20 posts • joined 16 Nov 2007
So either it's rubbish, or it's rubbish
Let me get this right... They're saying "Use an ID card to buy booze, and avoid risking losing your passport"
a) An ID card is more difficult to lose than a passport
b) An ID card matters less when you lose it
and (a) is clearly rubbish, unless they plan to physically attach them somehow...
"developing a country level net filter to block unwanted web sites"
"Other countries to have warned their citizens about the evils of Western IT recently include China and Iran."
.. and Australia of course...
I'll tell you who she is
Um, Oscar winner for The Reader, star of Sense and Sensibility, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Enigma, Hamlet, must I go on... As the man said, if you need to be told this you have no business hanging around in Bootnotes.
Sure there are plenty of non-famous gorgeous women out there, but it won't make for a very useful list if everyone votes for their girlfriend
Of cowboys and incompetence
I'm kinda baffled as to *how* a website can be made incompatible with Vista and W7. It'd take truly epic incompetence.
It's either that or some cowboys built it in on purpose so Parcelforce would have to stump another wad of cash to get it 'upgraded'.
So much fail! So much fail!
Certainly something does seem fundamentally wrong with the patents system when a genuine inventor has to raise tens of thousands of pounds to patent a radically new type of flying machine, whereas enterprises seem to fart out patents for the bleedin' obvious on a daily basis.
Your points are valid but, like all the record industry's protestations, are based on the assumption that the current status quo must be preserved.
No industry has the unalienable right to exist. q.v. Polaroid and the old photographic industry. Digital technology overtook it, and it's now more or less extinct.
Similarly, the music *industry* will sooner or later die, and that's just too bad. Times change.
Music as *art* however is a different matter, and an altogether more noble one. What this report says (at least how I read it) is that file-sharing may be killing music as an industry, but music as art is thriving.
Which I don't think is a bad thing.
Sounds like space smells a lot like a spaceman wrapped in tinfoil being basted by the sun
Claiming the videos are examples of "fair use" because they are non-commercial and factual is pretty laughable. Politicians are as commercial as anyone, and less factual than anyone.
Also, every week we get some other band coming forward to say the McCain bunch have nicked their tunes.
All in all, McCain should just stop weeping and suck it up like his constituents have had to.
€230? For this much entertainment? I've been offered worse deals...
I say we have a whip-round and raise some cash so they can mount an appeal.
(huh, uhu, huh, I said "mount" ... )
I have to laugh at the people who claim that gun ownership in the US prevents tyranny. They have tyranny right now! Bush Jnr has eroded more freedoms than even Tony Blair managed, yet the gun-toting fanatics are the first to cry "treason" when anyone seeks to question the government.
Face it, the gun-owners will only ever rise up against their government (be it tyrannical or otherwise) if it's run by a black man.
[quote]the piratebay is about distributing stolen intellectual property.
ever been burgled? would you feel good knowing your ex-property was on offer in the local pub?
the law protects human dignity.[/quote]
If Pirate Bay is akin to being burgled, then this law is akin to allowing government goons to rifle through your bins, read your mail and listen to your phone calls.
How does that constitute human dignity?
So, let's see if I understand this? Carrying a broken snappy-snaps camera is an imprisonable offence, but the right to carry around fully-automatic machine guns is protected by the constitution?
£10k does seem hopelessly naive. Possibly if done by actual human people who actually know what they're doing, but this is the *government* we're talking about.
More likely they'd outsource it to IBM or similar, who would stick a couple of zeroes onto the budget, then do exactly the same thing but with an army of salesmen and middle-managers cluttering up the place.
The fact that it's already published in XML is, of course, irrelevant. After all, solving a problem that's already been solved is (marginally) less likely to go tits-up.
Mine's the one reeking of cynicism...
I think I recognise that text
Ah, yes. It's output from the GNU Random Bullshit Generator, version 0.9beta. It looks like they entered something like "makes small people effective in large companies"
The beta version had a few kinks though, which is why it is still almost coherent in places.
They don't like it up 'em do they?
Are MPs even capable of comprehending the word "hypocrisy"
Pisses me off the way MPs will constantly hide behind this idea of the supremacy of parliament to conceal the fact that they're all incompetent, snivelling toadies and/or wannabe tyrants.
While the threat of MI5 bringing down a government because they didn't like a politician's policies was perhaps a good reason to introduce this doctrine, nowadays there's a far greater risk of a politician bringing the country to ruin to feed their own vanity.
I'm inclined to trust MI5 spooks a lot more than MPs. At least the spooks are professionals, and can be fired if they screw up.
Still a happy camper
I have a lot of time for DreamHost. Similarly to Rich, I got a strange "you have been billed" email, but by the time I got round to looking into it, I'd got the following apology email :
Ack. Through a COMPLETE bumbling on our part, we've accidentally attempted
to charge you for the ENTIRE year of 2008 (and probably 2009!) ALREADY
(it was all due to a fat finger)!
We're really really realllly embarassed about this, but you have nothing
to worry about. Please ignore any confusing billing messages you may have
received recently; we've already removed all those bum future charges on
your account and already refunded the $119.4 charge on your
You should get the money back on almost immediately, within a day or
two max, and there's no need to contact your credit card company or bank
for the refund.
Thank you very very much for your patience with this.. we PROMISE
this won't happen again. There's no need to reply to this message unless
of course you have any other questions at all!
The Foolish DreamHost Billing Team!
Obviously there will be people screwed over by this, but it will be the fault of the afore-mentioned evil banks. Dreamhost made an honest mistake, corrected it quickly, and issued the only genuine apology I've ever heard from a corporate entity.
(happy icon 'cos I'm still a happy camper)
In the face of this new, serious and imminent threat, the only solution is to embed every citizen with RFID chips, block all but government sanctioned websites, and enforce compulsory anal probing in the workplace!
I've got plenty to hide
Like the fact that I don't intend to vote Labour, or the fact that I've been thinking of attending more protests, or the fact that I know ID cards are a bad thing.
Well, many of us could hold our booze better when we were younger than we can now. The guy was obviously just taking this idea a bit further.
Ahem. Son! Get my coat.
Receiving unsolicited intergalactic email certainly makes me want to dis and curse vividly, on the phone or otherwise
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