Re: well you know what they say...@John Styles
In the words of Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Sometimes I shouldn't say words".
319 posts • joined 17 May 2007
In the words of Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Sometimes I shouldn't say words".
Thanks Dan, now I can't finish eating the rest of my bacon roll.
The committee established that "bulk interception cannot be used to search for and examine the communications of an individual in the UK unless GCHQ first obtains a specific authorisation naming that individual, signed by a Secretary of State".
Unless one of our Special Relationship® partners happens to do the bulk interception/collection on our behalf.
"...in the wake of the Snowden allegations..."
So, they're just "allegations" now, are they, Phil?
"Ultimately, I think people cant be arsed. As long as there is food and beer in the shops, and telly at home, the majority are happy."
"..there is always soma, delicious soma, half a gramme for a half-holiday, a gramme for a week-end, two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East, three for a dark eternity on the moon..."
"I feel National Geographic might need to look up the meaning of "primeval". It can hardly be primeval forest if 500 years ago it was a city."
Yeah...you may have misread that bit...
"The rain forest surrounding the area is so primeval that the animals appear never to have seen humans before, reported the National Geographic."
Plus, for bonus points...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-growth_forest - Particular extract...
Depending on the forest, this may take anywhere from a century to several millennia. Hardwood forests of the eastern United States can develop old-growth characteristics in one or two generations of trees, or 150–500 years. In British Columbia, Canada, old growth is defined as 120 to 140 years of age in the interior of the province where fire is a frequent and natural occurrence. In British Columbia’s coastal rainforests, old growth is defined as trees more than 250 years, with some trees reaching more than 1,000 years of age. In Australia, eucalypt trees rarely exceed 350 years of age due to frequent fire disturbance.
Yeah, yeah, I know. It's wikipedia....
"It seems like ergot has been involved with animals and humans almost forever, and now we know that this fungus literally dates back to the earliest evolution of grasses"
I remember watching a film in the late 90's that had a similar theme, almost like a docudrama with a narrator following the exploits of a pre homo sapiens/erectus ape wandering the plains of Africa (the premise being he was the last of his kind), and a particular scene that struck me was when the ape creature consumed a bunch of magic mushrooms; the narration went on to speculate that the consumption of halucinogenics could have been a precursor, trigger or catalyst for the evolution of primate minds, and that this was succesfully passed on to our ancestors and gave the species more of an edge in terms of changing the way an animal's thought processes works. I could never remember the name of the film, as it was one of those late night accidents that happens when changing channels.
I wonder how common it was/is for different species to consume halucinogens (by accident or on purpose), and how this has affected their development.
Godwin's Law in action.
Yes, yes, I'm leaving...
Is it me or did that actually make no sense
"Bribing for a room upgrade". So handing more cash over for a better room? okaaaayyyyyy.
What doesn't make sense? You slip a 20 of whatever the local currency happens to be (if it is the Triganic Pu, then I suggest you repair to the nearest currency exchange symposium), to the hotel receptionist, and they say "Ahh, it appears that the luxury suite has become available, please enjoy your stay with us, Sir!".
You get a room upgrade for less than the cost of the actual upgrade, and the receptionist pockets the 20 (or pocket universes all 160 Ningi's).
"Me. My personal agenda? I just want to live as a free man and have others do so too."
"However, hibernating in front of your TV for a weekend is entirely your own business, and any opinion expressed to the contrary is merely that - an opinion."
"Representatives of the four main parties (Conservative, Labour, LibDems and the Metropolitan Police)..."
Obligatory Douglas Adams quote methinks:
"Many respectable physicists said that they weren't going to stand for this -- partly because it was a debasement of science, but mostly because they didn't get invited to those sort of parties."
As we're adding in to the mix, Red Lights. Diabolical waste of time. If you have an hour and a half to kill, may I recommend you take a nap instead?
In the words of a much better Sigourney Weaver character, "Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure". Icon most definitely related>>>
Beat me to it!
"...and getting his Gnome stomped on by a Tauren Warrior..."
HA! Unlikely, he probably rolled a goblin.
That's fetid dingo's kidneys, I think you'll find.
"Quite why the Feds are going to such lengths to convince the doubting infosec community, drawing attention to a program to wiretap a hostile country's internet infrastructure, is a puzzle. Perhaps the program had been uncovered. If not, why is the US intel community disclosing source and methods just to bolster the credibility of its explanation for the Sony hack?"
"no amount of water quenching the flames"
But, once it gets there, we will see some serious shit.
"Given the way politics are on both sides of the pond, I think it's more like: Heads, the people lose and tails, the people lose. The only winners are those to get more power and that's not the people who do the voting."
The only winners are those who hold the coin doing the flipping.
Salt won't help you, you're better off cutting off the short stems they use to "knock" against the side of their stem.
Are you a philosopher? Where's your sponge?
A dead, blind person with a dead guide dog could have seen this coming
Yes, and then it was stored in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.
Beer icon, because there isn't any Tea.
"A consistently loss-making newspaper with a declining readership"
Isn't that most newspapers and print media though? I thought that teh intarwebs was rapidly eroding the readership and pound value of newspapers?
I'm sure I read that online somewhere...
"They already have had the ability to snoop on electronic communications for ages."
I seem to remember many years ago (ok, it was only the late 90's) that Mark Thomas covered something about this with his little Hot Air Balloon Over Menwith Hill stunt. Whilst he was in the balloon, he pulled out his mobile phone and rang his mum and started saying (not entirely) random words along the lines of "bomb" and suchlike. At which point his mum asked if he was high. Which he sort of was at the time (hot air balloon, remember?)
The general thrust of the piece was the listening post that the NSA had built slap-bang in the middle of Menwith Hill, without any real public knowledge or oversight, how the facility could tap into 100,000 live phone conversations at the drop of a hat (my memory is a bit tarnished about the figures here...), but the one thing they had forgotten to do was apply to the local council for building permission, which meant that there was a tiny little legal loophole and the airspace directly above the listening post was effectively open (no flight restrictions). So he flew right through it. And made his MI5 file all the larger because of it.
I seem to remember at the time thinking "how can they get away with this; surely this can't be right, let alone legal?". Then the Snowden leaks came along, and the Menwith Hill episode was the first image that floated to the top of my memory. And I was proven wrong on both of those last counts, as there seems to be no moral or legal argument that can be used to stop this sort of behaviour.
Sorry, got to go, incoming choppers and all that...
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I, too, worry that it will end up with aforementioned MP instructing their minion to open MS Word, type "Hello World" and then using File -> Save as -> HTML and thinking that's all there is to this interweb lark. If you're lucky, they may use the Insert picture from file option...
You Sir, are what I like to call a Fotho. Fuckwit of the Highest Order.
"We certainly don't think its not a challenge."
So...it's a challenge then? Challenge Accepted!
"Do you think I count as a statistic?"
Only as an outlier, friend.
...and set the threat level to Purple Alert!
Are you sure? That does mean changing the bulb...
QANGO isn't spelled QUANGO, it's an acronym for "Quasi Autonomous Non Government Organisation".
QUasi Autonomous Non Government Organisation
See how flexible the english language can be?
"no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks"
i mean, the AI on Red Dwarf was harmless enough
Yes, with an IQ of 12,000, or the equivalent of 6,000 P.E. teachers.
Blaine is a pain, and that is the truth.
So many people taking so little, so seriously.
That should actually be the tagline to the whole of the intarwebs.
Why bother inserting the beacon, when they can be persuaded to carry it around themselves as the latest new shiny?
."Boffins have just confirmed that Tyrannosaurs hunted in groups."
Just waiting for the first copyright/trademark case against someone who used a photo of their boss/spouse/family member/celebrity/delete where applicable to be launched.
Think of the arm ache.
"Unfortunately a lot of sites insist on relatively short passwords."
Additionally a lot of sites also insist on the mixed use of upper/lower case and numbers.
He doesn't know how to use the three seashells!
"Presumably our lawmakers being somewhat reptilian themselves ..."
You are David Icke and I claim my £10 gift voucher.
"i'm really offended by the casual portrayal of racism toward my planet :("