So when do our politicos in the UK face doing porridge for the biggest Ponzi scam of all:- National Insurance?
1724 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
Re: There is nothing evil about the military
Yes:- the old description - Lions led by donkeys - is as apt today as it was in the Crimean War, and pretty much any & every conflict since then.
Re: Just me, or what?
No, it's not just you, Pete. That was my first take, too.
...such as the black pudding (or bubble)...
My Full English has both black pudding and bubble, and also a round or two of fried bread.
Re: I had wondered what this guy had got up to...
Ditto. I have been following rather good.com for several years now, and have subscribed to Joel's newsletters.
Far more intelligent and entertaining than most of the dross on the TV/MSM/Interwebs...
Good man, Joel:- more brown sauce to your bacon!
@Oh Homer...Re: Total lack of any actual numbers noted
Try comparing like with like:- unless you think Ferrari are finished, because they're totally outsold by entry-level models from Kia & Hyundai inter alia
@Nicho - Re: Reflective Shell ?
"There was a dude called Newton who did some work a while back on action and reaction. You should check it out."
To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
This can be proved by punching a Millwall supporter...
Depending on which wildlife you feed (gators?)...
...and who you feed to 'em...
Re: One meter charging is a bit more useful
I await a patent lawsuit filed by the Tetley Teafolk...
Indeed Sir, Cameron & Osborne are particularly repellent examples of humanity, BUT...
Their being repellent does not automatically preclude Labour from being more than somewhat dense. Furthermore, a statement describing Labour as extremely lacking in the brightness department is in no way indicative of an endorsement of the other lot.
In my (not so) humble opinion, the whole bunch of 'em are utter and total arseholes, and I know many other people of the same opinion.
To be expected:
The excellent Jerry Pournelle described this in his Iron Law of Bureaucracy:-
In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.
I wholeheartedly concur...
...and admire your remarkable restraint in your descriptions.
Harriet Harman's a woman???
For a start...
We could bring an unbelievably useless PM (as bad as his two predecessors), who in common with those two, has a massive ego with absolutely no justification for it whatsoever.
He could have some value as ballast - to be jettisoned whenever necessary or desirable.
I've seen many take the machine-gun approach:- fire off 299 shots and one will hit the target.
Lack of (spare) funds keep me wedded to my film kit (2 F4s & 1 F-801s bodies) and I shoot Fujichrome: Cost also means each shot is generally considered - but not of course, always successful. Still enjoy it & find it relaxing - and my faithful old Coolscan V lets me share with friends and family.
It's obviously different for a Pro, when you need to put food on the table & keep the wolf from the door, but as an amateur, I honestly don't think it matters a damn what you use if - a) you enjoy it , and b) you're happy with your results.
Chill:- and enjoy!
@NumptyScrub - Re: I genuinely do not understand...
"...Confidence tricksters, banking institutions, politicians...all exploit"
A degree of tautology there, perhaps?
...if they're all competing against each other to see who can be the most anti-competitive, will it stand up in court?
Re: Austin Powers App
"...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"?
Re: So that's one fondleslab
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..."
Re: Looking on the bright side....
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.
Re: My Little Pony...
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...
Re: Solutions looking for a problem
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.
It's the norm these days...
If you can't find real bait for a trollfest, manufacture it artificially.
Since you insist...
...on using Kiddietalk like (Cr)Apple, might one point out your omission in not referring to the EU(SSR)?
Re: Is it only iPhones..?
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?
Re: To be fair...
..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"
Re: Aww, US budget cuts could be simple ;-)
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.
Re: Where's "rate this article gone"?
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.
Re: Nostalgia ain't what it used to be
Calling Banks "Cunts" is like calling cattle "bovine".
Damn close to tautology.
Re: We've covered all the primary colours so what' next?
Maybe it is, but it's still a component colour of the rainbow.
Re: "Blue light of death" is boring...
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.
Re: Version 1.0 all your base belong us
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..?
@Don Jefe Re: "as well as a power plant"
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...
Re: There is a simple solution....
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...
Re: All to do with history @Mtech25
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?
@Gav and Gordon 11
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!
Re: I read this and I think
"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...
@Jake Re: hmmm..
"... 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...