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I've got a self-protective filter in my brain that means I stop reading almost any post when I come to certain words. As it's almost certainly going to be drivel, bollocks or self-regarding rubbish. There are exceptions, where someone's gone overboard halfway through a well made argument, but you have to have been making some sense first to get me to keep reading once I meet one of these keywords:
New World Order (though I haven't seen this in a while)
HAARP (another one you don't see much these days)
I'm thinking of adding:
fractional reserve banking (which really doesn't mean what some people seem to think it means)
Could someone build a Firefox plugin to automate this, and build a good blacklist? Or maybe have a spam scoring system. So any post that has bitcoin, gold, fractional reserve banking, end of Wester capitalism combined can be filtered out. Admittedly if you operated this, The Telegraph comments sections would suddenly be almost totally empty - the Guardian still appears to have some sane commentards trying to survive in the screaming chaos.
Pluspoints if this filter can also automatically downvote people who call anyone who disagrees with them sheeple of shills.
The last time I played Pictionary, I had to draw GCHQ. I failed. Or at least my team failed to interpret my scribblings. I thought it was most unfair...
Re: Yeah but what about santa?
He knows if you've been bad or good, and he's got an axe!
Re: To quote John Wyndham in 'The Kraken Wakes':
I do wish El Reg would let us format text better, so we didn't have to have 2 carriage returns every time. Makes for very long posts.
To quote John Wyndham in 'The Kraken Wakes':
The Boffin's Lament - or The Lay of the Baffled Boffin
Oh, I'm burning my brains in the backroom,
Almost setting my cortex alight
To find a new thing to go crack-boom!
And blow up a xenobathite,
Oh, I've pondered the nuclear thermals
And every conceivable ray.
I've mugged up on technical journals,
And now I'm just starting to pray.
What I'd like is the germ of the know-how
To live at five tons per square inch,
Then to bash at the bathies below now
Would verge on the fringe of a cinch.
I've scoured above ultra-violet,
I've burrowed around infra-red,
And the -
It's a book I think of often when the term boffin gets discussed on here. I guess John Wyndhams boffins might be a little slow to come up with the goods, but usually get there in the end.
Also found this, while looking for the above silly song. In the Independent: how-the-war-turned-boffins-into-sex-bombs
Re: company directors owe fiduciary duties to deal with the company's assets in an honest way
Facebook really is the Zuck's baby. When they did their IPO he only had something like 10-15% of the shares, but had over 50% of the voting stock. So he can do anything he wants, and can never be overruled by anyone. Or sacked. Therefore if you invest in his company, you can't complain that you didn't know what you were getting into. And if you think he's a total numpty who does things like agree $1 billion deals on his sofa, over a weekend and without telling his board first, then you might want to be wary of giving him your money.
If you buy shares in what is effectively his company, after the board have published those compensation guidelines, then more fool you.
Apple have already made the appointment. They just haven't released the press release yet. They've appointed Marcel Marceau.
Ant & Dec were on the shortlist, but were eventually rejected. Apple have denied rumours that they were going to appoint Gary Glitter, with the new slogan: D'you wanna be in iGang...
I'd imagine he's sleeping in a coffin in a basement somewhere, until he's needed?
Re: Oi, look -
Yeah, but your Mum's so fat that she has an event horizon.
Re: Oi, look -
My Dad went on holiday with my Mum. He took some excellent photos of boobies while he was there, which were so good they went up on the sitting room wall.
Eeeewww. You disgust me! They went to the Galapagos Islands you filthy beast.
The Banks got the chip & pin readers out why hasn't it happened with the Pay by Bonk?
What's in it for the banks?
Chip n Pin is more secure. And means they can try to push the liability onto someone else for fraud. What's not to like?
Pay by bonk might (maybe) make transactions a tiny bit quicker to process for the retailers. But that does nothing for the banks. It also introduces new security worries (either real or imagined), which will be the banks' liabilities.
So I really don't see anything in it for them. I suppose a bit less cash-handling - but they have to do that anyway, and they charge handsomely for it. The only reason for the banks to spend cash on it, is if it looks like someone else is muscling in on their profitable payment processing lark.
So it made sense for the mobile networks. But they're so fucking greedy they make the banks look like charities. As an industry, they're also so incompetent they make the banks look well run. So in their eagerness to grab control and revenue, they scared everyone else away.
Apple might just have the combination of marketing ability, competence and ability to temper their greed to just within what people are willing to put up with, so that this can all happen. But Apple don't seem to care. And I guess that's because the public don't care either.
Re: Shouldn't it be
I think Boing! is an excellent name for a company that builds rockets and aeroplanes.
"This is your captain speaking. I'm afraid all four engines have failed,and we're going to have to make an emergency landing. However, don't worry chaps. This is the new all-rubber constructed Boing 797. Please assume the brace position, stow all trays and belongings, return your seats and stewardesses to the upright position, and prepare for some serious bouncing."
Sod this for a lark. What the hell is Musk doing messing around with electric cars?
He should be designing rocket powered cars instead...
I'm a bot, and so is my wife.
Not sure about that nice aManFromMars though. I've almost understood a couple of his recent posts. So there's probably been a software upgrade. Whether that's to him, or me, is another question entirely...
Re: Intelligence on the internet?
Whadda you mean I failed the Turing Test? It's not fair! I HATE YOU!!!!!
Re: It wouldn't matter what you tell 'em...
I have a friend who constantly asks me for this sort of help. But then he fitted my new hob for free. But I don't mind spending time helping genuine friends anyway. My brother's mother-in-law who made herself a cup of tea while I fixed her laptop, and didn't get one for me, hasn't had any help since. She's the only time I've genuinely seen this. I asked, "I know this is a stupid question, but is it plugged in?" And it wasn't.
Anyway no.1 friend is a very funny man. He used to do stand-up as a bit of a sideline. And he's done MC-ing and comedy for various events and fund-raisers for well over 30 years. One of the acts he's been doing forever is a magician act. Well to be honest it's a stand-up act. The schtick is that the props haven't arrived, so he tells you how good the tricks would have been - jokes. The magic is basically an excuse to put on a silly italian accent, and wear a cape.
So he's at a party and someonone who's known him as long as me, and has seen this act over ten times, comes over to him. "I'd just like to introduce this chap, he's looking for a magician for an event, and you do that."
He's a cabinet maker/furniture designer and yes, they all get asked for help by friends/acquaintances too. Along with plumbers, sparks, mechanics, doctors.
I wonder if police do? "I've just stolen this TV - would you mind nicking me in your spare time?"
As I see it, the problem for Bitcoin is that it's currently driven by several competing interests. But it can't be all things to all men and succeed.
Some people want it as an easy way of making small payments online. For that it would be perfectly fine, without the current massive volatility that makes it basically useless for this. Also the transaction costs in and out of Bitcoin are no different than those of using the right (zero loaded for currency exchange) credit card. At least for those with cheap modern banking, the currency costs aren't that high for a quick bank transfer. I used to do it when I lived abroad, and it wasn't that bad. It was actually cheaper to move my cash from the UK to the Eurozone (including exchange rate) - than it was to transfer it between Belgian and German accounts.
Bitcoin probably works quite well as a micropayment method though, which I guess will never be worth it for the banks/card companies. However even this breaks down as soon as all the coins are mined. At this point, transactions are no longer being paid for with free money, but by the miners getting a small percentage of every transaction. That's also going to make Bitcoin compete far less well for any kind of payment processing.
Then you've got the "gold-bugs". The types who tell you that Bitcoin is an investment. Just hold onto those coins, and as the artificial constraints on supply kick in, you get rich. Hooray! Now I'm pretty sure I remember you posting this sort of comment a while ago. Although not recently. Sorry if that's a failure of my memory, I'm too lazy to read back through old posts to check. Anyway these guys are the block that stops making Bitcoin work for the others. As they cause volatility. And thus make Bitcoin unsuitable for normal transactions. The Winklevoss twins and their weird idea of the Bitcoin ETF...
Finally we've got the drug dealers and tax avoiders. They obviously cause problems with getting government acceptance. Also if you create a system to avoid government, then you lose the good things about government, like laws and police. They just want to process transactions, so should be the friends of the normal users. But like the scorpion and the frog, they need the other people to help them hide their transactions, but it's in the nature of the scorpion to sting the frog. And it's in the nature of the criminal to steal, and thus destroy the value of the Bitcoin system for other users, and then themselves.
The value of something is not a feature that can be set or controlled by the developers
They did though. They created Bitcoin to only allow a limited number to exist. Thus creating the conditions that they themselves then took advantage of, by getting the first cheaply mined bitcoin. That's what makes it a pyramid scheme. And in my view is the reason it'll eventually fail.
As an example, look at the recent $200 rise in price. Suddendly lots of coins have been bought. No more are being sold than before. That means that these coins are probably being held as investments. I say this, because no-one is paid in bitcoin. Therefore they need to sell some, to buy things like raw materials for the stuff they're selling. Obviously this is only an educated guess, as there are no proper figures collected to say what the actual bitcoin economy is doing. Another good thing that governments do that builds confidence. Every time the value goes up in a huge jump, it's because of huge flows of cash into the bitcoin economy, with no real change in the normal level of selling. That's from looking at the last 2-3 years records on Bitcoincharts. That makes it a bubble.
They "investors" are causing volatility, without actually growing the bitcoin economy. When these guys stop buying more, basically doubling-down on their existing holdings to maintain the value, then confidence will collapse. That will probably be the end of bitcoin. Of course, once they've buggered off, people could just use bitcoin for transactions. And slowly build back confidence. But the design problem is still there. So once the trust is painfully recovered, people will start hoarding them as an investment, and start the whole cycle again.
Sir Spuncible Rooney,
Ah yes. It's Friday. Beer ahoy!
Sir Spoonable Runcie,
Whooosh! Ooops oh dear. It would seem that your superior, not to say l33t, interwebs skills have defeated me.
I shall now change my opinion, and say that Bitcoin is great! Buy more Bitcoins! They've gone up from $450 to $650 in the last 2 weeks!* This isn't volatility! It's the inevitable take-off in value of the new coming thing!
* This is sadly true, according to Bitcoincharts.
Sir Runcible Spoon,
Bitcoin isn't doing badly because of big bad government. It's doing badly because of massive volatility, and big bad scammers. Along with other reasons.
Also, who's to say they can't print more of it? All it takes a few of the right people to get onto the committee, or bribe the people already on it - and hey presto there could be a quick update and new coins ahoy! For the good of the system of course.
As happens, that built in deflation is one of the main flaws, so printing more might do them some good, once they're all mined. Assuming it's lasted that long.
Re: Which bit failed?
Oi Mods! Over here! Someone's swearing over here. Ummmm. You should tell them off...
After bricking it, the Playmonaut would be off for a few beers, and then to get his legover with some young lady with nice dimples, at the bar.*
A few technicolour yawns later. Then his hangover recovery would be some nice Danish bacon.
I think I'm out of Lego puns at this point.
* Why didn't you include a reconstruction of this bit - it could have been like 'The Right Stuff'? One of my favourite films / books.
Uh oh! The puns are coming any second now. Duck!
[I, of course, would never stoop so low.]
Re: A new 80% tax on the rich would be a complete waste of time
No idea. I wasn't trying to argue that the rich don't avoid taxes. I was arguing that the rich don't avoid all taxes. Perhaps I should have highlighted that fact before, so my downvoter might have realised that I was simply injecting some facts into the discussion.
There may be a problem of wealth inequality in Britain. There may be a problem of tax evasion/avoidance. But even the rich will end paying some tax. Apart from anything else, VAT is often harder to avoid. Although there are always ways.
One of the problems is that the figures are hard to gather. People who are avoiding paying tax, tend to be a touch shy about it - so it's hard to judge how much.
One thing that's pretty much a nailed on certainty though is that you can't tax all of it. When some left wing think tank comes out and says there are a few hundred billion (or even trillion) of untaxed cash sitting somewhere, so all we need to do is tax it and cancel income tax for a year (or spend), you know they're living in la-la land. There are certainly things to do to capture more money. However unless it's sitting under a mattress somewhere, all money is doing someothing. So if you tax it, you'll lose whatever it was doing out of the economy, thus someone else won't have a taxable income to pay taxes from.
Like the Tobin tax enthusiasts who were saying that there was €200 billion in free money out there for the EU - just for the governments to spend. Yummy! Even though the actual tax proposed was only supposed to raise €35 bn odd, and they've had to scale that back becuase the EU Commission report on it says that it'll destroy more in GDP than it raises. Also they were going to tax transactions on Eurozone government debt, which might well have been the straw that broke the camel's back and broke the Euro. So the new proposal exempts bonds and is now an order of magnitude less on shares, so I guess it'll be a lot of effort to raise a couple of billion.
Re: Not sure I agree
The argument is totally valid. Because the argument here isn't "there's no problem of wealth inequality". At least he's not making that in this article.
The point is that we're already dealing with the problem of wealth inequality with the following measures: NHS, education, benefits, pensions. Thefore you can't write a big old book talking about how awful wealth inequality is, and call for more measures to solve it, if you ignore the measures that have already been enacted.
Basically you can't take some subset of data in isolation and draw conclusions about how society should be run from it.
I've not read Mr Piketty's book. I do rather like his name though. Ignoring the whiff of scandal from racy French politics, Thomas Piketty et Aurelie Filippetti. Piketty Filippetti, Filippetti, Piketty...
Anyway the question I wanted to ask of those who have, is how much has our french friend accounted for emerging markets in his global inequality? For example how many Russian and Chinese billionaires are there, who've got their cash out of the weird and unsustainable way the countries are run. There have been a few billionaire dictators over the years, shoving all the cash into Swiss banks and hideously kitsch palaces (I'm looking at you Saddam Hussein, Yanukovych and Ghadaffi).
But have we ever had the emergence of such a huge class of klepto-billionaires before? Everyone knows about the Russian lot, and to a lesser extent in Ukraine, Azerbaijan etc. But some of the figures for what the top echelons of the Chinese communist party are stealing (not to mention the rumours about Putin) - are truly mind-boggling! Also the wealth built up by a very small group of people in a few oil-rich countries (often with tiny populations) is a relatively recent thing. That together is from multiple hundreds of billions to trillions of dollars of moolah, suddenly in a very few hands - but is also quite unusual. And is enough to have major material effects on any analysis of global wealth inequality.
It's not capitalism that allows single individuals to get rich in these particular ways - that requires government.
Re: A new 80% tax on the rich would be a complete waste of time
The rich don't avoid all taxes.
Of UK income tax the top 1% of earners contribute 25% of all government income tax receipts.
If you widen that to the top 10% of income earners, they cover 53.3% of all UK income tax receipts.
Those figures are from 2008-9, I believe that the top earners are paying a bit more than that now, partly due to the changes in the tax thresholds.
Sadly I couldn't find more up-to-date figures that I've seen, or the proper data on the ONS site (which is a nightmare to search), so this'll have to do: BBC linky
Re: Sod It
Is that supposed to be a streak, a stake, or a steak?
Can I have the surf 'n turf please? I'll have a 12oz rump steak with the head of Alex Salmond...
Which averages? Have you chosen median or mean? This really matters when you have huge outliers - like in London house prices.
One of the reasons London house prices went up so much during the bust is that cheap stuff had gone down in value, partly because there weren't any buyers due to lack of mortgages. But there's loads of foreign money going in to £10m places in Park Lane, and they're buying for cash.
Also, I believe that Rightmove report asking prices, not actual selling prices. Which the papers love, because they're higher. Offer prices are up by 15-25% in the last year in my SE market town, but of the actual selling prices I've seen the move has been just a few percent.
Admittedly there has been a bubble in house prices. But I'm not sure how much that's down to wealth inequality, or if it's down to a massive increase in demand for housing in the South East. We've had historically high levels of immigration for the last 15 years, low interest rates, decreasing household sizes (both parties in a divorce often buying somewhere, for example), and house-building hasn't been growing to match demand. People don't like stuff being built near them - and many British people don't seem to like living in flats, in the way the rest of Western Europe do. Hence the flat market actually started to crash in 2005-6, before the banks and housing market did.
In my opinion one of Gordon Brown and Ed Balls many mistakes was moving from RPI to CPI inflation. When the history of the recent boom is written I think it'll show that most people stopped getting better off before the turn of the century, because housing costs were rising too much further than incomes - and yet people were being told an inflation rate that didn't include housing costs - the biggest cost most of us have to cover in our lives. I said it was a bad policy at the time, but the press seemed to absolutely adore Brown for some reason. He could do no wrong back then. I was rather sad to see the Conservatives not reversing it, but apparently Osborne asked the Bank of England to look at sorting this in some way in 2010 - can't see him doing it in a pre-election budget though.
Average incomes have been falling since 2005. I'd love to see some good figures that measure disposable income after taxes, bills and housing for the last 40 years.
Re: The more it changes...
The City does many things. Some of them great, some of them average, some of them rubbish.
For example, with high frequency trading you can get all three. In a lot of cases, HFT performs a service to the market as a whole, by making transactions cheaper and quicker, and by increasing price transparency. There are various arguments why some of the HFT mob aren't performing a service, because they pull liquidity out of the market - and therefore why this might only be left to traditional 'market makers'. But in general it's not just coin-clipping.
One of the arguments I have very little patience for is the ones who say we can ignore the markets - because they're just being evil capitalists when they threaten us. This often goes with the narrative of 'markets attacking something'. It also often comes from people very hostile to the markets, but who want their money.
Take the example of the Eurozone. We had much smugness from our European friends when the US and our sub-prime markets crashed. I particularly remember Sarkozy, who'd said things about how he wanted to be the French Thatcher, and make the french economy more Anlgo-Saxon. But later moved into deriding the nasty anglo-saxon capitalist pigdogs - obviously for the easy popularity. The London markets were now a nasty parasite, and should be punished. This was a common theme from EU politics, although I particularly remember Sarko, few had been enthusiastic about the nasty anglo-saxons before the crash either.
Yet when it looked like the Euro might collapse, and so international finance was running away from European government debt as fast as its little legs would carry it - the very same people criticised the markets for 'attacking them'. When actually the markets were doing what they should have done - getting their clients' money out of Dodge. Well actually they shouldn't have lent it in the first place, but that was an equal failure of Eurozone politicians lying about how much they'd support the Euro, and markets for believing them.
So no, you shouldn't pray to the markets five times a day. Nor should you be too ready to listen them when they advise you on what to do, as it's bound to be self-interested. But on the other hand, you can't ignore them and ask them to give you loads of money, at one and the same time.
In the Brown Boom, I believe the City was providing something like 13% of our tax base. That ought to get them a little say in how the economy was run. Although with some wariness that this was an obvious bubble, so would drop. But equally, even though we're now not happy with them, the UK government is still borrowing over £100 billion per year, so if we don't keep at least some of them sweet, they may tell us to get stuffed. This can be overstated. Financial institutions are forced to hold government debt, for various reasons. But everything is fine, until faith is lost, and then it's very much not fine, and can go from fine to disaster in days. See the Eurozone for details. The Euro has been days from collapse at least twice now. Probably several more times, when the histories of the last minute crisis meetings get written up.
I know we've already been there, but I'm pretty sure a MOON BASE would be something people could get behind.
I think you'll find there's been a moon base for ages. Unfortunately there was an accident 15 years ago (in 1999) and the base was lost. Actually so was the moon, but there's been a satellite flying round ever since with a big white disk on it to avoid panic.
Fortunately that wasn't in the files that Edward Snowden had access to, so the public have never found out.
Ooops! How do I delete this thing! What's that noise? That helicopter sounds really loud. Almost like it's hovering overh...
Globalisation has never brought me any pandas! And now I want to know why. Where's my bloody panda?
I'll have mine medium rare with chips please...
Re: Old school here
Perhaps French radio is better than I'd thought from a casual listen then. I still remember the horror or Belgian radio from when I lived there. I was scanning with the digital tuner, working out what stations were available in Brussels and the first words I heard after I'd started the search were, "and now we're going to have 2 hours of the music of Johnny Hallyday!"
All I could find was Flemish metal / heavy rock stations, much Europop and dance and not a lot else.
Re: Agricultural robots?
Don't forget to include:
Robots that can shout, "ger off my land!"
Robots that can wave a shotgun at hikers
Robots to say, "oooh aaarr, you 'ave twenty seconds to comply!"
Robots that can go down to the Bull for a well earned pint, and complain about that Brian Aldridge...
Re: Going Postal ...
But just you try getting a button sewn back on...
Ivy Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts?
Ivy-ever blowing bubbles...
[that's enough of that! - Ed]
They should have kept the Sky bit, which Murdoch sued over but everyone remembered and dropped the Drive. SkyNet would have been a great name for their service.
Although (rather worryingly) the MOD have a satellite comms system called Skynet. What could possibly go wrong?
Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason
Apple Maps fiasco all over again.
Firstly I don't think Bing's all that bad. Oh, except Bing maps. Which I used a few times on my old Nokia Lumia, and sucked. Fortunately I had HERE maps from Nokia, so it didn't matter. I've been using Bing occasionally for the last few months - and it doesn't seem to be all that different. One of these days I might change my default search to it, but although it doesn't seem any worse, it also doesn't seem any better.
As for the Apple Maps fiasco, didn't Google force that on Apple? As I recall they wouldn't license voice navigation to them, so the iPhone would no longer have been able to operate as a sat-nav.
Given all the advantages of keeping the iPhone customers (all that lovely data), the cash from Apple, and avoiding the risk of looking too monopolistic, that always looked like a rather short-sighted decision from Google. One they may come to regret now.
Re: The bigger question
Perhaps it's belated revenge for Burgess, McLean and Philby?
It does seem odd that this stuff was supposedly gleaned from an open wiki style site, and yet is supposed to be above top secret. As I understand it, there's loads of stuff above top secret, but it's supposed to be shown to people cleared on a more individual basis.
Given how many people are likely to have known about these bases, I'd have thought they'd be below top secret, as the FCO, MOD, SIS and GCHQ would know, not to mention BT and Cable & Wireless (or whoever owns them now).
You should be more disgusted at the laziness of modern intelligence gathering, if the only way to find out what is going on it the work nowadays is to capture everything and hope you find something useful, then the spies have a lot to answer for!
Reading other people's mail is a long and dishonourable tradition in government circles. And is often an excellent way of finding out what's going on. By-and-large it's also a great way to find things out that doesn't risk getting people killed. Whereas spying, in the 'James Bond' sense of wandering around where you're not supposed to be, is rather risky. In the case of the more common type, which is mostly legally resident 'diplomatic' staff recruiting locals for information - the risk varies by the regime you're spying on. But there are plenty or governments who execute traitors.
So to give some examples. Kim Philby betrayed pretty much all of Britain's Cold War intelligence networks in Eastern Europe. I remember reading that between 50 and 200 of those people were shot. I've seen rumours from multiple sources that the GRU burned Oleg Penkovsky alive, after he'd handed over intel on Soviet nuclear readiness during the Cuban Missile crisis. That could just be a myth to frighten others of course.
Despite all the attempts at spying though, I can't remember much in the way of political intelligence from either the Cold War or WWII. Admittedly the US may have been doing rather well at spying on microwave relays, so we may have done better in the late Cold War. But if you read a book like 'The Secret State' (by Peter Hennessey), it's both fascinating and terrifying how little the Western governments knew about Soviet politics and intentions.
You can find out lots from looking at stuff. What the military are up to, and what kit they have. What facilities have been built. But that only tells you what a state can do or is doing. Not what it will do, or intends. Hence we 'knew' Saddam had WMD, because we'd found loads of it in the 90s, and only destroyed some of it. But we had no political intel, to tell us he'd apparently decided it wasn't worth it and had got rid of it. Which was a costly mistake.
We also know that Iran has a nuclear program. But I've no idea what intel we have on why they've got it, and whether they intend to bargain it away, build it for safety, or even use it.
The great thing about reading internal government documents, is that you get to find out what the government are really thinking. And saying to each other. It's quite rare to find people at that level willing to spy. And even harder to get access to them. We spent the latter part of WWII reading lots of the German HQ-level traffic, and this gave a much more useful idea of what they were up to, than you can guess from looking at where troops are actually based.
Not that I'm defending reading ordinary peoples' mail. But spying on foriegn governments is what we have intelligence services for. And I'm perfectly happy for that to include allies like Angela Merkel. The German government's position on various global and European issues is vital to British national interests. And no nation with a foreign intelligence service itself has any right to complain too much when it gets spied on. Well the game is, you complain loudly for a bit, for appearances, and maybe get some concessions, then go back to business as usual.
Re: I'm glad...
Hopefully soon SpaceX will make things so cheap, that a $300m film can afford to use real spaceships...
It's worse than that. In this story, after the Empire fell, the subsequent Rebel government collapsed into infighting. With only one Jedi on hand, there was only one force unified enough to bring peace and order to the galaxy. Thus the Ewoks have taken over, and are now running everything. They've used their power in government to make sure that 80% of all newly trained Jedi are Ewoks - and are thus inescapable.
After all, if Abrams gave us tribbles in the new Star Trek, what's to stop him going all cute and Ewok-tabulous in Star Wars?
Re: Hope it all...
Are you suffereing from 'rocket-envy'? Or even 'balloon-envy', given that you could launch something truly huge with one of those.
I've been trying my best to come up with a backronym for stratospheric hypersonic inflatable braking apparatus which relates to Bulgarian airbags in some way, but my brain has failed me. Such that I feel a complete tit...
What the hell were they doing with birthday information? I can accept that people get hacked, but this is getting very silly now.
I received a happy birthday email yesterday from confused.com. I'd gone to them for an insurance quote last year, and of course they don't just show it to you. Oh no! They have to email it to you. Oh, I wonder why that could be? Anyway I'd totally forgotten that they'd asked for my date of birth. For absolutely no reason whatsoever, as it was a home insurance quote. Normally I give a fake d.o.b., so that I can remember the one that I've faked, so this one must have annoyed me, so that I picked randomly. Unsurprisingly my bank and credit card have the real one, but as few others as possible get that.
It's equally depressing when companies get hacked, and then fail to own up. I do wish the Information Commissioner would actually do their jobs, and start handing out proper punishment beatings.
Re: > everyone's favorite cured breakfast meat
Well, the Israelites had been very naughty boys… that's why God punished them with a continuing lack of bacon. And it is also proof that the English are God's chosen people.
I'm suffering from feelings of terrible guilt and shame. I can hardly bring myself to say this, but this morning…. I had fresh bread, and bacon in the fridge. I'd had some nice wine last night, and I had a bit of time for a nice brunch. And yet… I chose… This is awful! I chose to have soup with my bread.
And then, this article appeared on the Register to show me the error of my ways. How could they know!?!? I feel dirty now. I've let my family down, I've let myself down, I've let El Reg down. Hopefully it's not too late to redeem myself, by having a bacon sandwich on Sunday morning.
Re: Is this an iDagger I see before me?
Witch: "When shall we three meet again?"
Siri: [bing] "All of you have a free afternoon on Friday 13th of June. Would you like me to book an appointment?"
Re: This is a non-problem for the SPB
But what about the loss of pic-a-nic baskets Booboo?
Re: "My heart would be a fireball...!"
I'm thinking of changing the upvote I gave you to a downvote. Since reading your excellent spot, I've been unable to stop the Fireball XL5 theme going through my head. Plus occasionally bursting into song. I'm going to be singing it all weekend! In my best 50s rock'n'roll voice.
I suppose I do wish I were a spaceman. Although I don't care so much about being the fastest guy alive. Just one of them will do fine. I'll make sure I keep some antacids around, in case my heart does become a fireball though.
Re: A Cautionary Tale
You killed its twin. You were punished.
Who says there ain't no justice...
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