1985 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 10:54 GMT
Re: Finally !
There is an element of truth in what you say, Peter. The forerunners to the EU,* set up after WW2, were deliberately protectionist trade clubs. They (arguably) did a very good job of stabilising Europe at a time when it could have slid back into war. However, the EU now seems to be just another organisation preventing less developed countries getting a fair start, especially in food production.
Since organisations exist mainly to perpetuate their own existence, the only way to get rid of the EU this side of next century is war, and we *really* don't want that, so all we can do is try to put in place controls on the activities of the unelected shitwits in positions of power.
* The European Coal and Steel Community (1951) and the European Economic Community (1957).
Re: EU farm subsidies anyone?
I'd love to know the reason for the downvotes here. They represent a point of view I genuinely don't understand.
Re: I’m not cheering – I don’t think mountain climbing is a cleaver pastime too.
You are as wrong as can be. See previous articles on this theme written by much cleverer people than me for all the reasons you are wrong. In brief, we need those "space-resources" yesterday, and governments have had their chance and failed us. It is so much closer to what is happening in our daily lives that I cannot believe what you wrote. Willful blindness is not attractive.
Re: Did they just do that?
Exactly my thought! I'm too busy to think of a witticism involving frying, though.
Re: UK centric logic
AC, you are correct in your analysis of the benefits of the Euro, but that doesn't mean that it is wrong to give advice regarding the worst-case scenario. Unless Germany comes down off its high horse, gets over its exaggerated fears of quantitative easing, accepts that monetary union means it has to take a hit too, and allows for some flexibility, in two years' time the Eurozone is going to be a very different shape, Greece (at least) will be in the middle of a civil war, and no-one will have won except a few greedy rich people who speculated on the failure. That is not UK-centric, but it is a foreseeable result of the current situation. Talking about it from a country that has no influence over the actions of the major Euro currencies does not make it more or less likely to happen.
Re: Allocated Au and Ag outside the banking sector + mining shares + thick skin + patience
@A J Stiles - I recall a science fiction novel in which the currency was 'calories'. I can't remember the title or author at the moment (it could be Michael Swanwick's "Vacuum Flowers"). I do remember that it seemed to make sense in terms of a closed system (space station). Not so sure about its necessity on a planetary scale, though.
Re: @desk jockey
"What if you WERE carrying something of questionable legal status, or something illegal that you carry anyway because you think the law is an arse? Say, a Swiss knife ..." I don't think carrying a penknife with a blade less than 3" long is illegal, or even questionable. Do you have a reference for your comment (because I want to know if I'm in danger of being arrested for having my Swiss Army knife on me at all times (except when flying, unfortunately))?
Re: Suspects Fingerprints.
I'd been wondering how long GotThumbs would take until he trotted out "nothing to hide, nothing to fear". Nice to see we have another police apologist to join the usual suspects.
... on Earth does having a ludicrously long copyright term create "the right conditions ... to encourage investment and exports, boost enterprise, support green growth and build a responsible business culture!? Who does it help now?
The point is taken that this is probably another over-literal incorporation of an EU Directive, but seriously - WTF?
... just like he doesn't like the technicians who did their jobs at Fukushima. He has never, ever said how much he thinks they have done a great job. Oh, wait, he has, many times ...
Funny how Lewis can rattle so many cages by being right.
Re: Simon Pegg
My opinion is very clear - Pegg as Scottie just about spoiled the entire film for me. Wrong actor for the role by miles. Talk about over-acting ...
Re: But back ontopic ..
What's your problem, amanfromearth? Perhaps you are smarting because it was pointed out that you didn't have a clue what you are talking about re: the discussions between the CEOs?
If you don't like the reporting here, there are many, many other places you can get your news, one or more of which may do so in a way that suits your taste.
I have time to read one tech site a day, so I'm a definite supporter of El Reg's reporting of things I may not see anywhere else.
"Foxconn-rebrander" may not be entirely correct, and it could be applied to other companies, but when a thing is sold on its "uniqueness", it doesn't hurt to point out the utter fallacy in that.
Regarding Lewis, it seems that there are a lot of people that don't like hearing things that challenge their points of view. That is their problem, not Lewis or El Reg.
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Re: Does Britain really need a space port?
"The Domes of Pico", by Hugh Walters? I admit I had to look it up, but I remembered some of the names from reading it years ago. The text is at: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gaudeamus/walters/02pico/pico.txt
Re: @ Vorficae - Manual Launch ?
I like this one - Big Red Buttons must be considered! Seriously, monitoring height/pressure by either a small camera watching a barometer (camera already in the payload, so no great increase in complexity/weight), or the "ping" suggestion from another poster. There is also the reduced need for a back-up system - if things go wrong, the BRB can be pressed to achieve a launch anyway.
Re: How about the original release ?
I agree - the video clearly shows step-transitions due to friction in the rod/case/guide. However, using an expanding membrane (balloon/condom/higher-tech material) acting directly on a switch has to be worth considering. It is cheap, simple, light-weight, and you will (hopefully) have a way of testing/calibrating it yourselves (and surely condom use is compulsory in REHAB?). From my point of view it is worth trying just because it fits the "garden-shed" ethos better than GPS>controller>actuator mechanisms.
I can introduce you to several, and not just those fitting the stereotyped woman shopper. I know at least three men who buy clothes most, if not all, weeks.
Define "better world"?
Re: There are too many of us
The sensible technological species would be putting lots of effort into bringing materials and energy in from space. I'm not sure whether the slight glimmerings we are seeing in this direction are proof that we are sensible, or not.
I promise that I will go along with these bizarre notions spouted by WWF, Geenpeace, IPCC et al when all of the people advocating it have gone away and done what they preach for a suitable length of time - say 20 years - and shown that it is possible and desirable (i.e. no-one that starts the project gives up on it). Until this proof of concept has been done by those with most to gain from its success, then I'm just going to carry on with the fruits of civilisation - individual transport, heat on demand, clean water, a mature health-care system, etc - thank you very much.
Re: Don't shoot the messenger, shoot the journalist.
byrresheim: by any rational definition of "triumph", Fukushima is one. No deaths, no releases of seriously harmful amounts of seriously harmful substances. Lewis was right, and has been proved so. Let's hope scaredy-cats (like you?) don't make it such that the lessons learned cannot be implemented. Nuclear is the only sensible way forward now, unless the eco-religionists get their way.
By the way, who is going to go to the developing nations and say "I've got some bad news and some good news. The bad news you will always be at the shitty level of subsistence you are now at. The good news is that everyone else will be at the same level!"
And another point: humans will always keep pushing for better lifestyles. Will there have to be taboos and ritual killings of anyone that innovates? "Old Bill down the road has changed the shape of his plough so it does a better job - get the hanging-rope".
Much as I am all for this project to be successful ...
... all this fannying around, changing launch dates, fiddling with code, just looks really, *really* amateur. For a major project like this the date should be set in something that only changes under extreme circumstances, and I'd hate to find out that this code constitutes a major circumstance, because that would be a fuck-up of huge proportions.
I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for them, but I wouldn't be surprised if they find that people aren't quite as quick to buy their time/capabilities as they would have been if the launch-date had gone ahead with no, or only one, change.
The Earth hadn't "got ... used to" anything. It is an insensate lump of rock with a gas envelope and some growths. It does not have the requisite equipment (consciousness) to "get used to" anything.
Re: Hang on...
localzuk said: "What if every factory said that about their emissions? Or every country? What if every person said that about leaving a light bulb on?" Well, it depends what you are measuring. I take it you are referring to CO2, in which case, probably nothing. Other, genuinely dangerous, pollutants might increase. Smog might return. Rooms would get slightly warmer. The utility bill payer would get proportionately poorer. Insects might be attracted to the lights. Burglars might be deterred.
How far do you want to go with this?
Re: Confronting the problem of population growth directly
Unfortunately, forced population reduction has a name - war. Whether that is how it starts or not, it is how it will end, and the results are he same - death, destruction, and disruption of society.
Regarding sensors picking up (motor)bikes, I recently saw a do-it-yourself article on one of the "maker" sites that simply involves taping a couple of neodymium magnets to the frame or pedals. I don't cycle in urban areas (too scared), and so haven't tried it, but it may be worth trying.
On the "green wave", Sheffield has the exact opposite (red wave?). Getting from Hillsborough to J34 M1 (or the other way) on the main road/new ring road, travelling at the speed limit in quiet traffic, will have you stopped at over 3/4 of the lights. At night, the lights will change to red as you approach them. The only way to avoid being stuck at otherwise empty junctions is to exceed the speed limit by about 8mph - which most people do, obviously.
Walking and texting is hard.
In the same way that walking and reading anything is hard. It has never, ever occurred to me not to stop walking, move out of the way of other pedestrians where necessary, and then read/write the text. However, I may be odd, because I tend to do the same when talking on a mobile - stop, find an appropriate place to stand, and take/make the call.
Re: That truck is problematic.
This is a very good description of what I was thinking of. The truck is definitely the weak point* of this concept, and probably redundant in any scenario. If ever there was a a situation in which a mesh would be a great advantage, this seems to be it. Ditto with the solar panels - make the base-stations at least partially independent of the infrastructure that will be damaged to some degree.
* Aiming blimp-mounted (i.e. moving) antennae at truck-mounted (i.e fixed) antennae seems to be an example of a job that does not need to be done, and far too complex for the end result.
@AC and They said WHAT? - If you have shitloads of money, more than you can ever sensibly spend in several lifetimes, why WOULDN'T you pay whatever tax they put on it? (If I recall, Peter Gabriel - living in the UK - once said this about Phil Collins - fucked off to Switzerland) I have never resented paying tax - it is part of being a part of the community I live in. If was lucky enough to have more than enough to live on for the rest of my life I might move somewhere else in the world, but I'd pay my taxes here and wherever I set up home.
I am being completely honest here - no attempt at humour. I have never understood why people think it is such a hardship to pay taxes that keep society running.
Re: Ignorance is bliss
Re: The reasons why people steal digital media is...
Unless your argument is that we need to change the legal definition of theft, which is very mature and which works very, very well, thank you very much, then copying digital media (or anything else, for that matter) is not, and never will be, theft. At the moment copyright infringement is, in the context we are talking about here, a civil, not a criminal, matter and so prison sentences are not available, and, unless the media industry scores a major coup, never will be.
Re: Why would an author write in a no copyright world?
Unfortunately, no-one has a right to a livelihood.The unemployment figures around the [capitalist] are a very sad testament to that fact. Authors, musicians, actors et al are not immune from that.
Usual disclaimer: I do not, and never have, "pirated" anything using the internet. I do not have any means of downloading a torrent, and never have done. I have format-shifted music albums from one form to another after I have paid for it.
Re: As I've said before ...
@John X Public: Quite a few vineyards are reported in the Domesday Book - the first really reliable written evidence (see e.g. http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2006/07/medieval-warmth-and-english-wine/, which has further references). It can be sensibly extrapolated that at least some of them had been there since the Romanisation of England.
Re: You know what?
I'm not entirely certain that I agree with James Micallef regarding selling copyright - there seems to be too much chance of people being pressured into doing so, one way or another. At best, a time-limited licence (half of the maximum period of the copyright, say) should be assignable. That protects the creator, at least in part, from being totally screwed over by e.g. a record company. Otherwise, all his comments make sense.
I'm certainly not in agreement with AC 09.51 - once you have put something out into the world, you have no rights over how it is used. It may be painful for a creator to have their whatever it is used in a certain way, but that is the way things work.
Re: you do realize
I've been in a meeting today with the first English person I've met who actually says "Yah". Lovely chap, but it really grates. I had honestly thought it was a joke until now.
One of the most important things we can do in order to get parents to do their job is to remove the expectation of, and the need, for both parents to work, at least fro the first six or seven years. That means essentially paying one parent to stay at home for that time.
Rampant capitalism means rampant children.
Re: Maths buffs only please.....
Is that "fu all" or "ck all"?
Re: Unreliable statistics
Not really - it could be that people define "porn" in different ways. There is no accepted definition of "porn", and so the question is meaningless. Pictures/videos of adults alone without clothes on is probably not going to be "porn" in the minds of most people. Pictures/videos of adults manipulating genitalia might be more likely to be so classed, but not by much. Other activities (e.g. bondage, watersports) probably has a greater number of people, even those who enjoy it, who would class it as porn. So, assuming that a lot of people who look at vanilla nudes don't think that they are watching porn, the figure might be quite low, though there will still be a large error.
Re: Still got...
I had to get a new card licence due to a recent house-move. I don't recall that it cost me anything. I still miss my dog-eared and stained pink licence, though.
Every time I see "floor-walker" I have a strange combined image of a street-walker and a gecko (not walking on the floor).
Re: Fitness to Broadcast - Crap Programmes
I agree with Mike Richards - the Sky Arts channels are very, very good. The rest - rarely watch them because the content is so bland/rubbish.
Re: No, You need to get real.
AC - there is no need to post a list. You will find that the sentencing rules for crimes indicate how severe the legislature thinks an action is. Hence we have murder with mandatory life sentence, manslaughter and rape (for example) with maximum life sentences, and so on down to common assault with very short sentences, with possession of child porn somewhere between the two (I don't have time to look up the specifics at the moment).
Do you know what the maximum sentence for the type of domestic copyright infringement you are so incensed about is? I'll tell you - nothing. That's because it isn't a criminal offence. That's how severe the legislature thinks this is.
I also suspect that there are far fewer people than you think that are interested in preventing and accessing "pirated" content.
Re: Can this become precedent?
Why - because I wouldn't be as legal positivist as you? I might have regard to the wider picture and not deal in retribution (read: barbarism) to the extent you deem appropriate?
AC doesn't hide who you are, to within three people on here.
Re: Missiles in London
If our intelligence overlords seriously think that there is a credible risk that terroristas have access to fast jets within range to get to Olympic venues, then the whole counter-terrorism effort is worthless.
Lets put it this way - if those missiles need to be fired, I will be blaming fear-mongering politicos and not any terrorist group.
Can this become precedent?
I think it would be a marvellous idea if all executives of large multinationals were to be vetted for fitness to run these over-powerful businesses. Of course, MPs' criteria and mine would probably differ quite dramatically (there are few bosses of multinationals that would pass my basic test of having sufficient regard for humanity).
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