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Good Taste Rapid Response ALERT!
Martha Lane Fox is MLF?
Oh, Andrew, how could you? There's outing oneself and outing oneself. Please, a little more decency in future.
There's a much nicer lady right here ------------>
Re: Lazy Lunacy
"how can anyone be expected to believe in it in a court of law?"
I guess that depends on what you mean by 'anyone'. It'll be the jury that decides, and that could be the weak point for the defendant and the killer for the FBI. Twelve reasonably-educated people would probably acquit instantly because of such dodgy evidence. On the other hand, Cleetus and his eleven good ol' boy buddies from the Holy Gospel Church of God down Deliverance County way might not need that much persuasion, given that it's a goddam foreign illegal doin' drugs 'n' shit on the web, y'all.
Re: Wouldn't it be a great shame
A terrible shame indeed - but I wouldn't regard myself as a ne'er-do-well for drowning Adobe's servers with garbage. I think there's some sort of moral obligation here to do exactly that.
The trick, as I think I've mentioned on here before, would be to generate a flood of traffic that appears to be legit, but which wouldn't amount to a DDos attack. The idea would be to get Adobe jizzing in their pants at the sight of all that lovely data coming in, without realising that it's nearly all random junk.
I think this might be worth looking into properly. The sooner the likes of Adobe are given a resounding DIAF for this sort of crap, the better.
Re: Ars gratia lucri (thanks, Irony Deficient :-) )
"getting 'Kicked in the Tube Station' does bring tears to your eyes!"
And if that happened at midnight, maybe there's a parody of a Jam song in the offing...
Ars gratia lucrum
Their website's very 1990s, but there's some telling stuff on there. The whole tone of it suggests that their view of the music business begins and ends with a record company's profit margins, but they still think that collecting backhanders is on a par with a musician's royalties. They probably spend all day insisting that their money-grubbing agenda is solely focused on rewarding artistic expression and then they deliberately kick the buskers in the tube station on the way home.
Their chief executive's bio is very telling indeed. Looks like a typical middle manager's over-inflated CV. If prostitution or drugs were made legal, she'd be quite at home heading up UK Shagging or UK Smack.
Re: I don't get Britain these days
"does that count as Godwin"
Not if you change the star for a crescent.
And yep, I could see that happening too.
Re: On the other hand,
Ammonium triiodide - yes, I like that idea. Only thing is, wouldn't the impact on the pellet from firing the gun cause it to explode in the barrel?
Just asking, as my chemistry knowledge is rather ancient now.
Re: On the other hand,
Wouldn't catch them all, unfortunately.
Cycling home last night, I saw a douchebag like that wandering towards the kerb with oversized headphones on his thick head, and an oversized smartphone in his pudgy hand. I was approaching at about 20mph, and he looked right at me. We even made brief eye contact.
And then he dropped his gaze, started fiddling with his sodding phone and stepped out directly in front of me. Fortunately, my bike's air horn was loud enough to penetrate his dim consciousness and he jumped as if he'd been shot. I swerved round him, intentionally missing him by just a hairsbreadth and rode off shaking my head.
There was no point in getting wound up about it. It wasn't the first time and I doubt if it'll be the last. But I am starting to think about supplementing the air horn with a lance. Or a paintball gun that fires something that both hurts and leaves a permanent stain.
"Have you thought about growing up?"
Have you thought about putting some flowers in your hair and going back to San Francisco?
s/watch/scantily dressed female on the pavement
s/watch/kids fighting in the back
s/watch/punch-up outside a pub
s/watch/you get the idea
Re: Shock result
And President Putin immediately appeared on state TV to roundly condemn the 3% of No-voters as CIA-sponsored subversives, dissidents, intellectuals and terrorists, and to promise the firmest action possible against those who seek to undermine the free and fair democratic process.
Re: What are your predictions?
I think 65% yes, based solely on my pet theory that the reason so many people (97%) have registered to vote is that they want change, rather than to maintain the status quo.
Plus a bit of wishful thinking. I really, really hope it's a Yes.
Re: Sod the IT arguments
"bet they're from Scots who don't want Blair either"
Aye, ye're no wrong there, son. The wee shite's a disgrace tae Scotland. I'm no sure we'd be wanting him back, mind.
Best way oot wad be tae pit up the wall again, declare the ba-heid persona non grata and leave him rotting at the border post fae the rest o his life. He could apply fae asylum and swell the ranks o displaced people he helped tae create. Gie the numpty a wee taste o his ain medicine, ken?
Re: Sod the IT arguments
Puts me in mind of an old Naked Video sketch - let's update it:
Posh party. A man in a DJ and woman in LBD are making small talk.
WOMAN: Lovely party. Oh gosh, isn't that Sean Connery?
MAN: It is indeed the world-famous Scottish actor Sean Connery. Born in Edinburgh in 1930, recognised the world over as the best-ever James Bond as well as starring in The Hunt for Red October, The Russia House and Entrapment as well as being the voice of Draco the dragon in Dragonheart.
WOMAN: Wow! And isn't that Gregor Fisher?
MAN: Yes, that is the renowned Scottish actor Gregor Fisher, who's had many wonderful character roles as well as being in Naked Video - Para Handy and 1984, as well as being recognised the world over as Rab C Nesbitt.
WOMAN: Oh, I adore Rab C Nesbitt. Oh look! Isn't that Tony Blair?
MAN: We've been very lucky with the weather just recently...
"(I have my grandfather's birth certificate."
So do I. As I'm feeling puckish, 'cos it's Friday, I'm toying with seeing if I can slip it past a counter droid somewhere. Be interesting to see if they pick up on the 1874 birth date.
British site, British idioms. Whch are localiSed, cheers ears.
Re: Interesting list.
"since when was clitoris a dirty word?"
Since Puritanism gained a foothold in America.
There but for the grace of God...
I should have read this yesterday, as last night I came that close to blowing 1500 quid on an XS750 I spotted on eBay.
Thankfully, I was too plastered to complete the transaction, but I got a nasty shock when I looked at my phone this morning.
Oh, what the hell. Hair of the dog!
record of delivering “complex and long term contracts"
Hm, haven't heard it called that before...
Re: Little Englander syndrome
If every UK government that's followed Heath had put Britain's interests ahead of America's and made a determined effort to put paid to the dream that we're still a superpower, we would be well and truly in the Big Three in Europe, and Westminster would have a lot of clout right across the continent.
As it is, there's a lot of suspicion across Europre that Downing Street is just the kennel for America's pet poodle. Blair's involvement in the Iraq Crusade did nothing to dispel that impression.
Seems to me there are three possible scenarios in the next few years:
1. The referendum gets a nice big No vote and try seriously to mend fences with Brussels. Fat chance.
2. The referendum gets a nice big Yes vote, Britain flounces out of the EU and finds itself at the mercy of American corporate interests. It then finds out too late that it hasn't got the economic muscle of the EU to back it up when the trade disputes start.
3. The referendum gets a No vote, Britain continues as it is and becomes increasingly sidelined and ignored, regarded by the other 27 EU members as being neither use nor ornament.
On a personal (and admittedly selfish) level, I'm starting to hope that Scotland votes Yes in September, and can follow through on its promise to stay in the EU, as I was born there and will be back over the border like a shot the day a referendum on EU membership votes to leave. Britain without the EU will either become a third-world basket case, a fascist dictatorship to rival North Korea or the 51st State of the US, all while the middle-class inhabitants of leafy Surrey suburbs grumble about what the Daily Mail's saying about influxes of foreigners depressing house prices.
" 'the joyride' and 'reverse driver'."
Err... things like that are how you tend to catch viruses...
Re: I want both
"I wonder how automated cars will handle ice."
Or Hyde Park Corner in the rush hour.
Or the eastern side of the M60.
Or Swindon's Magic Roundabout.
I wonder what the rules will be on taking one abroad... watching one trying to negotiate the Place d'Etoile in central Paris at 5.30pm on a weekday would be very entertaining.
Provided I wasn't actually inside the thing, of course.
Re: So it really is a religion...
"Just like Galileo was when he claimed that the earth went round the sun and had proof"
Ah no, he didn't. He couldn't prove it, and that was what landed him in hot water with the Inquisition. If he could have proved it, he would probably have been lauded by the church. But he still stuck to the Copernican idea of circular orbits and couldn't explain the inconsistencies in the planets' behaviour.
Newton proved it when he realised the planets' orbits were elliptical.
Re: Blame game?
"Let's face it - that is the most likely scenario."
Not saying you're wrong, but I did wonder whether it might have been sabotage by someone working for Malaysian Airlines.
Think about the loss of MH370 a few months ago. An unexplained manoeuvre, sudden loss of all contact and then apparently an aimless flight out into the Indian Ocean that continued until the fuel ran out. Until the flight recorder's found, that's all we really do know.
What if there had been
an IED a bomb on board MH370 that badly damaged the plane, including depressurising the cabin, but didn't actually blow it apart in mid-air? The crew might have had some time to react before they were overcome. It might have seemed sensible to disengage and then re-engage the autopilot for some reason during that period. Granted, that is pure conjecture, but if it's true, it could account for the plane's last known movements.
And a bomb on board this plane could account for the lack of missile video evidence. A Malaysian Airlines employee would be best placed to plant one. I'd like to think that possibility is being quietly investigated.
I'm no aviation expert, but it does seem a possibility.
Re: My 2p
"have to wonder if the people who 'could' be good TV drama/comedy writers are being blocked by comparison with the programs on endless loop from the 70's and such."
You sir, are absolutely one hundred per cent bang on the money. Have a pint and an upvote.
I've been trying to break into the TV writers world for a few years now. Not having much luck in spite of some very good reviews from a few folks whose track records mean they know what they're talking about. That's pretty much par for the course for new writers though, so I'm not griping too much, but one thing that stands out right across the board is this - though all the production companies say they're crying out for 'new voices with stories to tell' or somesuch, what they're really looking for is people who can regurgitate the same tired old formats over and over again.
In fairness to the production companies, they have to get things commissioned, and those decisions fall to the suits at the big broadcasters. Which means that unless you're touting politically-correct comedy, medical dramas, legal dramas, historical documentaries aimed at retarded chimpanzees, singing contests or vacuous voyeurism you might as well forget it. The last time we saw any real innovation was on Channel 4 in the mid 1980s, before that idiot Grade ruined it.
And yes, I admit that I'm pretty pissed off about it and I'm trying to find a way round it. But that's where we are - it's an industry dominated by risk-averse beancounters with next to no vision or imagination.
Point taken, but it wouldn't take a lot of propaganda effort to poison that. Subtly asking the question "are you Muslim or American?" would do the trick.
"wouldn't that imply that the ancestors of these people came from, um, Muslia?"
Alternatively, it could be read to suggest that Muslim-Americans are, you know, not quite real Americans.
Which could help Uncle Sam no end next time it decides that public xenophobia needs a boost.
Before we all fall foul of Godwin...
... cast your minds back a few years.
A "Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board..."
"...on the American model"
Doubleplusungood until otherproved...
A sunset clause - plusgood.
I'm not saying that allowing unrestricted snooping on all and sundry is a good thing - it ain't - but it is worth remembering that the last government wouldn't have even bothered with such ridiculous concepts.
If you need reminding, El Reg has a lot of articles on the subject.
No sympathy for Crystal Tipps
"Her life and morals have been laid bare, much as the News of the World did every Sunday, and undoubtedly there must be some strains in her marriage."
I hope there are. I really hope she's been shattered by this. It would be nice to think that she'll now understand what her rag did to a lot of innocent people and will change her attitude accordingly, but I rather think she'll just spend the next couple of years stropping round in moral outrage, refusing to believe she isn't whiter than white.
What goes around comes around.
"An HP spokeswoman sent us a statement: "These short-term initiatives are all part of our global transformation..."" </flatulence>
Morale-damaging parsimony deflected by canned PR crap could point to a company that's in serious trouble.
I've been employed by three organisations that have resorted to doing this. If HP follow the same path, the next step in
Project Panic the 'Make It Better' campaign will be a top-down focus in getting as much money in as they can. Whether they call it de-rippling the revenue streams, delivering a negative customer credit paradigm, or just chasing every penny they're owed, the underlying reason will be the same - a huge fiscal hole that they're finding it increasingly difficult to hide, but which is bringing them very close to trading while insolvent.
And if that happens - well, two of the three organisations that I worked for that did that crashed and burned quite spectacularly. The third was part of a larger group and only survived because it was bailed out by the other parts.
No names, no pack drill, but I won't be buying HP any time soon.
FAO hackers - a simple request
I've recently updated my LinkedIn account with some major core skills - breaking wind, picking my nose, losing arguments with myself and so on - and no-one's bothered to endorse me for them. Miserable lot, pearls before swine, etc.
I hope that anyone breaking into LinkedIn will find my account and do the needful. I want to apply for a senior manager's position soon.
Re: Which planet are Facebook on?
"Should the government have therefore attempted to close the internet in the UK?"
When did the armed uprising take place in the UK?
Guess I must have been on holiday or summat to have missed that...
Which planet are Facebook on?
"Limiting access to internet services - essential for communication and commerce for millions of people - is a matter of concern for the global community."
As opposed to trying to stop mass slaughter. But this viewpoint is perfectly understandable - after all, dead bodies can't see ads.
Good to see Facebook have their priorities right.
Spot on, have an upvote.
I seem to recall that when he was caught, Saddam Hussein snarled at his captors, "You fools, do you really think you can run Iraq?"
Looks like he was right after all.
I'm not trying to justify Saddam's brutality, but there are a lot of corpses in Iraq who might still be alive if Dubya and Benito Blair had left him alone. Just sayin', as they say.
For a brief period, I was in the Technical Architecture Resourcing Team.
Made worse by the fact that it was exclusively male.
Took a while for someone to notice though.
Re: Just a flight of fancy
Yes, they could do that - but as that would mean deliberately dropping the biggest chunk of disposable income on the planet, it would be a textbook case of cutting off their nose to spite their face.
But I wouldn't put that past them, given their attitude to date.
Just a flight of fancy
"Google responded by appointing a committee of five "independent" advisors, two of whom have already called for the law to be changed."
Typical corporate American arrogance. I hope the EU response to that involves sex and travel.
But as previous commentards have already pointed out, the EU does have some clout here - forcing Microsoft to decouple IE from Windows was a small but notable victory.
If it really turned nasty, Google could find itself being blocked from Kenmare to Krakow, with all their local execs admiring the inside of European slammers. The top brass might just shrug that off - but when their
crap peddlers customers start asking why 750 million people now can't see their adverts, it might be a very different story.
There are ways round a block, of course - I don't doubt that 99% of Reg readers are sufficiently savvy to work around one - but the vast majority of MyTwitBook lusers wouldn't have a clue where to begin. And that vast majority makes up the target audience for the crap peddlers - not the greasy scruff like us who know how to block adverts.
Google need to take this very seriously.
Looking at the downvote rate, you'll be in with a chance of winning a vacuum cleaner by Friday!
Re: "Make It Better"
Well, to misquote Bill Clinton, that depends on what the meaning of 'It' is.
I suspect in this case that 'It' refers to some numbers on a spreadsheet that are all red for some strange reason. To Make It Better, we just fiddle with some other numbers - the total meatware liability in this case - until It shows green numbers.
There. We've Made It Better.
I think we need the gravestone icon back.
I wonder if there's an opportunity here to really hit these nosy parasites where it hurts? The whole tone of the piece smacks of marketers thinking they've a God-given right to do what they want to flog everything the Zik-Zak MegaCorp churns out.
Can't really blame them for that, but only in the sense that you can't blame a dog for suffering from rabies.
But here's a thought - what would happen if the money spent on these marketing campaigns didn't translate into increased sales? It occurs to me that a huge concerted effort to automate clicking on ads and populating their sodding surveys and registrations of interest with crap data might have an effect if enough people did it in a concerted manner. The genuine interest could simply be drowned by a flood of noise.
I did do something like this ages ago, in response to a phishing scam. At the time, I had access to the SilkPerformer test tool and a licence for 1,000 concurrent users. We had a little IP spoofing module as well.
1,000 users submitting garbage over the Easter weekend at a rate carefully calculated not to trigger a denial-of-service detection translated into a LOT of rubbish written to the scammers' website.
That was back in the day before the world of the Open Sourcerers took off. There must be plenty of free tools that could be used in a similar manner to throw the marketers' crap back in their faces? I guess the trick would be organising and co-ordinating it - and guarding against misuse.
But it does seem to be technically feasible. And thoroughly well-deserved.
"It can't happen to me!"
So thinketh Silicon Valley. Wrong, it can.
This article is absolutely bang on. However, there's one aspect that hasn't been emphasised enough, and that's complacency on the part of the West.
There's a striking parallel between what China is doing to the Western IT industry and what Japan did to the West's automotive industry in the 1960s. Consider this:
Once upon a time, there was a country called Britain that led the world in motorcycle manufacture. They'd taken a bit of beating during the second world war, but by the mid 1950s, some outstanding machines were being produced by British manufacturers. The Vincent Black Shadow, Manx Norton, BSA Gold Star, Velocette Venom, Royal Enfield Constellation and Triumph Bonneville were iconic machines that were known the world over. Some consolidation took place - BSA gobbled up Triumph and Ariel, AJS and Matchless merged to form AMC - and a few, like Vincent, fell by the wayside. Overall, the picture was quite rosy - British bikes dominated racing, worldwide sales were brisk and generally the industry's future seemed assured. After all, British bikes were the best in the world, weren't they?
Well now. Towards the end of the 1950s, British motorcycle execs were amused to see crowds of earnest-looking Japanese examining their machines at race events and exhibitions. Doubtless there was some condescending laughter about the hordes of little yellow men taking thousands of photographs of their machines and jabbering away in their idiot tongues. Good to see that the nips appreciate real engineering, old boy, what what? Another pink gin? Don't mind if I do.
Fast forward about twenty years and it had gone horribly wrong. By the end of the 1970s, only Triumph was left, desperately clinging on to a tiny market share. The once-dominant British motorcycle industry had been swept away by the Japanese invasion of bikes that had the phenomenal cheek to be reliable, easy to start, not need loads of maintenance, and have such fripperies as indicators, weather protection and electric starting. The bikes at the lower end of the market - the small 125s and the Honda and Yamaha step-throughs - made the likes of the BSA Bantam and Triumph Tiger Cub look positively antiquated. And once a new rider had bought one Honda or Yamaha, they were more likely to buy another one.
Further up the scale, the British bikes held out for a while, but once the Oriental heavy metal appeared, they too started vibrating their way down the slope, which was doubtless made more slippery by the oil pissing out through the joins in their vertically-split crankcases. Nicknames like Bloody Sore Arse and Royal Oilfield weren't bestowed without reason.
Certainly, the Japanese didn't beat the incumbents on every front at once. British bikes - at least the bigger ones - could still dish out handling lessons to the rice rockets well into the 1980s. I have a fond memory of being able to out-handle mid-range Japanese machines on my elderly BSA A65 during burn-ups on twisty roads. And they made mistakes too - the first Honda CB450 had a reputation for evil handling that was only surpassed by the Kawasaki Mach III - the notorious gas-guzzling 500cc two-stroke triple that you could keep going for ever from a breaker's, provided you didn't need a new front end.
But the Japanese learnt from their mistakes. Things like reliable electrics, oil-tight engines, indicators, electric starting and sensible maintenance regimes set owners' expectations accordingly. In 1960, crappy electrics, magnetos that conked out in the rain, batteries being boiled by iffy Zener diodes and leaking oil was pretty much par for the course. By 1980, a new rider would regard that sort of crap as completely unacceptable.
But the thing is that the Japanese would not have had such an easy time of it if it had not been for complacency on the part of the British firms. First there was a refusal to accept that the piddly little Japanese bikes were a real threat to Real Men's bikes. Instead of realising what might happen to customer loyalty - and the BSA group put a lot of effort into securing that, so there's no excuse for the execs of the time not to have understood the threat - they bumbled along by tarting up what were basically pre-war designs while their customer base became slowly eroded. When they finally realised the threat, it was far too late - the Japanese had learnt while the British gazed at their navels, and customer expectations had risen to a point where the British machines were found wanting in too many areas. The car and consumer goods markets weren't far behind the bikes.
A degree of patriotism did help. In the UK, Triumph survived - just - and Harley-Davidson managed to keep going in the US. But the mass market had vanished like snow in the sunshine, destroyed by a combination of a better offering and the stupidity of executives who could not see a threat until it was too late.
That's what happened to British automotive engineering dominance. And that's what's going to happen to American IT dominance in the next few years - and for almost exactly the same reasons.
As the gravestone's gone, the bomb will have to do.
Feed Abrams to the crocodiles!
"The only good thing from this looming intergalactic wreck? The inevitable fact that people will rediscover the original first three films, a fact that will introduce a new generation to their brilliance and safeguard and perpetuate their legacy."
I wouldn't count on that. The more dross that gets churned out in an effort to milk the idea dry, the more likely it is that the first three films will be buried by being associated with the newer garbage.
The trick to generating a lasting reputation is to leave the audience wanting more. But you can only give them so much of that, because the audience starts to switch off as the quality drops, as it inevitably does. Sequels, prequels, call them what you will, always dilute the quality of the original offering.
Disclaimer - I saw the first Star Wars film when it first came out and utterly loathed it because it didn't live up to the hype. I was expecting something genuinely awesome, and being faced with cowboys and indians in a galaxy far, far away, complete with stereotypical characters, American accents and a simplistic world view turned me off completely. Might have been my unrealistic expectations, but there it is. R2D2 for comedy value and Darth Vader as the ultimate bad guy is about as far as my interest in Star Wars goes.
But I do appreciate other people have a different view and wouldn't want to denigrate that.
"US citizens not allowed to do business with these companies, US companies not allowed to do business with companies that do business with these companies etc etc."
And US companies lose global business to Chinese, Indian and European competitors, US companies have to increasingly rely on domestic sales, US companies implode, world moves on.
Not good for anyone, but particularly bad for the ordinary American.
Re: Oderint dum metuant
"The US gets a bad rap because, for one, it is the world police and sticks its nose into other peoples business"
And yep, I can understand the US self-righteousness, because when all's said and done, a police state is great when you're the police.
"but it only does that because we saw what doing nothing leads to."
And it worked well for a long time. Believe me, I'm very for from being a blinkered Yank-hater. When I was a kid, I was utterly in awe of what NASA was doing and really admired many things about the USA.
Fast-forward to today, and it's a very different picture. America is going down a well-trodden path towards full-blown fascism. And the saddest thing is that so many of your countrymen can't see it - you still believe you're free and doing the right thing.
Re: Oderint dum metuant
"you rage against those who have stood by and with you for generations, securing the lifestyle to which you are used to."
Try to understand this - America has changed a lot over the last few decades, and not for the better. There always will be some resentment against the top dog - that comes with the territory - but one thing that's become very noticeable since the collapse of the USSR is the rise of a tacit belief that America can do what the hell it wants because there's no-one around to pull the White House up short if necessary. Since the end of the Cold War, vigilance has become paranoia, exercise of power has become more reckless and Washington's attitude has changed from big brother to Big Brother and Big Bully. Your whole attitude smacks of a paranoid belief in reds under the bed and that might equals right. It doesn't, and trying to enforce it only leads to increasing resentment that eventually spills over into violence.
"With the sole exception of the UK, not a single European ally had the ability to transport, sustain, or maintain their forces in Afghanistan and Iraq."
You just don't get it, do you? Bush made a more-or-less unilateral decision to invade Afghanistan and bullied the rest of NATO in agreeing to the Iraq invasion. European defence policy doesn't include running around the world scattering high explosives like grass seed or trying to impose democracy at gunpoint. It's concerned with the defence of Europe. Could we repel an invasion? Yes, probably. Could we retaliate in kind if nuked? Certainly. Do we see it as our God-given right to run around the globe throwing our weight around? No.
"The Russians know this, they know Europe is once again weak, despite the bluster about Crimea and the Ukraine."
The Russians haven't done anything to directly provoke Europe or threaten the sovereignty of any NATO or EU country. Have you got that yet? The main threat is the continuation of the gas supplies - and Europe IS doing something about that.
"they WILL take the Eastern Ukraine, either peaceably, or just roll the tanks in and end all the speculation."
Pick your dummy up, put it back in and think about the answer to this question - WHY should Europe get involved with the affairs of two countries outside its borders? Ukraine and Russia are not in the EU, or NATO, or the common defence area.
Has any NATO country been threatened or attacked? No.
Has any EU country been threatened or attacked? No.
If Putin was trying it on with Poland or the Baltic states, you'd have a very valid point about inaction, but Europe doesn't see it as its sacred duty to run around the world throwing its weight around any more. Tens of millions of dead from two world wars has shown us where that can end up.
Same goes for Bosnia. Same goes for Libya. And Syria. And Nigeria. Britain gave Nigeria its independence over half a century ago. It's no longer our problem.
"You don't like being reminded that there are genuine psychos out there, some in command of armies, and others in charge of entire nations."
Correct, we don't, especially when one of them managed to spend eight years in the White House. If that idiot was still in power, we'd be very close to the outbreak of a third world war.
"Boku Haram is a perfect example. Almost 300 girls in Nigeria are kidnapped and who does the world turn to?"
Again - though it's an appalling occurrence, it isn't Europe's problem.
"So, to wrap-up, get your house in order and step up to the job"
Europe's house is in order. And it's not our job to tell the rest of the world how to behave. As a matter of fact, it's not Uncle Sam's either, and a lot of people are starting to get fed up with that.
"or stop yer whinin', 'cause it's startin' to seriously bug me and my friends."
Or what? Extraordinary rendition to an all-inclusive Cuban holiday with free waterboarding? A drone strike or two? Or are you just going to send the tanks in? That's what you do to people who disagree with you, right?
Oderint dum metuant
"You should be terrified of us."
or 'let them hate so long as they fear'. Attributed to a certain Caesar Caligula, who came to a very unpleasant end, along with his wife and child, when the hate overcame that fear.
If you have to rely on repression to maintain your position, that's as clear an indication as any that you're not fit to hold that position any longer.
"Because we kick rear end and take names"
IOW, you swagger round the world pointing guns at people, launch unprovoked attacks on other countries, use international aid as a weapon and generally act like a school bully shoving a 'my way or the highway' attitude. It's a track record that not even the European empires at their worst can match.
"all show just how weak the European militaries really are"
Read this slowly, and absorb - a re-fus-al to go in with all guns blaz-ing as soon as some-thing kicks off in an ad-join-ing na-tion does not mean Eu-rope is weak mil-i-tar-ily.
There is a big diff-er-ence be-tween be-ing ab-le to re-tal-i-ate when a-tta-cked and it-ch-ing to pick a fight o-ver some-thing out-side our bor-der-s. Just be-cause Eu-rope has not joi-ned in with A-mer-i-ca's sa-bre ratt-ling does not mean we can't de-fend our-selves. We can.
If the EU or NATO were to be attacked, Putin could easily receive a very bloody nose. And that's without thinking about the enconomic consequences. With no-one to trade with, he'd be screwed. If you tot up the combined military strengths of the major European countries, you get a total that matches up to the Russians very well.
As well as that, it's possible that an unprovoked attack on Britain or France would trigger an immediate nuclear response. Neither country needs the OK from Washington to retaliate. And they can hit Russia if need be.
And that's without considering that an attack on Europe could only succeed if the aggressor could subdue 740 million people. How did your lot cope in Afghanistan and Iraq? Wasn't a walk-over, was it? And that was a long time after a bunch of ragged-arsed coolies kicked the US out of Vietnam. Attitudes like yours suggest that's a lesson that's never been fully appreciated on your side of the pond.
"And I have traveled the world"
Unless that travel was confined to visiting American military bases around the globe, I can only conclude that you went with a closed mind and refused to try to understand different people's points of view.
I too have been around the world a bit. Almost without exception, the Americans I've come across have fallen into two broad camps. One consists of those people who have seen and understood different cultures and views, and thoroughly despise US arrogance. The other - a much smaller group, I'm thankful to say - consist of morons who think that the world is their playground and there are two ways of doing things - the American way and the wrong way.
"Frankly, if it weren't for the USA,'s Marshall Plan the European economy would still be climbing out of WWII's destruction and Europe would be a forgotten player on the international stage."
Ah yes, WWII. Started because a failed artist and talented rabble-rouser was able to exploit an unstable political situation in Europe. A political situation that arose because a certain party to the Versailles treaty managed to impose a short-sighted and idealistic concept of ethnic self-determination uber alles in place of the more pragmatic solutions the European leaders favoured.
If you didn't cover that at school, there's a little hint to help your research - rearrange the following letters to get the name of the country that person led: S A U.
"We don't ask for your money, we don't ask for services, we don't ask for your vote. A simple "Thank You" will suffice."
If that was the case, anti-American sentiment wouldn't be on the increase around the world. It's becoming frighteningly obvious that the America that genuinely was a beacon of freedom after the end of the Second World War has now become a fascist oligarchy that is rapidly succumbing to God disease. I'm old enough to remember what the US used to be like - and it sure as hell isn't like that now. Washington is becoming a real menace.
Re: Something's Wrong
Absolutely bang on. That's exactly how scientific studies should be done.
But the problem arises when people whose scientific knowledge barely registers on the scale are in positions to make decisions. Kind of like the feeling that the millenium bug was overblown because the world didn't collapse in a heap.
If I were God Emperor of the Universe, I'd prohibit people from having any authority over things they know nothing about, with a codicile that anyone with a financial background would be automatically barred from a CEO position in anything other than a finance company.
That ain't gonna happen, I know. But it's nice to dream, sometimes.
Have a pint, 'cos it's Friday.
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Re: There's a difference
Spot on. Have an upvote. And a pint 'cos it's Friday.
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