396 posts • joined Wednesday 19th November 2008 11:46 GMT
Judging by the example one shown in the pic, John Doe was a family man living in the US, who carried a shield, either spent most of his time leaning forwards at an improbable angle or once put his foot through a staircase. He also apparently banged wooden stakes into things with his bare fists? and, had some form of nuclear-based super powers?
You may laugh...
...at how backwards this seems, but when you consider that UK police forces hire psychics to assist with murder cases it just leaves you with vague feeling of depression at the state of the world.
I think that's just a scapegoat
They'll always give a convenient figure like 99.99% so that when it inevitably misses a few they can just say "Well, that's the .01% that it can't kill." thereby avoiding the inevitable lawsuits that would result from a claim of 100% removal.
Simple way to decide who pays extra
You just have two doorways leading onto the plane, a narrow one and a double-door jobbie. If you can't fit through the narrow one without touching the sides then you pay the extra for the second seat and go through the other door.
A simple solution
We just need to instigate some sort of system where all citizens are issued with some form of identification, say a card of some sort. That will prove who you are and that you have a right to be here.
Correct me if I'm wrong
But the system that was disabled was used to detect "unauthorised access", but the crims used stolen credentials to access the database. How would it then have known that those authorised credentials were being used by unauthorised persons?
Doesn't this mean that even if this mysterious system hadn't been disabled that it wouldn't have helped in this case?
"make it sound like an ice-cream truck or Fiat Panda"
I'd rather have one that sounds like a steam train, with a matching steam-whistle horn.
Just to confuse and/or terrify anyone approaching from the other direction in a dark tunnel.
They public might be more forgiving...
...if they didn't spend so much time coming up with ridiculous and meaningless drivel disguised as an explanation.
"The health and safety of the workforce and people living around the park is our number one priority which is underpinned by robust and proportionate security measures we have put in place."
To me, that just sounds like a default press release written by a marketing department where they just fill in the blanks to apply it to whatever project is in question. What has any of this got to do with 'Health and Safety'?
The phrase 'Doubleplusgood Duckspeak Comrade' springs inexorably to mind.
Wake me when they start using these things for playing conkers, then I'll be satisfied.
Firstly, I remember these things being around when I was back at school in the late 90s, has it really taken this long for the sensationalists to notice?
Secondly, has anyone considered that these children are just lying about what they're doing? How many teenagers claim to have had sex when they're just trying to sound big in front of their friends?
May I be the first to say...
Wankel rotary engine, is just funny in any context. Thank you Felix Wankel.
Are they a religion?
Is Scientology classed as a religion in Australia? In France I believe it's recognised as a cult by the government, and Germany classes it as a business.
They might want to souble check that if they seek to "make it illegal to incite hatred against religious groups"
Experiences of Merka
Flew into LAX and spent a full three and a half hours queuing up to be photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed by three separate Mexicans. Amusingly, the friend I was travelling with misheard the question "What do you do for a living?" and answered "Uh, yes?" but still got waved through.
During that time we were subjected to 6 sniffer dog searches which uncovered not one, not two, but three apples being illegally brought into the country by my fellow passengers (Two of which were leftovers from the in flight meal). I now have a mental image of the security staff piling up all of the confiscated fruit out back somewhere and destroying it in a controlled explosion.
When I came to leave again i sat in the terminal waiting and had one of their heavily armed stormtroopers come up behind me and look over my shoulder at what I was reading, a Readers Digest, not exactly a threat to democracy. I also bought two tins of Jelly Belly jelly beans from the airport and had to open the shrink wrap and show the contents of the tins to the staff as they claimed the tins were 'Impervious to X-Rays'.
Why do people keep saying that?
The Midlands is not 'oop north', we're in the middle. The clue's in the name.
Also, I work in an office and a pay cut of £6,900 would put me dangerously close to 4 figures. Plus, health insurance and company cars? Which office was this survey done in? I'm apparently working in the wrong one
The rides already have signs stating how tall you have to be to get on, they just need to have narrow gates leading into the park. If you're too big to fit through the gates then you shouldn't be wearing a swimming costume in public.
Not really a problem
This will only affect you if our almighty database wielding overlords make a mistake, and as we all know, they are the very acme of flawlessness.
In cases like this where there is a discrepancy between The Database(tm) and reality then reality must therefore be in breach of the law and will be corrected immediately (or as soon as is convenient for the overlords).
@The Metal Cod
Yes, EMP devices are real. In this case the EMP pulse is just a by-product of a nuclear explosion. I'm don't think that pure EMP devices are in general use yet, mainly because in order to shield something from EMP you just need to put a bit of shielding around it so it's not really very effective.
All major government and military facilities are already EMP shielded to ensure they can't be disabled in the event of an attack. Even if an EMP were to be used in a developed country only the most delicate electronics would be permanently damaged, given time everything else would just come back up again once they'd had a chance to recover.
Knowing your rights is one thing
But it's not much use in cases like this where they arrest you first then decide what they arrested you for afterwards, whilst apparently being under no obligation to actually tell you what they came up with. I was under the impression that there was some legal recourse for being wrongfully arrested, or does that only apply if they can't come up with a reason afterwards?
A possible solution
"pursuing no other goal" is apparently one criteria of what determines something to be porn. So if the plumber actually fixes the broken dishwasher and maybe gives some advice on how to avoid it breaking down again then the material must not be porn then. Right?
I might be missing something here...
...but since when did Google have a legal obligation to provide free advertising and contact listings for every company in existence? Surely if they remove a company from THEIR search engine then that's their right. If you're not paying Google anything then what right do you have to demand that they link to you?
In a perfect world
"if a third-party battery is used and it does fail the way Panasonic describes, that's a matter for the user and the battery maker, not Panasonic's responsibility." would be very accurate.
However, we live in a world where if you break a fingernail trying to open a battery compartment you can sue the manufacturer for the 'psychological trauma' you suffer as a result.
There is undoubtedly a financial benefit to them from doing this, but there is still a valid excuse for them trying to protect themselves from lawsuits. After all, if one of these third party batteries did catch fire and destroy the camera, how could they prove reliably (and in a way understandable to a judge) that the battery was third party and not one of theirs?
the human hear
Long day is it?
Here in the UK back in the 90's 'Ninja' was considered too violent an image for a kids show, so it was changed to 'Hero' for that particular cartoon series. It's back to Ninja in the more recent ones though.
OK, two things I can see here
1) His 'right to free speech' is not being infringed, just his right to enter a particular country. As far as I can tell there are no plans to hunt him down and shut him up, he's just not welcome over here. Surely it's up to our government (corrupt and flawed as it is) to decide this, not the US?
2) They're citing international regulations that protect individuals' human rights, exactly the same regulations that the US ignores whenever it feels like it (Guantanamo anyone?), now they want to hide behind those same regulations?
Looks more like a big bloke with a tiny head carrying a giant parsnip to me.
Next wave of trojans
"able to switch between suppliers by simply pressing a button - or perhaps under the control of a simple home computer program".
Then the scum start writing trojans that switch you to a premium rate supplier to make themselves loads of money. A bit like the old premium-rate diallers that circulated back in the 90s.
Have these berks never seen Gordon before?
Anyone who has ever heard of Gordon Ramsay knows that he swears a lot, it's his whole gimmick! It's like watching a porn film and complaining about the gratuitous nudity FFS.
If this is regarding the episode I think it is, then I'll admit that there was more swearing than usual. I even counted the expletives off on my fingers as the chef ranted to his manager for a couple of minutes. But if anything, I found it entertaining that he wasn't able to come up with anything coherent to say so just kept repeating himself over and over again while re-arranging the fucks and shits.
If you don't like swearing, then don't watch something that you already know will contain swearing. It's that simple.
Well, the Q from James Bond would be well worthy of a mention here, and I'm sure I'm not the only geek here who associates the letter Q with a character famously played by a certain Mr John de Lancie. If that isn't of interest to the IT community then I don't know what is.
(Thumbs up because it's the closest I can get to snapping my fingers.)
Must... hold back... tirade...
*Deep breath, calm face on, grip edge of desk to prevent rage from surfacing, clear throat*
Ahem, I have their "up to 20Mb" service, and have never passed 16Mb (even that's just a brief spike at around 3AM every few weeks), my average is roughly 3-5Mb. They cannot deliver anywhere near the speeds they currently advertise. all of my attempts to discuss this with them result in me being put through to a call center in India where someone with no technical knowledge reads a script to me. Their 'automated support' line in all seriousness told me to "Turn your PC off for 10 minutes then turn it back on again, this will solve most poroblems", then it hung up on me!
The fact that they are constantly claiming to have faster and faster speeds is bull effluent of the highest degree. At what point is someone going to step in and give them (and preferably all other ISPs) a firm slap across the face and force them to actually live up to some of their promises?
Going away now, blood pressure is rising rapidly and I doubt I can contain the bile much longer. *Rage, taking over...*
its machine hit "an uncharted obstruction" later identified as part of BT's network
Are we sure it wasn't one of its call centers that was hit? Last I heard they were both uncharted and extremely obstructive.
@ Jolyon Ralph & Camilla Smythe
I think it's intentional, it's a sort of zen link. No href is needed because the information isn't found anywhere, it is found within yourself. Either that or someone missed it out, I don't really know.
@ Richard Hodgson
You're lucky that you've got the country right at least, a lot of our IPs seem to claim to be in Amsterdam lately.
But that doesn't specify what that's from, i.e. per parking space/per pair of spaces (like the one in the picture). Plus, this won't be the only method of charging the cars up so it doesn't need to supply all of the annual power requirement.
At the very least, having a few hundred of these around the country would help to augment the power grid with some nice clean power.
...thinking about 2010? American and Russian astronauts on a join mission, forced to split up due to political issues back one Earth, sound familiar? The next thing we know we'll have a planet missing and an extra sun.
He may have a point
After all, before computer games there wasn't any violent crime anywhere in the world.
Breaking News, ISP announces that it's next broadband product will deliver the fastest speeds ever (subject to F.U.P., location, throttling, random whims).
In other news, catholic bear shits on the pope in some woods, or something like that.
Maybe I'm being naïve...
...but how exactly does this stuff get into the ATMs? If they have to connect to the net to communicate with the banks then they shouldn't be visible to anyone else, and I can't imagine someone physically opening up one to plug a USB stick in.
They build a highly advanced satellite with what must be the precursors to impulse engines, but then get scuppered by a dodgy door? Did they need to send someone down to the shops for a can of WD40 or something?
Possible new genre
"so possibly jurors will be required to watch any prosecutions south of the border without sound."
Silent porn, cutting back and forth between the action and black and white cards with the speech on them like an old silent film. Might add a touch of class and/or nostalgia to the production.
Woah, hang on a second
Who exactly is planning to put this 'layer' into the atmosphere? Surely any such thing would need to be approved by the whole world before being deployed.
Is this something that's genuinely being developed or just a theory? If it's real then I personally would like to see some details before they potentially screw up my planet with it.
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