34 posts • joined 12 Jul 2008
Re: Odd, I'm beginning to think Lewis has an agenda...
'The point of trying to do something about it is because the fallout will cost more money than we have.'
'Remember there is enough food to feed everyone on the planet but people starve because they can't afford it.'
As Mervyn King and Ben Bernanke have proven, there is no limit to the amount of money available (it is a bit like there being no limit to the amount of runs a cricketer can make in a test innings)
The reason some people starve despite a surplus is because some other people would rather artificially restrict the supply in order to make a personal profit.
If there is enough food to feed everyone then its value is negligible (like air) and everyone gets to eat. (effectively free)
You demonstrate you have absolutely no idea how basic economics works, I may not be alone in doubting you have any idea how climate works.
Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"
'(but by what mechanism?) '
Funnily enough (A)GCC will be the least of our problems, the thing that made the humans so successful (the selfish gene) will be our downfall.
Human population will breach 9bn but will struggle to reach 10, lowered child mortality (the 3 D's) means population ageing followed by drawn out crash.
You, as an average parent will always be better off personally and can give a better start to your progeny if
a) you know they will outlive you
b) you restrict yourself to 2 or less
There is nothing anybody can do about this (we were only following our genes sir)
The tipping point in the west is when they can no longer attract fecund immigrants.
(hint: this will happen on our watch)
Re: @Neil Morgan
As you could probably tell from the John Cooper Clarke references, I haven't been to Manchester since the early 80's. Have they got it in colour now ?
500 Shades of Grey
B&W TV is reality TV in Manchester, grey council blocks shrouded in grey drizzle for months on end whilst the grey people shuffle to and from their grey jobs eking out a miserable existence in a dreary grey environment.*
Colour TV is just taunting them.
(*I went there once)
This is Manchester (NSFW)
Pint icon, hmm Boddingtons (the only thing worth getting out of bed for in Manchester)
7 inch tablet is the PC of the future
the 7 inch tablet is the perfect form factor for most common usage of a desktop/laptop/notebook/netbook PC.
I have a big TV and keyboard/mouse in my living room, a little keyboard/mouse in the case when I'm out on business and touchscreen when I'm gaming/surfing/navigating/phoning.
The Nexus 7 moves seamlessly between all these environments and never leaves my side.
Re: How to confirm that an unsubscribe mechanism works?
The Bankers and Pension Fund managers in effect holding up signs saying "I'm a criminal and I will rob you." Doesn't it seem bizarre that their business models are still working so well? Not when you consider they have the balls of the Government in their hands. TFIFY.
Spammed from a 'reputable' company, forward it with covering complaint to the CEO (Google is your friend).
Make a note of CEO's name.
If the problem is fixed then all is hunky dory
Never buy any product from any business that employs that person (LinkedIn is your friend) and if asked, say why.
Re: couldn't care less, you bought from them so might do again...
was that 'Hoseasons' by any chance. The worst thing is they censor comments on their website so no bad reviews of the accommodation (I have the photos) appear, and they still have the cheek to send both soft and hard copy spam.
Re: Anything but Unity
I appreciate the article is about Ubuntu (with Unity) on Android phones, my use of Android has been with tablets (2 x Nexus 7's running JellyBean and a cheap clone running ICS for the kids), the missus has an S2 which she uses for FB. My phone is a pink Sony W200I :)
I want a tablet to act as a handheld computer when I'm out and about but when I'm at home I want it to be either my desktop (ie TV as monitor and proper keyboard/mouse) or as a wireless games controller (again using the TV as display, you could overlay all the controls you have for a PC game onto the tablet, much better than the limited PS3 type controller)
The 7inch form factor is brilliant for a PC
(a phone is just an app that runs on my mobile PC, Skype started on the desktop)
Anything but Unity
I've been thinking of this for a while, I've got a Nexus 7 that works fine with an ancient full sized Trust wireless keyboard and mouse, I've got a nice piece of marble that would make a great docking station, all I'm waiting for is a cheap Push2TV clone so I can plug it into the 40 inch tv in the living room. When I come in I could drop the Nexus into the dock and use the keyboard/mouse on the coffee table, when I go I just pick up the Nexus and it's a charged up standalone tablet again.
I won't be using Unity though (it's awful), I'm in the process of moving the family computers away from Ubuntu, I haven't yet decided on Mint or Bodhi (Bodhi is looking good cuz it still fits on a CD)
Re: It's a Trap - Obligatory XKCD reference
There is a link to Spiders on Acid
I used to have a subscription to .EXE mag which featured the (now) infamous Robert Schifreen and the Reg's very own Verity Stob. It was a proper mag for programmers with hardly any ads.
Re: I've got two 7's and no fruit
When No.1 took his nexus to school on the first day back, one of the kids said 'is it an apple ?', just as he was about to reply, one of the older (and much cooler) kids said 'no. it's a Nexus 7, it's newer and better, can I have a go ?'.
No.1 was well chuffed that his old man reads The Reg. and picked up on the gadget of the year. The iPad mini is for seriously uncool late comers (sorry)
Stop buying products from these companies
So they think that we are all pirates and can censor my internet. I don't actually use torrent sites , download movies or any of that stuff but I don't see why large corporates think they can dictate to me so I will not be buying any products from any of these companies or any of their parents/subsiduaries. EMI, Sony-BMG, Universal and Warner. I won't be buying a stereo, PS3, movies on dvd, watching movies at the cinema, cds from these companies. The only freedom that I as a consumer have is the withdrawal of my business (see how that fits into their business model)
Nothing to do with 'Gangs'
'More bizarrely, perhaps, injunctions could be used to prevent individuals using the internet to encourage or facilitate violence. Lastly, courts would be able to prevent individuals wearing "particular items of clothing such as gang colours or balaclavas which prevent identification".'
This has nothing to do with 'gangs' but has everything to do with freedom of association of ordinary people.
Supposing you didn't agree with the employment policy of a company who was employing foreign contractors
Supposing you set up a website to publicise said companies actions.
Supposing you set up a blog on the site to encourage fair and open debate.
Supposing someone posts 'why don't we go down there and show them the strength of our feelings'
When are you people going to get off your hairy a#### and do something about the drip drip of freedoms being taken away from you.
Tuh, tecchy's, what are they good for.
PS. when this becomes law, allowing this post will get El Reg shutdown, you have been warned
Amazon - worse than Nike
Just discovered something called Amazon Turks, jeez this is something like out of one of those sci-fi dystopian futures. All those descriptions of nice shiny things in the internet shopping mall were created by an army of slave wage labour toiling away for a real pittance in the virtual world, feeding the monster that has become online trading.
The current banking crisis was caused by global bankers having no responsibilities and no accountabilities.
This is worse, a huge number of isolated workers with no representation and no rights have been enslaved by the machine.
This is an outrageous use of what is supposed to be an enabling technology, it seems to me to only be enabling the superrich corporations to make even more obscene profits for their fat cat directors and shareholders.
If I need a book I'll go to my library (where they pay at least minimum wage)
So you walk into a carpark, next to your car there is another car with its door wide open, on the seat is a wallet with a load of cash and a switched on laptop.
a. ignore it, it's not my problem or
b. have a shufty to see if you can identify the owner and inform him of his potential loss
As a normal person you might think risking 5 years hard in a foreign jail is not worth the hassle, let someone else do it but if you have aspergers the only thought is b. not for one moment do you think that some deviant t**t will call the cops on you for doing what is the the right thing.
He could very well have been trying to be helpful. When you or I try to be helpful, we do it for the selfish inner glow we get, basking in the thanks we get, if we get no thanks we just shrug it off with a 'miserable...'.
Aspergers people try to be helpful because they have been conditioned to believe that that is what others want, when their help is rebuffed they take it heart and believe that they have done something wrong (which is why he admitted it)
You and me can suss out when someone is trying to pull the wool over our eyes, people with this condition have no concept that anybody would even try.
Just take his computer off him and give him something useful to do with his time.
hacking...walked in through the open door more like
McKinnon admitted (allegedly) to breaking into US Mil and Nasa sites by going in through an open door, rooted around looking for ufo stuff and apparently did loads of damage (like telling them that their security was shite) and brought down 300 computers.
I think that since there is now a new guy in charge at the top who believes in openness for the good of the people and not to cover the hairy arses of some incompetant sysadmins, and publicity seeking DA's.
McKinnons lawyers should be asking for the whole truth as to how he managed this feat.
If McKinnon has got aspergers then he will be eaten alive by the american judicial system.
they are the archtypal weird kid, there is just something about them read this guys first comment http://www.guardian.co.uk/users/darrenforster99/comments
he most certainly has it.
If Barack allows this to go ahead the all that talk of inclusivaty, non-discrimination etc. will be shown up as just another load of tosh by some party politician.
In my misspent youth we were into loads of systems, mainly to see if it could be done (it could) we never caused any damage (covered by criminal damage laws) and never stole any propriety information (covered by other existing legislation).
Emma Nicholson (anybody remember her...no I thought not) brought in some hysterical ott anti-hacking laws (my god she has been reincarnated as waki jaki) and put an end to our exploits. But there again I don't have aspergers and could read between the lines.
A Better Way ?
Ok so google is only in it for the money, is there a better search engine that serves up comparable links ?
Completely nothing to do with this story whatever it is
Hi Reg and Reggers
Experian/Equifax and other credit reference agencies.
My credit history is mine and mine alone, I mean I'm the one creating it (mostly a sad list of increasing debts interspersed with the occasional payment to keep the wolves and bailiffs from the door:) so I must have some kind of IP or copyright over it, now I don't mind other people having access to it and using for commercial gain as long as the respective licenses have been agreed and paid for
Can your armchair lawyers shed light on this (these companies make loads of cash and I would like some of the action:)
Back to the story..
French phones unlocked
As far as I was aware, all phones in france are unlocked, the apple thingy is a phone so it has to be unlocked. simple oui.
what is or isn't a swear word ?
I always thought that words that were part of normal average persons speech pattern were not swear words. In the UK, b####r, b######s, f##k etc were considered swear words as they weren't part of normal evryday speech.
I've been to Eire, sitting in the pub or queueing in the post office, every other word I heard from the youngest person to the oldest was what I (being english) would consider to be a swear word but that is just how they speak.
To ban another race from speaking in their natural language would surely be racist.
Banning me from speaking or writing in another persons language must also be racist.
so feck the lot of them, they're all shite anyway
Just Change Banks
I was with Abbey, well Abbey National as it was, service got progressively worse, then they got taken over by Santander and they went down the pan.
Changed banks, dead easy these days, I even got paid for doing so.
Check out GreasyPalm for the best deal.
You could even make me some money by using my referral code.
I wouldn't recommend Alliance and Leicester despite the 100 quid they are offering as they are now owned by Santander as well.
write to them
can you put a permanent link on your site to mysociety.org, theyworkforyou.com and writetothem.com on your site, it's all very well just complaining to each other about what they are doing but if a few of us 'grumpy old men/women' actually got of our collective arses and told them what we think it might actually help.
I know that the links won't make you any money but look at it as a bit of community service (as opposed to the actual community service we will all be doing when they have criminalised us all :)
if you turn it on and it says DS then it is the real thing, counterfeiting the silicon would cost far more than buying the real thing. (scanning, tunnelling electron microscope to reveal each layer of the chip, time spent working out the layer interconnects, 8 billionUSD fabrication plant to make the chips etc.)
These will be asian market consoles which retail at a lot less than we have to pay.
Refuse to buy any **ntendo or **aystation console (uk market or not) and complain to the companies concerned until they stop ripping us off.
The power supplies might not be CE marked, a process by which someone declares that the item in question conforms to standard (and any idiot can do that, google CE marking) which would make the whole thing, PSU and console illegal as they are intended to be used together.
That is where Customs and Excise come in.
The things bursting into flames/electricuting your offspring is a Trading Standards issue.
If I were to buy one of these things, I would tell the retailer to ditch the packaging and PSU and just send me the console. (as for instructions, if you need them then perhaps a games console is not what you need)
STMicroelectronics make microcontrollers that control brushless AC and DC motors (ST9xx and ST7xx). The idea is that the fridge motor runs all the time (no brushes to wear out as in conventional motors) spinning faster and slower as demand requires. Ally this to proper 3 term temperature control and the sudden spikes would largely be ironed out. (fridge temperature rises quicker if there is no food in it creating the random speedup time). It is programmable (8 bit just like the old IBM PC) so there is the IT angle.
What is wrong with hydroelectric generation, it's always bloody raining round here in Wales and a dam on the river behind my house would have stopped the two and a half feet of water that came rushing into my living room a month ago.
Can I have a new fridge please as mine is now broken due to the above mentioned flood
Mine's the one dripping wet and covered in mud
What Planet is the Judge from
Why did the judge accept her guilty plea ? she plainly had evidence of wrong doing planted on her computer by others unknown. This sets a Very Very dangerous precedent. Anybody who doesn't like you or want to discredit you can and will do the same. What happened to due process ?
I recently received a fixed penalty for not declaring SORN on a vehicle despite having done so on the DVLA website.
Normally I just tick the box and send it back in the post, but lured by the chance of winning a brand new SEAT car, I used their site.
£82 in road tax and fixed penalty later, never again.
(presumably there wasn't even a car to win either)
I see only squares.
They aren't Spaniard Spanish sites, they are simply orphaned pages from the arpanet circa 1968 requested by a 2K modem and finally finding a computer of similar vintage to display them on.
I've always wondered what happened to the pages I requested when IE hangs and I press cntrl/alt/del, no doubt they will turn up in 2030
My Jeans Made Me Do It
When they identify the "criminal gene", the genuinely criminal population will be able to claim that they were not responsible for their own actions, ingenius eh! this wishy washy lefty government wants to empty the prisons of career crims to make way for you recalcitrants, unless they can identify the "troublemaker gene" as well.
(it's not my fault, I have the troublemaker gene in abundance)
Just spend more money
the storage industry just needs to get with the program.
Spend more money on new kit. It will be smaller,faster and cheaper.
It will be less wasteful (that's stockholders money you are wasting)
You will provide a better/cheaper service to your customers and so outcompeting your competitors.
There will be a period of consolidation amongst suppliers as those companies who have invested wisely reap the benefits and gain market share
The cost of energy is pretty level across all storage suppliers and is not a significant differenciating factor.
Revenue Generation and Data Capture
Whatever the argument for or against speed limits, fixed speed cameras are for revenue generation and average speed cameras with anpr are for data capture.
How do you get round it..
Leave your posh motor at home but make sure your insurance says you can drive any car not belonging to you.
Pick up a car on e-bay for less than a hundred quid, don't send in the V5 and sell it two weeks later on e-bay (for a profit if you are lucky)
Buy another one (chances are the seller will have washed it for you as well :)
Paris, cuz she's never seen in the same car twice
what is it with you people
this is a gross infringement of a persons right to liberty, decency and due process. What if this happened to you, your wife, child, parent. 4 years waiting for a result, any kind of result from the legal process is just not on.
Send a letter complaining (not a petition or email or any other kind of easily dismissed junk) to
Michael Regan state attorney
Donald E. Williams state senator
in Connecticut marking the outside of the letter "cheque enclosed"
obviously don't enclose a cheque (check in US?)
T&C - Unfair Contract Terms
terms printed on ticket are unlikely to stand up as you only see the T&C after you have bought the ticket (and entered into the terms)
Ok to print them just no basis in law
Lets get this straight :)
poor people drive old cars (I know, I'm one of them).
Big gas guzzlers are cheap cuz middle class people can afford to take the hit on getting rid of them so poor people buy them as that is all they can afford (me)
Car Tax used to be called "road fund license" ie. to pay for roads, it is now called Vehicle Excise Duty and is just another HMG tax.
Congestion Charge is designed to allow rich people to drive around London on quiet roads.
Price of petrol/diesel is too low, I work in a petrol station and my forecourt is full for most of the day, increase price/lower demand, simple (its the economy stupid)
Scrap road tax and put it on petrol, in fact crank it up a bit and give the surplus to subsidise buses.
Because my MOT is due and I will probably be walking from now on
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