221 posts • joined 2 Oct 2009
...I am sure poor Bilal wanted them to pay by signing them up to a subscription of "What Car" magazine.
I know for a fact that the police love making things up and wasting the court's time with innocent victims whose only crimes are to go around posting stuff on perfectly innocent islamic terrorist message boards.
Shame on the police! Shame on this government!
The scariest thing is the amount of effort Max Clifford is putting into capitalising on the overuse of "Kate" and "Katie".
I have seen Katie 'Thinking Man's Crumpet' Price pop up all over the place. Now that's scareware.
Doesn't miss a trick that man.
...well, I am certainly one of the 15% that do.
The problem with your argument Dave 1, is that if I hit a pram with my bike I am more likely to be killed and the baby in the pram is likely not to be. Despite what OAPs (who drive in a disgracefully dangerous fashion) might say.
Lets see what happens when the driver of the tonnage of metal that can go a little bit faster does to a pedestrian, cyclist, granny, pram etc.
My argument is with the people who cause safety hazards (double yellows DO serve a purpose) and the slack, often non existent punishing of such acts. When such acts are punished, I am glad.
Just don't drive like a tosser...where does this sense of entitlement to break the law come from?!!
Bikes VS cars is a fail argument...one weighs a lot of tons, the other is a minor annoyance...lets look at the stats for people killed by cyclists compared to motorists and see where we stand.
I love this idea...but find it ironic that the car is parked on double yellows.
I hope they roll this out nationwide. As a cyclist, I am fed up with ignorant morons parking on bus stops, double yellows, main roads, cycle lanes, bus lanes, pavements and curbs. The insulting thing is they put on their hazards as if this somehow makes them invisible or makes their actions acceptable.
Why is it that this is the only crime where people waffle on about making money? Stop breaking the law! Take responsibily for your anti social actions.
Pass the costs on...
...it's what everybody else would do.
I suggest passing most of it on to huge customers like banks and big business...then we can watch the government squirm as they whinge en masse.
Past experiences have shown that nearly every major terrorist attack is carried out outside of rush hour times because this maximises the possibility of getting caught.
If these checks aren't in place in rush hour, you might as well just start packing everybody's arseholes with explosives now, since you haven't got a hope in hell of stopping a terrorist.
Right, lets take your upvoted crituque of the PC gaming industry.
"...trial versions of games have long been legally available" - demos are demos...ripping off the entire game from Limewire (RIP) is not a demo...downloading a demo is getting a demo. Oh...but I guess someone needs to try out an entire game before they think it might be worth buying...sure, I get it.
"...the games industry trying to force everybody onto their consoles" - Why do you think they're doing this? If there is an exploitable and profitable market they wouldn't be doing this. Why isn't there an exploitable and profitable market? Because people keep ripping off their products. While people can counterfeit console games it might be more effort and more faff than just ripping something off directly from the internet.
"...the mistaken assumption that everybody wants to play multiplayer games" - What do we know about multiplayer games from, for example, Steam. They are much easier to control and people who rip them off are much easier to catch then the closet single player game playing, not connected to the internet PC gamer of old. Result: more multiplayer shit because people just kept ripping off the single player epics that used to be released.
All in all: a pirate epic fail.
Call it what you like. The law can call murder all sorts of things too. Theft is theft. Copyright infringement is theft.
...er...but not really.
Have a look at the major releases for consoles VS the major releases for PC. Sure, there are loads of Steam accounts...but Steam sells mainly overpriced old games (plus, you need a Steam account to play old games like Half Life 2). How is it indicative of a thriving PC games market TODAY?
If the distrubution method for major releases has changed from shop to internet then superb...tell me where all these amazing games on internet only release are.
But when you pull your head out of your arse, go to the shops and have a look on the shelves at the REALITY, you'll see far fewer games for PC and far more big releases for the high end console market.
You can say quality over quantity...give me some quality PC game releases in the last year which aren't just remakes/rehashes of old classics.
The industry is in decline because guess what: THEIR PRODUCTS KEEP GETTING RIPPED OFF. I would buy a hammer to drive this point into your imbecilic skull but I think it would be too thick for any truth nail to penetrate it.
It's all theft...
Awesome comments in here.
Well, you try-before-you-buyers have decimated the PC gaming market, good job! Enjoy all of those Wii games designed for 5 year old girls.
Now you have destroyed one source of entertainment, focus all of your freetardery on another! Go for particular genres of music...there's no end to the amount of damage you can do the entertainment/creative industries!
...reading about how proper countries enforce freedom of speech and the right to privacy.
I am waiting for Airstrip 1 to introduce retinal scans to access teh interwebs soon enough.
You're right Agent Smith, the tribesmen are just going about their daily business of herding cattle, making fire with flints and generally working the land. There are no RPG toting, hate spewing, fundamentalist, crazed lunatics in the Pakistani badlands. We just pretend there are because we enjoy killing people for no reason.
Mine's the one with "Protect the Fundies FTW" on the back.
The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.
"it was the CIA which first used a Hellfire-equipped Predator to kill someone, in the Yemen way back in 2002"
Are you quite sure old chap? It could have been the Gambia, or perhaps Rhodesia or even Greater India where we first boshed those chaps with a hellfire.
I fully agree with tasering dogs. They would have shot the bastard anyway. An example of a good use of taser. The rest of them are crazy.
Are you a New Labour supported? You can't measure the success of a police force only on the number of incidents it deals with. Remember...they're nice to have even if there are no incidents!
Please don't become either an NHS manager or a Police commissioner.
Any such thing as...
Manchester + Greater Manchester = large!
...don't fucking speed then the coppers won't stop you.
Beat me to it.
Anyway, VIVA CHE, VIVA MAO, VIVA LENIN.
There, that reset the balance.
Bros before Jumbos
Terminator, because he has a face and no nose too.
Technically Glasgow Prestwick Airport IS in Glasgow, the same way that Heathrow is in London.
Fear not, the other Glasgow airport is also miles away from the city.
Mine's the one with the BMI Baby logo on the back.
Awesome. Thanks for that.
Pretty specious John given that it doesn't change the fact that the word 'Libre' is not in the english language but television is. IRC english is a mix of latin and germanic languages...meh.
Then again, how many trademarks do you know that don't get a squiggly red line under them (or is it a squiggly rainbow line in LibreOffice)?
have an entire sentence in brackets? I think you're looking for a semi colon.
Tiny matter of...
...Kuwait. That one festered like one of Sadam's plague bacterium for a few years before it errupted and Sadam had his head pulled off.
I think modern handsets can be killed permanently anyway, even if the sim is switched out. I know this is the case with my Blackberry and I assume that the iPhone (being such an expensive piece of equipment) must have a kill switch for the handset itself. Taking pictures and reporting back, etc is too Orwellian.
...I'm Bill Kurtis.
"...you're a geek with a nice car, a decent home and hopefully a very good income...Emphasise that a higher income could lead to a better looking girlfriend..."
Sadly this is exactly what they do at schools, and it fills people with senses of entitlement beyond their abilities. Also, a job in IT doesn't necessarily mean you will be well paid. Lying to people isn't going to create a pool of good candidates. Teachers tell far too many lies to coerce people who don't want to learn into trying to learn (to keep them quiet). Remember the one about how awful it would be to end up 'working in a factory'? Classic.
Nobody does "A-Level" Computing because it's not a proper subject. A friend of mine was laughed out of a University interview for Computer Science when he revealed that he had done Computing (after not realising that Computer Science requires maths, further maths and a science). Schools should clearly explain what A-Levels are suitable for studying Computer Science at University instead of pushing "Computing" which teaches you too little about actual Computer Science.
As for the "them kids under 20 know how to use them computers" conversation, I meet plenty of under twenties who don't know how to use a PC or write a report using a word processor. Those skills should be part of learning other subjects (such as English), rather than having their own elective unit.
If you're an ICT teacher...and you don't like the curriculum, I am guessing that will rub off on your students (especially if you are this negative about MS to them). I'd rather be an office drone than an unemployed person with four 'mash ups' on youTube. Like it or not ICT for me is a synonym for databases, documents, emails and spreadsheets. It has nothing to do with recording another crap flight simulator film and annoying me by posting it when I expected to see the real thing! [/rant].
By this method, I am guessing that science lessons would be all about making explosives and dropping cars from cranes instead of boring stuff about control groups, evidence and hypothesis.
I don't know why you are blaming XBox specifically, I blame the Nintendo DS.
So endangering Australian forces in Afghanistan then. Aiding the enemy is aiding the enemy, no matter which country you do it in.
Hey Silver. How would a dictionary aid me in my lack of grammar skill? You also forgot to capitalise 'Wikileaks' (I guess your OpenOffice spellchecker didn't pick it up).
I don't understand your condescending points after that either because you have failed present a cogent argument. Explain to me how releasing these documents about civilian deaths (which are always reported on, and normally covered by iraqbodycount) stops reprisals against intelligence sources casually and carelessly revealed by Wikileaks? Explain to me what justification this lazy arsehole can possibly have for not redacting the data about intelligence sources to prevent murder? That's right...he couldn't be arsed, now people will die. Explain to me how this is a victory for free speech and a victory for Wikileaks.
"Funny, I don't recall the last time someone was executed in Spain, The Netherlands or the UK (not heard about it in Russia either but, then, might not make the news in the same way)."
Amazing what short memories appeasers have. You must have missed all of that guff about state sponsored terrorism. I don't "recall" Ireland or Northern Ireland launching missiles against London (or indeed having the capacity to do so), yet elements in those two countries still managed to murder, assassinate and maim civilians, just as they now do from Afghanistan.
"Your naivety in believing that troops are there to in some way give people a better way of life also speaks volumes."
What speaks volumes is your denial that having centres which breed religious zealots who are intent on killing as many non Muslims in order to get the good life in heaven is a bad thing. Having the luxury of not living in one of these hell holes, I am guessing it's quite simple for you to think that trivial goals such as 'security' wouldn't give people an easier life.
Thanks again for the grammar points Fox and two spelling corrections and your gracious acknowledgement that I managed to get "arsehole's" correct.
So Parax, unless you are suggesting that the allied forces in Afghanistan are killing civilians on purpose (instead of taking every measure they can be expected to in a war zone), how does this information being released make anybody in Afghanistan any safer? I mean both civilians and soldiers here. Oh...you have no idea? Oh...its doesn't! Well. I am convinced it should have been casually released.
So lets use your perspective argument. Take 5000 deaths and divide it by the number of troops in Afghanistan. Then take the arsehole at Wikileaks and divide it by a best case scenario of 1 death. I think you'll find that the actions of 1 man in Wikileaks will give you a 1, whereas the actions of the US army will give you less than 1. Therefore the arsehole at Wikileaks has more blood on his hands than the US army for causing civilian deaths! I know, it's a bit dodgy...but so is your specious argument that just because other people have more blood on their hands it somehow excuses the blood that this man probably has on his.
I am from the UK.
You might want to ask the Spanish, the Dutch, the British, the Russians and anybody else who has been executed for being gay, for being different, for committing adultary who "us" are. As far as I am concerned "us" includes you. You enjoy the freedoms of the west without respecting the need to defend it. You may also want to ask the people in Iraq an Afghanistan who just want to live normal lives but can't because ignorant religious zealots keep blowing themselves up in market places and mosques.
As for the people in Afghanistan who will now be killed by religious zealots thanks to this self obsessed arsehole, they helped me by making the world safer by eliminating breeding grounds and providing a focus for groups intent on killing themselves so they can get fucked in the afterlife by anybody but their own wivces. Your naivity speaks volumes.
You must have watched a different video. What I saw and heard were two pilots misidentfying insurgents armed with rocket launchers and killing them. A far cry from riding into a crowded market place on a motorbike with explosives strapped to your chest embedded with nails to kill and maime as many innocent civilians as possible.
What was that about scruples? When was the last time a US Marine or other soldier actually targetted a crowded street PURELY for the purposes of murding innocent civilians...how many times has it happened? How many times have Al Quaida done it?
Get a grip on reality. I am sure the pilots of those Apaches will have to deal with what they have done long after the war has ended. The cowardly suicide bombers won't have to deal with the consequences of their actions, not that they would care.
Really? So Australia has no treason laws? Australia is not part of the war in Afghanistan? You can see past the end of your nose?
"Whilst the US military wants us all to believe that wikileaks have put lives in danger, I would like you to think how many lives (and I am considering civilians only!) are in danger from the US military.
Perspective. use it."
So...er...two wrongs make a right? Excellent logic! Brain. Use it.
I believe the Australians are part of the effort in Afghanistan. Operation Slipper.
I see a lot of waffle about blood on everybody elses hands...but not much refutement of the fact that this selfish arsehole's actions will have endangered the very people you all seem to think are worthy of staying alive.
Your rants don't change the fact:
People who have helped us (regardless of the justness of it) will be killed by people who hate us (regardless of the justness of it) as a direct result of this fucker's arrogance and self importance. Bleet away.
'This material was available to every soldier and contractor in Afghanistan," he claimed, stretching the truth.'
This is not stretching the truth, it's a straight up lie. He is trying to cover for his disgraceful actions which will no doubt result in the deaths of individuals who have helped us in this war. He can come up with whatever excuses he likes, but he will have blood all over his hands soon enough. Maybe already. What a prick.
Although I agree with you, I think the problem is that local councils pay for the schemes, but the revenue goes into the central kitty (i.e. into porn films for minister's husbands) instead of back into road safety (i.e. more cameras and more police).
A reduction of 21% in road deaths is completely trivial when compared with the trauma of an average motorist being required to obey the law for about 20 metres. Get rid of them all!
Mine's the reflective one you'll see overtaking a transit parked on double yellow lines next to a crossroads with the mopey bastard sitting on my back wheel trying to get as close as possible before clipping me with his wing mirror as he overtakes.
Is it a Stealth, is it an F22...NO...it's a Catalina!
Farnborough did a number on me this year.
Not only were all displays distinctly lacklustre, the A380 which I had come to see took off early (before The Blades) and I missed it, then the F22s FAILED to make any kind of appearance (except on the Monday apparently for all of those budding dictators). So I was stuck with the thing that runs off farts, loads of WWII filler (without my favourite Mustang I might add), and to add insult to injury the Catalina!
At least the Vulcan flew. Always sublime.
She is a kind of bank. The kind used for IVF I think.
You can't spell 'NatWest' without 'twats'.
Way to pass up free promotion of your accounts and services guys.
"Lecturers aren't teachers: the more you make the job like that, the more people will leave"
I hate to shatter your bubble but lecturers...are lecturers. They lecture. They are not employed by universities primarily for research, funnily enough they are employed by universities to LECTURE. Research councils do supply money for lecturers and students to research stuff, but guess where universities get the majority of their money! That's right...undergraduates. No undergraduates, no money, no university.
"The courses could be structured towards more vocational triaining rather than academic skills. Since they'd behave differently to 'standard' universities, we should call them something different. Polytechnics, maybe?"
Explain the difference between "academic" and "vocational" skills. Please tell me you are not someone who thinks that Polytechnics trained mechanics and catering staff. This is already the case (by default) at a lot of former Polytechnics. Courses are structured towards learning outcomes which provide skills directly to employers. Ironically it is the Russel Group universities and the larger research institutions which are now focussing on getting their often very over privalidged students into jobs and teaching skills for work. I remember a colleague of mine telling a student who asked about the quality of the teaching at a Russel Group university to go down the road to the 'other' university if they wanted to be taught. It seemed that a lot of (older) Profs and lecturers had the same ideas about their main source of income as you do (i.e. fuck 'em).
The main income for a university is its undergraduates...this won't change. You want to do R+D exclusively? Go and work for a multinational.
The implication was that 'rebranded polytechnics' are somehow substandard (despite always being focussed on providing engineers and scientists to industry) and that it is not a good thing that more people go to university to provide more skilled graduates to industry.
The implication is that somehow people should be put off going to university and become plumbers and electricians...why should they? You act as if there isn't a market and someone can't elect to do this already. Are you suggesting oiks should know their places and instead of going to university they should be fixing your crapper? Also, if the market was flooded with electricians and plumbers, the rates would go down and they would be earning oik salaries instead of the quoted 60k a year (why do you think all British trained electricians and plumbers whinge about those Poles tekin' their jerbs).
As for your "electrical wiring", electricians tend to do a lot more than that. 'Electronics' would have been the correct 'term of usage'.
Please tell me you're being ironic Naughtyhorse.
If you're what "proper college[s]" churn out then god help us.
Apple fanbois are like unreformed middle aged lefties (who are actually biggoted right wingers).
My friend who works as an Apple Genius used to be a commando Apple fanboy without a critical bone in his body. He now critically appraises the Apple products on the market and while he absolutely loves his Macbook Pro, Air and all his other toys, he thinks the iPhone 4 is a piece of shit and he is selling his iPad because it's a waste of space. This is a dedicated Apple fanboy, and he thinks the last two products that Apple have released are failures.
Makes you think. Maybe Jobs is losing the plot.
You forgot your coat.
I thought bumper cases had been declared iharam. Or was that screen covers?
I shall ask at the iAlter later, but I am pretty sure I burned my bumper case when I was told to last time around.
Unfortunately they did...and they cast British actors too. Namely the two characters out of Peep Show (in character). Obviously the hacks looking to generate that hideous, toe curlingly smug atmosphere which accompanies any Apple advert didn't understand that BOTH the Peep Show characters are deeply flawed. They had Mark as the straight PC and Jeremy as the 'Cool' Mac. As anybody who has seen the show knows, Jeremy is a loser who tries to be cool and epically fails all of the time.
Apple adverts seem specifically designed for existing Apple fanatics and only appear to enrage or turn off other potential market. The smugness is overwhelming too.
As for the games claim, I don't remember it but it is obviously complete bollocks. Good luck playing the latest games on an adapted laptop with a huge resolution screen...fail
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