362 posts • joined Friday 12th June 2009 08:51 GMT
"Only in government can you piss £140m up the wall, with more to come most likely, and still have your job!"
Oh really, I challenge you to name 2 examples from this week where this is true.
No, hang on, that's still pretty easy...
The way injuctions usually work mean that if you aren't aware of an injuction then you aren't injucted by it.
Re: Cynical - me?
"proof there is no such thing "..."4 months later"
You do know that time moves forward, yes?
When the ex-smoking MP Luciana Berger was interviewed about plain packaging, she was asked what had caused her to start smoking. I was interested what she would say next - if she said it wasn't the packaging she would harm her point, if she said it was because the packages looked nice she would come across as a bimbling simpleton.
The quote she gave was "The packages I remember very clearly. They were very shiny...they were alluring". My confidence remains uninspired.
Yeah, fuck you, The Victim, it's all your fault.
Re: RE: The lack of ads on the Beeb is still remarkably compelling
Also, I've never seen "I'm Barry Scott! And I'm hear to tell you about Who Do you Think You Are!"
Re: Ditch the DOG
I agree, one of my saddest googles was the one that told me "no, there is no way to get rid of this symbol"
(I don't google many sad things)
Re: Like, ahem, cooking pr0n and talent shows.
"leaving those most in need of a little edification to watch BBC3"
I initially read that as "most in need of a little education", then corrected myself, then got to the "watch BBC3" part and realised I was sort of right first time
Re: Tonights Episode...
"How could Baker be older than he was when he regenerated"
The same way Davidson was older than Tennant - he appears older because of the presense of the younger doctor because...oh go look it up.
First three stories
I watched these on dvd a few years ago, and my main thoughts were "why didn't they include likeable characters" and "stop ignoring the child, she's the only one of you who ever has any sensible ideas"
Re: So saying that
I draw your attention to "from start of 2014".
"unplugging and replugging the power cord both at the outlet and into the console itself"
In other words "Are you *sure* that it is plugged in"
"Twenty-eight score and forty-nine years ago our sires brought forth..."
"we focused on enabling this great play."
...by which we mean posting videos to facebook.
In fairness the digital tv also had the support of a fair few viewers, as opposed to digital radio's thumbless handful, which must have helped.
"No, I'm not buying that, it hasn't got a picture of Colin Baker on the front"
Said no one, ever.
"The spy chief said he would only go into the specifics if the committee held a session closed to journalists and the public"
Because speaking in front of someone with an ounce of credulity would "harm... britain... terrorists... paedophiles...etc"
"34 terrorist plots had been thwarted in the UK "
Thwarted by whom? I bet several of the ones that were actual plots were by the 'terrorists' themselves.
I can't remember the source (*), so don't think this is reliable, but I heard a story of bombers strapping on their vests, then having one last group hug...a very last group hug. The tag line was something to do with the downside of supporting a cause that hates education.
(*) and sadly searching "terrorist hug explosion" was no use outside of band-naming duties.
"I have always put the interests of Serco first"
Well, I have no difficulty in believing that sentence.
Maybe throw in the words "short-term", to satisfy any pedants.
At risk of generalising...
printers don't work
'"We also have consumer firms that are interested in becoming 'the first brand on Mars'," he claimed.'
shut *up*, goldenpalace.com
It's a grave insult to discarded polystyrene.
Re: Phillips monitor
"I can sort of see why some people would find it benefical, but being nagged to sit 10cm closer to the screen all the time would just drive me to throwing the monitor out of the window."
...and as the monitor plunges to the ground the last thing it ever displays is 'well that is the *opposite* of what I asked for'
Re: Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi
Hell, you can get imprisoned for guessing the password reset questions of a candidate for vice president.
I don't think the aim is to pile on ever-worse violations, just to keep the story in the headlines in the hope that it doesn't get brushed under the carpet.
Re: I can't figure this guy out ...
Trust isn't binary.
I imagine a lot of people trust him to do the right thing for the public interest.
But even people who agree with what he is doing might not neccessarily trust him with their secrets.
I see a devil-clown with horns coming out of its eyes now, but I'm not sure I'd see a devil clown with horns coming out of its eyes next time.
This is not quite exactly the same problem as "what did I pretend my mum's maiden name was when I was asked 3 years ago?"
At risk of sound like a misguided hipster
I still hate the last yahoo mail revamp
Re: "The stock market doesn't reflect real worth"
Re: Witch woman
A cynical ploy to make people buy it?
I imagine it will probably work fairly well.
"so if economics is a science it makes testable predicitions that are shown to come true, yes?"
"shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up"
Risks outweigh the benefits
By which I mean the risks of whatever law would actually be enacted (*)
But its always good to remind people that, if its possible, its more helpful to call from a payphone or other fixed line than a mobile.
(*) the 999 Emergency Services (oh and also retaining all gps data, but don't you worry about that) Act 2014
"But this Nobel prize-giving suggests the scientific consensus is that this idea is wrong."
Given who is giving the prize it really doesn't.
The stock market doesn't reflect real worth because the majority of trades are made by institutional traders, who aren't playing with their own money, leading to incentives that tend to cause bubbles (cf Nate Silver). Having stock prices that reflect the companies' worth is better for the man on the street, because their actual money is less likely to be lost to gambling, hype and the snake oil market.
Fees slow the market (currently: if you trade too much too frequently you have too often fees will wipe out any profit). And nothing suggested by the article would have solved the causes of the housing bubble - giving mortgages to people who couldn't afford to pay them back and marking financial products based on these mortages as safe despite no knowlege about what they were or how likely they were to fail.
"The award of a Nobel is as close as we get to an affirmation that this is the scientific consensus"
Peer review by scientists probably carries more weight than a prize awarded by a bank.
Re: "Standing Wave"?
I'm pretty sure you are right - a standing wave doesn't move along, a mexican wave does. A quick look at the linked blog seems to say the claim is thewave is like a mexican wave, not like a standing wave.
Re: Is it just me
I don't think it is just you.
Initially I thought maybe the author might be worth listening to, because the organisation they work for have a record of making solid, testable predictions with a relatively high success rate. Then I realised that I was thinking of FiveThirtyEight, not 451 Research.
Re: The loss-making Royal Mail postal service
Yup, that's the plan. That's what privatisation is for.
"It probably cost them more than the fine just to contact a lawyer."
They probably were more interested in having the decision overturned than the 300 euros. Hiring the lawyer for the period of the case may well have been cheaper than hiring a full-time moderator for as long as their forums are open.
I don't see any coke cans on the image of the dashboard. Am I missing something? It's early monday, I'm probably missing something.
Re: Yes of course, *tap Return*
I've been using a mac for a year, and assumed the only way to rename was via getinfo.
Yes, i am aware that this is a review of myself as well as Finder's UI
"what would that gain them"
What does knowing the last time I called my mum gain them? For some reason they still trawl that sort of info
"we weren't able to find your facebook profile"
"why would you want to find my facebook profile"
"it's our policy, to avoid situations where users may find comments on our company on employee profiles"
"and you couldn't find my profile"
Re: Ceres is 26% water? Hmmm...
It could have been a bit of both, maybe?
Re: Anyone fancy reading that?
"With greater resources since 7/7 we have worked very hard to identify as many as possible of the people in the country who are active in some way in support of terrorism"
I think "in support of terrorism" was an accidental addition - the sentence is still accurate without it.
Re: There's a very simple cure
The are some use cases where cloud computing makes sense - something that very rarely goes wrong, so you don't have the staff to fix it when it does (e.g. email), highly specialised applications, or forbusinesses too small to own the infrastructure they need. But, as you say, for the most part it is just buzzword bollockry.
Re: Roll back to Vista - you know it makes sense!
They probably couldn't find anyone with a Vista PC to test it on.
Also, now Adam Buxton's Bug shows will be half as long.
Re: Why would Belgacom not play ball?
There's nothign suspicious about refusing to add a security vulnerability (which any backdoor is) to your systems.
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