236 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Is this the end of the world as we know it?
Bing got something right ?! Surely this can only be followed with rains of frogs, plagues of locusts and the seas turning to blood?
Re: If Samsung can do it then surely Apple can...
" I'm still not convinced there's a real market for these things. "
We all said the same about the i-pad and now everyone and their cat seems to have a tablet.
We even have one in the house (in a drawer, still boxed, as the girlfriend got it as a freebie and we still can't see the point!), so I'm going to reserve judgement here... Apple seem to be masters at generating markets where none seems to exist.
Can we get them to apply the tag to any forwarded article from the Daily Mail please?
'Evidence was also tendered to the effect that the answers to Bravo's query included suggestions about swamps and reservoirs being fine places to hide a roommate.'
Investigators say that it is unfortunately highly unlikely they will find the body, as attempting to find the location of the swamps and reservoirs on Apple maps has so far proved impossible,
'It's the City of London police - they don't need to do evidence or law or courts.'
Ah, so he was black then?
Good God! Who decorated that room? Just looking at the picture for a few seconds gave me a headache. I can't imagine sitting in there for any period of time without having a seizure..
Re: have I got this right?
You're changing the emphasis here. I didn't say that I was 'going around constantly saying "That big_D guy was arrested for murder"', I specifically said when people mentioned his/her name. Upon discussing an individual it is surely entirely natural to mention the most news-worthy thing that you know about them. Provided I stuck to the unembellished facts you wouldn't have a leg to stand on claiming defamation.
As I implied in my later post, if I knew something more interesting about them then that would likely be my conversational gambit, but as I don't they are stuck with this. The same principle applies with Google.
Re: have I got this right?
It shouldn't be the first thing that pops into my head every time someone mentions your name in a pub either, as I'm sure you are a fascinating and well-rounded individual and you almost certainly didn't do it anyway.
The thing is though, it is the most interesting thing I know about you, so that is what immediately comes to mind when someone says your name. It's the same with Google, and while it might be nice for you were that not the case, I fail to see how they can possibly be legally compelled to censor their results to hide information that is in the public domain, for your comfort.
Re: have I got this right?
So... Say we live in the same town where you had been arrested for murder and released without charge and any time anyone mentions your name I say 'I know that big_D fella - He was arrested for murder'. Legally I am totally entitled to do that because I am not slandering you, I am just reporting the truth. Why should it be any different for Google?
I already voted with my feet and am happily settled in a country with better weather and cheaper beer. I thoroughly recommend leaving the UK, but leaving it and still having to live in Scotland seems pointless.
@a lot of border crossings a day
Not necessarily. Driving around near a country border can cause your phone to roam back and forth between cell towers on either side, which could be interpreted as repeatedly crossing the border and for people that live near the border this would be going on all the time.
Borders in Europe are completely porous anyway, so people that live near one may well legitimately cross it lots of times a day anyway..
Re: Oh noes...
Not true - the original three star wars movies WERE special and so was Firefly, but the problem is you can't go back. Any sequel (to either) will lack the same zeitgeist. The actors have moved on, the audience have moved on, the writers have moved on. Any second season of Firefly would be inferior to the original and so would inevitably be disappointing and no Star Wars sequel will ever live up to those original three movies. We need to accept that.
Well perhaps if they employed some skilled DJs to actually mix the tracks together in a creative and imaginative way they would still have a unique selling point.
If a user can just stick a load of tracks together in the same order and get a comparable experience then frankly they aren't really offering much and they deserve to lose the business.
Rather than 'Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act' they should have called it 'Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Telecommunication Examination Directive'. Has a nice ring to it.
Re: You can't.
How can you say that? Who would want to live in a world without Simon Cowell?
And what about all those hardworking software engineers that make auto-tune software?
You sir are a monster.
Re: Simon Russell Beale
Is he the one that runs the Cafe in Eastenders?
..Travis Richey just to mess with Community fans?
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?
@AC 'some people really need to get some perspective'
Some people really need to look up 'hyperbole' !
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.
'he believes the Swedish charges against him will be dropped, which invites the question why he remains inside the Ecuadorian embassy. '
Beats paying rent doesn't it?
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.
@a mental image of DotCom dressed in a skin-tight cat-suit
Argh! It burns! It burns!
..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.
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