980 posts • joined Thursday 26th June 2008 12:31 GMT
True, there are a lot of all-in-one scripts out there these days that bring IE sort of close to standards compliance, but (especially for a basic text, images and layout site) why should we even have to go there?
After the Phorm debacle it's no surprise Virgin are treading carefully.
Mind you, the only real reason I can see for them wanting to do this kind of monitoring is to figure out a strategy for converting that traffic into extra zeros on their bottom line.
@AC 12:57 - did you read to the end?
"People chosen for scanning can ask for the images to be viewed by someone of the same sex"
Oh, well that's alright then. Nothing to worry about. As long as we're pandering to silly preconceptions then everything about this whole charade is just A-OK.
Mine's the one with "TERRORIST?" stitched up the inside in six inch tinfoil letters.
"clarity of thought and expression"
And there was me all these years thinking hypocrisy meant something else entirely.
Next time try reading comments in their entirety before jumping to reply.
In my experience at BT, when it came to 0898 porno lines where the bill-payer was contesting (usually with some story like "but my husband is an ordained minister and my three teenage sons are as good as gold") 99% of the time it was someone in the immediate household who'd done it, and the rest of the time it was a visitor.
I'm not saying this is the case here, what with unsecured Wi-Fi and all, but I'd still be willing to bet a month's wages on a high percentage of those complaints to Which? falling into the same category.
I'm also not saying that ACS:Law's actions are justified. They are still a bunch of c*nts.
"We strive to be as transparent and straightforward as possible"
Translation: "we cannot simply be straightforward and transparent because that would mean some people might choose not to give us their money"
Not that Google are the only ones at it, but it's still bullshit. Grinds my gears etc.
Reminds me of that old anti-Kinnock Sun Headline
"Would the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights?"
Oh, how we laughed.
@ AC 00:12
I wholeheartedly agree with the point you're making, so hopefully this reply will get in before the mactards all pounce...
I think "Safari" and "iTunes" will be multitasking and therefore able to run in the backgound whilst you try to do whatever it is you're trying (and no doubt failing, but in a stylish way) to do in the foreground.
You can get Spotify in the fapStore? Isn't it unworthy or image-sullying in some way?
I did say "unneccessarily". To my mind it's not an unneccassary car journey if you choose to live in the arse end of nowhere and have to go a serious distance to get to the supermarket. You should, however, be prepared to pay for the privilege. After all nobody's forcing you to live where you do.
@ It wasn't Me
The first word I used was indeed "minority", but you'll find in the end I said "overwhelming majority". I figured everybody here would "get" the ^H^H^H backspace reference but I was obviously wrong.
Nice try with the tiny mind insinuation though.
I hate the whole "motorists as persecuted group" bullshit, and in general I dislike cars and the significant twattish minority who seem to see the ability to "pop down the shops" in one as some kind of god-given right, but I hate petty bureaucracy and stealth taxes even more and would just LOVE to see UK.gov give up the gazillions they've made in fines in this way.
For the record, I believe cars should be taxed to the hilt - even more than they are now. The simple fact is there are too many of the bastarding things being used unneccessarily in this country. Sadly though, taxation doesn't even seem to work. People really are lazy and stupid enough to continue forking over wads of cash to enjoy the "freedom" of motoring whilst bemoaning their lot as a poor discriminated-against minority^H^H^H overwhelming majority.
We Live in Hope
Who knows, this might actually lead to something. Like banks taking their share of responsibility for online fraud.
Naaaaaaa! Nearly had you there didn't I?
@Ted: Fanboy Fail
Suggest upgrade to sarcasm detector
"Jim Killock said political focus should in fact be on cooperation between ISPs and record labels"
How's that supposed to happen when the music biz picked up their ball and went home in a huff ten years ago?
Mine's up in 2012.
Think I'll wait and see what fresh horrors the braying, snot-nosed tory boys and girls foist on us before renewing.
With a bit of luck they'll be true to their word and... oh, hang on...
Right, postcode lookups are free to individuals, but if you want to make money off it then you have to pay. I personally see nothing wrong with this. It's commercially useful information.
What I do see something wrong with is some businessman trying to hoodwink private individuals into becoming some sort of pressure campaign to help him get something for nothing.
RM are getting shafted by the government, their own staff, and the competition. Seems to me we used to have a perfectly functional mail service, but this shambles of an attempt at privatisation has fucked it up beyond all recognition.
Used to be if you said "it must be lost in the post" it was nothing more than a barefaced lie you'd come out with for not having paid your gas bill on time. Can't we just go back to that please?
Think of the children
I've never seen the "think-of-the-children" line used as an analogy in such a startlingly blatant and unexpected manner. Certainly caught me napping anyway. Er, well done, I think.
@ Lord Lucas
"the important thing is that the copyright holder gets paid, not that the copyright holder absolutely controls the timing and means by which the copyright material is acquired,"
Hit the nail square on the head with that one.
Lol let me see - perhaps that it's annoying as hell despite the fact that it doesn't even exist yet.
Argh! Steve's evil genius knows no bounds!
BT Infinity availability checker, headlined with a big shiny arrow saying "CAN I GET BT INFINITY?" ... put my details in... result: "Great news! We have tested your line and you can get the UK's most complete broadband, BT Total Broadband." not "No, you cannot get BT Infinity".
Bet that'll catch quite a few out.
@AC 13:50 - derp, they make the cheap package shit so everyone goes on the more expensive one. After all the difference in BT's costs between the two packages will be minimal, so why not shepherd everyone on to the one that nets them an extra fiver?
I really hope it fails
And before all you fanboys jump to "downvote" I'm not saying this because I'm anti-Apple or anti-Apple-fanboy (although I have to admit I pretty much am) but because I'm really REALLY not looking forward to the chattering twits asking me, as the LFG, what do I think about this new Apple iThingy and do I think they should buy one and ooh look you can read books on it and it's apparently ever so easy to use.
Here's a hint: if all your friends buy one why don't you just go ahead and buy one.
Ok fanboys, downvote away to your little iHearts' content.
I use it every day, and it's great, but shopping and image results (which I tend to use more than occasionally) ain't available thru Scroogle.
Besides, ask your average luser to start using scroogle and they'll balk.
Hello is that Kettle?
I have pot for you on line one. He says you're black.
Your vision of "all you can eat" is not necessarily the only way it can be. It is perfectly possible to offer subscription services to those who want them and still be able to prosecute illegal filesharing.
All it takes is for the music biz to stop squealing like a stuck pig and realise that the only reason it got stuck in the first place is because of its own short-sightedness. Same goes for Hollywood (although quite why anyone would want to download the shite they're putting out these days is beyond me) and, if they're not careful, publishers.
The alternative is to continue screwing over paying customers while freetards get away with it. Ok, casual "piracy" might momentarily dip with new legislation or whatever, but nobody can seriously say there will be any lasting effect. Even if illegal filesharing ever did become a seriously hard thing to do without getting caught (which, last time I checked, isn't going to happen any time soon) then the ability to do it just becomes proportionally more valuable, and you're back to old style bootlegging and large-scale "piracy". Maybe the music biz wants the 80's back in more ways than one, but I sure as hell don't and neither does anyone else who's ever had a taste for the absolute abundance of talent out there that we never would have heard if it wasn't for the internet. I half suspect everyone else either hasn't heard of the internet or would actually be happy listening to The Lighthouse Family on endless repeat.
It's the music biz's problem, not the ISP's, not the customers, but theirs. Ok the problem wasn't of their own making but they're still smarting and bitching and picking at the scars when all they need to do is either get over it and move on or go the way of the dinosaurs. Fucksake it's not like if the music biz imploded then music would suddenly cease to exist overnight.
PS: Bono. Argh, I honestly can't even think of a single word to describe that fatuous spunkbubble.
"The [Justice Department] report is not expected to find — nor were there — any intentional attempts to obtain records that counterterrorism personnel knew they were not legally entitled to obtain," said assistant director of public affairs Michael Kortan.
So. Not really what you'd describe as repentant then.
When "British" corporates like BAe have more or less shipped out to the US anyway, but are happy to carry on taking UK tax subsidies and, quite frankly, the piss, it seems like we're wasting a lot of money for negative net benefit, no?
I agree It would be nice to be completely self-reliant for defence again, but do you honestly believe that will ever happen? Bearing in mind it's an all or nothing deal. Either we are or we aren't. No point in having British-made stuff with foreign tech in the recipe.
Nobody's saying we should have armed forces equipped entirely with badly-matched or inadequate OTS stuff from the Septics, just that there are a LOT of white elephants hoovering up cash that could be better spent on real progress in areas that matter more.
We don't have an empire, we don't have the resources. We punch way above our weight, which is a whole other issue, but if we're going to spend such a torrent of cash on defence then I would honestly rather see my money spent more wisely.
AAAAARGH! Nineteen Sixty Bloody Six
Jesus christ here we go. I don't even like football and I can't stand how much that ropey old nonsense gets wheeled out.
Admittedly I did let myself in for that one by actually reading the article, but come on it's like the fabled big red button marked "do not push". Before I know it I've clicked myself into the article and now I'm sitting here tapping away like some reactionary Daily Hate reader at the mere mention of the word "paedo".
At a guess
"to be honest I don't see exactly what she has gained that is so great and that she couldn't have had otherwise"
Media attention. Not so great to you or me but apparently some people need it quite badly. Or the gossip-mag-buying public need quite badly for them to need it quite badly. Or something.
Paris 'cos I'm about as insightful as she is.
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