1097 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Another CIA-funded upstart...
...is Google Earth, aka Keyhole Inc, financed by In-Q-Tel, the venture capital wing of the CIA.
*waves at the spooks*
I claim prior art
I noticed years ago that a "tongue protrusion" always gained me entry.
Good luck, Theresa May...
...You're going to need all the luck you can get with your steenkin' Snoopers' Charter now.
I need multiple icons for this one but will settle for the black helicopters.
Tory policy on censorship
Censorship in Turkey = Bad.
Censorship in the UK = Good.
It seems the Libs have not a shred left.
A game of trumps
Two big bullies trump one big bully.
Re: Watching spaceship mating...
I was watching it streamed to my pocket size wireless phone while sitting outside
Not that I'm a fan of the genre but we really need some new science fiction. So much of the old stuff is now everyday fact.
And thanks to Simon for the article or I wouldn't have known about the live feed.
Watching spaceship mating...
...whilst sitting at my desk. Humans can sometimes be quite awesome when they put their minds to it.
Re: @Mahatma Coat (Really?)
Obviously I pressed a button
Yes, you did. I am a migrant to Australia.
Are you familiar with the term "straw man"?
Are you familiar with the phrase "quoting Miranda Devine isn't a smart way to win a debate"?
Really? Miranda Devine? I actually lol'd.
Let's clear up a few things. One way to reduce the amount of "irregular maritime arrivals" is to not let the refugee boats reach the shore. That is Liberal Party policy.
You'd have to lived under a rock for years to not know how that works. Let the boats sink with huge loss of life such as SIEV-X with 353 dead. Or maybe lie to the nation about refugees threatening to throw children overboard. Or ignore established maritime law. And so on.
Compared to many other countries Australia has very few asylum seekers* arriving by boat but we still bang them up in what amount to concentration camps.
* I use asylum seekers in the true and legal sense, not the Daily Mail frenzy of racism sense.
Re: We're in trouble...
Just take some time to look at what his foundation is achieving, then jump off your high horse.
But it's not his money he's giving away. It's the squillions he made by arm twisting manufacturers into making you buy yet another copy of Windows every time you bought a Wintel computer.
It's your money he's giving away.
Saint Bill, my arse.
No, I was looking for that other word that means the opposite of reassuring.
Re: Is anyone writing anything new in the entertainment world?
No and this is why I never watch, let alone buy, Hollywood's latest bowel evacuations. It's the same old shit all the time.
Here we go
Cue lots of derogatory comments about how crap this all is by people that, despite obviously being fully qualified to design and build such large scale projects, were somehow overlooked for this one.
Anyone managed to squeeze FirefoxOS on one of these?
Jeez, I just looked at the site and saw this:
No need for the joke alert icon.
Re: Don't be evil
A downvote already. I guess government by unelected, tax-avoiding overseas companies is the latest must-have accessory for trendy young things.
Don't be evil
Oh just fuck off, Google, and take your steaming pile of fanbois with you.
Fibre to the Ger.
Re: Are Chromebooks the new "No OS supplied" option?
Are Chromebooks the new "No OS supplied" option?
Exactly my thought. Rip out the Google shit and install a decent OS.
Nothing really matters. Anyone can see.
Re: Social contract?
Two downvotes? The joke alert icon needs to be more obvious.
The missing one
I'm sure it wasn't an intentional omission from the test dummy design but it didn't allow for "You can shove your shit, over-priced subscription TV up your arse, Rupert".
Nonsense, it was a UFO crashing
I read it in an Erich von Däniken book so it must be true.
NB For those of you under 50, Mr v D was to truth in the 70s what the 'Net is in the 21st century. The name Däniken is Swiss German for "utter bollocks".
When can I get this at home?
Re: Nice looking hardware
It is the fuggliest thing I have seen in a long time.....
I may have dreamed this...
...but aren't Icelandic men outnumbered 2:1 by gorgeous blonde Viking girls? Why would they need porn?
"let our site partners decide themselves"
How about letting the people using the service decide for themselves? They are the ones ultimately paying for it.
Really? Define "waste of money".
Sodding post edit function timed out on me so here's the rest of my response:
Joking aside, I live in the wettest town in Australia so I know a little bit about rainfall. We average over 4000mm per year with a record peak of over 7000mm. We can sometimes get over 500mm in 24 hours. 500mm is roughly London's annual rainfall, if you want a bit of perspective.
I get my weather info from the BoM Web site and a few natural indicators. When the farmer next door mows his lawn during the wet season it means it will rain within two hours. If the tree frogs start croaking during the day it means it will rain within 15 minutes. And so on.
Weather is about tried and tested observation, not apps with sensors that don't like the rain.
Really? Define "waste of money".
Buying a telescope from Dixon's for deep space research.
About the only thing this does that sticking your head out of the window doesn't achieve is the air quality stuff:
Did he explain why it's a waste of money
Low quality sensors, mainly. If the Bureau of Meteorology or any other met service, could get away with low cost hardware then they would. Example: The anemometer on a decent weather station needs to be a minimum height above ground for any thing approaching accuracy. I would guess that most people couldn't be arsed to install a suitable tower in their garden to complement a 150 quid iPad app.
I talked to a weather scientist about personal/automatic weather stations last year. He said anything below AUD25k (GBP16,843) is a waste of money..
His best piece of advice was if you wanted to know what the weather was like simply stick your head out of the window. It's free, up-to-date and highly localised.
He sounded like a man with a fully functioning crystal ball once. I stopped paying attention when he sold his soul to Google.
Nice work, Simon.
Well done everyone involved
This is proper boffinry combined with international cooperation that came together over the Internet and all in the name of fun and science.. It's what a less cynical me from a couple of decades ago was hoping for.
Re: This seems like the opposite of open source...
How does this make them different from the dictators they're trying to strike against... It's still "do what I say or else".
You have a choice of what browser you use. You don't have a choice on what dodgy cert is presented to you.
I've never worn a watch.
the Coalition's operational expenditure forecast is
Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory
Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?
Ever since the right wing rags started putting up paywalls the Guardian readership demographic has changed. The comment areas are now flooded with Tory trolls. That's capitalism for you. Oh, how I lol'd
"Is Thatcher being cremated? If she is it's at least one confirmed Ashes win for England this summer."
The Saudis used Lambos too...
...they had a few Lamborghini LM002 for desert border patrols. Not sure if they're still in service.
I have a question
What drugs are Turnbull and Abbott taking?
CDs are vulnerable to the chemicals in paper
Maybe the card is different now. I'm seeing an increase in card slip covers on the CDs I buy. I can't say I like them as they get marked too easily but at least growing new raw material is an option.
Some potential there
A site describing the thought process of the person that came up with this idea
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