218 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 09:32 GMT
Re: Holiday Money?
The thing is.. if you get a letter in terrible English, full of spelling mistakes from someone claiming to be the ex-president of the United States it might seem plausible...
Re: Makes sense to me
More likely to be the other way I would have thought : Asda is owned by Wallmart, so is American, whereas Tesco is not...
Re: "There is no mainstream party [...] which offers to dismantle these crippling stealth taxes"
'What about UKIP'
I have just read through the document you linked to and I must say it was pretty much in-line with what I would expect from our very own 'UK tea party'.
Their policy seems to be:
1) Question whether climate change is man-made at all
2) State that as China/India/The US won't reduce emissions why should we.
3) Blame the EU for everything that they can.
4) Blame the government for anything else.
5) Suggest Shale Gas and fracking as the solution to all of our problems.
What a complete crock of right-wing twaddle.
Re: What lax security?
If a system that contains confidential medical records is accessible from the internet with just a username and password then that is incredibly lax security. For a system of this kind offsite connection should only be via an encrypted VPN with token access. I'm amazed some script kiddie hasn't already brute-forced the system and taken them to the cleaners.
'What's the point?'
Y'know... Because online is better.
That's why we need toasters that can connect to twitter (#toast #crumpets #poptarts) and the ability to connect to facebook while having a root canal ('Tony is in incredible pain' / '51 people like this').
You are assuming 11 equal partners, when in reality most of those arrested are probably minor accomplices who were getting a few thousand Euros here and there for basic fetching and carrying. The main players would have been making several hundred thousand Euros a year each, which given this scam has been running several years could well have made them millionaires.
The bug is also triggered by other such implausible query strings, such as "1 2" -2,
Is that the string for 1 cup, 2 girls, both take a number 2?
Re: I wonder...
Why would they bother hacking? I would be very surprised if the CIA don't already have unlimited access to your Gmail account, your facebook and anything else hosted in the US.
Re: Because we're hooked
'It's like drugs.'
No way man - NO WAY - I can quit any time. I can. I just don't want to alright? Those kittens are just so damn cute. You just don't understand man. If God didn't want us to watch kittens why did he create the internet? Why are you asking all these questions? Are you a narc? Where's my pizza? I ordered it ages ago. I'll just check online and see if it's been dispatched... Oh look- Kittens. Nice. What were we talking about again?
Re: Hmmmmmm. morality and lawyers.
'I'd argue that those who were posted about had an expectation of privacy'
I'm not sure if that holds up in court though does it? I was under the impression that if someone takes pictures of you with your consent on their own property what they then do with them is their own business - They own the pictures, not the model.
I'm not defending the scumbags that post stuff like this as they are clearly arseholes of the highest order, but I'm not sure they are actually breaking the law...
Onion sauce? Sounds delicious!
Are you genuinely from the UK AC? I'm not convinced you really are, but if so then you are in a really, really tiny minority. British people are overwhelmingly in favour of strict gun control and I guarantee you that if you asked 1000 at random ~99% would say that relaxing gun control here would make them feel less safe.
I wasn't saying they should not shoot at targets with people on them Matt, I was just comparing that to shooting people in a computer game. In most games the people you shoot are trying to kill you, so it is simulated self-defence, just like your target shooting.
The real tragedy here
is that they are threatening to send Piers Morgan back.
'They are against games where you shoot PEOPLE'
Really? Then why do a lot of gun ranges have a picture of a man on the target?
Re: Oh, they are everyone's friend
' but Google+ or Twitter provide an escape, or people could even go retro and find their way back to Myspace'
Um.. How about the escape of not putting all your private information up on the internet in the first place?
Posting anything that you want private (especially pictures) to any social network is like hiring Gary Glitter to watch the kids.
I have to say..
I'll have to replace all the windows system sounds with samples of Tardis noises too. :)
..Of course there is a strong chance I'll have to look for a new companion after my girlfriend finds out I have spunked 2 grand of our savings on geeking-up the flat even more.
Won't someone please think of the children?
'her planned law would "save lives" by flushing out terrorists and paedophiles'
This is a great idea. The thing is though that most kiddy fiddling and terrorist plotting happens offline, inside houses. So perhaps some sort of camera in every room of every house in the country would be appropriate? Sure it would be expensive and there would be some potential for abuse, but can you really put a price on the life of a child?
Re: who's content?
I'm 'Content' and so is my wife!
Re: Really? Is that the best reference you can do?
Of course I am aware that China isn't exactly a communist state any more (some would argue it never really was). That wasn't my point - It is all about perception outside of the country.
Apple charge a premium for their products because they are seen as desirable and far from 'Apple bashing' as you implied, this article actually reinforces that impression.. so I smell a rat. Do other large companies do the same? Of course! Apple just seem to be the best at manipulating the media in this way (in my opinion).
Re: Really? Is that the best reference you can do?
@dx 'Only El Reg would fall for that in their quest to find shit to say about Apple'
Actually this sounds like the sort of thing that Apple 'sponsors' in the media to make their overpriced products seem desirable.
A free I-Pad for the journalist and Japanese readers get a story about how Apple products are so exclusive and desirable that their poor oppressed neighbours are 'kicked out of the communist club' for owning one.
Re: True, all true...
'But Julian is still an arse.'
I'd say he's more of a dick and those guys are arseholes.
And we need dicks to f*ck arseholes, or they cover us in sh*t.
But dicks also f*ck pussies... which is why he is wanted in Sweden.
Re: Prior art?
'I think Nikola Tesla may have a few things to say on applying power at a distance wirelessly..'
I think Apple's lawyers may have a few things to say about Tesla stealing their idea using the dirty underhand tactic of thinking of it first.
..Can't they just put a net over the tube to catch all the bad stuff?
Re: WTF? pfft Americans
'With modern medicine STDs are more under control'
Um, no. No they aren't.
Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis are all on the rise and Aids has not gone away - We just became desensitised to stories about it, so the media stopped running them.
'we cling on to the ancient traditional of paying people enough to live on without relying on the generosity of strangers, but that tradition is fading fast as the promise of cash blinds the hospitality industry to the long-term implications.'
I could not have said it better myself : Automatic tipping is really really BAD!
In the same way that tourists feeding their leftover sandwiches to indiginous fauna destroys the ecosystem by training the animals to beg rather than fend for themselves, so too does automatic tipping train the service industry to offer terrible pay and conditions, because the shortfall will be made up by the consumer.
I am lucky enough to be currently residing in a country where tipping in not automatic. Every time I see a table of American tourists tipping 20% I want to slap them - They may think they are being nice but they are actually hurting the culture of the industry in the long run.
Re: Fuck you God, Zeus, Vishnu, Odin.....
'more than half of terrorist attacks in the past 2 decades were right-wing domestic terrorists'
Yes, but in Blighty our right-wing extremists don’t like to make such a fuss. They generally content themselves with sending a strongly-worded letter to the Daily Mail and renewing their subscription to UKIP.
'I'd pay a service charge TO DO IT MYSELF!'
I'm in the Czech Republic at the moment and some bars here have Pumps built into the tables so you just pour your own beers without even having to get up. You just pay for however many litres you poured when you leave.
One bar in Brno goes a step further and has flatscreens on all the walls showing a leaderboard of how many litres each table has poured.. That is a bit lethal though, as you go in for a quick pint and end up in a marathon drinking competition with an entire pub full of Czechs!
Not true. Rap can be as eloquent as any piece of poetry, which is really the traditional medium it is closest to.
That said, unfortunately most commercial rap seems to be of the level of a retarded teenager with mother issues that has won the lottery:
'I've got more money than you / I can disrespect more women than you / you'd better not disagree with me or I'll shoot you with all my guns.'
'The US vehicle-miles figure is 10x higher than the UK's, but (of course) the huge difference in road types makes a straight comparison problematic.'
You're right - Imagine what would happen if they had the corners we have in Blighty - It would be like a demolition derby!
I'd also be interested to know what percentage of UK road deaths are caused by American tourists encountering roundabouts..
'Because a browser has a security bug we should stop using it? '
...'Software gets exploited, the important thing is that the bugs get addressed not that they exist.'
Yes and no. You don't scrap your car and buy a new one if it breaks down once, but if it breaks down every week and every other car by the same manufacturer breaks down every week, then maybe it's time to buy one from someone else don't you think?
Bored with this now
Will somebody please explain to me how it would be easier for the US to extradite him from Sweden than from the UK? We routinely black bag and ship our own citizens off to "The land of the free (TM)" - pretty much all they have to do it ask.
As I understand things, if we have extradited him to Sweden to face these charges and the US subsequently wanted to arrest him they would have to get approval from both Sweden and the UK, meaning he is actually safer from US prosecution if he goes.
That leads me to believe that there are actually two genuine reasons for him not to want to go:
1) He genuinely believes he may be convicted.
2) He doesnt want to stop being the centre of attention.
I was somewhat sympathetic initially, but the guy is just a dick and while I don't think he should be shipped off to gitmo, I'm also sick of seeing him on my TV and I am increasingly of the opinion that he is just an attention whore.
Re: "They get no more of my pennies for games."
I agree - Fuck them.
I am just playing my (legitimate, boxed!) copy of Might and Magic Heroes 6 again (I must be one of the 'few' people that pays for pc games and have hundreds, all paid for). I initially lost patience with the game due to having a flaky net connection, which due to their ridiculous DRM made it unplayable.
I am now on a stronger connection, so thought I would try again and although I can now manage to play it, the DRM still pisses me off hugely. It's always patching itself (with an amazingly badly designed script), spends an age 'sycronizing save games' and is generally just... bleurgh.
They won't be getting any more of my money - I'm not saying I will be pirating thier products, I will just buy someone else's game instead. Don't try to blame the pirates either - Valve/Steam manage to balance security and ergonomics. Ubisoft are just alienating their customers and frankly making me wish I HAD pirated their product as I assume a ripped copy would mean I wouldnt have to put up with this crap!
Oh and while I am on my soapbox - Fuck F2P too. I wont play any game where people can just buy success - It makes anything you achieve in the game worthless.
Re: Stupid or suspicious?
Exactly what I thought when I read the article. No-one is THAT stupid, so it must be a trap.
Oooh. Sounds great.
How hard is the water? Full-fat, or a semi-skimmed milk?
Is there any spooning involved?
Rule #34 strikes again.
@ I can't believe they fell for that
'Harwell was able to install "CamCapture" spyware onto victims' computers in the first place because he worked part time as a computer repairman, SPECIALISING IN FIXING MACS'
I believe it.
@Posting on The Register is of course an entirely different matter
At least until trolling is recognised as an Olympic sport...
'A well-balanced decision'
I think you mean 'the thin end of the wedge'.
It IS censorship. Sure - its censorship of something apparently meaningless and pointless, but it is still censorship carried out at the request of commercial interests without them even proving there will be any real benefit to their business or consideration of the impact on freedom of speech.
Does this one change have any significant impact on the daily web useage of normal French people ? Non.
Should they be worried about what it says about their legal system and the potential for it's misuse by large commercial interests? Absolument!