration from the web, as they are frequently the location for video entertainment which highlights the importance of sturdy worktops, robust cupboard handles and wipe-clean surfaces.
"There were some great netbooks out there"
'Great' can be anything that meets your perceived needs for an acceptable price. My wifes requirements for web access, email and a little light Office on the sofa while watching TV are adequately met by her Asus netbook running Win 7 Starter, particularly after I'd cracked it open and installed a non-netbook-spec extra gig of RAM. My 'needs', on the other had, are fulfilled by the quad-core monster upstairs with SLI GPUs and screen the size of a barn, 'cos some of those zombies have really small heads...
Re: The Mossie
"the Mosquito's greatest asset was it's wooden airframe that gave it lightness and subsequent speed advantage over all metal designs"
Perhaps not so good in some other theatres though; my grandfather, who was a photographer with an RAF recon unit in Burma, had a lovely story about two Mossies arriving there, only to be eaten by the local insects before they could be suitably housed...
Re: "strict", "moderate" and "light".
"All I want for Christmas is a VPN connection outside of blighty"
Mine costs under $3 pcm, now I've paid for a year in advance, and as a bonus I can switch to US Netflix and carry on enjoying My Name is Earl from a portable device while the Wii keeps feeding the kids iPlayer habit...
That's most of the History curriculum b*ggered, then...
Example from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-history-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-history-programmes-of-study
*the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745*
Renaissance and Reformation in Europe
the English Reformation and Counter-Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)
the Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including Scotland, Spain and Ireland)
the first colony in America and first contact with India
the causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain
the Interregnum (including Cromwell in Ireland)
the Restoration, ‘Glorious Revolution’ and power of Parliament
the Act of Union of 1707, the Hanoverian succession and the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745
Try researching that lot with the filters for weaponry, racially insensitive language, political bias, religious intolerance and sexual misconduct switched on...
"It's all a ploy from Cardiff"
And hence the pavement outside our exchange, in a small (pop 2,100) market town in mid-Wales is already marked up for DSLAM and PCP cabinets, due for deployment in March next year according to the rather lovely map at http://www.superfast-cymru.com/where-and-when
Yes, the rollout of FTTC in Wales required a bung of £200 million to BT (http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/businessandeconomy/2012/6778963/?lang=en), but the same would only buy rather less than 2 miles of HS2 or about 2% of an Olympic Games, and I know which will affect my household more...
Re: Reality Vs. 3 billion.
"...reality will come crushing down..."
Like the reality that, out of the 350 million images A DAY they claim are flowing through their servers, a fairly massive number are highly likely to be illegal in most jurisdictions, and sooner or later some publicity-seeking politico is going to go for the obvious headline...
"with a more recent increase in trips to Wales"
Llanfairfach, 1973, "The Green Death"
Jon Pertwee, the Brigadier, Giant Maggots...
First episode to actually scare me sh*tless (or so I'm told; I was only 4 at the time)
Re: I have a question for these morality crusaders.....
Happily, TV has also taught us that almost any crime, no matter how convoluted or how long ago it was committed, can be solved in less than an hour* by using a montage sequence / holographic reconstruction / 'reformed' serial killer / psychic consultant or almost anyone with OCD.
(*except in Scandinavia, where it takes approximately forever, but with better backing music)
Not just cultural; there was a lovely interview on Radio 4 about a decade ago where an RAF pilot was struggling to reconcile his flying missions over Iraq to protect Kurds (the 'no-fly-zone', if you remember) from the same airbase where Turks were flying to cluster-bomb them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdish%E2%80%93Turkish_conflict).
Turkey also still fails to recognise the Armenian Genocide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide), the event which the word 'genocide' itself was created to describe...
Re: TV is Already Bad Enough, Even Apple Cannot Make It Worse
I don't get all this TV-hatred. Why not choose to watch things you like (for me, almost any BBC2 popular-music documentary or BBC4 history programme, for example, which, together with Radio 4, entirely justifies the 40p that the Beeb costs our household a day), and ignore the rest as just not being to your taste?
Multi-channel television is like food; consume the bits you enjoy and don't wander round the supermarket complaining about all the other stuff* on the shelves, 'cos that makes you look like a nutter.
* such as anchovies. and peanut butter. and relish. and prawns. and those olives that have those bits of pepper in (I mean; why do they even do that?). and bovril. and coleslaw.
and if we're doing quotes, '"don't get high off your own supply" goes back at least as far as '83, in 'Scarface'
Frank: "Lesson number one: Don't underestimate... the other guy's greed!"
Elvira: "Lesson number two: Don't get high on your own supply. Of course, not everyone follows the rules... "
Can't think what they were referring to, though, as no-one could buy drugs before Tor/Bitcoin, could they?
Re: Stupid design
Damn right; an unbelievably bad form factor to house an external drive, and one which leaves it absolutely guaranteed to terminaly malfunction if knocked over while spinning (I've had three brought to me after such an occurance). Despite this, they are almost always to be seen balanced on their thin end just inches from the owners mouse-hand. For a designer to look at something with the shape and mass of a 3.5" HDD and then choose to box it like this almost beggars belief (and the new case seems to have 'feet' on the narrow end, just make it even more likely that it will be orientated in its most vulnerable position). Outstanding...
Probably not Flash, but may well have been Shockwave; the full version of the installer STILL installs other software by default (either Norton Security Scan or Chrome at the moment, but it varies over time).
Re: I'm setting up a rival service!
"intimate details of your sordid sex life"
Isn't that what Tumblr is for?
"So are they saying here 1-in-5 applicants knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who once went to a radical Mosque somewhere?"
Presumably particularly true if you're trying to recruit young male Muslims, who by definition would be the most useful assets to acquire. Kind of like trying to sign up young male Catholics in Belfast or Derry during the '80s and then rejecting everyone who ever lived in the same street as / went to school with / was related to a Provo...
"if we get a generation where everyone has naked pictures of themselves floating around the internet then perhaps we won't get quite so hung up about nudity"
except that quite a lot of that generation are under 16 when they take those pictures, which potentially makes the 'producers and distributors' and anyone 'in possession' of them guilty of very serious offences...
Re: I'd quite like a WiiU, for the kids,
"...for the kids..."
And there's the problem; "kids", plural. The great thing about multiplayer on the original Wii was that each kid could have access to an identical (and not ruinously expensive) controller. With the U, Nintendo lost that selling point and left parents like us imagining the fights which would ensue over who gets their hands on the 'real' Gamepad, and who just gets 'the stupid sticks'. Add in the fear that the (very expensive) pad would get broken in one of said fights, and you end up with a 'family' console which only looks suitable for adults...
Yup; it's all about easy and cheap remote-controlled internet consumption on that big, non-SMART, living room screen (i.e. whatever was £399 from Argos/Tesco at the time).
"For those few homes without a laptop next to the TV, and there aren't many left... then yes, there's a convenience factor.".
Really? I've NEVER been in a British family living room where a laptop was plugged into a TV, but then perhaps Andrew and I inhabit rather different social circles. Sky / Freeview box and DVD or VCR (remember those?), certainly, XBox/PS3/Wii probaby (though often relegated upstairs), BluRay or PVR possibly, but never a laptop. Even now many typical cheap lappies don't do HDMI-out, or don't have the welly to drive a big display if they do, and anyway, the Sky remotes don't work on them and who wants that kind of extra exercise? It's a long way from the sofa...
At least the GoogleDongle (tm) works by talking to an app on a phone which a lot of people already own and use. I'll be tempted myself, once our lovely SCART-only CRT finally accelerates its last electron into a phosphorescent layer (try and tell the young people today that and they won't believe you).
Re: Make VPNs legal?
"Those recommendations suggest Australia:
Educate Australian consumers and businesses on how to circumvent geoblocking and what it will mean for their rights"
such as the 'right' to bypass that pesky Government-mandated pr0n filter the Aussies seem so keen on?
(a definite candidate for nomination in this years Claire Perry award for Clear Logic On Technology)
Re: Children are getting far more access to pornography ... and it's not doing them any good at all
Well, when I was a teenager, porn was either softcore UK magazines, the occasional smuggled A5 glossy (always handy for French and Germany vocabulary practice) and, later, grainy VHS of assorted Europeans weeing on each other, which we assumed was a cultural tradition of some kind and may have explained the failure of town-twinning schemes throughout the 80's. Now our intertubes can deliver Brazilian transsexuals fellating ponies at 16Mb/s to screens which can be held in one hand, I think we can safely assume that (outside of certain Dutch retail outlets) there's at least the potential for rather wider availability and variety in most homes than in those days.
As to the harm it's doing, I think that's probably harder to say, but at the very least we're setting up future generations of boys with largely unrealistic expectations, possible inferiority complexes and likely lower fertility rates owing to confusion about what gets inserted where. I'm rather more worried about the effect on the girls though, as they're the ones who are going to have to explain the difference between fantasies acted by professionals and the emotions involved in real-life interactions to those (often quite literally) misguided males...
Re: There is an upside
"Parents will NEVER be able to stop teenage boys insatiable desire for pron."
Very true. What they WILL need to do, however, is have an even more tricky conversation than our parents did with us. Never mind the 'birds and bees', it will have to cover one birds two bees, bi-bees, older birds with younger bees, BILFS, beehiving...
Or possibly something on the lines of; "Son; it's entertainment, and frankly the chances of you ever finding anyone who will actually do that sort of thing with you are rather less than finding an articulated lorry that will turn into a giant sword-wielding robot. Sorry about that. Now go wash your hands."
Re: I like how they state .....
and in the first instance, the convicted person had a recording of a segment from "The Last House on the Left", presumably recorded via Sky (judging by the reference to "when it was repeated on the +1 channel" made during the case).
"As the 47-year-old was found guilty of April’s abduction and murder, it can be disclosed that when police first searched his cottage last year they discovered he had recorded the rape scene from the 2009 remake of The Last House On The Left.
Bridger, from Ceinws, who hoarded hundreds of images of child pornography, recorded the scene where a young teenage girl is raped by a leader of a gang in front of his gang-mates, who hold the victim down while she is attacked.
He recorded the same scene a second time when it was repeated on the +1 channel an hour later.
Bridger’s own barrister Brendan Kelly QC described the scene as ‘distressing’, while prosecutor Elwen Evans QC dubbed it ‘significant’ for the case.
She said Bridger had watched the rape scene ‘not long before’ whatever happened to April.
April’s body has never been found, despite the largest search operation in the history of British policing.
‘This is not just the playing of a rape scene on television,’ she said during the five-week trial. ’That particular rape scene had been recorded twice. A deliberate action to capture the most distressing aspect.’
A major corporation allowing subscribers to choose to view violent sexual content in their homes? Perhaps Mr Cameron should
"...lay down the law after taking charge of a drive to end the stream of vile and extremist material...". His intervention is in response to a campaign by The Sun to halt the flow of filth.'
Now, if only Number 10 knew someone who had some influence at BSkyB...
Re: No need to ban porn
Surely "knee jerking" will be on the filter list too?
"can you imagine the planning permission headaches with this"
Given that yesterdays meeja was also covering an apparently seriously proposal to permit a private company to compulsory-purchase and demolish a minimum of hundreds, and perhaps even thousands of homes for an airport expansion, I shouldn't think planning controls would be a huge obstacle to a strategic defence project...
Re: It's not DNS
Does "Home made burm" trigger the filter for terrorism, or pr0n?
Re: DNS look up
Yup - last couple of generations of BT Homehub haven't had DNS as a user-available option, even under 'Advanced' settings, for at least 2 years:
"With regard to the way we work with DNS, for security reasons the Home Hub will not allow its DNS gateway address to be changed" - BTCare Community Mod (dated June 2011)
Re: Revolutionise what?
Just you wait; PRISM is due to uncover the location of the Al-Qaeda Navy any day now
(right after the NSA is done choosing the coolest fly-in transitions for their PowerPoint slides)
Re: Here we go..
"why the Internet is some special case that shouldn't be covered by "real world" laws is something I just don't understand"
But "child porn and hate speech" are culturally defined, NOT global absolutes, and the Internet is, well, global, so which "real world" laws" do we apply?
What the UK defines as "hate speech" is constitutionally protected in the USA. Images defined as "child porn" in the UK are available in Japanese news agents. Meanwhile Sky broadcasts films which end up fuelling murder (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2332571/April-Jones-murder-Mark-Bridger-watched-violent-slasher-film-rape-scene-obsessed-child-porn.html) but apparently that's OK because it wasn't viewed via the interweb...
I don't know how this all gets dealt with, but simplistic thinking doesn't help.
(Sorry about using the DM URL there; the same story was in all the others, but it's always worth it to bring up the sidebar of shame alongside whatever issue they are currently being disgusted by)
Re: What about the apps?
I'm assuming this will have the on-the-fly binary translation
'cept where this doesn't work. I'm typing this on my San Diego, but I'm having to use Dolphin instead of Chrome because G00gle borked Chrome on Intel Android with their last release and it hasn't worked since, and the iPlayer app has never worked at all...
Nice phone though, and a corker for £100 PAYG.
Re: "tumblr"? What's that?
I quite admire Tumblr in its dedication to return the World Wide Web to its original intended purpose, which was, of course, the acquisition, cataloguing and dissemination of lovingly curated collections of pr0n.
Or so I've heard, anyway...
Re: The politicians love this
" I'd prefer them to use one of these rather than a $100 handgun they buy from a street gang."
Or a legally-held Bushmaster taken from home at no cost.
The whole 'printable-gun' outrage is pure diversion from the simple truth that all the mass shootings in the US (and historically in the UK too), have been carried out using conventional commercial weapons, usually legally acquired by either the perpetrator or a relative (see the list at http://www.nycrimecommission.org/initiative1-shootings.php)
We can reasonably assume that not many of the other 14,000+ firearms-related homicides in the US in an average year were committed using a downloaded weapon, either...
Re: Trumpet Winsock
"the delicious sound of your modem beeping, screeching, wailing"
As I recall, the wailing was mostly that of the user when someone picked up another phone somewhere in the house, usually many minutes into the download of a whole megabyte...
- Updated HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
- Peak Apple: Mountain of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s ordered
- BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
- PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion
- US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account