Re: re "a matter for a living representative of the Catholic church"
You've got to be Irish. As far as I can tell we're pretty much the only people that can look at people, names & architecture and tell their religion!
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You've got to be Irish. As far as I can tell we're pretty much the only people that can look at people, names & architecture and tell their religion!
I tried to explain that to a colleague, in an effort to explain why I wasn't shitting myself about terrorism, and why his acceptance for the authorities to completely bypass the judiciary because "it's anti-terror" is incredibly short sighted. I gave examples of how anti-terror legislation has been completely abuses, but to no avail.
The most telling comment from him was - when I mentioned civil rights - "that whole human rights things is a load of bullshit, and it should be gotten rid of".
This is why this legislation will succeed simply because of people like him - civil rights simply don't feature highly in peoples' priorities because most of us have never needed them. Personally, I want them still to be there if I ever do need them.
You've met your MP? Mine was parachuted into a nice safe constituency, so has never seen the need to show his face.
I've written to my MP - in a different constituency - before, it was regarding BT's Phorm fiasco. He sent a very nice reply that pretty much quoted Phorm's PR rubbish, with the "opinion" that I needn't worry because they say so.
Interestingly enough, there are some parallels between the two. The difference being that was one to make money and the other is to save us from 8ft tall terrorists with laser beams under their moustaches.
This opens an interesting question - is herding fat cats easier or harder than herding their less plump siblings?
I listened to Davis and Cameron on the radio during the leadership race - Davis came across as a much better candidate. I guess it's similar to how Kennedy "won" the debate against Nixon with the viewers, whereas Nixon "won" with the listeners.
The problem is that he's bloody boring - exactly what I want in a politician - which counts against you in this era of X-Factor style politics.
But that's the problem with the Wilson Doctrine - it singles out a single section of society and puts them above the rest. What happens if you need to discuss your whistle-blowing with a confidante before going to your MP - shouldn't you be protected then? If you're concerned about your communications being intercepted, then you're a fool for even believing that a letter/email to your MP is safe.
I was always under the assumption that the Wilson Doctrine was a gentleman's agreement, and therefore taken with a pinch of salt. What's more likely to happen now is that MPs will want to grant themselves legislated immunity, which will leave an even more bitter taste in our mouths.
Undefined variable: $diety in comment on line 1 - did you forget to feed your supernatural being?
I went to his lecture at the Union Chapel, it was funny and insightful. The queue was insanely long too. People had brought posters, books, etc to get signed. I wish I'd brought my mug (with the chart of programming skill against blood alcohol content) and an indelible marker.
Not only did he sign everything, he also drew a stick figure on every one - I got cueball (I'm bald), my mate got black hat (he was wearing a beanie). I doubt it was a coincidence and it was an excellent touch.
The person probably cancelled and recreated the account rather than changing the name on it, that way they could gain commission for hooking a new customer.
BT local business did this to us. Our ISDN 30 was in our director's name, not the limited company's name, so they asked us to amend the account. We'd put it off for over a year but finally acquiesced. A few days later we had no phone lines. When we called to complain they couldn't find the old account. They did however find a new account in our name. Or other director called out in their office for a day until they fixed it. Total down time was 36 hours. They even sent out an engineer to replace our NTE-2D box and pretended that that was the cause of the failure, not some pond scum boosting his payslip.
What we learned was that unless you *need* to change something on your account, don't. Three things could happen - you get charged; you get cut off; they don't fuck anything up. A 1 in 3 chance isn't worth the risk.
Who throws a shoe? Honestly. And a clipboard, it's got some sharp edges, you could take somebody's eye out with that.
Personally, I'd stay away from ZoneEdit (I used them for a few years) but their support is horrific. They had an issue where updates were only being pushed to one (out of two) of the DNS servers. This meant you got a different response depending on which server you queries. After two days I gave up and moved to DNSMadeEasy, whose service is way better (they provide failover and backup MX)
By the time they'd managed to fix the issue (5 days later) I didn't really give a shit.
Quite frankly, I'm disappointed that El-Reg didn't end the headline with
That's the reaction all the mainstream news seemed to be going for.
Those v were the days - when you had boot floppy (if others used the PC) which had ended up having a menu for each game. If I recall, it was also possible to group config.sys settings for specific games too.
Now I just curse surgeon simulator for not having shadows on Linux - you have no idea how difficult it is to do a brain transplant in an ambulance going over speed bumps when you have no sense of depth!
No reason for it wobble, the back doesn't have to be curved for it to have a curved screen. My Galaxy Nexus has a curved screen which is great because I can place it face down on a flat surface and it won't get damaged.
I've seen a lot of people suggesting that it's so you get more pixels for a given size - not sure what curvature they think will be used!
Admittedly I've lost track what the component was, but using percentage of phone mass or volume is a pretty poor metric. If, for example it was related to 3g processing, then you can expect it to be pretty small and light, however you won't have a phone without it.
He was a very sleazy towards a friend of mine. There was also a bug with the Lotus Mail client which wouldn't lock if you used the Super+M combination, so when we left his desk we sent an email to everyone in Dublin, London, Toronto & Tokyo which requested a receipt (which wasn't optional). His inbox didn't last two minutes!
Ah, good days.
There's a hell of a lot more to sailing than pulling some ropes to adjust sails (Ok, the mainsail I trim has 8 different controls for setting the shape of, 11 if I include where it can be controlled from either tack). However, we only have 3 sail trimmers out of 8 crew.
"like not having sails, for example" - not sure I agree with that, I see wing sails as just another advancement in the technology - I've always described sails as zero-thickness wings. They just given them some thickness now. Unless you're racing a one-design class, it'll always be a case of people throwing money at the design to get the most out of the rule. That's one of the reasons that the AC45s were more interesting to watch.
Oh, and as much as I love sailing, it's got to be one of the most boring sports on earth to watch, even if you understand exactly what's going on. Most of the people I sail with completely agree.
From what I've read, it was an extra 4.5lb of ballast on their AC45s - something that Coutts said would cause a minuscule difference in trim (and apparently would reduce performance*)
To be fair, the new cup format is ridiculous - moving from the IACC 20m rule was supposed to reduce costs, but they've had to hand a whole load of money back (3M USD) to Loius Vuitton as they didn't have enough competitors as challengers are struggling to run their AC45 and a pair of AC72s.
* On the boat I race on, we're supposed to race with the cushions in their normal place, which the boss doesn't like doing as they can get wet during spinnaker drops and sail changes. Instead we keep them in the aft cabin which is against the rules, but actually reduces our performance as it'd be better to keep them forward for a trim point of view.
Don't joke. I was listening to a broker in our office underwriting a Renault Clio "Nürburgring Edition". However the guy on the other end kept on calling it a Nuremberg Edition. I heard the broker the "correcting" him, saying "It's Nürburgring, not Nuremberg. The Nuremberg was the big blimp that went on fire".
It turns out that the people I support get the most important war crime trials of the 20th century mixed up with a Zepelin <sigh>
That the the production company couldn't be arsed to tear down the set even though the film grossed over 1 billion USD.
So am I. Well, as long as the ISPs will censor any of the porn the *ahem* doesn't do it for me, and leave all the good stuff visible.
Maverick is great - also has OSGB & OSM maps and can be downloaded using Mobile Atlas Creator. It's brilliant as you select which layer you want, OSM public transport was pretty good when In Brugges. And the OSM cycling maps work well for hiking. Custom layers are available too, so I used it for skiing too (Open Piste Map),
Another app I used when I was driving around France last year was NavFree - full turn by turn routing. Install the app and download the data for which ever country you want. Granted, it took me on a few tolled routes when I told it not to, but for something that was free, on my phone and didn't cost me any data usage, it was excellent.
" I can't see DHL, UPS et al clamouring to provide a rural service."
You're right, I remember our old office postman saying exactly that. Royal Mail were obliged to carry letters for other mail companies at a set cost. So DHL Mail take your money and deliver it themselves if it's in a city, or use the Royal Mail if it's rural so that Royal Mail take the loss and not them.
As much as Royal Mail wind me up, they're between a rock and hard place when it comes to competition. What they do for 33p is still pretty impressive - Jack Dee (Live at the Apollo) did a great piece on it (which I can't find online, otherwise I'd post a link).
Especially as the rocket was getting visibly larger as it was careering towards the ground. The official video did show something that looked like incomplete fuel burning (soot) which I'm guessing could cause significat asymmetric thrust.
Made me think of some of my failed launches in KSP.
"This can run into embarrasing problems..." This was part of the plot of Tom Sharpe's [superb] Indecent Exposure.
Those are two discrete problems with the same name. Windows malware tends to be installed without the user's knowledge and is then allowed access to look at all the user's data.
Android malware on the other hand warn the user that it'll look at your contacts, send SMS messages, make phone calls etc. The sand boxing means that one app isn't allowed to access another app's data (unless the data is stored on the SD), and certainly isn't allowed to modify other executables.
Have you seen the removal instructions for Android malware? "Go to Settings, Apps. Select app. Click remove". If there is a *real* security issue where an app that runs with elevated privileges, then I'll be pretty bloody annoyed.
Somebody used a seat belt analogy, mine has a light and an alarm if there's weight on the seat and the belt is plugged in - it's bloody annoying when I've shopping on the seat. However, it's up to me to make an educated guess on whether to heed that warning or not.
My major problem with android? Textareas are still buggy after so many years and sometimes online images aren't down in the stock email client.
I had to use Google (no really) to find out how to shut down a Win8 laptop*. MS have a webpage titled How do I shut down (turn off) my PC?. When you need to have a help page on how to do something so basic, you have screwed up - there is no argument.
I don't care if it's a superb UI for touch screens, I have two 24" monitors on my desk that are far enough away so that I can read them, so surprise, I need a UI optimised for mice & keyboards. Not some big icons (tiles) that are sorted randomly and flow about instead of a nice ordered list.
* Some clarification
- Power button made computer sleep (ok that's the OEM's decision)
- Logging off, clicking another button to find the shutdown option is not a sensible method, so there had to be a better option.
- It's a laptop - I don't want it to sleep. If I shut the lid, I don't want it to consume any power while I'm driving to the train station.
- Having the user find a magic pixel at the top right of the screen to simulate a swipe gesture (I think) is not a sensible UI decision.
Sorry, but using a encryption scheme that pre-dates Julius Caesar isn't a good idea however you look at it. There's a reason why we have RSA, AES et al - because anything susceptible to frequency analysis *is* useless.
The last time I rolled my own encryption was a decade ago and even then I accepted that it was merely obfuscation as performance was far more of a concern. Encryption should be left to the mathemagicians.
I'm aware that this was done to raise awareness, but even my non-techie friends are talking about the NSA and Snowden. There may be a plus-side however - cretinous [would be] terrorists and criminals may start using this to "encrypt" their word documents*.
In 2011, Rajib Karim was convicted in the United Kingdom of "terrorism offences" after using the Caesar cipher to communicate with Bangladeshi Islamic activists discussing plots to blow up British Airways planes or disrupt their IT networks. Although the parties had access to far better encryption techniques (Karim himself used PGP for data storage on computer disks), they chose to use their own scheme(implemented in Microsoft Excel), rejecting a more sophisticated code program called Mujhaddin Secrets "because 'kaffirs', or non-believers, know about it, so it must be less secure"
You don't need to be an expert of any kind to see that this was a ridiculous idea.
I worked at USIT during a summer processing their J1 visa applications. One guy actually ticked "insurrection" as it was the least worst choice and he thought you had to select one. The problem was that you only got one form, so we had to tell him to write a covering note. <sigh>
It gave us a good laugh, that and the photos of guys wearing "First Communion jumpers", if you're Irish (and of a certain age), you'll know what I'm talking about. I'm trying to find photos, but am failing miserably.
Nowhere does it say PKI was used, although it's an excellent excuse. Maybe that was your point.
ROT26 is much quicker.
WHY ARE YOU HELPING TEH TERRISTS BY GIVING THEM IDEAS!!!!!1111111ONEHUNDREDANDELEVEN
The only author who could consistently blow my mind.
I do the latter. However I don't see the point in locking the phone - you're still going to have to pay monthly (for up to 24 months) as per your contract, so the provider is guaranteed to get their pound of flesh.
Sure, you can say that by providing an unlocked phone (that the customer uses on a different network) means that the customer won't pay as much to the provider. However, the costs to the phone's provider will be less as there will be no data/SMS/phone usage.
When my dad was visiting me a few years ago, I took him to the Ashmolean in Oxford - I introduced it to him as the museum of plunder. I was mortified when he proceeded to tell his 90 year old aunt this, luckily she'd seen more of the world than I ever will (through a father in the army) and said it was a perfect description of the museum.
The British museum is much the same, but in their defence, they both do an excellent job preserving and displaying the plunder - it's free entry for the public and in some cases the originating countries are still so corrupt that most of the items would have been sold to private collections and never seen again (I'm not sure if Greece is included in that group!)
Absolutely. We should wait until they're sentenced, and then revoke NHS privileges.
A friend and myself (after a few pints) came up with an idea - Human Rights points. When you are convicted of a crime Human Rights points are deducted from your account (proportional to your crime). The convicted person is allowed to chose which rights should be taken away (thus they are responsible for their own punishment).
I've now decided that NHS treatment should be added to my list.
Personally, I wish that stupid woman who filmed what-his-name hadn't decided to make a quick buck from selling the footage to the media. She and the other fools have helped these two maniacs succeed in their task.
I can'y believe somebody modded you down.
Erm, I think your sense of humour failed you.
Sounds like a good plan, though personally I find that the Virgin Mary doesn't exactly <ahem> do it for me. Each to their own.
"God I hate that type of statement, isn't it truly amazing that some people really think that rich people simply stash all their money in a big safe to keep it away from all the grubby poor people?"
Isn't that exactly what Apple are doing here?
Good luck using that on Windows Vista and above. Microsoft in their wisdom removed it, apparently to reduce bloat (it's a couple of 100kB) and for security reasons (confusing a client with a server that was never enabled by default).
It's quicker to google PuTTY, download, install and run than it is to install the telnet client.
Well, it can be quite difficult to avoid the biker who suddenly plants himself in front of your car - if the traffic is already doing 80, there's no need to filter. I also got overtaken by a bunch of bikers pulling wheelies past me last Sunday week. They wouldn't have been doing that if they'd seen the biker being lifted off the A34 into an air ambulance earlier that day.
I'm not trying to tar all with the same brush, but I've come across far too many lunatics in the last two weekends - probably because it's the first "nice" weather we've had.
Just in case you were being serious, it's because the cell and intnet often tends to go back to the county of origin of the ship. Doing an IP geo location when on free WiFi on Irish ferries will tell you you're in Norway.
What I don't get is that when the ship is within reach of 3g cells it continues to use the slow and incredibly expensive satellite connection.
I really hope that the amount of time it takes for Solitaire and Minesweeper to load is not indicative of the OS speed and responsiveness.