396 posts • joined Wednesday 19th November 2008 11:46 GMT
Minimum alcohol pricing reduces drinking, in the same way that ever increasing fuel duty keeps cars off the roads and thereby reduces congestion.
Just another tax with a ridiculous rationalisation, it won't be mourned.
Re: Aggravated Homosexuality?
Breaking and decorating.
Any relation to the ads for write-only memory? Write once, impossible to read. Perfect security.
Re: This from...
But only the right sort of imaginary friends. Imaginary friends that come from a different magical book are offensive and must be banned.
I think it's mainly because the people writing the requirements are non-technical people who have no idea what they're asking for. They put every conceivable qualification that they can think of down expecting god himself to apply (as he's the only one who could possibly meet the requirements) but after months of silence or unsuitable people they just settle for someone who can just do the job.
"having a 3-letter Twitter [handle]"
Sorry, what? What difference does it make what his username is? That's not privileged information, does he mean the password?
Funniest bit was the random guy at NASA who yelled 'holy shit' at touchdown before suddenly realising he was on camera and they hastily muted the feed.
How can a guy with that much debt start up a new company? When you owe 9 figures to people isn't it about time that they start seizing your assets and taking your business off you?
So will the police be pursuing every person who insults or threatens me on the internet now? No? Of course not, I'm not rich and famous so I just have to deal with it.
If you go anywhere on the internet and participate in any public forum you get morons who will insult, swear, and threaten you/your mom/your pets. Everyone else just ignores this noise but if you're a celebrity then the police will now chase each and every one down and prosecute them?
"reputation management" for high-profile punters' social network profiles
Is that really a viable career now? What the hell happened to society?
Re: Mistakes happen
Mistakes like this should never happen on a live system.
Where was the error checking? Is there nothing that looks as a payment run and says, 'Hang on, this payment looks exactly the same as this other one. Is it a duplicate?'
"Become a government informant. Betray your family and friends. Fabulous prizes to be won!"
Re: Large UPS
"I think the batteries have to be internal."
Nope, the device just can't be connected to the mains. If you plug it into the wall socket it's considered to be a permanent fixture and so the building requires a license. So as long as you're wireless it's fine. Not sure how they'd react to a network cable though, I suspect that most of the people charged with enforcing this would have a hard time differentiating between a power cable and a cat6 cable.
Re: another 100m
40k a year for a programmer? Not sure where you work but I think I need to move there.
"a successful government IT project".
We should have it stuffed!
What am I saying? It will be by the time it's done.
Re: Fairly misleading article...
Quoted from his blog post
"I was stopped by a person who subsequently stated that he was a McDonalds employee"
"I noticed that Perpetrator 1 was wearing a name tag clipped to his belt. When I looked down at it, he quickly covered it up with his hand, and pulled it off and turned it around so that it was facing inwards, so that only the blank white backside of it was then facing outwards."
"The third person (who I will refer to as Perpetrator 3) was holding a broom and dustpan, and wearing a shirt with a McDonald's logo on it."
So that's the main assailant and at least one of the 2 people with him who are almost certainly restaurant employees.
Re: Fairly misleading article...
His blog said the one of the other 2 was holding a dustpan and brush. Not the kind of thing a customer would take to McD's.
Re: Question from the stupid person in the forum
It doesn't produce energy, just takes it in. One of the potential applications here is that when you fire enough energy at a small point, like they have done here with multiple lasers converging on a small area, you can ignite a fusion reaction which can then be used to generate lots of clean power, far more than you used to power the laser.
In this scenario the laser is simply the starter motor that kicks off the fusion reactor.
Re: Danger to people?
No, there's no danger at all. The planet's magnetosphere deflects most of the CME around the planet. Even the ISS is still inside that protective barrier so at most they'll see a slight increase in solar radiation.
Those of us on the ground or at the relatively piddling height of 40,000 feet won't see any difference at all, unless you happen to look up and see the pretty colours as the atmosphere gets all excited about it.
Re: 8am and still no o2 connection since yesterday afternoon
Hardly any BBC reporting? It was the second most read article on their mobile site when I checked last night.
That's how I found out about the problem, I assumed it was just my handset playing up until I saw their article.
Re: And in what public forum
How quaint, you think the government somehow serves you.
It's been a long time since any politician in power acted in the interests of anything other than their own wallet.
VPN wont' help here as they're trying to stop the content being published in the first place, not just block access to it.
Re: Simple fix?
Except if they do that they're actively interrupting the intended communications of the affected PCs. While now they're effectively invisible proxies, the second they start actively changing where the users get sent the companies who have to spend money on fixing the problem can start pointing fingers at the FBI for disrupting their businesses. Given the general technical knowledge of your average judge, trying to explain what's happening would be a losing battle for the feds.
Re: People have been given plenty of notice
1/3? You think there are less than 1 million pc's on the internet?
Sorry, but is there any evidence other than data from Anonymous? Somehow I doubt the group has everyone's best interests at heart and I wouldn't even consider acting on information from them without some pretty hard evidence to back it up.
Shock horror - human rights abuses found in China.
Western corporations ignore the abuse in favour of continuing to make huge profits on outsourced labour.
News at 11.
Or perhaps the mobile app had some debug code left in it that wasn't supposed to run on their live servers?
One rogue DROP statement can cause havoc if they don't have proper backups and DR policies.
Re: So hate me why don't you
I've got the double pack too. The first (only?) film is one of my all-time favourites.
Watched the sequel once, nodded solemnly, put it back in it's place and haven't watched it since.
Re: all for a retail price of $300 (£191).
Ah, well you see there are difficulties bringing a product to market in a foreign territory and the distribution channels are far more expensive. Not to mention sales tax, import duty, window tax, backhanders etc. So it makes sound fiscal sense to simplify the process by charging the same numeric value in every country and only varying the currency symbol. Except in regions where the difference between the USD and the local currency would result in a loss for the manufacturer.
Re: Phones & Cameras
She states on her blog that it isn't a phone, she was taking a small camera in with her specifically to take these photos for her reports.
It's a moronic law written by people with no knowledge of the technologies involved. It's practically unworkable as it stands and will hopefully be dropped entirely shortly. If not, at the very least lets hope that ignoring it becomes commonplace. Like how it's illegal to park your car on the pavement but the police are unlikely to prosecute you for it unless you're causing a problem for others.
Re: Radiation, the new terrorist paedophiles.
The Sun were already reporting on radioactive paedophiles long before this:
Re: Advice for his legal team
Ah but you're making the classic mistake of expecting the law to apply in the same way to a politician and a prole. If a politician breaks the law it's simply because they mis-interpreted the law. If a prole breaks the same law it's because they're a criminal.
Mine was up and down all weekend, in the year since I moved into this house and got VM installed I've had the connection speed drop to 1/2 what it was to begin with, they forced out a firmware update to the router that completely broke the wifi, cut me off for a week due to a 'fibre issue' and then over this weekend I couldn't get to half of the sites I tried. In every instance they've provided absolutely no support beyond telling me to continually reboot my PC and modem until it comes back. I doubt there's a single support worker left with them that knows how anything works, they just read scripts at me and refuse to actually fix the problems.
My only other option is a 1Mb ADSL service with BT, so for now at least there's no reasonable alternative.
Re: Can't fault their stance
The same can be said for Microsoft, or Linux, or any popular brand. Say anything bad about them and expect the foaming-at-the-mouth weirdos to yell at you.
Re: If its wrong most of the time...
Marketing overrides maths.
" I don't know what crappy spec machine you must be trying to run it on?!?"
Dual core CPU @ 2.6GHz, 4 GB RAM, recent nvidia card (1024MB, can't remember the model), Creative 5.1 sound card. All latest drivers.
Video stutters, random coloured pixels flicker across the screen, menus and buttons flicker then disappear leaving artifacts behind.
None of these problems manifest in Windows on the same PC. Just Ubuntu.
Make it opt in only, it's the responsibility of the parents to apply to their ISP and have it switched on for their connection. The parents need to start taking some responsibility for raising their own children instead of dumping them in front of the TV/PC/iPad and expecting the government to supervise them.
Mine can't handle a refresh rate of more than about 10 FPS, so DVDs stutter and flicker.
And that's with a fairly decent spec and recent nvidia graphics card installed, Ubuntu just can't handle anything more complex than running OpenOffice yet.
Re: 7 hours
Perhaps the camera wasn't within his reach while he was airborne. Might have needed to land and get into the camera to get the card out.
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