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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.
"...to help kids from cash-strapped families do better in exams,..."
When I was a kid, I didn't have access to a computer and my family were cash-strapped, but I did very well in my exams. So, how does that work?
"...we want every home linked to a school."
I could throw a network cable over the fence to the infants school adjoining the back of my property, but I don't see what purpose that would serve and who it would benefit. (Having said that, I'm sure the kids would enjoy access to my large collection of music, films and cartoon series but they'd have to accept bandwidth throttling from my end).
Has any of this been thought through?
Let Battle Commence ?
"..does not prevent others from taking advantage."
"...we will be in a strong position if there is any challenge,.."
"...will be run as a competitive dialogue.."
"..there is a question over how much freedom they have to act independently...."
Is it my imagination, or are they mentally getting ready for a fight? Whatever it is, it sounds like a golden opportunity for the lawyers.
A frigging fridge magnet ?!
Who the heck buys a book because it comes with a free fridge magnet? Everybody's already got a coffee mug. I don't want to chat with the author. 'First dibs' at the next book? - what kind of sad sap would get a rush out of that, (and what if it's no good)?
I want to read a good book and I'm willing to pay for that. (I'm also willing to freeload it if it's on the Torrents in a suitable form).
Does anybody remember reading good books? Does anyone remember buying vinyl or CDs because they included a free fridge magnet?
Hang On A Minute
I love free stuff as much as the next freetard, I've got loads of it on my hard drives, but I don't for a second think that I have a right to possess it.
Do you ever stop to consider that those books were written by someone working long and hard to write them, someone who's living depends on getting a cut of the sales, via appointed publishers?
I may be morally suspect for grabbing what I can while I can, but you are intellectually suspect in every sentence of your comment.
More details needed
"...it will only run on a flash drives, and not traditional hard drives."
If it will only boot from a flash drive, I see no problem with that, since flash drives of adequate capacity are heading for a reasonable cost. The question would be, 'can it interface with a hard drive?' and the implication seems to be that it will not. Is this the case?
What about USB drives and network drives? So many questions.................
Stop it. That's our job!
A spokeswoman for ACPO added: "...There are well documented instances of unsubstantiated or malicious accusations, mistaken identity, or misunderstandings leading to the persecution of innocent people."
Yes, the police would have a lot of experience of that sort of thing I suppose. (Thinks Durham DNA sampling and UK wide photographers/terrorists.)
@AC re. monopoly
I understand and appreciate the details of your comment, except for the monopoly point.
I'm sure that Royal Mail have a monopoly on collecting letters and small packets/parcels from members of the public, for delivery in the UK. (Things may have changed since the last time I read that somewhere.)
As a side issue....
.....for £20, I bought a PC-Line wireless keyboard and optical mouse from PC-World; it connects to my Eee PC via a little USB dongle and is fantastic for ease of use on long sessions. The keyboard may not be the sort of thing you'd like to lug around with you, but to have that optical wireless mouse for web-surfing and for photo viewing/editing is much better that using the Eee trackpad.
I thoroughly recommend you get one.
Are They Claiming Copyright?
It doesn't say as much in this article but it seems that Royal Mail are claiming copyright over the postcodes and their association with geographical areas.
I thought that for copyright to be claimed, there had to be evidence of creative effort, of some kind, that could not be easily done by someone else acting independently.
I could churn out a UK post code listing of my own devising with not much intellectual effort and the only reason it would be of no use is that no one else would be using it. Royal Mail claim they have put lots of work into this PAF, which is true, but that work was done in the furtherance of their own business activities, not for the purpose of selling the database as a desirable creative work.
If my post code is X21 2LM, that is a simple fact, with no artistic or creative merit and it is a fact that has been forced on me and everyone else who wishes to use Royal Mail (effective monopoly) services to contact me. They should have no copyright over simple facts which they have forced onto everyone else.
Maybe the local council will start claiming copyright over street names next. After all, it took a lot of creative effort to come up with Dangleberry Avenue and many a late night head scratching session was needed to assign my house the number '37'.
(I believe this has a good comparison with the TV channel programme listings, which are also simple facts.)
I can understand their concern.............
.......since when I was a child, my mother made me wear a blindfold whenever I did pee-pee or poo-poo. I still have that reticence and cannot open my eyes from start to finish until my body is safely tucked away and covered again.
The idea of seeing someone else's body fills me with horror and disgust. They are protecting us all.
What we say and what we mean
"Whitman .... told the court that her former company made it clear from the start of talks that it was interested in owning the entire company."
In the past, I made it clear to various people that I was interested in forming a committed, long term relationship. They often were upset after I screwed them and moved on.
Evidence or Proper Analysis?
Since 'reverse cowgirl' is equivalent to 'doggie style' with a 90 degree rotation about the Z-axis, I'm thinking that this, as well as the inelegant 'twisted spoon' would be just as good and not as uncomfortable.
Did they do any real research for this or is it just some magazine hack's opinion?
Hello, hell, hello !
"Mark Stokes, head of the Metropolitan Police's Digital and Electronic Forensic Services ..."
"..Stokes, an electronics engineer who uses TrueCrypt on his own home computer."
I wonder what he's hiding on there? I wonder if his colleagues will ever ask him to hand over his encryption Keys under RIPA?
Is this where the money went?
"..the compute-intensive Black-Scholes financial modeling app,.."
This is just a renaming of the 'Black-Hole' financial management system that banks have been operating for the past few years. If it gets automated, we can go into recession faster and more effectively.
@TomatoQueen re. Ben Franklin, Renegade?
Just because you won the war, that doesn't mean you can write your history.......oh....wait a minute....
@Everybody re. luis sancho
I think he deserves credit for learning how to write using paragraphs. Well done luis :)
It's Tough At The Top
"PCs belonging to individual councillors are scheduled as next on the list to be checked."
So, roll the checks out on the minions, catch a few and create internal awareness, then check the high ranking people - after they've had plenty of time to 'sanitise' their PCs. Brilliant!
From what I've read (a long time ago), these checking routines search for groups of pink(ish) pixels. Given that it's Nottingham, there may be some coalminers there who would be immune from these checks.
Understanding Going Down
"Free speech comes naturally here"
But surely you can't speak freely if your mouth.......................er...have I understood this properly?
@Chris Miller and MCP
On two occasions in the past, when working as a systems test engineer in large (nameless) companies, I have suggested cutting the main power feed (at a non-busy time and with advance warning to all staff) to test the backup power facilities and procedures, recovery process, etc.
(Note: this was at a stage before a facility had become fully active and part of everyday company activity.)
Each time, I was told that there was a danger of disruption to services and possible damage to equipment, so that would not be allowed by 'management'.
By the time my brain had finished doing mental backflips to try to understand their point of view, the meeting had ended.
Coat, because at the end of the day, I got paid whether it worked or not.
No Video Thank You
Unless the lighting is very good (with more than one source) and I've recently had a shave and I feel in a very good mood and the camera is at a good angle, then I look like an axe murderer with a hangover; or so I've been told.
I will not be using any form of video call no matter how cheap it is.
@AC 06:44 re, Re:Re:Absolute pish
"You're brought up to be told what to do, and although this breeds people with a high IQ due to the comprehensive and exhausting education system,.."
Quite a mix of biological, educational and social assumptions there but I'm not qualified to say if you're right. Are you?
Back To The Drawing Board
"...a radical mix of Victoriana and sci-fi, represented brilliantly by Engineers of Desire.."
A reasonable starter description of Steampunk there. However, those Engineers Of Desire are just producing soft porn with a BDSM fetish base and a badly done Goth topping.
If a woman wears a corset, it doesn't mean she's Victorian. If she also wears welding goggles, it doesn't mean she's Steampunk.
Methinks a niche style bandwagon has been jumped on by people who haven't really made much of an effort.
re. Not a vulnerability
""We can confirm that this is not a vulnerability," she wrote in an email. "
It all depends which dictionary you are using. The Microsoft in-house dictionary has some interesting entries for 'vulnerability, secure, etc '
"Someone tell Lord Sith ...."
I think you'll find that the correct form of address is 'Lord Mandy'. The 'Sith Lord' is one correct form of address when referring to him. It is not correct to call him or refer to him as 'Lord Sith'.
@luis sancho re. "The sword of damocles"
"...they didn’t evaporate, proving that Quark Condensates, made at CERN, will absorb light & matter without evaporation..."
That doesn't prove it. It raises some suspicions that they might.
P.S. Learn how to construct paragraphs, they are useful and helpful.
...Never mind all the crazy ideas above (and below); I want to know how they got a Zeppelin dreadnought to work on the moon!
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