"Shooting the Playmonaut" - is this a new euphemism I haven't seen before?
Enquiring minds, etc.
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"Shooting the Playmonaut" - is this a new euphemism I haven't seen before?
Enquiring minds, etc.
Many people have "children whose futures they would like to see secured after their own demise". They don't get paid for seventy years after their death for work they did when alive, though. Why should "artists" be any different?
"Transfer tens of thousands of pounds out of the country for example, when this is clearly outside the normal pattern established by the customer."
Yet this is often the case when, for instance, parent in country A lends/gives the deposit for a house to his/her child in country B. This is perforce going to happen rarely, and (I would say without any real evidence) far more often than fraudulent/dodgy transactions. It happened to us recently when my father-in-law gave us a fair chunk of the deposit for a new house - I'm not sure what scrutiny he came under in his EU country (given that he has quite a high position in the IT dept of a bank), but we almost lost the house due to the mortgage lender here in the UK refusing to accept the money because it came from a foreign source.* Their argument was that since the money came from a savings account in another country, there was no audit trail and they could not possibly accept it under the money laundering rules. I have since heard from other people from overseas that some other lenders are equally averse to foreign money, even when the audit trail is clear (property sold in France/Holland/Brazil - proceeds not acceptable).
*A very quick change to the mortgage on my rented-out house in the UK, and the pleasure of telling the first Building Society (Skipton, if anyone is interested) to FOAD, sorted it out in less than ten days with a different lender.
"Similarly with travel arrangements if you try and fly to Turkey then this could equally be a red flag given what's happening in Syria."
Lots of people go to Turkey every year for holidays. Some will go for the first time (like my mum last year for a friend's wedding).** Are you saying that it is proportionate and necessary that all these should be flagged and queried?
** Oh heck - money from abroad, first trip to Turkey - now some Iranians have just moved in next door to my mum ... we're on a watch-list, aren't we?? [The metadata problem again]
Just like most hospitals then - though some manage not to have any centres of excellence. (Not generally digging at the staff here - though don't get me on the topic of modern nurse training - just the attitude of managers who want to silo everything, and never try anything new).
Exactly right! I used to be a nurse, and was told explicitly from day one of nursing school not to carry notebooks. In fact, taking any notes in handovers was frowned upon for exactly the reasons you mention. I once dropped my aide-memoir for the shift from my pocket - in one way, it was fortunate it was found by a member of staff, in another, after the chewing-out I got from the Charge Nurse, I almost wished it was a patient that had found it. I did stop writing notes that had more than very basic info, such as BP, pulse etc, though - the fact I can clearly remember the incident over thirty years later might give you some idea as to how that "educational opportunity" went ...
Excellent comment! It is a shame it is on p3 of comments, and so very few will read it. Maybe El Reg writers will pick up on it and do a further article.
There are so many things wrong with that statement I don't know where to begin! Ah, I know - what is the current life expectancy of a city dweller, and how does it compare to a) 150, b) 100, and c) 50 years ago? Answer those and then come back to us with sensible comments re: the disease caused by modern technology.
"Consumers don't make their decisions based on broadband speed or network coverage or service reliability or customer service - just price ..."
I would like to have the option to buy my mobile services based on these things (well, except broadband speed - generally pointless on a mobile device), but the race-to-the-bottom denies it to me. Where is the company that will give me good coverage, especially at home, AND good customer service (that being said, I'm one of the people who is very happy with Orange/EE customer service)?
However, I think you are wrong about network coverage, because if that were true all the mobile companies have to do is have coverage in one town* in the country, and everyone in the rest of the country would still have a mobile.
*I know - it does seem that London is that town, and the rest of us only get coverage when the wind is blowing in the right direction.
" So you mean if someone is in an US blacklist, he or she should allowed to fly to US if leaving from France in a French plane? ... Or do you mean outside the US we are free to copy US films, music, software, etc. etc. and US companies can't do anything about it abroad?"
The issues you mention are governed by international agreements, such that there is reciprocity*. There is no such international agreement in place here, so your examples fall flat.
* Well, in the sense that the USA gets its way everywhere, and screw everyone else.
I've always had some trouble with that saying. Why would rats remain on a sinking ship? What is so wrong with getting off a non-functional floating device? Are all the human survivors from sinkings analogous to rats?
I have no liking for this venal, lying tosser, and I'm glad to see him going (though I'm sorry for the fact he will inflict more shit on the already beleaguered Assies), but the saying just seems odd.
By coincidence, I started re-reading Asimov's "I, Robot" (the real one with the collection of short stories threaded together as Susan Calvin's memoirs, not anything related to the execrable film of the same name) last night. It has been a long time since I last read it, and I've got a lot more education in relevant areas since the last time. Two things struck me fairly quickly: a) "harm" needs a lot of definition (leading to the Zeroth Law, of course), and b) they are cautionary tales. Asimov seemed to be saying that there is no effective way of controlling autonomous machines because they are, well, autonomous!
Virtually word-for-word what I was going to write. Guns are going to kill and injure far more people in the future than drones ever will. Proportionality is important.
At AC with the joke about reliability - essentially, you are recycling jokes about Skoda from 30 years ago (okay - there was virtually no marketing, and the design was a matter of taste). They weren't true, either, though some people were stupid enough to believe them. I've always been of the opinion that they were put around by the bigger manufacturers so that the easily swayed wouldn't realise just how good they were.
Declaration: Yes, I've owned Skodas and Dysons. Generally a very satisfied customer, but no other link with the companies.
Spot on, sir! The great thing with paper records is that, even in the event that security has failed, there is only so much information that can be taken. Electronic records have the weakness that, when security fails, the amount of information that can be spaffed is ... well, 800+ people's HIV status might be the snowflake on top of the bit of iceberg above the water-line. There is security in slowness of access.
Quite right, LucreLout - based on population, the south east of England is the equivalent of a nation. It certainly has far more than its fair share of influence. Let's have a referendum to divorce the rest of the UK from that corner*, so that Scotland, Manchester, Birmingham etc all have the same influence. Much of the anti-English sentiment up here** that has so rattled your cage is actually anti-London/SE England. I suspect common cause will easily be found, especially with the Welsh involved. Far more fruitful than well-meaning folks like you playing Westminster's game by getting upset that some people aren't as happy with the blissful Union as you are.
**Yorkshireman relocated to Fife - no signs of anti-Englishness that I have witnessed.
Hi, AC - let me fix that for you:
By all means look at Bill C-51, swing voters, but look at who it will affect and how, and whether you care about the effects on those people. Then, and only then, decide how you are going to vote, taking into account how the leaders of the parties have behaved in the past, since the winner is going to be the de facto single leader of your country.
Charlie, you have raised an interesting question with your "... a bit of an omnishambles". I have always regarded an omnishambles as something that can't be reduced - it is either an entire omnishambles, or it is something else - a bit like a fractional balloon is "a bit of rubber".
What do others think? The El Reg measurements bureau needs to know!
It would be interesting to know what other evidence was presented to the jury* other than "Look! Technical stuff and some statistics!" Assuming all the States have the requirement of innocent unless proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt, then the simple correlation of phones near incidents needs a lot more filling out** to outweigh the reasonable doubt in this case - simply being in the area at unfortunate times shouldn't be enough to get to prosecution, let alone conviction.
Oh, yes - the topic: There should definitely be a warrant for this sort of search.
* Assuming the two blokes didn't plead guilty and then try to appeal
** E.g. evidence that the phones two of only few in a place where not many people go. Being in the vicinity of three crimes in downtown $CITY would be very different from the phones showing up in the same area as three out-of-town offences, for instance.
In an area where many people own guns, it is indeed a perfectly rational response.
"in case you didn't read the article, this was OUTSIDE." I think in most common law jurisdictions, "Home" begins at the boundary of the property occupied by the owner/occupier. The garden would be classed as "home", with permission (express or implied) required to enter the property. I have always had the impression that the mailboxes on the edge of the boundary in the USA were recognition of this (thought I could be wrong on that).
"A damaged quad could crash anywhere in battery range and poses a significant risk of injury, damage and fire."
This is the real issue here. Regardless of what method used (lead shot, nylon and rubber chain shot, water, radio interference), there is a strong possibility of the incapacitated drone falling uncontrolled from a significant height. The "uncontrolled" aspect means there is a risk of injury or damage to property, regardless of how "safe" the method of bringing it down is. Liability is then going to spread far and wide without clear laws on this.
Note: I don't really defend either party here. The drone operators behaved badly, but so did the man with the gun. However, my wife would insist on me finding a way to bring down a drone hovering over the garden, and I'd e classed as "useless" if I didn't - regardless of how little I would care in most situations.
Me too! Looking forward to my tee-shirt being delivered :-)
AO is probably working on it right now. We should see it in a couple of days.
So theocracy is a better bet than anything else?? Sorry, but that's bollocks.
If he'd actually done anything serious, I might agree with you, AC. However, he hasn't, and I think the sentence is far too strong.
New keyboard, please!
I'm originally from Yorkshire, and my wife (originally from another European country) has never been able to understand that when I say "Yeah, it's alright", that is the highest praise I can give. When she forces the issue, "Yes, it is wonderful" sounds sarcastic, and that's when the argument starts ...
To an extent, I see your argument. However, the important bit is that judges use them to decide what the law is. This means that they are either a) being used wrongly by the judges because they are not official, and should be entered as evidence so that everyone knows what the decisions are being based on, or b) they are part of the law and not copyrightable under the relevant US federal laws. Either way, people subject to the law need to know them.
On an aside, this is exactly the way it should be in the UK - anything relied on by judges in coming to a decision should be in evidence or copyright-free. However, it isn't.
It is the usual AC posting by one of the copyright organisations who writes the same drivel every time. There has been a change in the writing style - this one doesn't use "perp" - but the source is clear: just another troll.
Why not just a "level/heaped smidge"? That would be easy with the wee spoons in the photo.
I'm sure "Rory Cellan-Jones" is Welsh for "I'm a Know-nothing Tosser".
Apart from handing my passport to border control and (depending on airport) the check-in staff, I do not let my passport leave my pocket/hand, and my cards stay in my pocket too. There is no way on earth I'm putting them in the tray. I'd be pissed off if my wallet/ebook/phone went missing, but they are all insured and easily replaceable - not so my passport and cards.
Would you care to be more specific about what there is in this particular trivial incident that makes you cut and paste your usual crap??
I'd be interested in the process for doing that too ... though my neighbours are all a bit far away for easy connection, it might be useful one day.
Citroen produced 'special editions' of their C15 Visa-based van called "Van Blanc" and "Van Rouge" in the 1980s. Perhaps it was those you saw. More details at http://www.citroenet.org.uk/utilities/c15/c15-2.html.
Give the rest of us a referendum to separate from the south-east, and I suspect you'd be on your own by Christmas. There'd be a reduction of support for Scottish Independence from the reduced rUK too, since most of the dissatisfaction up here is with you lot down there hogging all the pies.
I take it you are a supporter of No2NP as well as me? http://no2np.org/ for anyone who wants to have a look at the opposition to this dreadful legislation.
Kubla - I have to agree. That "Sky at Night" special showed that the BBC can and will drag everything down to "Horizon" standards (I will not refer to it as "New Horizon" for obvious reasons!) Who were those dribbling baboons presenting, and did all those really tired scientists think they were being interviewed for childrens' television? Thanks for nothing, BBC.
Loyal - It is, and always will be, Charon with a "K" to me, regardless of what the discoverer, no matter how clever, thinking with his prick thought he was doing.
Hi, AC - wondered where you were. I was nearly tricked by the lack of the use "perp", but your bosses at the PRS/MPA/BPI must have told you to stop using such a fatuous word. They haven't stopped you using a fatuous argument, though. Quite simply, if I have bought it, it is mine. Alternatively, if I have a licence to listen to it, I can listen to it how I want. Most people in this country believe that to be the case, and would be appalled to hear your argument. Law should reflect the views of the people, not the views of industry (I know - naive, huh?), and so you are on a hiding to nothing. Get your bosses to accept that the world has changed, they no longer call the shots, and it is time to look at their business models to reflect reality.
Oh, and IAAL (academic).
This was going to be my response. Why on Earth would you leave your electronics to the mercy of <del>those honest, careful members of airport staff who take every care to ensure that your luggage arrives undamaged</del> airport baggage handlers??
Sorry to disappoint you, AC, but no legislation is going to stop death. It can badly affect the way people live though.
There are several countries where personal liberties mean little, and you should be happy there. They tend to get warm in the summer, though - oh, and they tend to be a bit violent.
Well said! If I could give you more upvotes, I would.
"... they go wrong less."
At least while they are new. Just wait until the electronic components start to die.
"Because then you can't have remote start."
And the problem is ....?
Thanks, Trevor - that comprehensively answers the question. It is good to see law in action - there is an observed problem, and the least restrictive solution is put into place.
Trevor, that is one of the weirdest and most disturbing things you have ever posted! Why on earth would anyone make hitch-hiking illegal? And, based on what the OP was saying, would the organisation of a lift via a notice-board be covered - i.e. what are the limits on "hitch-hiking" in your jurisdiction?
Don't forget the highly dangerous cow that required helicopters and the entire Northumbrian armed constabulary ...
For some reason (possibly his years in the Army), my dad used to refer to corned beef as "corned dog" - which I now do. Is it such a long stretch to "corned fox"?
*That's* what I remember! Thanks, kmac - I thought I'd been imagining that (or it was part of a movie I'd seen). Yes, truly wonderful ...