156 posts • joined 29 Jun 2009
Believe it or not, Texas has cracked this.
Here, anybody can walk into their local public library and obtain (at no charge) a flimsy piece of card, called a "TexShare Card". That card, when presented at any university library, gets you a proper library card and full privileges (again at no charge).
Sure, there's a (thin) layer of bureaucracy and there's probably some behind the scenes accounting going on that means that it's all paid for out of my taxes, but it's still a rather fine approach to the system as it stands.
Re: google wallet
Seems a lot like it. What's the betting that eBay will refuse to allow Apple's service as a payment option, just like it blocks Google's?
@ I ain't Spartacus
Very nicely done, Sir! Have another pint.
This is pretty much CGI Federal's MO - trouser the money, fuck up the project, then walk away to repeat the process with the next contract. Just ask the Canadians.
Re: The good news is
@ Rukario - a recent study found that, if incidents of prison rape are included in the count, more men than women are raped in the USA, every year. All rape is, of course, abhorrent but prison rape (whether of men or women) is doubly so because we incarcerate the victims and then turn a blind eye to it, ensuring that they are repeatedly victimised and have no way out. The last time that I reviewed the literature in any detail, the US prison system narrowly avoided being classified as "State Torture" on a technicality.
That is a disgrace and should shock the conscience. The fact that a mediocre film-maker once made a joke about it does not in any way excuse anybody from the shame that they should feel at repeating that joke today, years later by which time we should all know better.
By way of example: which of these two factors do you think loomed larger in Aaron Swartz's decision to take his own life? The prospect of spending years in prison, or the terror of what might happen to him in there?
Re: The good news is
"max security pound-me-in-the-ass place for hardened crims".
Is rape funny now? I mustn't have got the memo. Cunt.
All of the old TARDIS control rooms are archived. The Doctor's Wife, IIRC.
I'll give you that one. Well played, Sir!
I was expecting something about Doctor Who and Bad Wolf. I am disappointed.
In other news, cats domesticated themselves.
Re: Why on earth did he even try to use it?
Yep. Here's one enterprising Target customer - bidding is up to $5,200, with three days left to run.
Why on earth did he even try to use it?
In his shoes, I'd have left it sealed in the box and sold it for multiples of what I'd paid. There are plenty of idiots who'd happily have given him silly money, just to get one early.
To be fair, I suppose his change of Twitter handle might indicate efforts in that direction, but he'd still have done better to leave it unopened.
Stranger in a Strange Land.
That is all. Aside from noting that the Iron Maiden song by that name was rather decent.
Re: Concealed Handgun License
> Think that YOUR laws/rules apply to everybody, if they question it then threaten
> people, to get your way, if people have problem with that, threaten to sue them ...
The post that you're replying to clearly referenced English law. The AC was the only one threatening violence - I merely pointed out the likely consequences. Finally, it dealt exclusively with criminal law and there was no mention whatsoever of any suit under civil law.
All of which makes your little outburst look rather silly, wouldn't you say?
But what really makes all this anti-American bullshit hilariously funny is - I was born an Englishman. Bet you didn't see that coming. Cnuts.
(I'm not touching the last bit of trolling - the NSA can deal with that as they see fit). :-D
Re: It's the database, dammit!
In the UK, yes. Other countries (eg the USA) do spell it with an "s", however. It follows that the correct spelling depends upon context. If, for example, one was referring to the UK then it would be correct to write "driver's licence". OTOH, when referring to the USA, "driver's license" would be correct.
Though you could probably lose the apostrophe in both nations, since no cnut seems to understand when or how to use it in either place.
Re: Concealed Handgun License
Having a bad day, petal, or are you just a sad little racist?
Incidentally, please do try to detain the next person who shows ID from a country that you don't like. The sentence for racially aggravated false imprisonment should be quite severe.
Concealed Handgun License
Like many here, I object to the trend of every petty little twat demanding to see ID for the most trivial transactions.
For that reason, when I'm asked for ID in shops etc, while visiting the UK, I show my Texas Concealed Handgun License, then smile smugly as the little oik shits himself.
Re: How Much Does It Matter
Not even in the top secret studio on Mars, where they faked the Moon landings?
Re: El Reg headline writers...
Truly, it was teh awesome!
In other news...
... Police are staking out the victim's house, in the hope of nabbing the thief when he comes back for the chap's finger.
Re: i have not yet received any nsl todate,
I could tell you whether I've received any, but then I'd have to redact you...
Re: PAY UP!!!
One way of doing that is to open an account with a foreign exchange service (UKForex, for example) that has an account in the same country as the bank account that you're moving funds from. Then you do a simple domestic online transfer to your intermediary, which then handles the international leg.
Incidentally, US banks don't use IBANs and most don't even have a SWIFT or BIC code either, meaning that "ordinary" international transfers often run through a chain of correspondent banks before reaching their destination. As I said, primitive.
Re: PAY UP!!!
I have no experience of DFS, but the poster makes a point that's worth expanding upon for British and other non-US readers.
The US banking system is a primitive mess, as are the customer-facing sides of the finance departments of most corporations - out of date and populated by morons.
"Mistakes" regularly happen, redress is limited or non-existent and there's no equivalent of the Direct Debit Guarantee over here. Further, it is impossible (in many, if not all cases) to do the equivalent of paying by phone with a debit card - that's where the intermediaries come in, with their "convenience fees".
For most people it's not a question of if but rather when they'll get screwed over due to somebody else's cockup. And that's before we come to some of the other tricks, like banks systematically rearranging the chronological order of withdrawals, so as to maximise penalty charges.
Not to labour the point, but bad as the UK retail banking industry is, what with PPI misselling and the like, if that's all that you have experience of you have a massive culture shock coming the first time you deal with the mess that is US retail banking.
Is using that word a prerequisite these days for getting funding?
Often, yes. In this case, however, it's being used as a signal to fellow travellers. As Steven Roper points out, below, the study is a pretext for further curtailing individual freedoms. The reference to "anthropogenic" tells another bunch of fascists that the authors are "on-side" and should be supported.
Re: An app to play one album
It would work for me* - I'm set up to both play and record 8 Track.
* If I liked Rap, that is...
Re: 32 comments and not one reference to The Prisoner?
Oh, you nailed it - I was commenting more on the failure of the commentariat to pick up on the reference.
32 comments and not one reference to The Prisoner?
I will not make any deals with you. I've resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own!
I am not a number! I am a free man!
Re: "abysmal record when it comes to firearms licensing"
In the UK, NRA also stand for the National Rounders Association, the governing body for the girls' game Rounders.
Though I suspect that wasn't the usage that you're referring to.
Re: Slightly off the wall
Alexander Siddiq's a pretty good idea, now that I think about it. He's even already played a doctor, in STDS9.
I met him, once, in an airport lounge - very nice bloke.
Re: Moss reanimates after 400 years in DEEP FREEZE!
I'm glad that I'm not the only one who immediately thought of the IT crowd.
"There are no background checks if you buy from a gun show. There are places where background checks are weak"
Two problems here:
First, your statement displays ignorance of the facts. Most vendors at gun shows these days hold FFLs (Federal Firearms Licenses) and are required to conduct NICS checks on buyers, even at gun shows. The only transactions in which background checks are not carried out are private sales between individuals, where state law permits such. In those cases it is the nature of the transaction that eliminates the NICS check, not the venue.
Second, your implication that universal background checks, even for private party transactions, would be desirable displays ignorance of economics. Given that there is no practicable mechanism for an individual to obtain a NICS check on another individual (and, given privacy concerns, nor should there be) the imposition of such a rule would leverage existing gun dealers into the position of gatekeepers over all transactions. This would inevitably lead to rent seeking, with "transfer fees" increasing dramatically as happens whenever government grants one group a monopoly. This effective increase in the price of all used guns would, in turn, drive up the price of new guns, creating a spiral which would inevitably lead to the situation in which only the rich could afford guns, as mentioned above.
Re: Just political bullshit
Mr Manning has hit the nail on the head. For those less well versed in US Realpolitik, here's a brief explanation.
Guns are what is known as a "wedge issue" (abortion is another). Both main parties, The Crips and The Bloods, use wedge issues to good effect.
The process is as follows:
1. Some incident leads to a wedge issue getting heavy rotation in the mainstream media.
2. Congresscritter mouths some empty bollocks related to said wedge issue. It doesn't have to be practical, sensible or even desirable - just related, even tangentially.
3. That portion of the electorate on one side of the issue puts what little critical thinking ability that it has on hold and unquestioningly supports said critter, regardless of any other evil that it may be doing. Simultaneously, said critter gets heavy rotation in the media on the back of the original incident.
As I say, they all do it and the electorate rewards them for it - so there's not much hope of any change any time soon.
"Yes i am suprised they have ditched Google Wallet..."
I think you may be confused. They are ditching Google Checkout but keeping Google Wallet.
FWIW, the migration has already started, internally. My last but one payment for Google Voice was processed via Google Checkout, but my last payment (a couple of weeks ago) was processed via Google Wallet.
Yes and the specs for ATMs in the UK mandate "mag stripe fall back" in addition to a PIN reader.
That's not always implemented, though, as I found out the other week...
Re: On the subject of ATMs
OK, but why are drive-through ATMs labelled up in Braille?
"The big concern is COVERT recording, and that horse has already bolted."
I'm not sure that that's correct. It seems to me that the real concern is *ubiquitous* recording - as promytius points out, our society is built upon certain assumptions, which ubiquitous recording coupled with Internet dissemination would shatter.
How do you buy somebody a surprise present, when footage of you buying it is going to pop up in their rss (or whatever) feed? Now consider going to the clap clinic, the oncologist, the local nick to whistleblow on some criminal who knows where you live, or no end of other activities.
David Brin has published utopian visions of "the recorded life", see any amount of dystopian SF for a counterpoint.
Re: Is he the neo Nazi one?
Oh really? Tell me, how long have you been reading my mind and what steps have you taken to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Principles?
Is he the neo Nazi one?
Or was that a different one?
As that bloke in "Lord of War" was fond of saying...
... "I prefer it my way."
" This is Capitalism after all"
No it's not. Capitalism is about open competition in free markets. The word for what we're seeing here is "Corporatism" which has, in the past, been a precursor to Mussolini-style Fascism.
Isn't this what always happens...
... whenever we let government, at any level, spend money? They piss away a shed load on an ill conceived and pooply* implemented idea, then spend even more on giving whatever value they didn't destroy to some politically connected kleptocrat.
The only surprise is that we still let the fsckers have control of anything more valuable than the biscuit barrel.
* This was, of course, a typo made while attempting to type the word "poorly". I was about to correct it, but realised that the typo was more accurate and expressive than the intended word could ever be.
Re: Sweden seems such a nice place
They invented sex, you know!
God, I miss Eric & Ernie...
Re: It's like watching Fred West and Ian Brady having a fight...
You could swap either name out for Peter Sutcliffe and the sense of it would remain unchanged. They were all very bad men.
It's like watching Fred West and Ian Brady having a fight...
... I don't really care who wins, as long as they seriously harm each other.
It's 9AM on a Saturday morning here...
... and that feed of shite has just prompted me to put down my mug of coffee and have a shot of tequila.
Re: I'm shocked, shocked...
Well spotted! Similarly, "is is" should have read "it is".
Re: Hardly a scientific approach.
Statistically, is is though. Since almost everything that government does tends to enrich the politically connected few at the expense of everybody else, it follows that "science" which supports a government programme is more likely to be fabricated at the behest of vested interests and therefore false, while that which opposes it is more likely to be honest, since it has no bunch of crooks to please and therefore stands a better chance of being correct.
I'm shocked, shocked...
...to find that it was all just another con-trick, transferring taxpayers' money to politically collected developers in exchange for naff all of any value.
Re: I hate Chuck Norris.
Really? He speaks very highly of you.
Re: How much for how much?
"The back of this here envelope suggests the PGMs would be a by-product of making structural metal alloys. You don't run a business for the by-products, but they can be nice to have."
That's a very good point. By way of an earth-bound analogy, copper refiners like Asarco currently make a tidy extra profit off Gold and Silver. Those metals are present in such small quantities that it wouldn't be worth processing the ore just for them alone, but when they fall out of the copper refining process they're almost free money.
It's Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy
... in action. Again.