1555 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007
"Throwing random bits of the French language into a English conversation just makes a person look like a tit"
Are we to assume then that you are going to eliminate all words and phrases of foreign origin from your postings?
You're going to have a bit of a job there sunshine!
Time for the James Nicoll quote again?
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
The information involved is far more sensitive. If that was published, some of the women involved would suffer serious social harm. Some of them would suffer serious physical harm.
If you are holding that kind of sensitive information you MUST PROACTIVELY make sure it is secure. "I didn't know" is not good enough.
“This is a rock"
Well no, actually, it probably isn't. It's more likely to be a loose pile of rubble with only self-gravitation holding it together.
That's not actually a joke.
People who are so desperate for work that they will take a call centre job will get the push because the forced labour from prisons is cheaper.
And any other job they try for has been taken by forced labour on Workfare.
"The police and the CPS do excercise discretion strange though it may seem. Even were you to be charged there would still be a court case and the argument in that case would hinge around the definition of possession."
So the police can charge you if they feel like it. If they want a high profile case. Or if the Mail has just run another batch of stories. Or if there's been another case like Saville and they've been told to jump on everyone possible.
There will be a court case? Really? In an atmosphere of hysteria it is extremely common for people to wrongly be found guilty. Look at the number of IRA cases that were reversed many years later because they were blatantly unsafe convictions.
And if you do manage to get found innocent, the mud will stick forever. You will ALWAYS be the person who was charged with child porn but managed to get away with it. Anyway by the time the case grinds through a lot of the damage will already have been done.
"stashing the content on an innocent outfit's servers"
If they are in possession of the images then they're guilty. Trivialities like not knowing about it are irrelevant, it's a strict liability offence.
Re: Daily Mail headlines write themselves
Bitcoin causes cancer!
So to go with the people wandering along the road holding shouted conversations with thin air, we will now have people walking along, or sitting opposite on the tube, pulling a succession of weird grimaces so they can talk to their ears.
The world won't actually be full(er) of raving loonies, it will just seem that way.
"we bring in a multiplier for every thousand people that your crime affected."
Exactly. Penalise them for the consequential damages.
When they cut the cable they know for a certain fact that it will cause great inconvenience and expense to a large number of people, and endanger the lives of some.
They are deliberately causing that harm by a criminal action. I see no reason they cannot be penalised for that harm. But then that would be logical, and this is a matter of law :-(
Re: How innovative can that be?
"How about .worcestershire or .shitterton?"
Re: Of course it's possible...
My phone does have a few games I've never used, and can get on the web with a really crap screen (I tried it once). Oh and a rubbish camera. But basically it does calls and text.
The battery lasts well over a week.
One more option needed.
Are the phones really that difficult to trace?
The US can track down mobiles in Afghanistan closely enough that they can send robots to kill anyone who has committed the capital crime of happening to be near them. Are prisons that much more difficult?
I wonder what kind of computing industry we would have now if they hadn't kept this secret for so long?
"a place for meaningful human interaction"
Err, this is YouTube comments we're talking about???
The NHS promises not to sell your data.
How much is that promise worth once the NHS has been privatised?
Come to think of it, this data will be extremely commercially valuable. Is it being collected simply to boost the eventual sale value of the NHS?
"Actually spawned by OTHER parent stars 'far, far away'"
Not necessarily. It's not clear from this story, but the planets might have been formed much further out and then migrated inwards.
The story does mention that forming further out is possible, and the various 'hot Jupiters' are thought to have migrated inward.
Re: New terrorist plan...
The trucks would never get as far as the terrorists.
The first village the convoy comes to, a few people stand in the road. Convoy stops. A swarm of villagers climb over the trucks and remove the cargo and anything else moveable.
A couple of minutes later the aerial surveillance arrives and finds empty trucks and no sign of the cargo.
Re: Feature Creep
"send their unique PIN and blow the wheels off."
You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!
Re: Define extinction
There's 'pure' humans in Africa - the ones who didn't move out, and didn't meet the Neanderthals or the Denisovans. Yes, those N******* are the pure bred ones, and it looks like the white skin of Europeans came from the Neanderthals :-)
No more worries about dropped phones. Shell out for one of these and the world is your oyster. It's got real mussels!
But the data is already stored
How long would it take to retrieve the data from the NSA's copy?
Not every household
"Because the fee is levied on every household"
No. It's on every household that has a television.
The best bit of this change is if it stops them sending people to bang on my door and accuse me of being a criminal, and sending endless insulting letters. Because they are so hopelessly incompetent that they cannot grasp the idea that there are many people in this country who DO NOT HAVE A TELEVISION.
I don't have a television. I don't want a television. I don't have time to watch a television. There's practically nothing on television that interests me.
Yet they keep sending me letters with the envelope marked "immediate action required". Some dodgy salesman trying repeatedly to sell me a service that I have made it clear I do not want has no right whatsoever to 'demand' action from me. The only action they get is the letter straight into the recycling, unopened.
And the ones who bang on my door get told to get off my property.
But they still keep coming over and over.
Roll on the abolition of the licence fee!
"Early hopes that neutrinos from the new explosion might be detectable from Earth, however, appear to have been dashed because of the dusty environment of the explosion"
Some mistake surely? Neutrinos aren't going to notice something as trivial as a dust cloud. You need a light year's thickness of lead to have a reasonable chance of stopping a particular neutrino.
Re: broad implications
There's also the question of whether there are any limits at all on them planting spyware and keystroke loggers on the phone before they give it back.
Lots and lots of email addresses. 1 work, 1 personal, several for domains associated with various hobbies, and a large batch of individual email addresses for each company I register with, so I can tell if they sell my address to spammers and can then redirect the address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course our wonderful honourable police would never dream of trying the same password, finding it worked, finding that the resulting data wasn't any use, then claiming that they couldn't crack it so they could pile another conviction on.
For a start I can't see the roll-over bar.
If it's good enough for the Yanks
This looks like a hi-tech equivalent of the 'perp walk' that US police use as extra-judicial punishment of accused people.
"the leaflet might appear as junk mail to any householder who only opens and reads post that is personally addressed to them."
My lot were obviously worried that some households might think the leaflet was junk mail.
So they wrapped it round a whole load of actual junk mail before delivering it, to make bloody certain most people assumed it was junk.
Re: Rhubab haters
You need a whole pallet of rhubarb for your palate to enjoy it?
Re: @ TrishaD
" A vowel please carol."
Have an 'A' for Asexual - I think that's sometimes included.
Frankly it would be easier and there would be less changing it about if they just called it EXH - Everyone except heterosexuals.
Re: unlike in the UK....
"I got a few thumbs down for saying it, but the American constitution and system of government is a historically amazing human achievement. It was an isolated event drawing much inspiration from the French revolution (via B.Franklin ), and coming "hot on the heels" of the English civil war. But the ideal of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is simply an amazing observation."
Unfortunately one of the reasons it's isolated is that many other countries who established democratic governments found themselves invaded or subverted by the US to put in dictatorships who would be more amenable to doing what the US wanted rather than what their populations had voted for.
"I'm sorry, where in the pledge of allegience is there any mention of American supremecy?"
The brainwashing isn't in that bit. It's in things like their 'history' lessons, where anything that shows the US in a less than perfect light is sanitised out. They are taught over and over that the US is better than any other nation and doesn't do anything wrong.
She wasn't checking Facebook
She was playing Lemmings
Re: They want to use BULL sperm for that?
And you'd have to keep the offspring confined in some sort of maze.
A few hundred meters? Luxury!
" smog cuts visibility down to a few hundred metres"
So what would they have done in London in the 50s when visibility could be a few feet or less? The stories of blind people guiding sighted people are true.
Phones on planes is OK
You're quite welcome to make phone calls on a flight that I am on. Provided of course that you step outside to do so.
"Should the provision of a hyperlink leading to a work or other subject matter protected under copyright, either in general or under specific circumstances, be subject to the authorisation of the right holder?"
That's barking mad.
Everything not specifically put into the public domain or where the copyright has expired is automatically copyright the author.
Such a law would require explicit permission for every cross-site link on the web. And that permission would have to be retained and able to be retrieved in case of dispute.
Search engines would require permission from every site they index.
The only way I can see for it to be viable is some mechanism to include the permissions in a robots.txt file or similar. And then what happens when that file is changed - how often does everyone have to scan to check that their links are still legal?
Meanwhile the rest of the world gets on with running the Web, linking to whatever they like, and laughing at the EU.
I'm surprised they were allowed to admit the existence of their alien overlords
How have they implemented the back door that the NSA required them to include?
Re: 100 percent efficiency?
So give it lots of edges? Slice it up lengthways into multiple extremely thin strips. Keep going till it's just wires.
100 percent efficiency?
What exactly do they mean by 100 percent efficiency? If they are seriously claiming to have a room temperature superconductor then the improvement of micro-circuitry will be trivial compared to the other applications.
Room temperature superconductors would be game-changing in all sorts of different fields.
Some of them are abundant
Some of those are so abundant that there's not any near term problem, but not all. Rhenium is not exactly floating around the place.
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
A couple of rockets dragging a very light net up in front of the drone. Or possibly use firework mortars?
It might almost make you think that getting rid of all your most experienced (and therefore most expensive) IT staff is a bad idea!
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