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Re: I also hear that 100% of child abusers..
Editorial: The Daily Heil
Di-Hydrogen Oxide is a chemical that's known to have been used by 100% of paedophiles. It is feared that this chemical can turn ordinary people into paedophiles. Ban this sick filth now!
"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one..."
Million-to-one chances come up nine times out of ten...
What goes 99, bump. 99, bump. 99, bump.
A centipede with a wooden leg.
Re: Somebody step on a duck?
Can I point out an error in your terminology? If you're trying to suppress one, then it's not you that's trapped in the meeting, it's everybody else. As they will soon discover, once you manage to release the nostril offending goodness, in all it's glory. Preferably in a silent, non-traceable manner.
The candidates may not get to see the spoilt papers. There is often someone checking for each party in election counts, who would. This being an election with large constituencies and many independent candidates, they may not all have sufficient people to do the checking, especially if counting is happening in more than one place.
I'm no expert on the law of libel, I don't know if you have to 'publish' something for it to apply, or just write it down and show other people. Or perhaps those 2 are legally the same? I guess the usual rule of thumb applies. If you have to ask someone else if something is a good idea, then it usually isn't.
"NO, not 'because it was an easy button press', because it was an easy mistake to make - hitting the wrong link on a page or mobile app happens a lot...
Will "I went for delete, but hit retweet" be a defence ?"
Tom Chiverton 1,
I'd guess it would be a perfectly valid defence if you subsequently delete the tweet.
I tell you what it would make though, an excellent limerick:
One day Tom switched his phone on.
And noticed the media maelstrom.
He missed the delete,
And pressed his retweet
Now he's part of the whole Paedogeddon.
Re: Definately a Friday afternoon article
I've been telling people it's Friday today too. I've got tomorrow off, so the weekend starts here.
You can take our weekdays but you cannae take our FREEEEDOM!!!!!
I can see the point. But why should you be able to get away with trying to ruin someone's life, just because it was an easy button press online?
Try thinking about your fucking actions perhaps...
This is an interesting area, that's going to be an absolute bugger to deal with.
I would argue that one of the reasons we got super-injunctions is that the press started taking the piss. They don't like people getting injunctions against them, and with the modern era of t'internet, all you need to do is report that so-and-so has taken out an injunction, stoke the rumour mill online, until said rumour is so far into the public domain that the injunction is defeated. Then you can tell the court that everyone already knows this - so can we now report it please. I believe that's one of the reasons that courts then banned journos from even mentioning the injunction. Although the courts apparently aren't granting them any more.
There's debate on having a privacy law, which I don't see as viable in a world with an only slightly-regulated internet.
I guess we'll end up with more the American model of freedom of speech, where anyone can say anything - and you can't get a court injunction to stop them. You can of course sue after the event. Just on the grounds that it's so hard to keep things from being globally known now. Particularly as the media know they can pursue this route. So if you can't make a story stand up, all you need do is stoke the rumour mill, then watch the internet light up.
I know someone who's worked for the Torygraph and the Times, and it's interesting how much is just known in the small world of the Westminster/Media Village. It doesn't always leak out, but it's easy enough to find out. Now you don't even need to be in that world, or know someone, just know the right blogs/forums.
Interesting times ahead. [end ramble]
Boff a prof
Grapple with a geek
Get under the desk with the helpdesk
Get between the sheets with the elites
On your knees for PHDs
Get boffing with a boffin
Perhaps I should have taken that job in marketing after all...
So? The word shebopdadoowop begins with SHE...
I've got an idea for a new website. It's a combination of Facebook and Tripadvisor. All we need to do is to add user-ratings to couples pages, and we've got a brilliant resource for helping us to avoid bunny-boilers and bastards.
What a shame about the demise of the word 'kneetop'. It sounds so much nicer than laptop. But as one of the model numbers was LPTP101, I guess kneetop was a Civil Service thing, rather than coming from Thorn EMI.
Well I say it sounds nicer. I'm not sure if "for my stag night I'm going to a knee-dancing club" quite works...
Re: A classic Cat line from Red Dwarf
Do we really need individual fanboy icons for each type? Surely a general one will do.
Also I want a smiley face icon for when I'm being politely insulting. Instead of the few times when I get a bit more grumpy and tell some other commentard to get stuffed. Only used when justified. I hope...
I wish to second (or is it third?) the Tony Blair/hypocrisy icon idea.
For some reason I felt it was appropriate to post my choice of new icon here. Can't think why...
I would like a vomit icon please. The new keyboard please is more coffee than sick. For those times when the sanctimony or 'think of the children' are getting to me, or when some bootnotes story comes along involving penis self-surgery or the like.
A man laughing his head off would also be nice, for those times when Apple have to re-post an apology 17 times, because they were just too childish to get it right first time. Or for when someone custard pies Larry Ellison.
Re: Amstrad NC200
I had one of these in perfect working order, and I'm afraid I threw it away 2 years ago, when I moved house. Wrote quite a bit of stuff on it though, and it was great for taking notes in lectures/training courses.
Re: We don't own our money
I'm struggling to understand what you mean with this post.
"The use of conventional currencies to micromanage things which have no direct connection to the role of money is derailing economies and preventing money from serving it's primary purpose."
Surely, the primary purpose of money, is as a means of exchange. Thus saving us from being forced into barter. And as far as I can see, our money fulfils that purpose perfectly adequately. As for:
"National currencies are subject to controls and confiscation."
Well so would bitcoin be, were it the main means of exchange. Governments can control that about as well as they can control cash, i.e. by the threat of locking you up if you don't pay your taxes/fines.
As for the next paragraph, I don't see how bitcoin is any more efficient or competitive, and I'm not even sure what you mean by them. If you were to add 'modern' to that list, I'd think you were Tony Blair in disguise...
Obviously QE is a risk to money's role as a store of value, but that's a trade-off against the damage to the economy of not doing it. There's an upside to that, as long as it stays an extraordinary thing, only done to stave off the worst crises. QE has the opposite problem. As a system with a fixed money supply, it suffers from built-in deflation. Now this makes bitcoin a great investment / pyramid scheme, but an absolutely dreadful currency.
Add in the other problems, like almost nobody accepting it, and bitcoin doesn't look like anything other than a bizarre fad. If you've got any, sell them, before this becomes obvious. At some point in the future, they'll be totally worthless - at present it appears you can exchange them for real cash, although I'm not sure exactly how safely.
"Bitcoin has a fixed rate of money supply growth, and can't be controlled by our bankrupt governments. That isn't a disadvantage... It's the same reason gold has outlasted any fiat printed currency as a means of saving and exchange."
As pointed out below, you've got that a bit wrong. There's a fixed number of bitcoins, so once they're all 'mined', there can't be any more. Money supply growth is therefore not fixed, it's dependent on random chance and effort. Total money supply is fixed though.
Sadly this is a disadvantage. If your economy grows, and your money supply doesn't, you have deflation. Which is bad. That's ignoring the many other problems of bitcoin. But does somewhat bugger up its claim to being a good currency.
Re: A one-legged man goes to the doctor ...
While there's something in what you say, I wouldn't totally agree with you. There are some roles where inspiring leadership is needed/helpful, along with goal-setting. But some jobs are pretty mundane, and the goal is simply to keep x process working with a minimum of fuss, or to process y paperwork in a correct manner.
This is all quite dull, and there's nothing to get inspired about. But a bit of honesty and common sense tells us that this stuff needs to get done, we're all being paid to get it done, so let's do that with as little fuss and stress as we can. I don't think that we're helping matters by trying to 'inspire' people, because we all know this is fundamentally dull. A bit of humour and reasonable expectations should do the trick, without resorting to the military metaphors so beloved of some management types.
Re: A one-legged man goes to the doctor ...
Technical areas are a big problem. Having had a couple of accountants as managers has shown me this (I'm not in IT), as well as knowing quite a few IT people. Both these managers were good accountants, who got promoted because of it, both of them were nice people, but neither had a clue how to be managers.
This is also true for certain types of sales people. Hard-chargers who always make their numbers often aren't too scrupulous, and so make horrific managers. On the other hand, some sales guys are brilliant analysts of people, which is how they sell so well, and they often make brilliant managers.
Of course, you do have to wonder how much we're the problem? Having ended up with some management responsibilities a couple of times (not really one of my skills) - some people are easier to manage than others. So a barely competent manager who knows their limitations should be able to do a decent job, with goodwill on both sides.
Re: Self Represent?
So what you're saying is that the public isn't able to hold the government/establishment to account? I rather doubt the guy could afford legal representation, but he's pursuing a legitimate public interest. Even if there's also a perfectly reasonable argument on the other side as well.
The whole point of setting up non-legal tribunals and FOI requests should be to allow normal people to represent themselves. So long as they're not idiots they should easily be able to make the necessary logical case - even if they need a bit of help, understanding and guidance in how to do cross-examination. If the tribunal can have lay-panellists, then there's no reason why there should need to be legal representation from either party. Although obviously a barrister is trained to put an argument professionally, so if you've got the money, they're the right person to use.
Re: @Marv Stunning
Whilst I can fully understand scientists' frustrations here, some of the major movers-and-shakers in climate science have brought (at least some of) this down on themselves. They've reacted, understandably, to circle-the-wagons against outside pressure and they've not always been transparent. Sometimes they've been downright deceitful, and that's made things worse.
This area is way too important for people to be keeping their methods and data secret - as well as that being fundamentally against the scientific method.
It's a shame that this has become so nasty and politicised, but this science can't avoid politics. The implications, if the most catastrophic models are correct, require the spending of hundreds of billions by most of the worlds governments - and massive changes to the global economy. The level of debate from the senior people on the 'warmist' side has been absolutely appalling, and polarised things even more. Whoever is 'right', there seem to be a good few idiots on both sides who damned well ought to know better.
Re: I am Spartacus!
I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not sure...
Re: I am Spartacus!
No. I am Spartacus.
Well the Athenians would have won, having forced Sparta to make peace. Only they got greedy and started it all up again, and lost everything in Sicily.
As you say though, Alexander did a lot of wandering round Turkey beating up the Persians, and he still liked a good phalanx. The Romans were still using something similar until one of their military organisations (Marius I think?), about 100BC. The third line of troops in a legion was still basically a mini-phalanx.
It's a hell of a lot nicer looking than the last
abomination attempt. But, as you say, the back looks wrong. It seems to be riding higher than the front, and seems a bit too long, and not quite curvy enough - I guess to get a bigger boot.
I still think the Fiat 500 wins hands-down though. It's not horrifically expensive and looks great. The problem with doing a reboot of the Mini and the Beetle is that they were both supposed to be cheap cars for the masses, and now they're premium 'lifestyle' products.
The other big problem is that modern safety systems, not to mention modern lard-arses, require cars to be so much bigger. I guess that's worst for the Mini, which simply isn't, because of the name. But the Fiat is also huge, compared to the old 500, and it doesn't look wrong, in the way the Mini does.
Re: Quartermass - Goon Show Style
It's good to be alive, in 1985!
Which is one of my favourite Goon Shows, and also an excellent version of 1984.
It pits the Big Brother Corporation against the Independent Television Army.
High Level Waste
In order to aid understanding I can help with the precise amount of high level waste. Saw it in a government report a few years ago. Well, OK being honest here, a newspaper's version of a government report.
There were about 3 semi-detached family homes worth of high level waste at Sellafield. The rest is intermediate or low level. I don't know how much of that they've now vitrified and dumped in barrels though. I'm not sure how one converts the semi-detached family home into the Olympic sized swimming pool unfortunately...
Re: Okay but...
What are you guys talking about? There is no re-make of Edge of Darkness! Don't be stupid! What idiot would reverse the actors, so Craven becomes Mel Gibson, and Jedburgh becomes Ray Winstone. That just couldn't happen, and anyone who says different is a liar!
La la la la la la, got my fingers in my ears, not listening, la la la la...
I don't know how I'd managed to miss this show. I remember Edge of Darkness at the time, because I caught the last hour or so, and was disappointed at having no way to watch it all, even though it seemed great. Except that happened to so many people that the BBC repeated it within a few weeks, and again later in the same year I think. Which was pretty unusual at the time.
In a brilliant piece of BBC organisation, I bought the video when it came out in the 90s, ordered the first day it was released, only for them to ship part 1, then forget to release the other half for about 18 months! So I had 'Half of Darkness'. The dog savaged that tape, before it came out on DVD.
Looks like time for a wander through some old British drama. Things like 'A Question of Attribution', 'A Very British Coup' maybe a bit of 'Prime Suspect' (which I've never seen). Wonder if all this stuff is on Netflix or Love Film?
Re: Fair play to them
Well MI5 do have a specialist bin emptying department. It's quite easy to gain access to their services. It just requires associating with certain individuals and/or visiting the correct websites. As an added bonus, not only will your bins probably get emptied every day, you won't be able to fly on Ryanair either. What's not to like...?
HMRC may not be able to stop these companies doing it, but they can make it damned expensive and inconvenient, if they can be arsed. OK Starbucks, we think you're committing fraud, as you're making no profits. So why are you still trading? Or are you perhaps evading tax?
So we'll have a tax inspection. It'll cost you a few million to put all your records in order. We'll send in the tax auditors, and go through the books with a fine tooth-comb. When this happens, the inspectors always pay for themselves, because they find all those small errors, that aren't material, but everyone makes. That's lots of little £500 fines. Then the extra office space and accountants to get the books into order. Then we can challenge your costs in court, and publish that you're doing it, causing reputational damage. Can't stop legal avoidance, but can make it expensive, and inconvenient - and help shift the advantage back towards those who do pay tax. And I bet not all elements of the schemes will stand up in court either. You'd then have sufficient information to help define laws that do stop piss-taking, without harming business.
Re: Fair play to them
More importantly, they're ruining it for their own staff, and their own workers. Just like Germany is finding, you may be doing well temporarily, but if all your customers' economies collapse, you'll soon have no customers. The same, on a smaller scale, applies to large companies. Once they're having a large enough effect to suck cash out of economies. If everyone has to pay more tax, they'll feel poorer, and may cut discretionary spending, such as on coffee...
That was the easy way to kill unshielded Tie Fighters in an X-Wing too. Although once you could afford a bigger ship in Frontier, you just flew straight past your enemies and shot them with your turrets and missiles. Much easier when you don't have to be pointing the direction you're firing.
I did like the physics, but it wasn't as easy, or fun, to play around at. There was satisfaction in flying past an enemy, turning your ship and shooting them as you passed, while still travelling in the original direction though. And doing gravity-assisted slingshots round planets.
That reminds me. I think EVE is the biggest (maybe only) adrenaline rush any computer game has ever given me. After not playing for a year, I re-subbed. The first time I got into combat I could barely control the mouse, my hands were shaking so much. When I survived, and was chatting to people over the headset and was as high as a kite, and my hands still shaking 10 minutes later. Never had a reaction like it, except to genuine danger - or the time I had a reaction to the adrenaline in a local anaesthetic (which was extremely odd).
The fact that losing ships in EVE matters (in terms of cost of time), and that you don't want to let your mates down gives it a different feeling to single player, or shooting mates in multi-player. I guess it's the long build-up of working towards a goal, all condensed into a battle (that might only last seconds/minutes), but seems to last for ages.
I had an IBM Ambra in the early 90s - 386 running Windows 3.1. I just found my copy of Elite from it in a box, last night. The only bit of software I kept from it. Although it was better on the Amstrad CPC464 in the mid 80s.
However, although Elite was brilliant, I think I played the original Tie Fighter more - and I'd say that was my favourite game ever. Very similar in the way you had to fly, but with more systems to manage. Balancing shields/weapons/engines for different ship combinations was brilliant.
I also spent a lot of time on EVE. Which isn't really Elite, but is great fun. I loved EVE, but never really felt it was a game you could play alone, the thing that makes it great is the co-operation aspect, but that's also the thing that makes it much more time-consuming and more hassle. As you need a decent size of Corporation to do certain things.
Re: They call themselves eGeeks but make their clients travel to them, One word...
To our anonymous friend,
When real clients propose giving you real money, for intangibles like telling them how to run their company - they damned well do want to meet you face-to-face. You can 'do the deal' on the telephone/skype/email, you can organise stuff and answer questions that way, but you absolutely must meet some people to build up that trust that keeps them coming back to you. Even if it's only once. Putting a friendly face to that disembodied voice (or even head if you're video-conferencing) is sometimes vital.
I speak as someone who's done ten years as a small company with no products, no services and not much of anything really. We're us. Our customers come to us because we can answer weird questions, and we almost always solve their problems. If they don't trust us we've no unique products they can't replace elsewhere. And we have rivals who'll point that out to them every day, if they can. Getting in front of people is what keeps them calling back when they're in a rush to solve a problem.
That's a deal-breaker in my book. My old Tablet PC didn't have an IPS screen, and the viewing angles were truly horrible. Holding it side to side with the original iPad made this point obvious. It's not that nice to look at yourself, as you're restricted in the ways you can hold it. But try showing the screen to someone else, and it gets truly nasty.
So for me all tablets need IPS, or whatever equivalent tech is out there.
Obviously, having just made that sweeping statement, I'll backtrack a little. It does depend on what features are most important to you. But to me, the screen is the most important feature of a tablet. It's what you stare at, it's what you interact with.
Re: That was a bit in-depth.
I shouldn't bother watching Quantum of Solace (Question of Sport) again, if I were you. There's only so many hours in a lifetime, and I'm sure you could usefully spend that time getting your cutlery really sparkling clean...
Re: Bit harsh
If your Mum had called you Bear, you'd drink your own urine too.
It's the only way to pass the time, when the camera crew have left you all alone, defenceless and isolated, in the honeymoon suite of the 5 star hotel - and they've run out of room service hookers...
No shills here*. Just a lot of people who saw Apple acting like arseholes, and are now laughing because they've made themselves look simultaneously arrogant and stupid on the front pages.
As it happens there were plenty on this site supporting Apple's case against Samsung, and calling the Galaxy designs rip-offs of Apples'. And plenty disagreeing. I don't particularly care, although I really don't get the tablet ones, they're a completely different shape, due to the different screen aspect ratio.
*Spartacus' Law (a development of Godwin's):
At some point in any online technology discussion - some idiot, unable to accept that others may hold a different point of view, will accuse another poster of being a shill.
Although I've never seen anyone accuse everyone of being one before...
Re: Bit harsh
Let me correct that for you:
"And besides, Red Bull is horrible stuff - I had a can once, and decided I preferred
espresso drinking my own urine.
Re: If only it was easier to find on their homepage....
Which would have been great if they'd written it properly. Sure Samsung could have linked to it, but basically no-one would have noticed. However, now they've dicked about like this, not only do they look bloody stupid, but they've also made front-page news, looking bloody stupid...
That's what's called a legal and PR Ooops! And because of the way Apple normally behave, enormously amusing.
Can I just add by the way:
Tank = vessel holding liquid under pressure
Cistern = vessel holding liquid at atmospheric pressure (i.e. with vent / no lid).
Everyone calls both a tank anyway. Even in the industry. Because confusion is fun...
Little bit of bollocks getting talked here. Actually enormous amounts. From memory water can only be sucked up 7m, at normal atmospheric pressure, so you could only have the pump 7m above the tank, that's 2 floors. I don't know the specific gravity of diesel. It floats on water, so it's going to go a few meters higher. Vic says 12m, and his post makes sense, so I'll go with him.
Also, using suction lift on a backup generator is risky. Your whole system basically relies on the footer valve, which is usually a spring loaded check valve / non-return valve at the bottom of the pump inlet pipe. If that spring doesn't close properly, then diesel will leak back into the tank, to be replaced by air, and the pump will lose prime, and won't work. And then your back-up system will fail. I don't sell pumps on suction lift, if I can persuade the customer not to, because of the hassle they always seem to cause. Also, isn't diesel always a bit dirty? I do water, not other stuff, so this isn't my area. But vital valve with spring closure and liquid with bits in = bad combination and leaky valve.
You DON'T pressurise your diesel tank. What if it sprung a leak? Erk! Anyway how would you fill it? How would you have an overflow pipe? Not a good idea.
Any well deeper than say 5m will have a submersible pump lowered down it on a chain, and that will pump the water up to the top. The controls and inverter (if variable speed) will live at the top of the well, but the pump and pump motor at the bottom.
Normal pumps in a basement won't be water-proof, it's very difficult to waterproof motors that are air-cooled.
Stick submersible pumps in your diesel tank? Well I don't deal with fuel, but you're sticking a big old electrical thing in a tank of fire-risk. I know diesel doesn't burn that easily, but even so. Also submersible pumps dump their heat into the surrounding liquid. No probs when the tank is full, or being topped up from a pump, but as the tank gets empty, and non tanker truck arrives, you're warming up a decreasing supply of diesel in a large container with an electrical item. I don't know the rules for doing this, it's not my area. I suspect there are lots of them though.
Re: Churchill's recipe
I thought Churchill said something like you should pour your gin, then open the vermouth and bow towards France. At which point it's ready to drink.
My brother even times the shaking of the cocktail. Shake a few seconds too long, and your drink gets too watered down, so you want the maximum amount of chilling, for the minimum amount of water. Myself I don't really get Martini. I'd rather have a decent scotch (Balvenie at the moment), and if you bring ice anywhere near that it's Glasgow kisses all round.
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