156 posts • joined Wednesday 1st July 2009 11:25 GMT
Dawkins and co don't single out Christianity, instead they are anti anyone that still talks to invisible friends instead of using their brain to realise that none of the 'invisible friends' actually makes any sense.
"it wasn't some random idiot from the street that contact the host"
Correct, it was instead a highly paid idiot that went above his authority by implying that there was no need for him to get a court order to get the site removed.
The MET should have asked for the page to be removed whilst they got a court order to remove the offending post, insted it just seems like it was an excuse to remove an unhelpful site.
Sue the Host?
I hope Fitwatch decide to try and sue the host for acting illegally.
Also if the police don't now try to get every other site that has posted the information closed down it will prove that they were just looking for an excuse to his this site rather than just acting on the evidence of this one post.
One of our videos got picked up by the Evening Standard today
Missing the Point
Owen - I think you are missing the point of these cars.
These cars do not detect or stop dangerous actions by any road users, if they did we'd leave them alone. These cars are being used as a more efficent way of collecting parking fines and fines from other ambigous road signs. Westminster Council have a history of issuing tickets even when they know that the ticket is unenforceable if challanged, they ignore government rules/guidance on placement of road signs in the hope that people will be caught out and just pay up.
When the law was changed to allow CCTV enforcement of parking regulations it was done on the understanding tat it was only used where it wasn't safe or practical to do so by a man on foot traditional parking attendent.
Most pedestrians and cyclists don't have a problem with us doing what we are doing in relation to these cars, take a look at a few of the videos
If these cars were being used to aid Road Safety we would not be doing anything to them but they are in truth just mobile money printers for Westminster.
Re. the Police
We have had a number of discussions with the police about our activities and they are perfectly happy with us following these cars and what we are doing.
This is just another extension of our fight against Westminster Council and will continue, along with our protests every Wednesday at Trafalgar Square. If coming into Westminster on a Wednesday bring a packed lunch, you may be a little while.
These rides started off as a Saturday event and have now expanded to any day people are free. We had a single rider out on Monday who must have saved motorists over £1000 in fines.
There is now a Twitter feed that we update with locations as we find them and people can let us know where the cameras are easily. http://twitter.com/NoToMob
We are also starting to expand operations outside Westminster due to the fact that the Westminster cars have developed a habit of running back to base when we turn up.
At the end of the day, don't post anything on the web that you wouldn't do face to face or don't have the bottle to admit to posting to family and work collegues.
If he'd done the same things to these people in person he would also have been locked up, so doing it on the web is no defence.
"Maude said that since 11 May, the government had already found another 81 sites - giving a total of 742 websites which are either run directly by the government or run by charities, museums or other bodies with government involvement.
Maude promised an announcement alongside the spending review to cut 75 per cent of these."
Does this mean they will be closing the charities and museums or just stopping them for having websites?
Does it really matter how many sites there are as long as they are being used by the public and kept upto date by the admins?
With incidents like this becoming more common is it any suprise that the Head of the MET wants to make it harder to sue the police?
The idiot that reported this and the cop that threatened to fine him for it both need to get a life.
He should have kept the hedge and refused the fine, then the police would have to drop it or get the CPS to prosecute, which would have been a case worth seeing in the Magistrates court.
I know a few people that have been eyeing the iPad and/or an eBook reader, and keep telling them not to buy anything yet as there is so much stuff coming onto the market in the next month or so.
So far from what I've seen the Archos 70 Internet Tablet looks to be the best hope for price/performance/abilities http://www.archos.com/products/ta/archos_70it/specs.html
Capacitive Screen - yes
Recent OS - yes (Android 2.2)
Fast CPU - yes (1 GHz)
Good Storage - yes (8GB flash or 250GB HD), also micro SD slot
WiFi & Bluetooth - yes
Battery - 10 hrs surfing (will probably be 7 in truth though)
Also has built in webcam.
Just need to see what their service will be like and actually get hands on time messing with one now.
Of course if the McCanns had been using a babysitter, the babysitter would have been prosecuted for neglect when the girl went missing.
Why then, do we hold parents to a lower standard than the minimum wage hired help?
I don't have too much of a problem with throttling during peak hours, I just wish I could get more than a 1.5mb down max on my BT line.
Also any company expecting you to stay within a download limit for a month should supply you with software that will allow you to monitor the stats on your line from their system.
I expect the real target will be Wikileaks and so called extremist websites (basically anything considered unamerican)
Yes Minster said it best
It's suprising that this clip is still pretty much correct even over 20 years later.
Push the button?
Next time you get an insurance quote check if the call centres are in the UK, if not go somewhere else and tell them why. Every call centre job being done overseas is another person on the dole in the UK who you are paying for with your taxes.
Why not just release the damn things now with 2.1 or 2.2 and try to get some market share before they have to spend the next 5 years chasing Apple. As long as the OS can be patched to version 3 when it's released there should be no problem.
I know people that are looking for these now and if the delays keep going they will just end up buying an iPad before the end of the year.
The fight goes on ...
All the people saying that WCC have added extra spaces and security devices in return for the charge are talking bollocks.
At the start WCC put in a few security devices and then stopped doing it for the other bays. Also WCC have not increased the provision for parking bikes in the last 4 years. The charge is £1 per day right now, it'll probably be a £1 an hour when they feel they can get away with it, then the scheme will roll out accross London and the rest of the UK. According to WCC just to impliment this scheme is costing the £430k per year, if that's true why continue with it.
In order to pay you need to stand in the street reading out your credit card number to a foriegn call center, this might be fine in the summer but wait until the winter when it's pissing down with rain and you are trying to shout over the phone to pay for the parking. At the court they claimed that anyone that didn't have a phone could use their underground car parks for free, but failed to mention that they were about to sell off the underground car parks.
We lost this court case, it's not the end it just means that now the gloves are off. People that have been avoiding Trafalger Square on Wednesdays had better get used to being delayed on other days. We aren't going to stop, we will be turning up at any location in Westminster at any time we choose and cause even more chaos. After the case we closed Lambeth Bridge roundabout with about 10 bikes, no cars got onto it for about 5-10 mins, we can do this anywhere. On Wednesday we blockaded Westminsters Offices for an hour in the morning, we can turn up any day we like.
We are organised, we can avoid the traffic that we cause, we can stop any part of London we wish, we are here, we are not going away...
If you go to London, take sandwiches because you may be a little while, see you on the streets.
Availability for the DD10 0TA area on the Inverbervie exchange
Exchange Your local BT Exchange (Inverbervie) is ADSL broadband enabled
Line Your line should be capable of supporting download speeds up to 512kbps (around 10 times faster than dial-up)
Your line will be fully tested when you place a broadband order
Postcode-only checks are not 100% accurate
Oh well that scuppers that idea then.
The system I'd like to see would double the size of the current constituances so we'd have half the MPs, and continue to run these posts using the current voting system. So that would be 325 local MPs.
Then run the other 325 MPs via a pure PR system. The MPs from the list could still be assigned constituances to look by their party, so some areas would have more than one MP people could go to for help.
This way you could still vote for a 'local MP' but you could also vote for a National Party that you prefer, often not the same when you have a good local MP. It would also give the more popular parties a chance to still get a pure majority in Parliment.
I would also add the prison population as a single constituancy with one MP to solve the problem with them not being able to vote.
I was one of the people working at this election in a London Borough.
We were open from 7am until 10pm, and the Polling Stations are all very local to the registered address of the voter so public transport is not required. Add to this the fact that if you were disabbled you can almost bet that one of the local parties would have been willing to give you a lift if they thouht you might vote for them there is no excuse not to get there on time. The staff were there from 6:15am until about 10:30pm and unable to leave the station or take any proper breaks unless things got quiet.
At our location we had about 5k people on the voter lists, this list was then split into three parts. So after the postal votes etc each station probably had about 1500 people to look after. We had papers for about 1200 people at each station, we could have got more if we needed them but it's very unlikely. Everyone wants us to stop wasting money and printing papers for every voter would mean an extra 30-40% of paper being paid for and wasted.
People have to go to the particular station and be marked off their list to ensure that they only vote once, so there is no way we could just add extra staff once we had started. Most of the day we had 30-40 people delt with each hour, at our peak 6-8pm we were dealing with 100 per hour (I logged the number every hour), and queues were stretching out the door but we were working as fast as possible. the voter cards made our life much easier because we could use the number to go straight to the place on the register instead of having to look it up via street name, house number and name.
We didn't have to turn anyone away for being late, but most elections we end up with someone that seems to want to see how fine they can cut it and still vote. The rules we were working to were if you have a Ballot Paper at 10pm you can vote but we will not issue any papers after 10pm.
I've seen a lot of posts/comments all over the place sugesting the use of computers for doing the lists so people can vote anywhere they like. The problem with this is that most of the voting is done for a particular Ward so the papers would need to be kept together in that ward for counting etc. If you moved the whole thing to an electronic system I think we'd have even more problems than we do now and more claims of tampering with the systems.
The great thing about the current UK way of voting is that there is a true paper trail that can be looked over later to see what happened and we don't require electricity to set a station up. If the only location available is a portacabin we can use that, there have also been ocassions where the start of the poll has been run from the back of a car due to keyholders not turning up.
The UK system might not be perfect but it's robust and for the most part it works well.
Couple More Thoughts
This has been looked at before including the 14hr voting window. A big problem with this is the fact that a lot of our Polling Stations are in church buildings that are often in use at the weekends, or would cost a lot more to hire.
You can hang onto your Postal Vote and hand it in on the day of the vote but (in London) it needs to go to the station that you would normally vote at(due to ward boundaries) or the Town Hall. Also if you loose your Postal Vote you can normally get a replacement on the day from your local Town Hall.
I have never bought a downloadable song from anywhere and probably never will unless things change a lot.
I buy the CD and then rip it to whatever format I want.
1. Normally cheaper or close to same cost.
2. If I have a hard drive failure I can re-rip or use a backup.
3. I get to choose how much definition I loose.
4. I control what machines I can put it on.
Looks like they hit my street on bin day as well, they probably do that because some areas have parking restriction on the days that the bins are emptied, so they get a better view of the houses.
I also notice that the pictures seem to be at least two years on in my area, before I changed the car and before we got the recycling bins.
We should be funding people that do 'real' degrees like sciences etc, as long as they are doing the course and getting decent grades.
We should be encouraging people to do subjects like nursing/teaching by giving them an interest free student loan that is automatically paid of over 15 years of working in the public sector at no charge to them. If they go to work in the private sector they should have to pay back the fees.
But if you want to do things like French Lit. or Media Studies etc you should be paying for it yourself.
The 50% target was a stupid idea, we'd be better with a lower taget for Uni of people that will actually get something real from it, and start funding more apprenticeships for people that aren't suited for Uni.
How long before some nut decides to load this up with steel balls or marbles?
I still use Outlook 2000 on an old XP machine for my emails. During the day I can access them via GoogleMail and POP3.
All my mail is auto sorted into folders as it comes in so I can ignore the mailshots until I want to look at them. Never had any problems with it.
Bye Bye Google ?
"The intention is also for the injunction to only be possible for sites where there is a substantial proportion of infringing material that is either hosted by that particular site or is accessed through the particular site in question."
Won't this mean that they could start blocking all the search engines due to that fact that they are often a very good way to find links to the sites that host warez or P2P links?
The sooner the scientific community reaches a consensus and admit they really don't have a clue what's going on and start working with an open mind, the better.
The whole Global Warming/Cooling argument is a waste. We just don't have the knowledge to work out what the climate is doing yet, keep studying it though.
Nearly everyone agrees that:
1 Energy efficiency is a good thing.
2 Pollution is a bad thing.
If they just worked on these two things the chances are they would cut down on the CO2 levels and other crap in the atmosphere with a lot less resistance from most people.
Very convienient bit of timing for the police : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8414254.stm
And the suspects aren't in the UK anymore so they can't sue the police for liable either.
When are they going to learn?
These things need to be around the £50 price point so sell them in great numbers. £150 for a WiFi radio is just too much.
I'm still running a Logik IR100 which I paid £40 for, which works well. I would buy a couple more if I could get them but all these companies want too much for them
Don't Mention The War
Next they will be telling people to remove all mention that the Germans tried to invade all of Europe in the 1940's because they have served their sentence now.
I phoned them last week to ask about this and was told that they knew there was a potential problem.
But got an email from them earlier saying :
"PLEASE NOTE: If you have pre-ordered a copy of Windows 7 this will not leave our warehouse any earlier than Wednesday 21st October (the day before the official launch date). You should expect delivery to be 5-7 days after this date."
Even without the postal strike there is no way you'd actually get the package on the release day then.
We need some one to set up a website (outside the UK probably) and then run a competition to see who can photograph the most police cars/officers and upload them to the site.
The prizes can be along the lines of a t-shirt with "I photographed NNN police and all I got was this t-shirt'.
MCN could even run the next one during the next bike demo in North Wales, that would really get on the nerves of the police.
Won't Touch DAB
There is no way I will by a DAB radio whilst they are still using 10-year old codecs for the signals and the radios cost so much. I was given a PSION Wavefinder a while back and it was fun to mess with but you needed a PC to be running so might as well just use an online service.
I currently use one of the Logik wi-fi radios and it does all I need.
The only way DAB will get any cheaper is if the whole of the EU adopts the same system to help push the unit prices down.