51 posts • joined Tuesday 24th June 2008 19:00 GMT
<Dwarf Fortress reference>
Despite the fact cat skin only has a value mod of 2, I think this one deserves artifact status as it's part of history now
And for the record, I approve of indiscriminate butchery of household/domestic animals, but only for economic gain.
More you know etc.
Didn't know paisley *had* a bishop, and i've lived there for 15 years :D
But given that the Church of Scotland is heavily overrepresented there (including the Abbey), I have little doubt the man is just making use of his irrelevance to pick at a personal gripe.
excerpt from the Catechism of the Autoculus of Mars...
Toll the Great Bell Once!
Pull the Lever forward to engage the
Piston and Pump...
Toll the Great Bell Twice!
With push of Button fire the Engine
And spark Turbine into life...
Toll the Great Bell Thrice!
Sing Praise to the
God of All Machines
Puts the acceptable use policy back into perspective <.<
IT becomes a revenue reclaimer?
This article made me realise that charging for internal network for personal use may actually have a value. By using company provided resources for entertainment ( which is not a bad thing of itself; break rooms exist for a reason), not only is there a legitimate threat to the machine they are doing it from, but the network becomes more of a target which goes directly against ( most ) tech organisms chem. While breaks and office coffee are necessities for smooth business running, your mates' biohazard(')s(') physical characteristics are not, so up to the minute monitoring should be discouraged before they are an assumed right.
(blatantly over-)Charging for the privilege would put a price on priceless ( i.e. worthless) friend swarms, force folk to re-evaluate time spent on business hours relationships, and bring beer money into the IT dept, or at least into the pocket of someone who can muddle the accounting process.
Damn it, i'm going to go propose this tomorrow :D
£40 for a queen
Last winter (2007), I left my heater on overnight by accident, when I woke up there was this mahoosive bee (googled and confirmed to be a migratory queen) who looked both exhausted and very lost. I did the non-molestation-of-wildlife-as-mandated-by-legislature thing and moved her outside.
If I only i'd known >.<
Probably have tried my hand at it come to that; would certainly drive my landlord nuts.
To the bicycle comment, there are two major differences to the lec situation.
1. There is significantly more visual interaction *possible* for the driver of a bike than a car.
2. It's less obtrusive and not so regulated by law to ring a small bell attached to the tiller. Horn honking in a crowded street (i.e. Glasgow central) is, at the least, likely to get a few eggs thrown at you.
I for one approve of this though, so long as I can have a small (discrete) noise maker that replicates the futurama hovercars' pleasant audio signature.
So the next logical step after this refinement for mine tech is better sensor mechanisms (infra/optic?), probably supported by rudimentary AI.
The interesting question is *why* did they search her suitcase in the first place, since they apparently found that she'd been refused entry *after* they had done so.
I'm assuming that it wasn't carry-on (fnar fnar) luggage, since it would not necessarily be unusual to provide for the essentials in case the main suitcase was lost.
If UK border control is in the (justifiable) habit of x-raying suitcases in their spare time, then I intend to abuse that :D
Small plastic bags of porage oats containing a single screw perhaps.
@ The Fuzzy Wotnot
I think this is serious enough to warrant tripartisan co-operation and understanding, not least because it's invariably Nix machines of some stripe that aggregate the traffic of infected hosts.
must. resist. urge. to. be. snarky.
And in other news, the No Shit department at the University of Wasted Funding, Idaho reported that the north Atlantic ocean does indeed contain detectable quantities of sodium.
This and not much more will be used as irreproachable justification to cease rocketeering. If this was replaced with cannon based launch systems I wouldn't mind, but its just not going to happen.
While this makes a lot of sense in linking my own anecdotal evidence, I'd have thought this would have been more indicative of the nesting insticnt which is suppressed due to the auto-satisfaction of physical ( food and shelter) needs.
Still, good to know for self preservation reasons.
@Theory versus practice
With the exception of Quebec, certain cartoon porn restraints and few other minor irregularities, I think it actually might be given their legislative record.
I've been on the fence about blackberry since it came out, but I think this might just have sold it for me.
Because We All Know That IT has Solved All The Inter Departmental Communication Problems Of the Past 30 Years, And a Wave of The Magic Wand Will Solve Everything.
I predict not more than twelve comments before someone trots out the "government doing the parenting for them" line.
I daresay the probem is more the teacher dont know the coherent thrust of the academic policy(fnar fnar), nevermind the schoolchildren. While this free information for all involved would be a nice idea, its misplaced optimism. Still, donated equine dentistry isn't a sustainable profession these days :D
I for one am going to stockpile these, they're more reliable than a savings account at the moment anyway.
Lasers: For a brigher tommorow <ducks>
one reason come to mind for the mirror issue:
sand blasted mirrors, if they arent fortified (and they would be) then they'd last all of one night in arab-ia. if they *are* fortified, then the coverings would have to be replaced ridiculously regularly, and all you'd need is one lucky shot to waste the whole array. Non calibrated thermal lasers is not something you want in an army base.
I think we're looking more in the territory of Shadowcats :D
@Wow. That is Interesting.
Having been lost in the countryside far from a mobile receiver or even roadsigns of any kind, this insight would have saved me several hours of distress, given the number of cows I came across.
Am I the only one
Who sees the innate humor of rule (section) 34 banning rule 34
Quite possible; cremation has been the norm as opposed to the exception for centuries, and i'm pretty sure there is a shortage of skeleton-types in east asian mythology.
Give the man who thought up "extremely nude" people a pack of hobnobs.
For some reason " taken to an East London police station and charged" had me imagine them hooked up to the regional power grid.
Any chance this would be an unofficial recycling effort gone horribly wrong?
Do you have any idea how hard it is to get Billy Idol's "Dancing with myself" recording for the music video ?
Still LOL PROXY etc.
I for one am boycotting busic mritish that does not involve bagpipes from now on, which will make not even the slightest bit of difference.
I'm thinking water, or possibly highly conductive gel strips. Bot-fly tape if you will.
If those things need an overfiend lightbulb to give them the breath of life, then I expect the capacitor etc assemblies would short out with little in the way of dedicated resources.
How long till they can self replicate?
@ more biofuels
And they make for some damn good eating (whale w/ soy sauce = nifty).
While I may not have a uses for whalebone corsets( they'd probably be illegal anyway), I shouldd certainly like to see a scrimshaw'd keyboard.
Even a non-whale one for that matter.
@ Ian Re: Supergun
Close. the gun had been designed and the parts ordered but the Chief Engine-seer of the project met an unfortunate accident involving silenced pistols.
Lookup Gerald bull, who's untimely death put space and killtech back decades.
I dare say you'd need a small piece of field artillery to deal with something of that construction.
Or possibly just run it over with a tram.
It's ridiculous job fabricating efforts like this which justify my refusal to own and operate a device for the reception and interpretation of analogue television broadcasts.
Gaelic and neo-pagan druidism should be left alone, on the isle of Skye where they cant hurt anyone.
What amuses me the most is that he appears to have dress-shoes on...
@ Lionel Baden
If they *do* get up onto the firing line, then it will have all been worth it, and I personally could stomach whatever fallout follows this with a smile. But until a fursuit clad goth terrorises a nursery, I doubt it's going to happen.
Admittedly i'm intending to semi-permanently leave the country in four months (for other reasons), so my perspective is somewhat skewed.
I personally welcome this development, since (nearly) anything ina apublic library can be trawled on bookchan or it's superiors anyway. I'd see it taken further by actively employing the librarians in scanning books and cataloging CCTV archives ( man bites dog as taken from fifteen different angles)for public perusal, preferably in the face of international outrage. Gives them something to do at least.
The Temple of All Knowledge is only 30,000 years away!
the value in stories without photos?
One good thing about this book and the article criticising it (for me anyway), is that it highlighted how very few assemblies of that which is called Intellectual Property are actually worth paying for, by virtue of not worth having possession of in the first place.
So appreciation for expanding my world outlook a bit, the rich and wonderful tapestry of the internet to which i've been exposed to was largely lacking in worthless crap, admittedly thanks to many pre-emptive filtering policies.
I have the nagging feeling this is a stupendous act of patent trolling, with MS taking a legitimately good idea from somewhere it could be useful (and getting a lever on the SaaS stupidity) and preventing its meaningful development.
Fortune favors the lazy
I actually applied for a job at this company over the summer, and am now doubly glad I didn't get it. No doubt a couple of expendable heads will be rolling presently, and none of them are mine...
inverse twat-o-tron aside
While it pains me to point this out, allowing wiggle room for recording ero ero activities between fully consenting minors, somewhat removes the justifications for the cudgel of family friendly legislation when a consenting minor and not quite minor get caught doing the same thing.
If they acknowledged that minor a (as in this case) has some right to be nud' at any point in time for any reason (to extend a bit), there is some twisted logic that could apply it to an imbalanced age relationship, and that would have the think of the children brigade up in arms.
Almost feel sorry for those poor legislators, who in the interests of representing the will of the vocal majority, have to go to such bizarre lengths.
almost, but not.
And still no phone capability. Given the feature overlap, its a bit strange that they dont try and consolidate the digital leash-and-chew-toy market, nightmares of international telephone standards aside.
Still, I suppose its a blessing that there isnt, because the bad ole days of Nintendo dominance are not something worth repeating.
A step towards dismantling POTS?
If this could be used to push integrated call filtering at the network level,and stimulating the market into standardising the whole affair i'm all for it. But thats a bit past optimistic and into delusional ( and partially irrelevant, thanks to the TPS service).
Another nicety from this would be the side effects for mobile phoning price jumps; preventing anyone without a valid reason, or no other option from maintaining one. Artificially Gentrifying Mobiles, if you will.
But those are two very small and artificial linings to a pretty big cloud.
Revising the academic framework to provide for British Industry and the international market (tm)
Is a bad idea. As far as I can tell, the only thing British industry that cannot be outdone/outsourced in is producing :
1. Toys for degenerate sophisticates (such as transport helicopters, and the hangars to put them in)
2. Ambrosia Rice Pudding
"Britain’s brightest kids should be required to study three separate science courses in secondary school to offset a shortage of employees in the IT and science sectors."
Be nice if someone could come out and make up their minds about what the education system is actually supposed to accomplish. If its investing in (y)Our Future, then by all means, piss the money away as quickly as possible and delay the innevitable until the ship can be fully gutted. But if it is investing in (y)Our Children, then get them to competence in at least two languages as quickly as possible, and give them a chance outside of Australia and New Zealand.
Sad thing is, I understand the experience wall for new entries; the number of cretins I have had the distinct displeasure of graduating with scares me, not only because of all the pointless work that employment agencies and/or departments consequently have to do, but the shear terror of the thought of certain examples landing a job, and being given a position of potentially abused power over any business's productivity.
three years, for a given value of three
Those decrying three years should keep in mind that most government officials in "such countries"(specifically; Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal,Burma, possibly Bhutan and apparently some areas of Sri Lanka) are either the top customers, financial backers or both for child brothels, and the absurd amount of relative capital it brings into the pockets of well secured individuals should really not be understated.
Indeed, arrests and crackdowns tend to be token gestures and/or lipservice to the international community; a good example would be the run on a certain district on the outskirts of Bangkok(and yes, I have forgotten the name so feel free to disbelieve me), wherein there was spartan evidence that each and every operation thereon was given advanced warning of the inbound inquisition, and the authorities could then testify with a straight face that they found nothing.
The exception here seems to be when the man caught is stupid enough to be catchable in the first instance, and can be then pumped for more money. I would be surprised if he will still be found in the jail he is dumped in five months from now, unless serious international whatsit is brought to bear.
Bill, because he was probably swirled with a Windaes product.
Surprised no-one has mentioned registering the contents of your local church/mosque/temple/standing stones under this. Hell, until they start having registered religions you could potentially work around this volunteer nonsense by claiming religious impunity, or simply lack of organisation. I dont doubt that at some point some funky politician is going to require CRB checks to be a member of a body of worshipers.
Me, I'm worrying that my miniature wargamming hobby which occasionally has me in the company of folk of indeterminate age will put me on some blacklist in the future, for no crime other than having less sense than money, and not spending it on legislated, controlled and taxed chemicals.
Anyone want to join me in emigrating to, say, Bhutan ?
IP addresses alone are *not* enough evidence for a prosecution; the time frame that the IP in question was used along with the IP address will be used to strong arm the ISP into giving up customer details, which is a similar issue. The privacy problem of dumping ten thousand spartans worth of IP addresses on viacom is essentially a non-issue if they didnt keep the timestamps ( which is wishful thinking, of course they did).
<rhetorical>What I want to know is why youtube bothers keeping information like this for longer than necessary (seriously, 12 tb?). </rhetorical>
obvious in retrospect
makes perfect sense, shame no-one cared when it could have made a difference.
although, this could become a very effective workaround for the wibbly standard that is blu-ray, with all its content protection &c. Still, getting more bang out of mountains of (comparatively) dirt cheap dvds for crap that only has to be stored for a year or two would justify a mutant DVD±RW I'd say.
but, naturally, no-one (except maybe philips) is going to pick it up since licensing/royalties lol etc cant concievably justify the expense .
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