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Start Small At First
I think a 'ringworld' would be much easier to build at first (and very much easier to get planning permission for). Then you could get the builders in, to make extensions on the edges and so work your way towards a Dyson sphere.
If the extensions were small enough, you wouldn't need planning permission for each one and so you could sneak your way to having a Dyson sphere over a long period of time.
Par For The Course
".....Graham Stringer BSc, an analytical chemist and the only scientist on the MPs' committee."
This does not surprise me at all.
Hey jake - TV Is A Great Educator
I'm preparing for my holiday in the USA by watching episodes of 'The Beverley Hillbillies' and 'Happy Days'. I want to understand the socio-political mindset of the American people before I go there.
The Intellectual Giants Are Gathering
"that was then and this is now..."
You can't beat a well considered and thoughtfully presented argument.
Auntie Never Lies ?
"Since launch in 2007, BBC iPlayer has always used content protection in order to provide UK audiences ......"
I believe that from launch, the BBC iPlayer has in fact used 'access protection', based on the IP-address of the incoming request, to shut out non-UK viewers (which is reasonable).
This new arrangement is in fact a form of lock-in to a particular technology and I wonder if Tom 7 has hit the nail on the head.
The BBC statement is misleading to say the least.
Nothing New (not much anyway)
The 'patentspeak' sounds like a Computing Science research paper written in the '90s, or earlier.
I'm sure that all these ideas and implementations were explored to death by many students and researchers in universities all over the world. Does anybody out there know about prior art?
Vulnerable Adults (And Children) In Caerphilly
It seems obvious that every adult (and child) in or visiting Caerphilly is vulnerable to (having little or no defense against) the stupidity and petty-mindedness of the officials of Caerphilly County Borough Council . These fools can have a very real and sometimes tragic effect on the lives of ordinary people.
Hence, any such group of people, with so much power over others, should be subject to CRB checks if they wish to remain in their appointed posts.
I'm sure they will understand this and apply for CRB checking very soon.
Strange Things Do Happen
"We weren't at all clear what that entailed, except that no-one was dressing up as an iPhone."
A quick look at this:
and the related videos will show that many people actually do and it's been going on for a few years. (There is no suggestion that the people in these videos had stolen the iPhones or made any fraudulent representation of any kind.)
Icon: The Devil made them do it.
Get 'em while you can.
Is the presenter Australian? (If he's a Kiwi then I apologise for nor being able to tell the difference; see FOTC).
If he's from Oz then he'll soon have an additional layer of censorship/blocking to deal with.
re. Is it significant
"...even though they probably stole the money they are paying with..."
Yes, but the store sells them crowbars, knives, guns/ammunition etc, and then takes a percentage of the money that the dodgy-looking types make from using these 'tools'.
Analogies can be fun to play with.
Have a look and find out
re, health advice
"Note to oldies - Amyl Nitrate for sexually aroused pensioners is not clever."
Probably not, but I'm sure this "pharmaceutical assistance" is a reference to Viagra which, I have read, has led to an upswell and a persistent, measurable rise in oldie-sex, of both the amateur and the paid-for kind.
Google Bots Bad Behaviour Binge Burns Bandwidth
"...Google's bot insisted on blithely ignoring the robots.txt and crawling every damn forum thread page by sodding page.."
I have read, many times, that Google's bots are very well behaved when it comes to robots.txt compliance. Have I been misled or did you not set it up properly?
Nice But Could Be Improved
That 12/22 micron image is wonderful and shows some fascinating structures but the view is too 'side on'. Before the coolant runs out, they should try to move the satellite a bit further up and to the right to try and get a more 'head on' view.
You Need To Wait A While
I've obviously read the article in much better detail that most commentards here - please note:
"....on the Italian island of Ventotene....."
This behaviour is only when they are on holiday in hot places. So, you'll need to check out charter flight prices for an early summer holiday.
If this 'IT Support Team' (who I'm sure are all experienced IT professionals) need Microsoft support for Windows 2000 and/or Windows XP, does this mean that:
a) Microsoft haven't managed to get Win 2000 or Win XP working properly yet.......or
b) The IT Support Team are a bunch of useless idiots?
@ Yet Another Anonymous Coward
Where do you all come from ?!
High Horse Coming Through.......
"As long as Australians are free to read articles such as this criticizing the law, I don't see any threat to Australian democracy."
As long as you are free to read newspaper reports about your kidnap and torture, I don't see any threat to your rights or freedoms when you are kidnapped and tortured. Reductio ad absurdum mission completed, I'll move on.
re. the good jobs
My local municipal refuse and recycling facility, a.k.a. 'the dump', has a woman working there who climbs into the skips and levels the loads, picks out stuff that has been put in the wrong skip etc. I don't know if she rides the bin wagons but after seeing her moving around like lightning in those skips, I'm sure she could do it.
......would be to cross a tobacco plant with a tomato plant and then..........oh wait, The Simpsons already did it.
Zip It, Block It, Flag It....?
........That sounds like it could be a specialist subsection of a gay/whatever fetishist website. Has anyone done detailed searches to ensure that particular expression doesn't lead to anywhere inappropriate?
E-mail and Calendars and Tasks...
Use Thunderbird and add the Lightning plug-in. That takes care of e-mail, calendars and Tasks and also e-mailing colleagues with invitations to meetings which get entered into your calendar.
If you need a mail server, there are many out there with free or low-cost licenses and a quick search on Google (or whatever) will yield forums, reviews, etc for them.
If you don't like Thunderbird, someone else will be along soon to suggest another alternative.
In all my reading on the subject of 'contracts', it has been stated that for a contract to exist in law, there must be payment (or 'consideration' as it is called). So, unless I pay MS some money (and get a receipt for it) or perform some agreed work for them (and be able to prove that I did), then there is no legally binding contract between us.
As far as I know, this is the situation for UK law. It may be different in other jurisdictions.
And Jeez to you
I knew I'd have to buy a license at some point but I reasonably (in my opinion) believed that would be to enter and flag my RC installation as legitimate and let me keep getting updates etc. As far as I know, it was not made clear that a fresh install would be needed.
Why should I bother? (and @Jacqui)
"Escape from the harassment will only come after a clean install of a paid-for copy of Windows."
So I lose all my tweaks and configuration and the entire look/feel that I spent ages setting up since last July when I installed Win7 RC on my laptop??
It's a good job I used a new hard drive for Win7-RC, because all I have to do is put the old XP-Pro hard drive back in and I'm good to go with an installation that I'm used to and that works fine. (Actually, I do put the old XP-Pro drive back in every month or so to update the anti-virus etc).
@Jacqui - The RC download 'terms and condition' explicitly stated that WIn7-RC would go through this 'shut down and deny' process. Also, since it was free, no contract exists between Microsoft and a Win7-RC user. In this situation, they have no obligations towards any WIn7-RC user.
"Greenock pensioners cuffed for Tesco 'sex romp'"
Were they cuffed 'because of' their actions or were they cuffed 'in preparation for' their activity?
It's small points like this that need better sub-editing.
A better way of doing it....?
Blanking out your picture on Facebook (or wherever) and putting a black page up on your website front-end is like wearing a lapel badge or signing a petition - it might get you noticed, it might not.
How about, webmasters who are sympathetic to 'the cause', rig their servers to deliver a 'You are not allowed to see this' page when a request comes in from a government IP address?
That should be simple enough and with a few discrete and friendly words in the ear of ISP techs, they could get the home IP addresses of Australian politicians who support this censorship and add those to the 'blocked list'.
Nothing quite like a taste of your own medicine.
think of the future....
As I understand it, the .mp3 encoding standard is patented by the Fraunhofer institute who are happy for anyone to play (decode) .mp3 files but you have to pay a license fee to encode .mp3 files on a 'large scale' or commercial basis. My own audio editor did not come with an .mp3 encoder, I was given a nod and a wink to download the plugin from a 'grey' website, that is how tight the control of .mp3 encoding is.
Fair enough, good luck to them, they made a good product that is easy to use and became popular and for all I know, their license fees and terms may be very 'reasonable'.
However, that was way back in the past when the only people who encoded .mp3 files were techie enthusiasts and serious commercial concerns. Now, we have a situation where every web-surfer in the world wants and needs a common encoding standard and such a common standard should and must be agreed on by all major organisations.
The question I would ask is, which pillock (or pillocks) accepted and agreed a standard that was covered by a patent ?! (....and i wonder what inducements were offered by the patent holders, because I'm a cynical old devil).
If the world (and several dogs) could only agree to use a payment free, open source encoder then it really would be free of control and influence (and arm twisting) by vested interests.
I do realise there is the question of maintenance of standards, wild forking etc, but that could be built into the license conditions perhaps....? Any comments?
A Minor Point
In this use/meaning, the word is pronounced as 'twat'.
Think before you comment
"At least it wasn't made from badgers' paws."
Badger's paws do work for that actually. I was assured of this by an old farmer who hangs around at my local pub, he does know a thing or two about badgers.
.....that if the police carry out a 'justifiable' investigation against you, then any inconvenience you suffer (including loss of earnings, sales, etc due to you being in custody or having had equipment confiscated as evidence) is something you have to accept as the price for having organised justice in society.
The only redress you would have would be against the police (that takes ages) if you could show that their investigative actions were not justifiable (difficult, since it is widely accepted that the police have a duty to 'investigate' all reports of alleged criminal activity), or against the party reporting you to the police if you could show that their complaint against you was not justifiable.
Say it isn't so?
"Introduced and trademarked by Apple, multitouch gives users ..."
Are you saying that Apple have trademarked the word 'multitouch' for use on touch-sensitive input devices? If so, that is amazing and amounts to 'restraint of common language' (I think I just coined that expression). I hope I've misunderstood this.
...and since her son would have been shouting 'help!', it was a computer help desk.