370 posts • joined 11 May 2007
Re: If the invite arrives...
Should be OK for reporting on the screens of the odd dropped iPhone then
Re: re that ASBO
Sorry, just had this image of a turd in an envelope with the marking 'Property of NASA - Please return' on it.
No, I don't get out much - why do you ask?
Actually, imprisonment is inevitable for ANYONE leaking information at the level of Secret or above. That's how the law stands in the US. I was amused to hear John Kerry suggesting that Snowden should 'man up' and come back to the US to defend his actions when, in reality, there is NO DEFENCE. If you reveal priviliged information about National Security (and bot does that cover a wide range these days!), you are automatically guilty and subject to the full penalty. it really doen't matter whether that leak exposed traitors or corruption at the highest level, or that providing the information was in the public interest. The very admission that you were responsible for the leak allows for no defence and no extenuating circumstances, it's simply an automatic 'Go Directly to jail' card.
In law, there's actually no defence you can offer at all.
"country where he has an arrest warrant out in his name "
No he doesn't!!
There is no arrest warrant issued in Sweden because he HASN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING THERE.
The EAW that was issued is an EU legal instrument issued by one EU country requiring any and all other EU countries to hold a suspect on their behalf. It was originally intended as a method of dealing with serious criminals and terrorists, not as an excuse when the state prosecutor has a change of heart, but there you go - it's legally binding. It's also the only warrant issued outside of the UK. There certainly has never been a warrant issued in respect of the rape of two women. Anyone who believes that 'we were having consensual sex when the condom broke, and although we continued to have sex, some three days later it was suggested to me that he might have allowed the condom to break on purpose' is the same thing as actual rape needs to take a serious rethink.
I don't hold much respect for Assange, but I can't subscribe to the current medimob driven exaggerations and outright lies about the case.
Re: Logic fail
"I'm pretty sure that you _can_ be locked up for rape in Sweden."
Yes, you can. But nobody is talking 'rape' here (except the UK tabloids and certain commentards).
You cannot be locked up for sex by surprise in Sweden, and this is the offence with which he MAY be charged after any interview with the Swedish authorities. Unfortunately, sex by surprise (fairly literal translation) is not a crime anywhere else in the EU (or the world as far as I know), and as such has no direct counterpart in UK law. because of this, the media, at the start of this affair, went through a whole spectrum of euphemisms, from 'indecent behaviour' through 'a sexually related offence' and 'sexual assault' until finally settling on the term 'rape' as being both acceptably understandable to viewers and listeners, while maintaining the correct air of shocked melodrama to attract eyes to screens and bums to seats.
to my mind, the description of what, even in Sweden, is considered a minor offence, punishable by a maximum fine of ~7,500kr, as 'rape' is both misleading and an insult to the victims of real rape.
.. and breathe
Re: Texas? California?
"what are they making in California?"
Erm.. . massive profits, I think
Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary
"it only applies to spherical engineers"
Well there's plenty of us around (around. aROUND. Oh, please yourselves)
Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary
You know, I've never actually tried pouring an engineer over a packet dump, but if you think it'll help, I'll give it a go.
Ummm, I guess I have to melt my engineer first, right?
Re: Wonderful. Brilliant. Absolutely fabulous.
"Rear 2 - wouldn't bother again. Hardly ever find material that makes effective use of them"
Might I respectfully guide you in the direction of Peter Gabriel's Secret World BD, with special attention to 'Shaking the Tree'?
Actually, another one, which surprised me greatly, is Antiques Road Show, where you can often hear people having an unrelated discussion behind you.
"Where would I put the crap that lives on top of the speakers?"
Oh I am so glad I'm not the only one. My woman sees a horizontal surface and immediately thinks "Hmm, I know what would look nice on there". Me being a bit of a vinyl junkie, this means I have to find a home for the lamp/ candle holder/ stuffed warthog she's decided to adorn my turntable with before I can use it. Same goes for me 'classic' (read: old) Naim CD32. Speakers are adorned with flowers, digital photo frames, amusing terracotta stuff - anything that will rattle nicely when they're running.
Best so far was the active sub with the bowl of scented floating candles that exploded during a showing of 'The Dish' causing smoke fuelled electronic merriment for all. After that incident she vowed never to put anything on top of a device with a hinged lid or that plugged into something else.
And true to her word, she didn't. At least, not for the 10 minutes it took her to find another bowl to put the floating candles into.
I so hope she never starts reading the Reg.
Eldsters are getting more tech savvy. REALLY?
"In the last three years we have seen that change and we think that's down to tablets"
Leaving out the obvious 'Can I get these tech savvy tablets on the NHS?', did Mr Obvious of Blindingly not consider the fact that the demgraphic has changed its profile, with a lot of the older ones popping their clogs and being replaced by people who were 62 when they did the last survey?
It's like the twit on TV a couple of weeks ago saying 'In the last 10-15 years we've noticed that over 50s have become far more willing to understand and embrace the technology'
What she meant, of cours, was 'Over the past 10-15 years, we've seen a lot of over people who understand and embrace the technology become over 50s.
Defeats me why we pay these pontificators
Re: Papers Please!
Credit card? Oh no, cash only here.
If you can't scratch a window with it, I don't accept it
apologies to DA
Love it Fred. "Don't point out what's wrong with OUR country because YOURS isn't perfect"
I guess, like the political argument, that makes Australia the best in the same way Abbot is a champion because there are people in that other party who are just as bad as him. Thanks, but I'll settle for the "<<Insert name of politician here>> is a lying thieving weasel, and just because other people are too is no excuse to do nothing about it."
And it's a similar argument "I may be living in a stinky pothole, but I feel no need to climb out because I can point to other people whose potholes are just as deep and stinky as mine"
Just because you regard him as a 'higher level' lying thieving fuckwit weasel than some other lying thieving fuckwit weasels doesn't make him admirable.
I just love the attitude of 'My fuckwit politician can do no wrong because for all his lying, thieving behaviour, he's no more self serving, cheating or outright lying through his bloody teeth than YOUR fuckwit politician'
And they seriously believe we wouldn't elect <in the name of not invoking Godwin, please insert your own murdering bastard world leader here> as long as he was wearing the right colour rosette?
Please god not another 'Me too' post
That is all
it's getting like the bloody Inquisition now.
Well I certainly didn't expect THAT.
Edit: Blast you Vic = beat me to it!
To actually look at a user's data will require a warrant
..or a slow Friday afternoon fishing expedition. I can see it now:
'Hey, I have a list of websites here. Let's run through the 'metadata' and see who we can catch. All it takes is for Abbot or one of his creeps to make some bogus statement about how this crime or that murder could have been prevented if only our brave boys in blue could have got to the data quicker.
Cue the announcement of a centralised mirror where every ISP can send the data.
Only accessible to properly authorised people of course, like bored operatives or people showing off to their mates, or a cop looking for something to teach the bastard who bought the last doughnut in the shop a bloody good lesson.
Don't know about you, but I feel safer already.
Re: Ahh I see....
"I must be careful not to get DEfingered for digital piracy in Nigeria."
"Not all app stores have all music, films, etc."
True enuff. But at least, between them, the torrentz seem to have just about everything that was ever published.
Maybe it's time kickass produced the hardware and we could all buy in to THEIR ecosystem.
It's not just Big Media here. The TPP, from what little we've been able to look at, is a Robber Baron's Charter, designed to allow US companies to shit on any Pacific nation government whose internal regulations make it hard for them to peddle their crap in that nation, and intended to give US corporations the godlike powers over dirty foreigners that they've always lusted after.
And our government can't wait to implement it! And with the current opposition from other parties (Japan not wanting shitty, hormone laced US beef force fed to its citizens, several 'partner' nations beginning to question why the 'Partnership' seems to involve being handcuffed to a table with their trousers round their ankles), that nice Mr Abbot wants to assure our merkin friends that Australia, at least, is ready, nay eager to comply. And the 'determination' of the givernment has more to do with getting the thing in place before the Australian people discover exactly what they've signed us up for.
And we've even brought our own handcuffs.
Re: There's a legit place where I can download stuff?
Well you know, the copyright owners (and just what percentage of copyright holders are the people who actually created the content?) are constantly reminding us that we don't OWN our movies, songs, books - we have simply bought a licence to watch/hear/read the content. So by that token, people should be getting little packages from Big Media every time technology changes.
Dear Mr D iViDeD,
We notice that you baught a licence to watch Bambi in 1983. The copy on which your licenced film was recorded was, I believe, a VHS tape. Please find enclosed a replacement Blu Ray disc.
I mean, the alternative would be to force us to buy a new copy of what we already have every time the format changed.
And that would be ridiculous.
Re: Well, this will be a smashing success...
"The reality is that piracy is going down all by itself"
I wonder whether the initial 'piracy' boom was due to all us old farts downloading our 'classic', no longer available, old albums, past radio and TV shows (I can recommend Undone and Doomwatch)?
For most of us, our collections are complete down to the 'demotape Florian Schneider did in his bathroom when he was 8' and 'discontinued local TV drama - lasted 4 episodes but had Billie Piper in it' level, and there's just nothing left for us to download (or we've realised we need to live to 187 just to watch/listen to what we've go already!)?
So maybe TPB is now catering to the tiny group of people who, for whatever reason, want their own copy of Iron Man 3, or Transformers 4, or who missed last week's X Factor and regard it as a bad thing?
Re: Does anyone know exactly what's being pirated?
"Was it terrible of me to get it from Pirate Bay?"
Yes it was, and your children will be forced to sniff the nether regions of Satan unto the seventh generation as punishment for your sin.
Or the Chairman of Sony BMG should Satan not be available.
I'm reminded of the Good Old Days(patent pending) when, if you happened to be out for Space Force, or Emergency Ward 10, or the Moon Landings, that was it. No video recorder to preserve it, no +2 to give you another chance to miss it later on, in many cases, no expectation of a repeat broadcast, ever.
On Demand viewing and listening is something relatively new, but something we got used to very quickly. It slipped in quietly and established itself in most of our lives, making it mind numbingly obvious, to al but the content owners, that it's how we want it.
So if the Beeb, or Sony or 20th Century Farts, or anybody else tells people "I'm sorry, you can't have this because you're in the wrong region, or we can't get your local broadcaster to pay over the odds for a copy, or we simply don't believe that making it availabe would be profitable', then they shouldn't be surprised that people go elsewhere to get it.
Hell, if they bunged all of their content on a big(gish) server and charged people a tenner a month to access anything they wanted, you'd see copyright infringement drop dramatically. And the only thing stopping them from doing so is that they used to make obscene amounts of money and are in denial over the fact that the world no longer works that way.
There you have it. With storage so incredibly cheap these days (I remember when it cost several thousand for a 10Mb Winchester HDD about the size of a domestic washing machine - back when the Internet was all fields), there's no reason not to have *everything* stored and available to subscribers.
Instead we have the latest 'teeny sensation', this year's X Factor winners, a bunch of wrinkled old rock dinosaurs who might have been relevant 40 years ago, the usual mass market tosh.
I you're looking for something less than commercial, anything that wasn't in the Hot 100 Chart, experimental, dangerous (you remember - the stuff the record companies used to release back in the days of Manticore, Island and Virgin - then you won't find much of it in a music store.
The new, exciting, but quite possible commercially failing music that record companies used to seek out in the late 60s/early 70s (admittedly because record execs were mainly old and out of touch and had no idea what 'the kids' would be listening to next) are no longer an expensive option. hell, most of these guys absorb their own production costs - all Sony BMG has to do is store the audio file somewhere.
Some of it's very very good, some very very bad. Some of it is too strange to easily form an opinion of. But I always thought that the major selling point of online music was to be presented with things you wouldn't normally hear at your local HMV (if anyone still has a local HMV).
In the old days, you had to go digging around to find unusual or different music. Some people did, and new genres arose. But to go hunting for something you need to know it exists, and as long as online music stores continue to offer just more of what sold well last week, new music will continue to be the province of diehard P2P music fans, asking each other in the forums 'Hey, did you hear this? See what you think'.
Sorry, meandered a bit. If there's a point in there I'd like to claim it.
Re: an old message that still carries resonance
A bit off topic, I know, but I still have my Dead Kennedys In God We Trust cassette with a message on side B as follows:
'Home taping is killing record industry profits
We've left this side blank so you can help'
Re: Hard Time Make Them Envious of Hard Disks?
"the radio gives me traffic and roads status reports, a CD does no"
Ah, you gots the wrong CD player there. Over 10 years ago my (then) state of the art VW Golf would be continually pausing my CD to switch me to a station warning me of a traffic jam 100 miles away, or broken traffic lights in a town I'd never heard of, before seamlessly returning me to the wrong track of the CD I was trying to listen to.
Oh, and if you had the temerity to override the RDS pings, it would bloody record all the bulletins and play them back to you as soon as you parked the car and took the key out.
"people would pay via check or bank debit just like they pay their credit cards"
I kinda assume 'check' is the same thing as 'cheque', and it got me thinking. How many commentards have even *seen* a cheque in, say, the last 10-15 years?
My reason for asking is not entirely frivolous. Last week the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sent me a cheque for $108.00, and it was the first cheque I'd seen, certainly since I arrived in Australia (in 2004), and for some time before that. I kind of assumed nobody 'did' cheques anymore, not even the very very old, so I was interested to hear that at least one person (Doug) uses a cheque to pay their credit card bill.
I can't believe that Australia is at the cutting edge here (although we've been using NFC Payment for quite a while at supermarkets, coffee shops, railway stations and car parks to name a few.
So tell me, are you guys all busily writing out cheques in huge numbers and I just never noticed?
Serious (well, semi serious, well..) enquiry here
Re: A Mockery of Justice outs the Law in a Banana Republic as a Fat Assed Fool and Idiots' Tool
"making yourself look like a prime douchbag."
Now hold on a minute! amanfrommars MAY be a douchebag. Then again, he may not - reading his posts has always been an infallible cure for common sense.
But the point is, even if he is, as you suggest, a 'douchebag', he is OUR douchebag, and in the annals of El Reg is probably a protected National Trasure by now.
So leave orf!
Re: This is what happens when it's time to vote
Someone with more nonce than me once said that Australian elections are not won by anyone. They're simply lost by governments.
There does seem to be a general sense of 'It's time for a change, so let's give the other lot a go, regardless of how far they fucked things up the last time they were in power'
"Conroy (Labor) tried to do it first and failed"
You know, it doesn't matter what colour rosette the weasels are wearing, they're still weasels.
The Liberal opposition of ISP level blocking and their cries about starving CSIRO of the funds needed to keep Australia at the forefront of something or other were simply examples of our supremely polarised political system. 'If it's your idea, then it must be shit, regardless of whether it's something I actually want'
Voters in Australia, when they can be dragged away from The Voice, or The Block, or 'I'm vaguely related to someone famous, get me on TV', approach politics with the same polarised attitude. Any conversation questioning a government policy gets immediately mired in 'Ah, yo forget that it was YOUR lot that did A, so you cannot criticise MY lot for doing B', together with an accusation that, if you are criticising Labour, you are obviously a right Wing religious nut, while if you are criticising the Liberals, then you are a leftie communist child molester who needs to go and live in Cuba, if you like it so much.
Australians should stand back and look objectively at our political 'leaders', whatever their professed political stance. It shouldn't take any reasonable person too long to reach the conclusion that they're ALL chiselling weasels whose only interest is themselves and who are happily selling the Australian people down the river for personal gain.
Oh, and they'd also like Australia to become another US state, please.
Re: Targeted ads be Buggered!
My Facebook News Feed gives me the oddest ads - I've had dressmaking patterns, m&m special offers, 'Why don't you buy a Hyundai?' (do they REALLY want to know?) loads of Harvey Norman ads (a particularly sleazy Aussie Home Appliances store I wouldn't enter with a gun to my head).Ads for our TV companies, most popular Hollywood bollockbusters, music by people I've never heard of, and so on. And for some reason, I get a lot of 'Did you know you *might* qualify for a Green Card?' stuff. I think the Green Card ads (sorry - suggested posts) are a fallback for when they have no information on me (which is always).
But to my certain knowledge, I have never clicked on a single offering. I suppose that makes me a freetard.
"That's what the ablative case is for"
I thought the ablative case was for reentry
I'll get my.. Oh, you got it for me, thanks.
Yes, I can SEE the door, thankyou
Re: People of the world?
"Couldn't they have done something useful like polled people on what they believe the mass of the Higgs boson to be? "
We tried that, but with answers ranging from 'Abaht 'arf a kilo, mate' to 'A WHOSE WHAT?', we were no closer than when we started.
"Phones tend to get upgraded every 2 years because they seem to loose battery "
I dunno about that. My old Dell Streak is still going strong (as a backup PAYG) and as far as I can see, the battery is no looser than it was when it was new - still fits snugly into its little receptacle and shows no tendency to rattle around when the device is in motion.
Maybe I just got lucky and happened to get one of those new, 'non loose' batteries.
Hope I never lose it.
Re: I have argued for many years
So Freedom Fighters only engage in *authorised* intimidation and violence, to achieve the overthrow of their government (which could hardly be further from a 'political aim', huh?)
BTW, since Freedom Fighters only attack military targets, and it's only terrorists who attack civilians, how do we read the Palestinian bloodbath at the moment?
Palestinians have killed 13 soldiers and killed or injured 6 civilians
Israelis have killed >600 civilians, mostly women and children.
I could be reading this wrong, but that makes Israel terrorists and Hamas Freedom Fighters who are a little bit terrywristed.
2While I'm o another rant, and while the IRA were bombing and shooting civilians in NI and the rest of the UK in the 70s, merkins regarded them as 'freedom fighters'.
Is that because they were using the wrong dictionery?
So what will you be playing in 2019?
I dunno really. What do you think Gabe? Any chance of an early beta, pre release demo of HL3 by then?
Re: Australian Federal Government - The New NORKS
You know, you just demonstrated these fuckers' REAL power. If I criticise Abbot and his bunch of trough swilling cronies, it can only be because I have undying love and admiration for Shorten, Rudd, and THEIR trough swilling cronies.
Like I said in my original post, Australians (and I include myself) need to get off our collective arses and boot the whole bunch of them into the Tasman. Saying 'Ah, my Party might be weasels, but your party are weasels too' expresses the truth while still refusing to admit it.
They are lying, cheating, self serving cunts whose idea of long term strategy for the Australian nation is 'Keep the buggers quiet until I can retire to my well paid Corporate Consultancy job'
And that's all of them.
Every single one.
Except for Clive Palmer of course, who in addition to the above is also a twat.
Just my dispassionate and objective take on things, is all
Australian Federal Government - The New NORKS
This is just a teeny tiny extension to the powers these fucks have already awarded themselves.
- Ignore our obligations under UNHCR treaties we signed up for. Bit of yelling from the Lefties, but it soon settled down. Many people I've spoken to seem to accept the doublethink Abbot position of 'Yes, we must help people who are persecuted or in fear of the lives', but simultaneously, 'Not if they're a bit brown or have sloping eyes, obviously'
- Refuse to answer questions relating to the mistreatment, torture and now murder of detained refugees. Worked well. Even supposed 'liberals' I've spoken to seem to believe that we don't need to know what's going on, we have to stop the boat people, and if that means giving the bastards the right to secretly hand over Tamil refugees to the Sri Lankan Navy, well, rather that than that the people worry about it.
It's interesting that the new powers are not *targetted* at journalists, but have been framed in such a way that, when the time comes to silence a troublesome voice, the framework is already in place and, since nobody protested its introduction, we must therefore be perfectly happy with it being used against journalists.
After al, if the government was doing something wrong, they'd tell us, wouldn't they? Oh no, they wouldn't, because they've already established they don't have to.
Aussies really need to tear Canberra down, bulldoze over the remains and start again, because what we love about this country is disappearing in a sea of shit.
Just my initial response. On a Friday. After a hard week. And after the umpteenth 'these people' comment from this 'Fair Go' governement.
the Age of Miracles & Wonders
Isn't it bloody amazing that we can do something like this? Rendezvous with a comet (in SPAAAAACE, no less), send pictures back, analyse at a distance of many thousands of kilometres, and yet still no flying car.
But some days I can do without the flying car when I see stuff like this.
Go ESA! (as I believe our leftpondian cousins would expect us to say at a time like this)
Re: How can any lawer keep a stright face
"Of course the mofo is guilty as hell!"
Absolutely! He's guilty of skipping bail.
Cannot be disputed.
Clear as day.
Guilty as charged, everyone, even Assange, knows that.
And he hasn't been charged with anything else.
Re: I'm guessing the Ecuadorian embassy doesn't have vehicular access
"HTF do they get their people out if they don't have vehicular access?"
They walk out the front door, cross the pavement ('sidewalk' to our left pond cousins) and hop into the waiting taxi/limo/No 27 bus.
Unfortunately, that pavement is UK soil (well, concrete), and even if he's getting into a diplomatic car, he'd still have to get to it past six million quidsworth of plods.
Although, I don't suppose anyone's considered the old 'escape via ram raid' option? just smash the car into the front door, transfer our Jools and hope the thing is still driveable?
Would at least provide some good footage for the six o'clock bulletin.
Re: Cost a government
"That prick has diverted £6M of front line policing away from the streets of the city "
Not quite. Assange hasn't diverted anything. The Plod, in their infinite wisdom, decided that six million to help the Swedes get anything up to five grand, should the case ever come to court and Assange be found guilty, is a bargain.
Apparently, basic aritmetic is not a requirement for joining the Met.
Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore?
"going to sleep before 5pm in December (here in the UK) which is not really practical for most?"
Well, not for most of us, but hey, I'm willing to give it a try, y'know - for science and all.
Re: Free speech
"does Apple believe that its devices continue to belong to it even after being 'sold'"
Well, they do pride themselves on the high resale value. I imagine the appeal of a second hand iThing with 'I'm with this cunt -->' inscribed on the back might be lower than for an identical but rather less sullied one.
Re: PC's down the swanee?
Hey c'mon! Shurely EVERYONE has at least ONE PC in the toilet.
Just me then?
I'll get me coat
Re: Where do self builds come in?
"So, in a way, WE are the 1%."
Excellent news! When can I expect my first multi million dollar taxpayer funded bailout?
Re: PC Speech
I do remember being told of a visiting american who, on meeting a Boy from Brixton (tm), paused uncertainly for a moment or two, then stuck her hand out in a friendly fashion and saif "Hi John. You know, you're the first English African-American I've ever met"
Made me smile
I come here mostly for the intelligent writing
"it is unclear whether it will be use if any all-glass device would use the material"
'Unclear' doesn't even come close!
Re: It's for kids
"...how exactly DO we grow up?"
No idea. I've been aiming to grow up for nearly 60 years, and no closer now than when I started.
And I wouldn't have it any other way. I work with grown ups and they seem to be unhappy pretty much most of the time.
Although Oz is now my permanent home, the only time I've had a holdup at immigration before I settled here was at Sydney Airport when I stated I had nothing to declare and the bloke checking my passport looked up at my (admittedly garish) Manga shirt (Black, with a big yellow cloaked warrior emblazoned on the front - hey, they were all the rage..... once) and said 'Jesus, mate. I hope you're going to declare that bloody shirt!'
I kinda fell in love with the country there and then
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