310 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009
"Gravity still works."
(28 July 2007, Czech Republic) A pack of thieves attempted to steal scrap metal from an abandoned factory in Kladno. Unfortunately for them, they selected the steel girders that supported the factory roof. When the roof supports were dismantled, the roof fell, fatally crushing two thieves and injuring three others.
(21 June 2007, Philippines) Three entrepreneurs planned to profit from stolen scrap metal. They entered a former US military complex and approached the prize: an abandoned water tank. Bedazzled by the potential upside, the three threw logic to the wind, and began to cut the metal legs out from under the tank. Guess where it fell? Straight onto the thieves. Their flattened bodies have not yet been identified.
(31 July 1997) Two teens were disassembling an electric tower with wrenches when it toppled to the ground. They apparently wanted to sell its aluminum supports for scrap, but they failed to realize the essential role the aptly named "support" plays in a 160-foot tower. One of the men was crushed by the collapse of the ten-thousand-pound tower, while the other dug himself out from under, a sadder but wiser man. Reference: Associated Press
Darwin notes, "These thieves are playing a deadly game of Jenga! A new target is the lead roofing of ancient churches. This entire category may soon become too common to win further awards, per the Rule of Excellence. See also Barn Demolition."
I would include the following myself.
"Significant Past Incidents
At the Dijon conference the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reported that it is notified of about 200 lost or stolen radioactive sources each year and that since 1983 20 sources had been accidentally melted at steel works and other foundries. According to other sources, 65 meltings have occurred world-wide 9. IAEA says it is aware of 49 meltings world-wide at 1998:"
Re: Mandatory potato famine notice.
Nope ... meant BOTH cause and response. Anyone wonder why the Irish were growing spuds in the first place? Try growing wheat up the side of a mountain. You certainly can't plough that terrain. All the other land was for paying the rent to the land sharks. ( Absentee landlords had already outsourced their moral obligations, largely.)
The poor laws were the main problem.
Mandatory potato famine notice.
Anyone who posts that this spud...or it's patented mates.. would have prevented the Irish Potato Famine is a muppet. The problem then was a sociological/political one. The victorians had a Daily Mail readers view on the Dole...even when people were starving. They preferred to herd them into alms houses..or koncentrationsläger as they might be known today.. More people died from cholera and typhoid.
The only problem with GMO's is it isn't too smart to rely on one lot. A new disease (like blight in the 1840's) could spring up and massive food shortages ensue.
Sorry for the rant, but it's best to nip this in the...er...bud.
negates the reason for having a green light on one wingtip and a red one on the other.
hmmm......the p̶o̶t̶ plot thickens!
isn't there a name for this type of legal claim?
Barratry? Vexatious Litigation? ...IANAL ... or a solicitor! Ty!
that's NON-ASCII squiggle to you, Matey! ;-)
Re: The Prince is Poor !
An IP address is not a person, therefore not accountable under law. (Case law supports this)
I am not a number.
Re: I wouldn't
....won't someone PLEASE think of the engineers?
Re:What game was he playing?
... or wether this BMW was petrol or Diesel. What model? (My guess a 525...hard to tell from what's left). Also, was it equipped with a "Lotus" style alarm system?
Probably a cheap knock-off of this system.
Re: The Wild-West days are here again
Never mind the 10 billion price tag... try applying for planning permission for the anchor.
"admitted that the group had failed to invest properly in IT "for decades""
Are we talking punch-card level technology? Xenix 1.0 ? 8086 processors? Magnetic tape reels? or <shudder> pre-IBM technology?
Don't overlook the possibilities.
Domino's pizza deliveries... during hostage scenarios?
WHO.....organizes the school run? Won't someone PLEASE think of the children?
For me , gaming peaked with David Braben's "Frontier", and has gone downhill ever since.
If he feels that aggrieved , ship it back as defective and do a credit/debit card chargeback.
I have a bad feeling about this!
.....SkyNet? Is that you?
re:is there a photo of this invisible tank
......no need. It's the one next to the parking meter.
Re: vested interest
Hmm... Maybe the Bittorrent upstream traffic has nothing to do with piracy. I find it VERY handy when downloading and redistributing OpenSuse and Ubuntu, which, incidentally do not have DRM.
Hmmmm... <Steeples fingers> Interesting!
Not sure about the Dr Who games...
.... a certain lack of "Kill-Power" for a quake clone, methinks.
two additional points.. a little off-topic though.
1. Why has there never been an Indian Dr Who??
2. While the Games industry has been a little...er..lacklustre, there have been a few ..er Dalek pr0n films. Why has the beeb not capitalised on this?
my two cents.
Why no mention of Aer Lingus in this article? And why are all the other Uk-Irish carriers mentioned UK based? Hardly a balanced article in that respect. The only problem I have with Ryanair is that their flights are from airports way WAY out in the sticks, and after DECADES of operation, the road-rail links to the airports are
1. MASSIVELY overpriced in relation to the flight cost
2. Take a MINIMUM of half a day from even the most reasonably connected town.
Something else that would never happen in Germany.
Guess who a lot of us Irish regard as pro-European role models?
Re: spying envy?
Not so much "spying envy", as ...er... Intelligence Gap... (See end credits to Dr Strangelove...Mineshaft Gap)
Mine's the Trenchcoat and Trilby
Re: Size estimate based on single tooth
We';re not talking about the late "Rabbit of Caerbannog" , from Monty python, killed by the "Holy hand-grenade of Antioch". Renowned for it's sharp , pointy teeth....Apparently.
More than one species has been identified by a single tooth..
Here's one with a nice picture
Hang on... did I just quote the Daily Mail in a bibliography? (See icon)
What's the worst that can happen!!
Someone remind me again.
...What's their business model? (Twitter, I mean)
Re: not get into petty squabbles over who is most "righteous".
...Prejudice against Unicycle riders? Meh, but... How embarrassing would it be to get mugged by one, though?.
Mine's the clown suit/Mime outfit.
"Customers are caught in a Catch-22. They're afraid to deploy technology for fear of violating workers' privacy"
It's a question of trust, Art.....Basically they're saying they don't trust you.!!
As far as I know, there's very little else for them to connect to. ....apart from a future chinese-built NUCLEAR REACTOR! ( For diehard American Republicans, that's pronounced "Nucular")
Cameron may just have shot himself in the foot by ducking the privacy issue.
A LOT of grassroots support for an actual privacy tort / criminal legislation at the moment.
Facebook and google TOC's,
that recent story in the telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10387658/Home-Office-go-home-texts-sent-to-people-with-right-to-remain.html)
... as well as speculative invoicers,
and revenge porn sites.
List goes on ... and on.
HMRC list of politicians expenses and bank accounts going public? we can only hope!
Is it appropriate for the UK to comment?
Remember the uk has NO privacy tort per se. Although there is a European directive saying there should, and the lawlords .. to use their own language are "pen-poised" to implement one, what has happened to date has been the shoe-horning of case law to allow stretching existing legislation to cover it.
In THIS particular case, there was the implied CONFIDENTIALITY of the material. In the uk, a release form at least would have to be provided before mass publication could take place. Otherwise no implied consent could be proven to have been granted.
I see a successful appeal against this result, and the judge having his port gradually watered down.
....what have the Romans ever done for us!
Would it be more interesting if..
... it turned out to be tea-pot shaped?
Which one? ... Yacht, I mean. Prefer helicopters myself... Leave mine running to keep the pigeons off the roof. Mine's the one with the fluff in the ....oh hey!!!!
as long as they don't find all the beer cans left on Charon.
Ah... this explains a lot!
Now I understand why my profile page on OKCupid started flashing ads for anaesthesia equipment when I was setting it up.
(My sister's a nurse... I was looking for a book published by a colleague of hers! Honest!)
Mine's the lab coat !
Obligatory Dr Evil reference
... it WILL have a circumfluous shark ring, equipped with MEELION watt laser pointers bought off ebay really cheap?
... also available at your local village hall , if you live in Trumpington.
Re: The IT angle is so obvious...
Tigers in Africa? Safari?
See link, http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2008/05/31/microsoft_warns_against_apple_safari/
Re: A cube would fit better than the Entreprise
I think dilbert has prior art on this.
"Icanhascheezburgar?" or Lolcats?
Not sure, but the Dogs/Ipad and journalism/Dog-groomer has raised the bar on at least two counts.
Maximise downtime by developing your personal interests.
... Blues Harmonica anyone?
or the violin? If you take redundancy in this climate, at least you'd have an immediately utilisable skill.
Also, can buskers be sued for defaming their ex- employers with , ie, "Ex- Nakatomi employee- please give generously" signs?
My boss plays the Viola... smart woman!
Tit for ..er... tat?
How about a Star Trek spinoff, with ships solely piloted by Mancunians or Liverpudlians?
You could also have one with Glaswegians, vs er.. people from Edinburgh?
Any other suggestions?
Re: He got something right!
... as I recall, the "family guy" remake of star wars had a star destroyer with a "Vote Bush/Cheney" bumper sticker.
Black cape: Mine, it is!
He has no Bukkit!!!!
Re: Weather balloon
Also,:::: anyone order a Victoria sponge online from Shanghai?????
Looks a bit big for a standard radiosonde... and Norfolk is a big naval base, despite downsizing.
BTW... anyone see any r/l NCIS in those clips?
Re: Shame their first recourse was "the law"
Mmmm!.... Hakarl and durian fruit salad.
Personally I'd just use the products to create a Massive torrent server inside the store.
or something similar..... anyone remember that guy who broke up acrimoniously with his girlfriend, went on holiday for a few weeks expecting the house to be a tip. He returned to find the house neat and clean,except for the phone, off the hook , with a foreign sounding voice on the other end.
She'd phoned the Japanese speaking clock.
Re: That's all very well but ....
Go raibh maith agat!
Re: That's all very well but ....
You LUCKY B@stard!!!!
Still, I was always under the impression that spooks went in through the back door.
Mine's STILL the one covering the suspension harness.
Re: Dear Ms. Mizulina
Concise, direct. All the hallmarks of good technical writing... well done!
remember, six out of seven dwarves are not happy!!!!!
Mine's the leprachaun costume... keeping my head down.
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