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Renewing a passport overseas
As a UK permanent resident in Aus it seems I will now have to visit the "local" office that issues replacement passports. I have renewed my passport once by post here and it took a mere five working days including postal delivery time, a feat that is mightily impressive by any standards.
If in the future I have to physically attend the office it would be a serious arse ache. I just checked the distance and a round trip to the High Commission is only 4794.43 kms and takes a mere 59.18 hours of continuous driving. This has more than a whiff of fail about it.
Catching them? Way too easy.
"But how does he catch them all if they're spread far and wide across the huge isle of Australand? Traditional harvesting markets rely on farms, rows and rows of the particular 'product', be it plant or animal, right next to each other."
On a wet night here the roads are literally covered in them. Cars have lights, light attracts insects, toads like insects...you get the picture. Grab yourself a litter picker and a bin bag and you're ready to rock.
While toads are usually thought of as a fatal snack for all other animals this is changing. I've seen kookaburras pull them out of my billabong, flip them over and then neatly slice open the belly. Somehow the kookies have learned that this is a safe way to dine. Ain't evolution wonderful?
Published, open algorithms are not the issue
"Drummond patted transparency on the head ("transparency, more transparency is always good...") then did the trade-off boilerplate about bad people gaming Google if its algorithms were published."
Bad people game Google all the time anyway and that's why it's such a hopeless search engine.
Now with bonus advertising
It must have been a 21st century Einstein that came up with this one. I can imagine the meeting:
"Hey, look, this'll stop the kids stealing music and stop Bono whining. We'll have a new format and it will include adverts. It'll also phone home so we know what they are listening to. They'll lap it up when they see the advantages over a vanilla mp3. Bring on the celebratory hookers and Columbian marching powder, we're gonna be rich again!!!"
Anyone still trust Google?
The fanbois are going to love this. According to Bruce Schneier, the Chinese used a backdoor in Gmail that was installed at the insistence of the US government.
I can only assume the backdoor was a beta feature.
No. Just no.
Nice work, uk.gov
'However, she said that passport info was not "readily held in a format to enable a further breakdown of those resident in Manchester"'
They don't have addresses for passport applicants?
@ AC & Olaf
I'm sure cat and pig poo smell far worse. However, they tend to be in short supply on a dairy farm :)
btw, fox poo is even more evil than both of the above.
This is nothing new
I used to know a farmer in Blighty that would fire up his muck spreader if a bunch of itinerant caravan dwellers parked up in his fields. Organic weaponry with an endless supply of ammo. Cow shit has a very short half-life too.
Not all bad then
# Eleven per cent couldn't name a single social-networking website.
Some hope for the nation, then.
# Three per cent identified Bill Gates as an American comedian.
Three per cent were correct.
The old Notre Dame defence ploy
"Finally the court objected to the lack of any controls on the individual police officers - they only have to say they had a hunch."
This is easy money
Simply set up a site at a free host like Wordpress or LiveJournal and type the words:
"Dear politicians, just fuck off and leave us alone."
"an experimental news apps that lets users quickly wade through online news stories"
I have one of these already; it's called an RSS feed reader and it doesn't use crappy little thumbnails of sites, it uses legible text. I'm sure the majority of Reg readers will be familiar with the concept.
Another FAIL from the fanbois' favourite waste of space at Mountain View.
PS Is the Mountain that they View a large pile of earnings from adverts?
Because only sheep use Google products.
Barbed wire and guard towers?
We already have seas filled with sharks, crocs and stingers. It's time to build a canal from the ocean to Canberra.
My ISP in Aus has been flogging these for a while
And for only UKP112. It's been available in Aus for about a year now and the price has dropped from UKP196 in that time so I guess it's not selling well. There over 20 localised widgets for Aus but none that are deal makers for me. A netbook on the verandah would do the same stuff plus a lot more.
Asa seems to have had a change of heart
And it only took four years:
"ScaredWitless, I don't give one whit whether or not you trust Google.
Posted by Asa Dotzler at August 24, 2005 4:45 PM"
I love the way the Internet never forgets anything.
BDSM isn't a religion?
Possibly not but at least there's incontrovertible evidence that spanking actually exists which is more than can be said for any imaginary figure worshipped by the religious types.
@ AC & Graham Bartlett
"Stone age people managed very well with stone wheels, but they aren't really practical today are they?"
Hardly a fair comparison to a guitar cable, is it? The greatest and most innovative players have come and gone and they all managed just fine with a cable. I can't recall any of them saying that if someone invented a wireless connection that they would have played any better. It was usually a desire for more sex and drugs that was top of the list.
"a large part of the stage act for bands like Metallica is the on-stage running-around, and that's impossible without radio kit."
I just consulted my copy of Bert Wheedon's Play in a Day and he doesn't mention on-stage running around once. I think you're confusing guitar playing with some kind of track sport.
Forking the Web? Great idea, Google. Now fork off and die.
"I really can't believe you suggested that seriously."
I really can't believe you weren't paying attention to what I wrote. It was a suggestion to Chris O'Shea who mentioned his own guitar/vocal requirement. Jimi Hendrix managed to turn out a good performance or two while hamstrung by this stone age technology called "wires".
@ Chris O'Shea
Chris, I did start off by saying by saying I have sympathy with the cause and I also know full well the downside of being a small scale operation. I guess you could always revert to using cables for guitar and mics; it's a tried, tested and economic method.
Alternatively, you could follow the example of Britney and other mega-rich "artistes" and mime.
Many moons ago I used to work in the stage equipment rental biz in the UK so I have a lot of sympathy for the SOS cause.
Having said that, the standard rate of return was 10% per week so if a piece of kit cost UKP100 it was rented out for a tenner per week, six quid for three days and three quid a day. Discounts were offered for longer term rentals such as a month or more and you have to take into account servicing costs and back up kit, etc, but by and large anything bought in 1992 would pretty much have been paid for and in profit by, er, 1993.
Megaphone icon...yours for a couple of notes..
Re: barking up the wrong tree
"lets stop pretending it's only a Google problem"
Nobody is pretending that at all. The only pretence is Google feeding the gullible masses and the fanbois all that the "don't be evil" nonsense. They think it is Google claiming to not be evil. The real meaning is addressed to the users: "don't be evil because we know exactly what you get up to online".
We understand that Yahoo, MS and the others are evil. They know we know they are evil and aren't trying to claim otherwise.
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