Re: Austin Powers App
"...I and every other bloke would end up using it for "ZOOMING IN" on women's "TITS"..."
Even Graham Norton?
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"...I and every other bloke would end up using it for "ZOOMING IN" on women's "TITS"..."
Even Graham Norton?
"SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it"...
Is the first line of El Reg's Oath of Allegiance "Hate Apple & be superior"?
I was a sales support techie in 1980 for Burroughs Computers. All salesmen (Burroughs & others) repeated the mantras regarding "The paperless office".
Most of them even believed it...
So, pardon me if almost 35 years later, as I sit surrounded by printers & reams of paper, I say when I hear comments like "touchscreen phones and tablets are going to replace the personal computer" my thoughts are along the lines of "We'll see:- time will tell..."
Quite true - although I'm a Mac user, I keep two separate & offline clones of my boot drive, so in the event of any incursion by the ungodly (there may always be some zero day exploit) I can boot from one of my backups (the most recent) and reformat & re-clone to the boot drive.
It's a bit of a faff, but it has become second nature to me: incremental backups to clones are pretty quick, - and I NEVER let the system remember passwords for any sensitive or financial info, or store card numbers for me.
Better 30 mins/week than letting these arseholes really spoil my day.
Earlier than that...
Private Eye had a cartoon of a sweet little girl with a "My Little Pony" stable on the table, next to her Dennis the Menace of a brother who had a toy building with a "My Little Knacker's Yard" sign affixed.
If my memory serves me correctly, this was early-mid 1970's...
Almost ditto - but I'm still enamoured of both my 20yr old Nikon F4s bodies - hell, I also use my F-801s too. I shoot Fujichrome and send my exposed films off. If I want to get all arty-farty, then I have a Coolscan V - but I don't feel the urge to go digital quite yet. I'm due to retire (or more likely, semi-retire) in early 2015: maybe I'll relearn B&W processing as I have fond memories of darkrooms. I'd do it now, but I just really don't have the time.
If you can't find real bait for a trollfest, manufacture it artificially.
...on using Kiddietalk like (Cr)Apple, might one point out your omission in not referring to the EU(SSR)?
Have only iPhone users using cheap third-party chargers shuffled off this mortal coil?
Or is it not deemed worthy of reporting Sony/Samsung/HTC/Motorola etc. users who have departed via the same route?
..and he stayed at each of those companies until he was found out, perchance?
2 thumbs down? There must be lawyers reading El Reg,
Our (and the Merkins) legal system has developed to administer the law.
Justice might have been an intent when drafting and passing laws, but the legal system is there to administer and enforce the law as is, not as should be.
Failure of the law to reflect justice is a failure by the legislators (aka politicians).
And when was the last time politicians screwed up..?
It's been one hell of a long time since the legal system - in the US or the UK - had much to do with Justice.
criticism in the US press... of the Slate 21 for lacking an accelerometer or a GPS chip but frankly that’s daft
Not at all, old lad.
Fit an accelerometer to it, and if it's sensitive enough, the Slate 21 will give you advance warning when you and your house are about to slide into the Pacific or the abyss.
They could even charge a premium for the "Slate 21 - San Andreas model"
select them at random?
Well, it's a novel idea;- and you've have to be 'selecting' in some pretty dubious places to end up with anything as hopeless as the shower we've got!
Before anyone accuses me of tribalism, let me say I have an equal view of ALL political parties, and it is one of utter contempt for all of them in their present form.
You get an up vote for knowing the Buffs (all the way back from '67 - when I was but a callow 17yr old...)
Come to think of it, kudos to Mr Leyden, too.
Now where's that "ageing hippie" icon?
Accountable to whom?
Another meaningless piece of disinformation.
Calling Banks "Cunts" is like calling cattle "bovine".
Damn close to tautology.
Maybe it is, but it's still a component colour of the rainbow.
Don't see anything specifying "Human"...
Could be a commentard from Wales, or New Zealand or similar...
"She repeatedly insisted that Facebook cared deeply about the privacy of its 1.2 billion worldwide user base"...
...and I could repeatedly insist that the moon is made of green cheese. Still doesn't make it so.
Such "ladies of the night in Moscow" coming into contact (oo-er, missus) with Clinton would definitely have been KGB/FSB (depending upon when) operatives, anyway.
"...The Cupertino idiot-tax operation..."
...as reported by the Laystall Street kiddie-scribble operation...
"Not the Germans *again*...
Natürlich:- Lebensraum unter dem Schnee
What if one of your list gets Simon Cowell first..?
And there's me thinking that nice Mr Putin had "altruism" written all over him...
Interesting how he wants the status & position of a Czar, but with the effective power of his old KGB chief...
Plus ça change
That means that anything to do with Scunthorpe is now going to be unfindable on the webs...
Yes, but scanned for what?
I've lost count of the number of friends/acquaintances who have installed AV on my advice, then complained two years later that their PC has nasties on it.
No, of course they haven't kept their virus defs up to date - too much like hard work - despite the fact that (I thought) I'd drummed it into them that it was a necessity.
Who knows how up-to-date GMail's scanning is? Sure, it's helpful:- but don't become complacent and totally rely on it.
I take it you're Welsh...
Plus of course, the necessity to avoid losing face. Less important to us occidentals, but it's been ingrained in the oriental psyche for at least a couple of thousand years.
They (the Chinese Authorities) probably couldn't bring themselves to say "Yeah, you're all correct: he is indeed a nasty little nutter of the worst kind, and we've been propping him up & covering his arse for too long now. Enough".
But then has politics ever been based upon openness, honesty & altruism?
OK - I take your point re rights on a pragmatic basis. Let's substitute the word "freedom" for "rights".
In a totally anarchic (proper meaning thereof) world/country/state, I would be free to strangle those who piss me off, as there is no authority to stop me, but it could not be said that I had the "right" so to do, as the lack of authority means there is no-one in a position to define or confer those freedoms as a "right".
Societies historically develop as a group of like-minded individuals coming together with a consensus regarding which "freedoms" are to be surrendered, which "freedoms" are to be protected (i.e. become 'rights') and to define those areas where the common good has a higher priority than individual good. These rules become known as "the law".
Human nature being what it is, societies have found it necessary to allot to some people the purpose of ensuring that the society members abide by the agreed (i.e. consensus) rules. These are police/law enforcement - call it what you like. Then there are those whose allotted function is to administer the mechanics of the society:- i.e. civil service, local council etc., etc.
The larger and more complex the society, the greater the need for (and numbers needed) of specialists in a specific are. The real danger is - and we see this worldwide - when a group of specialists, such as law enforcers, or rule administrators decide that for reasons of self-interest, they will subtly amend the rules or even re-interpret them to their own benefit. This would also include receiving corrupt inducement to do the same for the benefit of another minority self-interested pressure group.
Societies have also varied in their intrinsic make-up: the continental norm tending towards "Everything is forbidden except that which is expressly permitted" whereas in Great Britain, the subtle but vital difference has been our rules are more based upon "Everything is permitted except that which is expressly forbidden."
Many of my freedoms have been conferred as rights by documents such as Magna Carta in 1215, Habeas Corpus Act 1679, the Bill of Rights in 1689 and others.
Society is - or rather should be - for the benefit of the individuals who comprise it. It is emphatically not for the benefit of a small clique who confer upon themselves the "right" to treat the other members as little more than tax-fodder or milch cows, which is unfortunately the situation towards which we have drifted for far too long.
end of rant!
"We should be lucky to have the freedoms that we have"
But the problem is I don't consider myself lucky.
These freedoms are my RIGHT, dammit:- no-one, but no-one, has the right to decide arbitrarily to restrict my freedom(s) on a piecemeal or gradually creeping basis. I accept that to live in a society, one trades off the advantages of doing so against the loss of some freedoms:- e.g. the freedom to just take whatever I want, the freedom to throttle those who piss me off, etc.; one accepts the rules of that society and abides by them.
When those who are elected to administer that society attempt to change the rules - to their advantage and to our (the society members) disadvantage, the society is in danger of breaking down - possibly violently.
I refuse point-blank to say to my ruling élite "Thank you for only curtailing my freedoms a little" and subsequently repeat that mantra once a month with every new restriction that further encroaches upon my liberties.
I will never willingly surrender my current freedoms 'in order to preserve my freedom'.
Whilst I'm not surprised at the élite indulging in such sophistry, I am appalled at the degree to which it's being swallowed by many who should know better.
Waiting for what?
Maybe the next episode in The Register's long-running sulky grudge against Apple; dating back to the time when Apple failed to accord them "Most favoured journalists" status, thus sparking one of the longest hissy fits in history...
"... I think I'll stick to my Kimber .45 ;-)..."
And being in the UK, I'll stick to my stick - making sure the pointy end isn't too pointy or Mr Plod will have me...
"...considering the issue of justice in the UK..."
Justice in the UK?
An intriguing idea - but the establishment would never permit it.
El Reg has moved from New Scientist magazine to Nuts magazine with apparent ease.
It's alright for light entertainment, but you wouldn't take it seriously - or admit to being a reader at a job interview.
Goodyear Rebranders Rolls Royce, BMW & Ferrari might release new cars next year.
...that the oil companies' cartel will continue to do their utmost to bury electric cars, by any means possible. This will undoubtedly include some form of unseen arm-twisting to suppliers to the nascent electric car industry,
""Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it,"
Unfortunately the attitude for which MS has often been criticised in the past -
"Own & control it, or kill it!" still seems to prevail.
Since we appear to be in the realms of not-really-existing currency (See Quantitive Easing, ZIRP, Bank Bailouts, etc., ad nauseam), why am I not surprised at those who choose to chase spurious fortunes valued in Monopoly money, based on buying (part of) an unprofitable enterprise, with money they don't have but which doesn't really exist anyway.
My mind is too confused to boggle...
Since it seems to be widely acknowledged that a camel is a horse designed by a committee, I dread to think what a document will be after "Team Edit" has had a go at it...
"...a warring wife ran over her husband (and his father) with her camper van..."
Obviously not an intent...
Exactly:- if no-one has more than £10,000,000 then anything for sale to the individual but priced over ten million, will drop in price until it reaches purchasable status and thus sells.
Or is withdrawn from the marketplace if the vendor decides to keep it.
Corporate purchases are obviously a different matter.
Good plan:- I'll go along with that.
We just need to decide exactly how we cull them - maybe as in "badger" - pour encourager les autres...
...as a relatively reactionary 63-yr old, who has always had a distaste for Labour because of their interfering, controlling, nannying ethos, I must say that there is much in this protest with which I profoundly agree:-
"Cull The Tories" I disagree with this one:- why stop there? Cull the lot of 'em...
"Remember who your enemies are: billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in injustice," Totally agree:- who with more than a single number IQ could not?
"The government doesn't listen to us. Big business doesn't listen. We're here to protest against greed and call for a fairer world." Very true:- but I think it will take rather more than protest to achieve this.
"The corporate world has gotten out of control. They don't need all that money." Spot on:- whilst I'm no leftie (the government can keep its larcenous sticky fingers away from my hard-earned), corporate pay & benefits for the upper echelons have reached levels of avarice undreamed of only a few years ago.
History has shown that even when a socialist government is installed - either voted in or having seized power, all that happens is that one class dictatorship is replaced by another. Socialists never redistribute wealth - instead they redistribute poverty & misery.
It's always us poor bastards in the middle who get squeezed and hammered.
The answer? I haven't formulated any ideas yet, but I can say my heart goes out to all you poor sods under the age of 40, when I think about your potential future, and the incompetent corrupt arseholes to whom you appear to have to entrust it...
At 63, I'm past the age where pubs & baccy shops ask for proof of age.
I have neither a Passport nor a Driving Licence.
Big Brother can go take a flying f***.
If I could pick up anything in 1,000 years I'd undoubtedly be far too senile to indulge in any contemplation of it.
"... it's surprising we've still not been extinguished by alien invasion..."
Maybe they were on their way to invade Earth, but picked up TV transmissions en route, saw Simon Cowell and decided they didn't want any part of such a planet...
"... it could turn the planet’s people into helpless slaves..."
That's been achieved by just a few bankers...
Yeah, but they're on the government payroll (one way or another)