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Re: Those eyes! They will give me nightmares...
Looks to me like the canine involved gave him oral sex ...
Don't think that plan isn't already in some Westminster scrote's computer at the moment. Self-determination for the person with the biggest stick.
The coverage of the Ukraine situation makes me ill. It is the equivalent of people in London scaring off the government elected by the rest of the country (under the shitty voting system we have) because it doesn't match what they voted - and the rest of Europe and the USA supporting it! This is a new form of capitalism - the people in the capital decide the government ...
Re: I wouldn't walk 500 miles...
Same here - it would be fun (in a strange sort of way), but the London-centric location means a burdensome six-hour train journey, or a small fortune on a flight from the local airport to London City.
Re: John Smith IQ of 0.19 @Mad Mike
" ... the unknown ones we need people like the GCHQ and MI5 and Police to find) pose no threat"
Essentially, yes, they pose no threat. They are a tiny number threatening a tiny number for a tiny amount of time. They effectively do not exist in any sensible way. The security and spying services are spending way too much time and far, far too much money on dealing with the equivalent of a molecule of fart smell in an aircraft hangar.
Re: Danger Will Robinson
Also, with Musk's history, there may well be challenges to the "we've always done it this way" manufacturers that lead to improvements in battery production.
Re: common sense failure
Maybe that is so, but to argue that means that you have give the phone-mast and electric pylon loons a good argument: "I'm sure if I had a phone-mast/pylon running 24/7 at the bottom of my garden, I have no doubt I would be annoyed, my sleep would be disturbed and the quality of my life would be poorer. But if these things did happen, could I categorically prove they were caused by the phone-mast/pylon?"
Re: They need... ability to haul things
I don't know where some people live that put Volvo drivers in the same category as BMW, VW and Audi drivers. Most Volvos I've encountered on the roads are driven well and courteously. I don't think I've ever been tailgated by one at 70+mph on a motorway, nor had one accelerate from one lane to another leaving just enough room for an anorectic flea between my front bumper and their rear. Volvo driver generally know that the ticking noise when the stalk on the steering column is moved up or down actually means something useful is happening outside the car. The number of drivers of German cars that know this can be counted on the fingers of a fish.
Re: Lesser of the two evils
I would rather admit I drive a Yugo* than trudge round the shops!
* I don't, but I can't think of a make of car around at the moment that has the same cachet as some of those awful things from the 70s and 80s. Even Dacia produce some decent cars these days!
I sit on a Research Ethics Committee in Scotland, and there are a lot of places up here that are one post code=one house. We regularly have applications for approval where the identifier is going to be "anonymised to a code, being initials and post code"! They don't get very far with that up to now, but a worry is researchers saying "Well, this is what the care.data information gives, so where is your problem?". I know of one NHS data safe haven with very robust privacy and anonymising protocols that is extremely unhappy about care.data.
Re: Dear Mr. Clarke:
But, according to one line of thought, increased budget and more staff are the way to make a certain type of management slime very, very happy!
Re: "That targeted approach"@ Squander Two
That is one of the most insightful comments I've seen for while! Thanks for those thoughts that I'll probably recycle somewhere else.
Re: Quite a quandry!
I also have a Jolla, and regretfully have to agree with msknight - it isn't anything like ready for mainstream use. Whilst I haven't experienced any of the specific problems mentioned, it is a quirky bastard, and the app ecosystem is lacking, even with the Android apps available. As yet, I haven't worked out how to make it connect to Google Drive, and for some reason it won't let me get at downloads from emails. Just making the thing able to access Google Play (the only really reliable store to my mind) requires developer access and command-line jiggery-pokery!
I have no doubt that it will be a great phone eventually (the silly gestures notwithstanding), and some of the apps coming out written specifically for Sailfish are great - Webcat is one of the best browsers I've ever used.
Yep. I have never understood how people manage to get it the wrong way round. How many people say e.g. "Escort Ford" or "Impreza Subaru"? Not many, so why the manufacturer/model reversal with the Robin?
Arrogance v agreeableness
"If I can choose between an arrogant rocket scientist and an agreeable guy that I love to work with - that isn't quite as talented yet, I choose the latter."
So, discrimination against people with e.g. Asperger's Syndrome, huh?
I have a bit of a game I like to play with people. I ask them whether they would rather deal with someone who is lacking in interpersonal skills, but who gets the job done properly, on time, every time, or someone who has all the interpersonal skills going, but fails the "getting the job done" test say, 25% of the time. The answer tells me a lot about the person, and it worries me that so many people would prefer the inefficient but pleasant person over the grumpy but efficient one, especially in roles where "niceness" is completely irrelevant - e.g. someone to fix the car.
Hmmmm ... I'm a bit confused. My phone works quite well without any location tracking switched on. If you are referring to triangulation within a cell - that is inherent when using radio.
Re: A good place to start ...
The Comodo Security app for Android claims* to let you set individual permissions for apps (Allow/Deny/Ask).**
*I have no way of testing other than setting all permissions to Ask and then seeing what requests come up. So far, it seems to do what it says on the tin in terms of requesting what I would expect from apps I use, though some odd requests have come up that I have denied.
** I have no connection with Comodo except using their software on my phone and laptop.
Re: Should be employed.. @FreeTard
" Should be employed by the French tourism board, as that video of Nancy makes me want to plan a trip this summer."
I was going to post virtually the same words. Nancy is now on my list of places to go.
"... cheap and easy ...": "cheap" - inexpensive, very little cost; "easy" - not difficult.
You are trying too hard, and failing to find an audience.
Am I missing something? Surely our hero must have left a machine still logged in to his account in order for the boss to have access to such power?
Re: taxing the public @ TrishaD
"I like the Health & Safety analogy. Corporate H&S works pretty well because senior managers become responsible in law."
Yes, it is a nice thought, but look at the ridiculous over-reach of H&S in the workplace and everywhere else, much of it because people are taking a "no way anyone is going to get me for anything" attitude. The creation of the offense of Corporate Manslaughter has fuelled the rise of the H&S monster to the point where personal responsibility for large chunks of one's own life is a mere fading memory, costing billions of £s each year, and making things stupidly inefficient.
Applying the same principles to DP will lead to nothing new being done, just lots of tweaks to address the merest possibility of maybe sometime happening, and systems becoming effectively impossible to use. How often are you told (wrongly) that something can't be done "because of Data Protection", which means your life just got more difficult? The cost of this attitude is externalised to you and me, and will get worse with serious penalties at the board level.
I want an effective Data Protection watchdog, and I love the idea of making commercial organisations *really* hurt when they are in breach, but I have a horrible feeling that the public sector is effectively invulnerable.
The sooner someone finds something to arrest Blair on, and then has the balls to do it, the happier I'll be. Thatcher got away lightly by sliding into dementia* - we shouldn't let that happen to a PM worse than her.
*I'm sorry if I offend anyone with that - I almost offend myself with it - but my dislike of her makes me regard being able to forget what she did as a lucky escape.
Re: That's not actually possible...
The UK doesn't have a constitution? Dear Spaghetti Monster ... I've been teaching my constitutional law students all wrong for the past umpteen years! That A.V. Dicey was a lying bastard ...
Re: Not quite the same @dogged
Since this decision was made by Lord Justice (not Mr Justice as it says in the article) Laws, it is probably wrong, The man is a judicial activist of the highest order. Hopefully there will be enough money for Greenwald to go to higher court to get a more reliable decision.
Re: Here in Japan, shutter sounds are mandatory
There are number of completely legitimate reasons not to have any sound when taking photographs. I generally have sounds turned off when taking pictures because I don't want to be one of those arseholes announcing to the world that they are taking a photo. As Spleen mentioned - a digital camera doesn't have a shutter, and so we have been freed from another source of sound pollution (though there were film cameras essentially silent in operation without all this fuss). Anyone that thinks the reason people didn't take upskirt shots (or whatever it is you have decided society is falling apart over this week) before digital cameras is because they made a noise is deluded. Clue: it has more to do with cost, availability and size.
Re: OK, so they've explained the doughnut
My thought too! Either that, or Martians wear shows with the same pattern as mine around the garden ...
Re: No. It hasn't spoiled, they smell like that when they're new too
That's one of your best, DJ! Shame you ran out of words at the end ... or was that the Spell of Oblivion hitting you?
Re: I'm just dipping my toe back into the smartphone water.
I carry two smartphones, and rarely, if ever, use them for looking up details online, especially if I'm out of the house. I have a measly data-bundle on both (I think it is less than 200MB per month), but most months I'm paying for nothing, since I don't even switch the data connection on. I will use either phone for picking up emails or looking up some sites if I have wifi, but since I usually have my laptop nearby it is either because I'm saving that battery on the laptop by turning the radios off, or I'm in a room where the laptop isn't. I would never, ever, use the data-gathering function when out in a social situation - in fact, I rarely answer the phone when out with people - there is nothing that urgent that it can't wait (and what are you doing in a pub with wifi,or even a mobile signal anyway? The purpose of a pub is to get some peace and quiet).
So, some may be asking why I have a smartphone (or even two) anyway? Well, I find I'm better at using an electronic calendar and contact list than a paper one, and I like the synch with other calendars. I also like the fact that my diary and phone (on which I still dial some numbers from my own memory) is also an ebook reader, alarm clock, good-enough camera for emergencies, atlas, satnav (while the battery lasts), and file store. These, for me, are good enough reasons to have a chunky smartphone.
Re: Biggest problem with financial statements?
I'm sure this is all, true, but isn't it a response to what must be the most panicky set of creatures this side of a herd of antelope unfortunately dropped off in the lion enclosure at Longleat - investors and market analysts? It seems that the slightest whiff of truth and clarity will send this bunch running for the hills at a rate only previously seen in paranoid cheetahs on crack. They are about as stable as a pyramid balanced on an apex, and the the only consistency they show is the ability to blindly panic when shown anything that doesn't match the impossible dream of endless growth.
Seriously, given that companies have to work within this ecosystem, do you blame them for adapting so as to maximise survival?
Basically what I was going to say. The BBC should stop funding race-to-the-bottom programmes aimed to compete with the brain-dead drivel on ITV, and go back to producing stuff that actually challenges the viewer to think. These days, I never voluntarily watch BBC1 (though Mrs IP likes "Sherlock", for some unfathomable reason, and I tend to sit in the same room and get my own back by occasionally sticking my head up from the computer screen and asking what's happening ...) Left to my own devices for a while, the only time I have the TV on is for "University Challenge", a new episode of "Big Bang Theory", coverage of sport that interests me (WRC, F1, cycling), and some of the excellent documentaries on BBC4 (the one about British architects last night was brilliant, for instance, as are some of the music documentaries on at the weekend. Rather than getting rid of one of the BBC2/4 channels, I'd make them the backbone of an intelligent BBC aimed at people like me who would rather rip out someone's throat than watch a shitty talent contest or cooking show. Let ITV/Channel 5 deal with crap like that, whilst BBC caters for people that want to think and learn.
Re: Sounds very interesting
Same here - no removable battery, no removable storage, no sale.
Re: 1984 Was Not Supposed To Be An Instruction Manual
Until about a year ago, I lived in a quiet street in a small town just south of Coventry. It was a delight to be able to walk into town (about 10 minutes pleasant stroll), and choose from several local shops, a Co-op, Waitrose, or Sainbury. Less than five minutes away was a brilliant baker who, though only open 3 mornings a week, always had a shop full of people. There were three or four pleasant pubs in walking distance, and a range of eating places from small independent cafes and restaurants to a Loch Fyne. Parking was available in sensible places that did not interfere with the pedestrian access, and reasonably priced. People *did* walk into town at all times of the day because it was possible and pleasant to do so, and there were reasons to do so. Part of the reason was because the town centre was not far from (and indeed included) residential properties, so the two were part of the same entity.
However, this is definitely unusual in this day and age, and trying to find the same here in Scotland (at least in the bit I'm tied to for now) is almost impossible, and certainly so for the prices we can afford.
My point? It is possible to make town centres pleasant and useable, but the key seems to be integrating living and business properties.
Let me guess - you have an i-gadget. The clue is that you think appearance is more important than protecting the thing you just bought.
Me, I have my Note in an Otterbox Defender on my belt, my Jolla in a padded case (because I haven't found a decent belt holster yet), my camera in a case, my Kobo in a case, and my laptop lives in a laptop bag whenever it isn't being used. In addition, my car lives in a garage when it is at home, as is my bike. My sofa, on the other hand, is covered in cat-scratches.
I'm very much in the "why haven't irons gone the same way as typewriters?" camp - used only by weirdos and military types.
I don't know how old the safe is, but from the colour of the flex on that extension cable, it pre-dates the wheel ...
But .... but .... but - what do they call the bat-wielder in womens' cricket, then?
Re: Moral superiority of having less tech
I was just going to post something similar. Having the right tool for *your* use-case is not a sign of superiority (unless you count being able to assess what tools you need as a some sort of superiority). If you can manage without a smart-phone, fine - but for me the correct tool for me is my Galaxy Note. It has no social media apps on it, but it does have an ebook reader, and a flashlight app, and access to Dropbox for those times a work computer won't read a USB stick. It also has a really good alarm - better than anything I've seen anywhere else. The always-on aspect means that sometimes when I *choose* to connect to my email (no push for me - data and wifi switched off until I want them) it is more convenient than waiting for the laptop to boot. And then there is the most used function - note-taking with the stylus. However, I keep some dumb-phones in the car because they do pull in a better signal, and I want that if I, or Mrs IP, get into a situation where comms become important.
So, again - choosing the correct tool is not a sign of superiority. Feature-phones work for some, but I'd rather lose a finger than go back to one for day to day use.
Re: If there was any doubt @Ledswinger
"'Nigel Farage will lead us out of the darkness! Viva il Duce!' What options are there?"
Well, personally, I'm probably going to vote "Yes" in the Scottish independence referendum if only because it will mean there will be no significant Tory influence in the running of the country I'll be living in for the foreseeable future (and longer than that if the Yes vote is successful, so that I don't have to worry about what the Tories are going to take away next, unless Yorkshire decides to go for it next).
Re: 19th century principles in a 21st century world @Psyx
"Let's not pretend the Workers ever won, because we haven't."
You are right. The British Establishment have been experts at giving just enough to avoid things boiling over into rebellion since ... well, let's say fifty years into the Industrial Revolution. Every improvement in social and welfare provision came because there were clear signs of discontent spilling on to the streets and into the houses of the rich. The last major round of welfare improvements - the Welfare State - came about because there was serious worry about lots of skilled, armed men coming home to find a country not fit for heroes to return to (like after the First World War), and a marked approval of Soviet solidarity.
Any apparent victory for the Workers was merely a side-effect of keeping the Establishment in power.
Re: Don't forget the facts
You have just made the case for the race to the bottom. Well done you.
With friends like you, who needs enemies?
Re: Me too...
"...who found the rest of the place pretty boring and "just like every other museum". What morons like Standon never understand is that aping all of the other trash is a surefire road to oblivion."
I agree with the sentiment about them all being the same - Mrs IP and I no longer visit National Trust properties because of the sheen of corporate sameness over them. We only go to independent places, which are far more interesting and will often have someone from the family who owns the place showing us round. However, there is no shortage of people who go to NT places *because* they know what they are going to get - just like people who go to foreign places and want McDonalds ...
I worry that more and more people like us are becoming a smaller minority.
Re: Time marches on.
"But nostalgia for the days when Bletchley Park was for the geek alone and senior volunteers could carry the full weight of the educational program is misguided."
Why? What the hell is wrong with having something that requires intelligence, imagination, and a modicum of education to enjoy it? Why in the name of all that is good should everything be dumbed down to the level of the stupidest, attention-challenged, spoiled spawn of a mumsnet blogger?? Have some ambition!!
Re: Knowledgeable/experienced volunteers a must!
The Midland Aircraft Museum just outside Coventry has a complete Vulcan you can stand under and go in the cockpit. The guides are excellent, too! My wife was strangely affected to be sat in the seat that held people who would have released the bomb on her home country if the balloon went up ...
God, I miss being in the Midlands - so much more to do than in Scotland :-(
Re: Why dumb something wonderful and intriguing down for the thick people?
That is a really good point!
Re: Have these people...
Re: Old hands' tales
The National Coal Mining Museum just outside Wakefield is the same idea - people who actually experienced the good and the bad bits of the job giving the benefit to visitors. Well worth a visit.
I've taken your template and sent it now.
Re: I don't think this is true.
Hmmmmm ... my general opinion is, and always has been, that if you can remember the name of the person doing a documentary, then that documentary has failed. It has become a vehicle for the presenter, not a documentary. David Attenborough and James Burke, wonderful as they were back in the day, were* essentially brands before there was much recognition of the concept in the minds of the public. Michael Wood consolidated it through the marketing of the "sexy academic", and then Tony Robinson made archaeology a branch of acting. The current crop of PR'd academics are just really irritating - Brian Cox, Neil Oliver and that bunch of vapid creatures on "Coast" are at the top of that list, but it goes on and on ...
I rarely watch any documentaries these days, and certainly not if I recognise the name of the person doing it - I think the only one I've watched in the last 12 months was the series about Bigfoot/Yetis, which wasn't particularly good but had no-one I'd ever heard of on it.
*Attenborough still is, of course, but I don't watch anything by him any more.
I'm probably one of them.
"I wish I could understand depression (if thats what it was) a bit more."
Please don't wish that - the only way to understand it is to experience it, and I wouldn't wish that on most* people.
*There are some notable exceptions to the general rule who should be made to view their lives in the worst possible light ...
Re: did he damage the roof of the building @ Graeme
"No, even with some of the attitudes on display here, almost everyone's death is significant to someone. Maybe not on the global scale, but friends and family tend not to care about that."
I agree entirely, but why are these things reported, then? The only people affected are those who knew the person, so it needs no more coverage. If you knew whoever it is well enough, then you will know about it.
(I spend an inordinate length of time yelling at national news channels reporting on some murder or other that took place hundreds of miles away, since every word about some dead person means that something important is being missed.)
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