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"an engineering firm that fired him and deleted sensitive files."
Well, if the engineering firm deleted the sensitive files, shouldn't they be charged?
After the first time, they may have decided to paint the whole thing in marine varnish.
Yep, the one with the clinker-built satellite in the pocket.
Alochol awareness course?
When you were obviously already aware of alcohol. Madness.
Yep, the one with heavy pockets.
"driving without due care and attention" cover it?
I thought there was a law...
"There's no law against slaying vampires either"
How about mutilating a corpse? I mean, you end up with a dead body, and NOBODY is going to believe your explanation.
(unless you're lucky enough to encounter one that conveniently crumbles into dust, when you only have one of those pesky "offensive weapon" charges to handle)
Mine's the one with the flat space technology.
Fears attract the scam artists?
While phone manufacturers might be reluctant to follow up on product safety issues, there is also no shortage of fear-mongers on the other side. That website you link to recommends two products to cover the phone earpiece - one appears to be an overpriced scrap of wire mesh (wouldn't it need to be grounded to act as an effective barrier?) and the other features a "crystalline core" and a "copper induction coil". A fool and his money are soon parted. I guess those old transmitters had a higher power output.
but, but, but...
I thought is was "the right to arm bears"...
Can a grizzly pull the trigger on an AK47?
Grenade, in case they can't...
I enjoy being captured in the field of attraction of a heavenly body.
What? You're talking about gravity?
"Anyone who gives their children any product that they don't know how to use themselves is irresponsible."
Guess I'd better cancel the kid's violin lessons, then.
You're overgeneralising, and denying people the opportunity to give their children opportunities they were denied... though an Xbox isn't what I'd consider an valuable opportunity.
Doovid and Googliath perhaps?
I've cycle-commuted in two of those three...
it isn't the hills that are a problem. It's
1) The "Sorry mate, I didn't see you" road users with an engine
2) The filth you get covered in from the same road users.
Luckily, I survived, and even had a wash since.
Mine's the highly reflective one.
It's an invasion plot...
The lizard army waits until everyone has these thermal cameras, and is used to relying on them for detecting hidden enemies, then attacks, safe because they are cold-blooded and match the background temperature. WE MUST RESIST THIS FIENDISH PLOT!!!!
(OK, it's not going to work, "cold-blooded" means they don't use their metabolism to control their internal temperature, they will still warm up when exerting themselves)
I know the difference between "are" and "our"
but I'm sometimes too lazy to proof-read.
Paint your missile
like one of your enemy's aircraft, and send it in to land? Might need a little bit of IFF hacking. See icon for missile design.
When I were a lad, we didn't have these fancy valves. When the system went down, we had to go to Wales a quarry out another set of bluestones. Then transport them back, balanced on dugout canoes. And kids these days just don't believe you!
Mine's the one with the bronze helmet.
What a delightfully interpretable phrase:
"search results are ranked in a way that provides users with the most useful answer"
here "most useful" means:
i) to the user, we have scientific analysis to demonstrate relative usefulness.
ii) to the user, we have confidence in our products, we know are services are the best, so they go at the top.
iii) to us, whatever benefits the company.
Take your pick.
I thought the way to handle mercury...
was to chuck down a sink and leave it there, blocked, until it eats through the lead U-bend years later and some poor smuck finds it leaking onto the floor.
At least, I've always assumed that was the explanation for the sink in my old lodgings (a former hatter's workshop).
I'll get my coat, did I have a hat? I don't remember.
This daft idea is much older...
it goes all the way back to DOS and the 8.3 filename, and there are so many assumptions built on it that MS probably can't change it...
i) every 8.3 filename has an extension that might indicate what type of file it is... but there is no registration of standard extensions
ii) Windows: you will ONLY use your data files with one application, the registry associates known extensions with the relevant application
iii) Windows 95: long filenames still have extensions (for compatibility) but they can also use "." elsewhere
iv) technical details will be hidden from users
The result is a user interface that does not provide sufficient information about what will happen when the user does something. Double-clicking on a icon might load the file in your favourite application, or run the file, or load the file in a completely different application that has managed to change the association in the registry...
So which is it?
"hedge impenetrable: as soon as they penetrated"
Come on Lewis, either the hedge is impenetrable, or it can be penetrated. Penetrating not very far still counts, for a pedantic grammar nazi.
But what was the street price?
Come on, illicit substance smuggling stories are ALWAYS supposed to have a greatly-inflated "street price" of the amount seized...
"When cut with butter and baked in french bread, the haul could be resold on the street for €28M"
Coming Soon: Google Ocean View
A nautical mile by nautical mile tour of the world's major shipping lanes.
Or maybe not. Mine's the one with the camera pole.
Do you really want your definition of "a free society"?
Where there are no electrical safety regulations, any con-man can sell fake shares, airlines don't check their planes for metal fatigue (after all, you decided to get on the plane, it was YOUR responsibility to check the safety).
It is not just adults that should take responsibility for their actions, so should corporations. Facebook is providing a service (what service to who is another question), so it should have the responsibility to consider the implications of misuse, and provide a mechanism to at least help people protect themselves, e.g. moderation.
Assuming mammalian sex-determination genetics, a population of clones would be Male 25%, female 75%. If the cloning is repeated in the following generations, the ratio gets more skewed. This contradicts the observed sex ratio in the colonists in that episode.
There is also probably going to be an issue with detrimental recessives.
Are you going to make "walking down the street in a flu epidemic" a criminal offence too?
It's the same as your example of adultery: doing something that you know has a risk of you catching a disease that might be passed on to another person. The only difference is the social acceptability of the disease.
because it's IP, not physical...
just the same as you can be sold the right to watch that film, but not the right to pass it on to your friends... Oh you downloaded from a torrent, forget I said anything.
mine's the one with the "backup" disc in the pocket, Ta!
Would it happen in practice?
While not the same situation, I recall the incident when the Queen was riding in a procession with the Horse Guard behind her and some nutter with a handgun jumped out of the crowd. The Horse Guard kept in formation.
They know they are a ceremonial guard, with the primary function to look good, and likely to face a LOT of trouble if they shoot an over-enthusiastic drunk, for example.
Yep, mine's the one without weapons.
This works fine...
Until somesite starts searching the submitted addresses for its own name, and substitutes "email@example.com" in the addresses it sells.
Good thing they haven't figured that one out yet, keep it a secret everyone, OK?
Isn't 5 a double-fail?
"During a demo to show how to clean off data from a machine that was to be donated to charity, a user accidentally deleted data from her hard drive"
Not only did the user clean of the wrong data, she didn't do it securely.
I wonder how drives are sent in with the note, "I'm trying to recover someone-else's confidential data they thought was erased"
Is that zen...
Use wire wool...
While denting or warping (or, apparently favourite for USA, umm, "deletion consultants" a bullet from a high-powered weapon) causes localised damage and makes spinning the platters difficult, I'd have thought that applying some wire wool to each surface of the spinning platters would do a far more comprehensive job of scrambling the data.
No quantum spin effects
When the image is a silhouette, it could represent a clockwise-turning woman, seen from above, or an anti-clockwise-turning woman, seen from below. If your brain assumes it is seeing the silhouette from above, then you see it as clockwise-turning.
I could also flip the direction of rotation by concentrating. I tried lowering my chair to see if my angle of view to the monitor would modify my perception, but the result was inconclusive. I did start hearing some cheesy music and see a pole...
(Storytelling ape, thank you Terry)
That's what I like about the military...
'"in effect, you're connecting the government to the people," the senior officer said'
their deep empathy with ordinary people, and the ability to come up with incisive solutions. Rather reminds me of the famous Vietnam War quote, "In order to save the village, we had to destroy the village"
So what is superfast broadband?
Here in China* I've got 8M/640K, and rival ISPs offering me 50M/100M/130M. I haven't switched because:
a) I'm not sure I need that speed
b) The pricing plans are bundled with TV and fixed-line phone, and multi-year contracts making it so complex I can't figure out whether I'd be paying more, or less, or get the services I actually want in among all the junk I don't want.
* OK, Hong Kong, it's part of China, you know?
I immediately thought of RFC 3514 too
In fact, as compliance with RFC 3514 has been minimal, perhaps we should re-purpose the evil bit as the do not track bit?
Mine's the one with "Please don't kick me" on the back.
Can I report...
your irony detector has failed.
To be accurate, I did vote in my Functional Constituency for some people who had the chance to use their mighty rubber stamp in the Election Committee. Even better, in 2012 we get a 50% increase in democracy: 1200 Election Committee members!
To lower the tone completely: China or Britain, it's all a matter of who gets f**ked!
ducted-fan job from Lockheed?
I initially read that as duct-tape fan job from Lockheed... at least that version would actually work (and, if it doesn't, add more tape)!