"I could have dug a tunnel out of that embassy by now. Just saying."
You do know their embassy is on the first floor, right? It'd be a short tunnel, with a ten-foot drop at the end.
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"I could have dug a tunnel out of that embassy by now. Just saying."
You do know their embassy is on the first floor, right? It'd be a short tunnel, with a ten-foot drop at the end.
"That good enough for a conspiracy theory ? Anyone think my phone might be compromised ?"
Well, given that if people were spying on you, they have your phone number, location through GPS, probably name through e-mail and texts, and your number in others' contacts books, etc., giving it away by activating your camera seems maybe silly.
And you have to remember, you aren't really very important. Let's be honest here, there are hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, who criticize government policy. We could call them the electorate. The idea that 'they' spy on all these people, actively, would mean tens of thousands of people paid just to read your texts, none of whom then tells anyone that that's what they do for a living.
"How is Google search anti-competitive? Do they force people to be linked ONLY from their website?"
This question has been answered many times before. If you are the dominant player in a market you cannot just do whatever you feel like, and have to make sure you treat other people fairly compared with your own other businesses.
I think it's clear that Google favoured, and still favours, Google Maps over other mapping websites. Right now Google Maps is fine, but it favoured it even when it was shockingly bad, and other ones, since starved of investment because they lost all their customers, have dropped in quality.
You're not allowed to do that. It would be like Microsoft forcing all software to be installed via its app store. Which is so obviously anti-competitive that they would be slapped with a fine immediately. But some people seem to have a blind spot when Google does a similar thing (e.g., with Android).
"There was no Nicholas Cage remake"
And we've managed to go three comments without spelling Nicolas Cage's name correctly...
So technically you are correct, there is no Nicholas Cage remake.
"I think the 2008 recession ended in 2009, but then double dipped in 2011, which is when unemployment peaked."
I believe, although I cannot be bothered to check, that when revised figures came out that second recession did not, in fact, happen. Even though you might have thought it did shortly after you lived in it. It's all very strange.
"We've got a local scaffolding company that has "Erection Specialists" on both their lorries and company fleeces."
In Birmingham I saw one with the slogan "For a better erection".
"Do business in $Area, hire someone from $Area to do the work, pay them fairly, treat them as if you value them, & don't fall into the fallacy that humans are just replaceable cogs in the grist mill of your profit machine."
Yeah, Harvard: Only employ professors from the Cambridge, MA area. And Google: don't think about hiring anyone outside Mountain View. Wouldn't want any companies outgrowing the specialist population of their local area. And if you live in a country/city without the industry you want to be in, well fuck you. Learn what the local companies do, and hope they have vacancies.
For the love of God, where do these people come from? Social mobility: they've heard of it. Bloody immigrants: sod off back to Africa where you, and every other human being, came from.
"Is there one? Is this something you have any experience of? Or are you playing the man not the ball?"
Pointing out that someone has gone ad hominem is not an ad hominem attack.
"2) I am glad you grasp democracy, so you must see the difference between voting for leadership here vs the massively removed and far less democratic EU. Some people see this as a good thing about the EU, to reign in the excessive of our gov and stop our gov from doing things. Even to stop the gov's we elect."
I see the House of Lords, a House of Commons voted for by FPTP, the Privy Council, PCCs elected on less than 10% of the electorate, and Prince Charles flapping his mouth at every opportunity.
I also see a European Parliament elected by STV, and a European Commission appointed in the same way as ambassadors are.
In both, deals are done by horse-trading between the relevant people involved.
Why is the UK system more democratic than the EU one, apart from the fact that it's smaller?
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to leave this as I am flying to Sweden in a couple of hours, and need to prepare a talk. I would say 'DavCrav Out' but that would by now just be cliché.
@codejunky Do you go to the Donald Trump School of Debating?
"This is an important one, you may want to try to understand it"
"So from their website you manage to understand 2 (hope you wernt guessing)"
Rule 1 of not sounding like a dick: play the ball, not the man.
"1) Vague comments about savings covering a little more than you mention. Interesting you have already found another argument to leave though already. Well done."
Made-up reasons are not reasons. We wouldn't be better off: this is a reasonable statement. Even most people on Brexit side don't pretend that we would be.
"2) Democracy. Freedom of choice. The right to vote for our leaders to do what we want. This is an important one, you may want to try to understand it as people all over the world have fought for it and are."
I think I do grasp the basic tenets of democracy: the demos, a body of people, elect people to represent them. Like the European Parliament, which is elected via the demos of the people of the EU. The European Commission is appointed from the constituent democratically elected governments of the EU. Sounds about as democratic as any other democratic system.
What you appear to mean is that you have chosen the UK as the correct boundary for the demos to vote as a bloc, and any other is wrong. This argument could be equally applied to Scotland, Yorkshire, and my road, which has rules imposed on it from those terrible people on these other roads. The difference between other European countries and other roads is that you have declared France to be the Other, whereas Newcastle-under-Lyme and Newcastle-upon-Tyne as being the Same. You are free to have that opinion, but it is just that, an opinion. It's not a reason for doing anything unless lots of people agree with you that this is the boundary of the Other.
"4) Trade and looking to participate in the world at large not just that bit known as the EU."
You mean like TTIP? So you are in favour of it? Stay in the EU, get TTIP, leave the EU, get TTIP-on-steroids? Or did you mean some other type of free-trade agreement?
"Aint you glad we are not in the Eurozone?"
Yep. I said at the time, to anyone who would listen (fewer listened then than listen now) that you cannot have monetary union without fiscal transfers. Setting one interest rate isn't great for the whole of the UK, never mind the whole of the Eurozone. It inevitably leads to to asset bubbles and overheat in some parts, and without fiscal transfers to smooth things over you get Greece. And you will continue to get Greece until there are fiscal transfers.
Do you oppose fiscal transfers to Greece? To Northern Ireland? To Wales? To Cornwall? My guess is Yes, Maybe, No, No. But the reason for this is the same as the reason for choosing a size of demos: it's a matter of opinion. Broadly speaking, the younger people are the more they think that the EU is an appropriate demos for some issues, normally because of exposure and growing up with it.
(If you think that that is indoctrination, note that the same happens with racism and exposure to non-white people. Either both are indoctrination or neither is.)
"It is a bit concerning that those wanting to remain have no idea what is going on. This topic is pretty complex and there are many reasons for wanting out which may not even mesh with each others views of leaving. But that works perfectly fine because it is all about control of our own country to determine our own destiny. To have the freedom to choose. For our vote to actually mean something (the will of the very people voting!)."
So you are saying that the Leave campaign isn't all about immigration? I just went on Leave.eu's website, and their "vision" has five "Imagine" statements.
1) The first is fact-free, simply adding up the cost of Britain's contribution to the EU and assuming that leaving it would have no impact on UK GDP, which is widely accepted as being nonsense.
2) Aah, foreigners.
4) Aah, foreigners.
5) Total rubbish.
And that's their website.
In fact, I looked at the policy document saying that we could be up to £933/year better off, and it's laughable. Apparently, if we leave the EU, the Government could remove VAT on petrol and booze, eliminate green levies on energy bills, and other such ideas that would never happen. Also, if we leave the EU then fairies could drop £50 notes on our heads as well, in which case we'd be much better off than a mere £933/year.
"so how much are the "stay in" campaign going to fined for out and out stealing 9 million quid from the taxpayer and then sending 25 million unsolicited snail mail leaflets?"
You mean the Government, which did it? Ooh, let's fine them a quadrillion pounds, payable to the Government.
There, all better.
"I may be a bit dim but I'd like to know why the government is taking sides in this issue?"
The Government has a position that being in the EU is good for Britain, and so it told everybody that. But you do get to choose, next month.
"Surely as we elect the government they should follow the will of the people"
Currently the will of the people is Remain, as every poll has shown. And the vote on this is next month, where the will of the people will be demonstrated. But by will of the people, you mean your opinion.
"and they should present both sides of the argument to ensure a fair referendum. I don't trust a government that's telling me what to think on this issue."
Those sides in full:
Remain: good for the economy, trade, business, etc.
Leave: Aah, foreigners. Country full, no immigration, terror, aah.
The only argument that Leave has is immigration. This is like the whole climate change 'debate', where people say "present both sides" and if this were done 'fairly', climate change deniers would get 10 seconds at the end of a thirty-minute programme.
Just because there are two sides to an argument doesn't mean both are equally right. There are two sides to an argument about whether slavery should exist.
"You're not familiar with chloroform are you?"
Yep. If you get chloroformed you will know about it from all the throwing up you do after you wake up. Horse's head optional at this point.
"Fat Tony says
"I wonder what would happen if Larry or Sergey woke up with a horses head in bed with them.... would they change their views?""
I always wondered about this. Horse heads are big, and heavy. How would you not wake up from someone breaking into your house, coming into your bedroom, and placing a heavy object next to you?
"We would send him a message, but he's a light sleeper."
"Any attempt to convince people more than that should be treated as fraud, and any attempt to put pressure on them to pay should be treated like armed robbery."
Do you remember the loan arrangements that existed before payday loan companies? Poor people will always need money. Capping fees at 18% (which is where a credit card is) would mean there wouldn't be a legal way for people with terrible credit to borrow money. Which just leaves the illegal one. You know, where Jim has a crowbar for when you don't pay.
You cannot square this particular circle so easily, I'm afraid.
"If the banks had a more sensible policy when it comes to overdrafts then there'd be no need for the payday loan companies, but when exceeding my credit costs me £50 then payday loans look awfully tempting."
The people that go to payday loan companies tend not to be the ones that banks would authorize an overdraft facility for in the first place. They charge you £50 because you took their money (and they let you, which is a different story) without their agreement.
"The article's got that bit wrong - the guy in the video is a candidate for Supervisor (which is an elected position)."
Hmm. The Supervisor is elected, presumably using the insecure system that it's the Supervisor's job to oversee. Ah, now I see one explanation as to why there might be a security problem, and why the Supervisor might not be happy about it being public knowledge.
"She is likely hacked off that:
1. He put it on YouTube before he told her department.
2. He did it whilst sat on a couch with someone who is running for her job."
Maybe he'd be better at her job then she would? Since her reaction is to have a guy arrested rather than sort the security out in the first place?
""Tips" in the plural. Surely there's only one: if you weren't expecting it or don't recognise the source, don't open it."
We can start with:
1) Don't open suspicious e-mail attachments
2) Install NoScript, etc.
3) Don't run as admin all the time
4) DON'T RUN AS ADMIN ALL THE TIME.
5) I actually meant 3). Seriously.
"In a word, no.
You enter "Password_4".
System sees last digit is a number, replaces that number with n-1, generates hash result (for Password_3 in this example) and sees if it is a match with existing password hash. If it is, slapped wrist."
Good point, I didn't think about that. OK, ignore my statement.
"and it can tell if you are just making small adjustments. Password_1 going to Password_2 won't fly"
Doesn't this mean that they are storing previous passwords in plaintext? Surely a massive no-no.
"Mickos, who is also Finnish... attributed this to its excellent school system, fast and cheap internet connections, and long, cold, dark Finnish winters."
I, who am a mathematician, would start by attributing it to the Poisson distribution, before seeing whether this other stuff makes one jot of difference. (A school system obviously does, but beyond a certain level I claim not a significant difference.)
"I wonder if any of that speculative fiction touched on people who knew it was about to happen and so pickled themselves with toxins and so on to render their organs useless for "donation"."
You forgot the appropriate icon.
"In Star Trek the next generation there was a planet where the death penalty was used for everything. Wesley Crusher tasted that justice first hand for falling on some flowers. Maybe these law makers are fans?"
In Wesley Crusher's case, it was the right punishment, but for the wrong reasons.
I mean, seriously, what a dick.
"Most of the corporations in the United States are incorporated in Delaware in part because they have an excellent corporate law system that is fair and business friendly. Delaware has more corporations than people. When a corporation avoids Delaware courts I suspect there is something going on other than a concern about fairness of the decision."
And many corporations are registered in the Cayman Islands because of the nice weather? I think you'll find it's the lack of transparency that's the reason most of them are there.
"You have almost certainly gave you consent, which the NHS almost certainly stored at one of its storage sites or servers."
Pretty sure people having photos taken of their breasts in a hospital didn't sign a consent form for them to be perved over at Google.
"As to Getty's proposed solution: It’s an embedded widget that tracks use, and ensures the photographer is credited.
Sorry, that won't work. I will happily embed metadata in an image or provide attribution via caption or whatever but I won't let you spy on my visitors."
I read that as meaning it tracks use on websites, not tracks users on those websites.
"I feel dirty for saying this, but it's not Google's fault that you can right click and save as. That's the browser, not the website."
This is a well-worn argument. It *is* illegal, at least in the UK, for me to walk up to a shifty looking fellow and say "number 63 just down the road left his door unlocked. Fill your boots". It's aiding and abetting.
Google is separating the image from the website and giving you just the image. It's up the courts to decide if that's aiding and abetting.
"Maybe he remembered after he'd fallen down the stairs"
'Of course, you'd have nothing to fear from us,' said Vimes. 'Although you might trip on your way down the stairs to the cells.'
'There's no stairs down to your cells!'
'Stairs can be arranged.'
"In the UK I believe you can be compelled to hand over passwords. Scary. Nice place to visit but glad I don't live there!"
Much of the developed world says that about the US. Guns everywhere, no universal healthcare, no job protections. Scary place.
"As one example, there's more than enough diesel and fertilizer in my garage to make a hefty boom, but they're both there for legitimate purposes. Should I be arrested?"
No, plenty of farmers for example have Diesel and fertilizer. If I have a large quantity of both and no explanation as to why you need so much Diesel and fertilizer living in a Manhatten apartment, then maybe that should be looked into though.
"Somewhere in my basement is several pounds of silver powder. It was recovered from photographic solution, and kept because: silver! It can make a big boom too. Should I be arrested?"
Still no, although I would start to keep an eye on you, since you seem to have a lot of explosiony stuff in your house.
"Off the top of my head I can make 13 different nerve agents from the household cleaning products in my house."
I would definitely be keeping an eye on you at this point. That's a worryingly specific number there.
"If you have an annoying 'friend' who decides it would be fun to mis-enter your PIN three times then you cannot use your phone again without your network giving you a PUK code or posting you a new SIM."
Well, if I knew someone who did that they would be 1) not in contact with me after that day and 2) the new owner of a smack in the mouth.
"Does anyone else find it somewhat strange that Romania, an EU member and clearly a part of continental Europe has been excluded while Australia is allowed to participate?"
Did Australia pay their bill? Yes. Did Romania pay their bill? No.
There's your explanation.
"That's surely not a very suitable place for :-
" ... a globally respected privacy expert and advocate with a background in computer science, pyschology, sociology and law... " (according to the website)"
How much of an international presence did Max Schrems have? Didn't help Google then.
"Nice to see the Prof's unadorned academic articles relying on content rather than bling to tell a story"
Yes, it's almost like he has thought-through ideas, experience of the concepts involved, and the maturity to state a case without recourse to shouting, abuse or unfounded rhetoric.
This is the Internet. Has he got lost?
"I don't really know much about how NHS is structured, so maybe this type of fraud isn't possible, but if it is you can bet the hackers will be going after your medical records as well."
The NHS is, more or less, one organization. Money doesn't change hands. How does them knowing I had an ingrowing toenail removed a year ago help them? Especially now I've made this information public.
"As much as it gives me pain to do so - I must admit that G00gle has a point. Middle men always take their cut. The music industry's business model is outdated. It has been rendered obsolete by "new" technology - I'm using quotation marks because this has happened about 15 to 20 years ago. And they still haven't adapted yet, the lazy bastards. If your business model is no longer valid, you either adapt it or you'll go out of business. That's how it works. Hiring an army of lawyers will only delay the inevitable, but it won't stop it."
While I used to agree, I came to the realization that more or less every single artist I listen to has a record deal, just as every single book I read has a publisher. So they must still be doing something.
"I don't know how much ad revenue Google redistributes to the copyright holders, but I think it's in the order of half? Sounds like if they paid as much as Spotify, they'd have to shut down the service.
That would certainly make the competitors happy; not sure about the artists. Seems like we're headed towards a repeat of the Spanish Google News story."
Think about how wrong you have to be in order for people to log in specifically to downvote you.
YouTube = content+advertising. You say that Google gives half of the money away, which I don't know. But do you think a 50/50 split is reasonable when one side provides the content and one side does nothing? Even the Apple store only charges 30%.
"Bet you you paid more than you will"
I bet not..
"I wonder whose Ph.D she copied."
I'm guessing at least some of the 24 people who downvoted you are not aware of the backstory. Unlike the US and to some extent the UK, politicians in Germany are almost expected to have higher qualifications. It has been recently uncovered that some of them have plagiarized their theses.
You bought your ticket.
You didn't read the TOC.
You got kicked out.
They got your money.
You won't go again.
They get less money in future.
And in the UK you would not be able to be kicked out for breaching the ToC, unless they were explained to you at the time of purchase, under standard consumer protection legislation regarding retrospectively changing contracts and/or unfair terms. You would have to be given several warnings before anything like that happened, and as another poster says you would have to be caught by someone first.
You say to not wear a red boiler suit, but since IoT technicians are The Next Generation of repairmen, remember that red and yellow have switched. Don't want anyone to die out there.
Harry the Bastard claimed
"you really think it is correct that a newspaper or image or book on a news stand is no longer protected because it's in a public place? or a painting or photo that the artist has displayed in public? or source code?"
Charlie Clark claimed:
"When photographing people in public you have to consider both their moral right to their own image as well as any potential copyright issues.... Personally, on the rare occasion that I have photographed any street performers I've always given them money and I'm a skinflint."
"a permanent public place"
Charlie Clark also said, which actually involved the article's content:
"Similar considerations apply to objects which is why in most countries photoshoots or filming require permission from the local authorities: the Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most famous example."
I think in these cases local authorities restrict permission for commercial filming (realistically because they can charge for it, and to protect the city's image), but non-commercial filming is a free-for-all, more or less. Or is every one of the selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower on Facebook a copyright infringement?
"Oh cool. Please explain to me how I got it wrong, friend. Unless you would rather just trash me again, intellectual giant that you are."
It used to be that only straight white men were real people, because men are physically stronger than women, there are more straight men than gay men, and more white people than non-whites in the countries with all the power. Then various countries decided at various times (the US among the last) to allow straight black men to be real people. Then around 1900 or so, straight women were allowed to be real people, and from about 1950ish, gay people were allowed to exist in many countries, and finally be real people, at least in Europe.
Can you see the general trend here? We started with the dominant group of people having all the power, and then slowly ceding it to various marginalized groupings. We only have minor (in terms of population size) groupings left to allow to be real people, and these are homosexuals, trans people (gender and vestite) and the type that must really trouble you with such fixed morality, intersex conditions.
What happens if someone is born looking like a woman but with a Y chromosome? Which bathroom should that person use then?
It depends. Is spinning round in circles going "AAAAHHHH!!!" a strategy?
"Yanis Varoufakis, who made a valiant effort to extricate Greece from imposed 'austerity' from Germany, are at least intelligent and qualified economists"
Qualified economist he may be, but he was a terrible politician. Hence he fucked it up, and Greece is even more screwed than before him.
He had the dual properties of being an insufferable git and holding out the begging bowl; you can't generally get away with both of these. He pissed off all the other Eurogroup members by telling them what they had to do, which apparently was gift a few hundred billion Euros to Greece, in return for which they would get...nothing. Not even any guarantees that Greece wouldn't piss that lot up the wall as well.
That might even make the most sense, especially from Greece's point of view, but was a complete non-starter. It was never going to happen, and trying to lecture the other Eurogroup members into giving Greece the money was never going to work. He should have been benched after about the first couple of days of talks. But Mr Tsipras didn't do that, and so they ran out of money.
"I wanted to guarantee my family the protection offered by ECHR rights, including right to privacy/freedom of expression/freedom of association/right to effective remedy.
The Home Office/Police/Security Servics seem to regard human rights with complete contempt; they will ensure a British Bill of Rights is simply a worthless sham without enforcement.
I fear for the future of freedom in the UK. I don't expect I will ever return [voluntarily] sadly.
Anonymous because... I fear the UK Government."
I assume you moved to another ECHR signatory, like Russia for example?
"But what about other EU countries? What happens if some of them start treating the UK as ex-EU right away or make a retroactive change at some point in the future from some arbitrary date?"
If the UK leaves the EU then it will only do so in 2018, not 2016, and it would be illegal for other countries to just treat the UK as if it had already left. As for retrospective changes in law, these are generally frowned upon by most countries' courts, and if you are in a country where the courts don't mind retroactively making something illegal, then you might want to leave anyway.
"While her adventure planning left something to be desired, the contrite Albone was eminently self-aware reportedly writing, “I was such a massive p**** and I'm so sorry. Not only do I never ever want to put myself or anyone else in that sort of situation again - I also would like to be able to help someone the way you all helped me...I was that t** that all proper climbers talk about.”
We’re not totally sure what the asterisks stand for."
'Prick' and 'twat' respectively. No need to thank me.
Edit: someone above suggested 'tit', which respects the number of asterisks. I think that twat delivers a more appropriate opprobrium.
"English is one of the 3 languages I speak. If it isn't perfect 110% of time I BEG for your forgiveness."
Sorry, I just cannot help myself: It was too obvious a target.
"English is one of the three languages that I speak. If it isn't perfect 100% of the time I beg your forgiveness."