219 posts • joined 7 Feb 2010
the amazing race
I think it's sometimes asked to make sure there is no discrimination or something like that.. not entirely sure on the details... like the details of how it helps determine that they aren't discriminating.. maybe its like - if I put out adds for a job-position, and then maybe I had a review bit of the application process (for next time or whatever) to see what genders/races replied to ensure that I had put out the adverticements in areas sure to reach a wide demographic.. to avoid situations where I would be left with applicants from only a certain subsection of genders/races/nationalities/all people from the same pub.
edit: spelling and clarity.
Sadly the only solution is eternal vigilance.. by arguing.. if you don't argue back every time that a partner steps out of line (and this refers as much to men as it does to women) you transfer the 'power' of a relationship to one person only, and whoops.. you're now in an abusive relationship :D
been there, done that, got the scars to prove it. Rolling with the proverbial punches just makes the punches more frequent I'm afraid.
the only thing that works is to stand up and argue whenever needed.. and remembering that 'whenever' isn't 'always'. 'Arguing' can even be something as simple as to tell someone who is trying to be the 2nd driver in a car with one stearing wheel to shut up.
What im saying is that in my experience arguements done right can actually be constructive to a relationship dynamic.
In 25 years time I might come back and ammend this comment with further insight :)
Re: Re Mr Snowden
Mr Snowden is a self-indulgent pompous prig who has no idea what it means to live in a genuinely repressive regime. But perhaps he will learn something from his year in Moscow.
-Do you mean that not being able to return to the US for a year will teach him that the US is not a genuinly repressive regime, or that by spending a year in moscow he will realise that the US doesn't look as bad if you compare it with someone worse?
well, at first just really large photo albums...
phones that you can carry with you? with cameras built in? or some sort of global search tool where you can put in someones name and see all the dodgy websites they take part in?
shurely one can think of at least 50 potential scenario where this tech could overturn the very fabric of society?
Can you imagine what would happen if peadophiles got hold of desktop printers and started to carpetbomb every city on earth with cheaply printed child pornography?
Nothing bears thinking of anymore... any tech on top of what we have today will lead us into our own destruction.
PS. If someone wears their google glasses to bed, or sets up a camera on a tripod next to it; assume that they want to film you having sex, and either agree to be filmed in the heat of the moment or make your displeasure at the prospect known before the carnal activities commence.
I'm wondering just how relevant it will be soon to be able to change your bitcoins into any other currency... its like being able to convert the 'pretend' money in my bank account into paper and metal version.. I get paid in digital pounds, and I spend most of my digital pounds digitally, never coming into a physical form.. apart from when I go to the pub or buy bus tickets... and some pubs now take bitcoin...
I'd like to think one of the goals of bitcoin is to make national currencies irrelevant and make them go the way of the franc, the mark and the drachma.
The major hurdle will be being able to receive your salary in bitcoin... although I don't think this is very practical just now with the large currency fluctuations going on.. maybe later when it is settled and someone finds a way around restrictive regimes trying to mandate their national currency...
Re: Context is everything....
...Indeed, Bishop Tutu berated the crowd on their rowdiness , saying “You must show the world that we are disciplined. I want to hear a pin drop.”
-that was about the booing that came when the declared-innocent of rape current south african president zuma took the stage.
Pity the overseas guests didn't set an example for the crowds to follow.
-which example woudl that be? leaders from all other the world coming together in a way they normally would never do and create connections and learn about each other during the memorial of a man now remembered as a great facilitator and bringer-together of people? why would it have been so much better if they all just sat on their arses and stared blankly ahead until it was time to go home and continue the status quo?
Is it unreasonable to expect someone chosen to represent you and your nation to be able to act with dignity and decorum (no burping) for four hours without the need for "breaks"?
-if someone representing me and my nation went to such a comming together of world leaders during such a bringing-everyone-together event and all they did was act with dignity and decorum then i'd expect them to be voted out of office before their return flight landed.
Re: "Blue light of death" is boring...
needs to have a more snappy catchphrase....
like something a mechanic would tell you after doing a long whistling sound and getting his calculator out...
this is going to cost you son... this machine is blue blink'd ;)
workers are born with 100% experience in all matters, except legal advice for TUP'eing.
Hence, if they don't take legal advice before the TUP happens, they will for the first time in their life (probably) be facing something new and 'unfaced before'
speaking only for myself: I don't hate DAB, who knows, at some point I might even get a dab radio.. if I can get one for a fiver or something like that...
The point that most people have issue with is the shutting down of the FM transmitters.. which everyone seems to be quite happy with.
By all means keep DAB, no point in making all those sets _completely_ useless, but don't touch my FM waves :(
Re: Local listening
There is a wonderful local radio station in Glasgow called Sunny Govan, complete with interesting characters, random banter and superb music (and sometimes music I don't like.. but its never bland... if you drive into work you sometimes get hiphop, othertimes led zeppelin) their signal is quite strong for a local radio, so I can (and usually do) switch over to them as soon as I get close to the city... or keep myself tuned to 103.5FM until all reception is gone.
I hope this digital switchover nonsense don't kill them off, as they are one of the few reasons I listen to radio at all :)
Re: Used by the beautiful, famous or especially athletic.
"I can't help you on the fame angle, though, short of suggesting you commit some heinous crime."
-just stop posting anon and at least (some) people will know who you are... a known, beautiful, athletic person (you, not me, I don't play lotto) :)
now available today...
and not available anywhere that I have checked.. does anyone know when the 'launch' will turn into 'can buy'? guessing the price will be around 300 quid for a while...
I don't know the current attitudes to sex and pornography in sweden, and nor do I know the full details of the case.. I also don't reside in the swedish culture, so I don't really know how to feel about what happened :/
I guess the other comments of other people highlight that this would not be viewed in the same context in the UK, should the incident have happened here, and then commented on by Register readers?
I wonder what the general swedish opinion on the matter is :/
jokes that require thinking...
Think of the Paedos!
lies, damned lies and then statistics (and then PR campaigns by telecom companies)
1. Spectrum is charged for because:
a) if you give it away for free it will be like asda giving away free waterbaloons.. I have no use for them, but I will take 2 million of them please, to keep in my shed, forever, without using them (or giving some away or whatever.. they were free.. I don't feel obliged to use them). Also can I please have half the available spectrum allocated to then never use again?
b) it raises money for government / raises money that the government can chose how the country should spend.
2. This is better than the alternative, because although it pushes up prices a bit, it means that the goods (in this case wireless spectrum) are obtained only by those that are willing to use it.. no one will pay good money for spectrum that they are not going to use (unless they have very very poor management practices). its an even better idea to charge rent for it, because then, if you no longer need the spectrum then you can stop renting it... no need to keep paying for gym memberships that you don't use.. like if there was a gym with only 10 places at any given time.. and the memberships were free.. and the 10 current members never went, but also never canceled their hoarding of the memberships because they were free.. or they had just paid a lump sum up front for them, so they really had no reason to ever stop hoarding and never doing anything else with them?
3. This will drive up prices: companies and corporations are constructs that are created / allowed to exist because they provide goods and services to the population. In stead of the state supplying all our needs and requesting all the work to be done this function is passed on to legal entities (companies/corporations) who then supply a service/goods and that the population then pay them for. they are allowed to make a profit doing this, but is taxed to skim some of that money off for the government to spend on services that they deem inefficient to be ran by companies (fewer and fewer these days, good bye royal mail). Companies and corporations do what makes them the most money: If a specific outcome is preferred (better services?) then through taxes and tarrifs the palying field can be altered so that the best economic outcome for these legal entities also happen to be the one where the population gets better services.
a) if you make it more expensive for these companies to deliver services/goods to the population then they will have to charge more for those services. simple.
b) for the population it is better to have a service that works, even if it is slightly more expensive to make it more efficient (so that our telecoms companies aren't all providing 1g services, while hoarding spectrum, because there is no incentive to invest to do stuff with that spectrum)...
c) compare that with a service where we pay inflation increases, that never improves and never has to improve, like a theoretical british telecom who have a monopoly on landlines and don't see anything wrong with keeping the old switched telephone network exactly as it is for another 200 years (exageration - even under BT monopoly there was innovation.. just very slow)
4. taxes and tariffs designed to improve competition and innovation should be plowed back into lowering general taxes for corporations/companies/individuals. This is rarely done, governments generally like to spend money, and are not usually interested in increasing the purchasing power and prosperity of their country by lowering taxes. In stead it will be spent on spent on invented projects which sometimes pay off in terms of improving society, and sometimes are just wasted.
5. It is a good thing that offcom has done this. in the long term if will benefit us as consumers. it is a bad thing that the government will missuse the money raised from it.
6. Most people fail to see how all these things are connected, and companies/offcom/the government can therefore pretend that these issues are onesided... like telecoms convincing the population that what they really want is a a lower priced service that stays the same and where they (telecoms) don't have to invest anything to improve anything ever again :)
Re: As an English Taxpayer
Depends... without scotland you might find that David Cameron/Ed Miliband have much easier time of it spending all your money on more nukes :/
the fact that he is tripple chinned and/or a walrus should have nothing to do with our opinion of him.. dislike him for his weasely politics and his aparent lack of capabilities.. no reason to resort to namecalling over physical appearance... his idiocy stands perfectly well on its own without it.
I hope Scotland does declare itself independent, but probably not with mr.Salmond at the helm.. which is what elections are for :)
This is the beginning of the end for content...
"But if copyright laws were used, how would MoS go about it? Copyright has become significantly weaker in the digital era, as the law has failed to keep pace with technology, eroding the ability of an individual to protect their property."
- I'd go further and venture that the rights to ones own material has been degrading ever since this new-fangled 'writing things down' came about...
ok, fair enough, at first everything was in latin and whatnot, so that people coudln't just read these books back on any person that they wanted (and so the industry of only passing information on orally was protected - Analogue Rights Management), but in the end people started to format-shift things about so that you could read one of these 'books' on any person... which meant that the big media companies couldn't dictate what kind of person you could read the book back on: freetardians could just buy a book once and read it as many times as they wanted.. no need to pay a story teller every time...and no one made a new story... ever again.
It has been a dark century or two for these media types indeed :(
I assume the site did its best to edit out all the naughty parts, but unfortunately my corporate "No! No! No!" filter has it pegged as pornography and refuses to let the data through :(
Re: Drifting slightly OT ...
It all depends on how close to your face you are using a device... a 300dpi TV would make no sense at all, at the distance we watch tv's you can get away with 25 dpi and you still can't make out the individual pixels (depending on how close you sit)... for my projector setup (which I think is about 25dpi), when I am 3m away I can't make out any pixelation.
A set of glasses with a 'screen' in front of your right eye with 300 dpi however, would probably be a bit on the low side...
which means that at one point we might actually have a purpose for screens with 1000+ dpi.
original poster was probably being a troll... and I am now not entirely sure if this is a proxy account created by OP to encourage further responses... trolls within trolls...
I have upvoted you as I can't tell if you are trolling or not :)
A troll is a troll is no longer a troll
After spendng the last few weeks being annoyed at various media channels that have no idea what anything 'internet' related means and proudly declaring trolling to be internet bullying (or vica verca?) I think the battle has been lost and the general ignorance that once moved 'hacking' from someone who plays with technology to someone who breaks into websites have now also changed the meaning of 'trolling'.
Still, at least I can find solace that I live in a world, where, for a few weeks before the meaning of the word was actually changed to accomodate the miss-information; the urban dictionary was more factually accurate than the BBC.
Don't feed the bullies?
This Tangend brought to you by someone who does of course feel sorry for the woman who was the target of these cyber-bullies and their unacceptable behaviour.. sorry.. trolls.
Re: "Suppliers charge what the market can afford"
phone minutes aren't just not fungible.. they arent even tradeable as they don't actually even exist as a commodity... for instance, you can't move minutes between phones, let alone networks.. .imagine if I had 3000 minutes a month on my phone.. and then I was able to sell them to you? if I did then they would be fungible.. as I wouldn't mind what kind of minutes I got.. or where from.. as long as I could trade/move them. However, they are assigned to 1 person and then can't be traded/moved.
it's a lie to think of them as units.. they are actually just a way for a supplier to segment a service so that its easier to charge.
Which is very very clever, seeing as we all think of them as something which actually exists as a commodity.
Re: Err isn't a Martian year longer than an Earth one?
The Mars nuke bot is an exploratory vehicle, launched from earth, so obviously it uses standard earth years as time measurement. Similar to what the babylon stations will have when we get around to building them :)
"There are times - all too frequently, recently - when I am thoroughly ashamed of my sex...."
you shouldn't be... individuals sometimes do bad things.. sometimes even groups of people, but genders, races, sexualities, or religions do not (Ok, that last one a bit maybe.. in some of them.. where they have a central nexus declaring what everyone should think and do next).
Do not be ashamed of your gender; your gender has broken no laws, commited no sins, caused no-one any grief. Do not let anyone try to attribute guilt or shame to your gender; if anyone tries to then they are very very bad people.
Re: I have decided to..
"Re: I have decided to..
So, a victim of some pretty unpleasant behaviour online stands up and rather bravely calls it out and you think they're publicity seeking.
You are part of the problem."
there are several problems here.. one of which is that someone got harassed online with sexual remarks from a hobby she didn't expect to lead to that. The other problem is that this person then decided to use that to push their blog.. which seems to have worked... I find that a bit distasteful.
so yes, I am suggesting that she is mainly using a distasteful situation to push her own blog. Are you suggesting that she isn't, or do you just have a problem with that I find it distasteful?
Re: She has a point
I... ... don't think you quite understood why they were commenting on her thighs... (although to be fair, comments not meant ot be abusive can still be experienced as such... but I think the attention she got wasn't calling her ugly...)
I have decided to..
talk to the media about how bad I feel about all this unwanted attention that I am getting all of a sudden? I am sure that talking to the media and making _everyone_ aware of me and my blog will finally stop people from bothering me. This is not a pr stunt, after taking hundreds of pictures of myself and posting them online, and then finding out that people were wathcing them in ways I didn't intend.. and sometimes reposting them elsewhere! and then some jerks contacting me, going to the media about it was the only way I could think of to make the issue go away. or at least warn others. What is this world coming to when a girl can't post pictures online without people looking at them?
ps, please don't read my blog.
"She had this warning for any woman who is thinking of taking hundreds of photos of themselves and then posting them on the web:"
el reg.. are you trying to troll us poor commentards? :)
Re: The devil in the detail
If we do get a filter i will certainly be campaigning for mumsnet to be added to the filtered out part of the net and not accesible unless you opt in to it.. it seems to have ideas (not necessarily covered in this article) that I don't want instilled in the young and impressionable.
ah, the old 1066 method... do they still get to run the country if they win?
Re: Bizarro Price Rise
"So weekly passes are being reduced from £16 to £12 which will in fact cost exactly the same a the current 10 ticket carnet (but you get unlimited travel) and this is a price RISE?"
Yes, because nobody every buys the 10 journey tickets... the cheapest one is the 20 journey... currently priced at 22 pounds.
the new weekly pass at 12 pounds is _almost_ as good.. as it works out at 24 quid for every 2 weeks.
this holds true as long as:
*you are never off work sick
*you plan all your holidays around your weekly travel pass
*you travel to and back from work on the underground every day
(to be fair the new proposed system is actually slightly better if you also travel around glasgow on the underground during the weekend.. or if you travel more than twice on the underground per day.... say into city centre to work in the morning.. into the west end for a drink after work... and them home before the underground shuts.. unless u live in the west end to begin with, obviously :))
1 step closer...
to be able to fully manouver and operate a battlemech without any pesky controls getting in the way?
which class would that be then?
"The existing operators also argued that an underclass without smartphones will be unable to travel once every yellow cab is busy answering an electronic summons."
presumably the class of people who can't afford 30 quid a month on a smartphone contract, but can easily afford spend half of that on a 15 min journey getting from A to B?
Of course, they WILL lose out on those that choose not to have a smartphone but who have enough mollah to be driven around... i guess those poor souls will just have to take hackneys from then on... the very thought :(
I actually use my real foreign type name all the time when i phone for a taxi... and never had any problems... its short, easy to pronounce, and I don't have to get into fisticuffs with the other 3 'smiths' also waiting for a taxi.
Re: Samsung King of The Castle
"...While the rest of the tech world tries to invent new things by combining two existing things or varying."
what, like a phone that is also an mp3 player and a pocketpc?
(and the should be) = (and that they (the country) should be)
seeing as the president has bent over backwards to let the country know that she is (and the should be) accomodating his american ways, and seeing as the ones howling about being mortally offended by his lack of 'being exactly like us and respecting our culture' are probably the korean equivalent of the uk daily mail reader, I put to you that the uk and south korea has more in common than you would think :)
"hold jacket in one hand, put other hand in jacked pocket, shake bum at president" icon used for obvious reasons :)
of the smaller countries not mentioned...
I'm sure they decided to focus on only the main countries with orbital lift capabilities, but even just for its weird launch trajectories due to political reasons the israeli program centered around the Shavit rockets is quite interesting.
Re: Hint, kids (of any gender) ...
i agree with you that at a certain age boys would likely rarely refuse a chance of sex, and so i am not downvoting you, but this older boy/young man did say no, and his refusal was not accepted (from what the register is reporting and from the content of the huffington post article). This did not happen in the uk, and I don't know about the specific laws where this took place, but i would imagine that trying to force someone to have sex with you (after they have made it clear that they don't want to) is illegal in most juristictions.
Of course, you just pointed out that most boys of a certain age would not refuse sex with a girl or woman, which from my personal experience holds true. I am just adding to your statement the fact that in this case the individual did refuse, and that the fact that males of a certain age usually wouldn't refuse sex shouldn't take away from his right to decide when and who he wants to (or doesnt want to) have sex with.
I for one am glad to see that there is still justice in the world..
after all, when a person is subjected to attempted partner rape, domestic abuse and sexual assault you would definately want to charge the purpotrator with indecent exposure, simple assault, open lewdness, and harassment... at least two of which seems to have only came about because part of this ordeal took place in public...
came into the comments just to lament the lack of 'moon', and then saw it had already been lamented :) if anyone reading this has never seen it then do so; then wait a week and watch it again... its a different movie the second time around, and surprisingly just as enjoyable.
Re: One question I have always asked myself
"You make me laugh. Stop thinking that these people have anyone but their own best interests at heart. They are just normal people with all the failings of normal people. With shareholders that ensure that their primary concerns (and legally constrained concerns I might add) are the short and not the long term."
Having shareholders means some short term outlook and some long term. You get both kinds of investors. However, having shareholders mean that they are responsible to grow those investments, which means they wont invest in technology or projects that are unprofitable. Wind would be profitable if we didn't have lots of other technologies which are far superior in terms of CO2 emissions, cost and reliability... once oil is gone, if biodiesel (either algae or bio-ethanol from sugar-cane leftovers) doesn't come through, or photo voltaics don't go anywhere.. and we find that nuclear with its somewhat complicated economy (mining ore/reactor tech etc) actually turns out more expensive, then wind will be viable. it doesn't look like it will though, unless the various governments continue to subsidise the industry surrounding it (which isn't a problem in itself.. just means we aren't using the most economical/efficient way of producing power.. cheaper forms of energy like gas in effect subsidises the more expensive ones like wind)
"As for bio diesel made from Algae .... that's decades old tech and wasn't invented by big oil. So you've kind of stabbed yourself in the back by showing that big oil (or as you want to call them energy companies) have buried viable technology so they can continue making money from what they know and love best ... OIL."
Most of the renewable tech we have is decades old... photovoltaic, solarthermal, geothermal, hydroelectirc, biomass, wind/water/tidal generators... Energy Companies (Or big oil as you want to call them ;)) are very good at looking for new sources of energy.. it's what they do: find source of energy>find way to transport energy to market>profit. Which is why they are also the most likely organisations to be still delivering our energy once oil becomes too expensive to recover.
The reason why the worlds motor cars don't already run on renewable energy is because a) oil is still cheaper, and b) renewables are still more expensive. Sooner or later there will be a shift (actually later, as my original post mentioned.. now we have shale gas and oil.. postponing the enevitable move to renewables). Exxon is investing in algae based biodiesel. Shell is investing heavily in brazil, turning waste from sugar cane production into fuel (I don't remember if its biodiesel or needs blending. I am not sure what BP is doing but last I heard they were still into Wind energy but were getting out of Solar.
This doesn't make them loving caring charitable organisations that just what is best for the world.. and no, they didn't invent these technologies.. they are just the ones that are spending the most on research to improve them.. Which makes them the organisations most likely to provide the worlds energy mix also in the future.
Unless 'Clean Coal' finally comes through obviously (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130206093547.htm) and we end up with the coal companies becoming the de factor energy providers for the next 100 years.
Re: One question I have always asked myself
There are no oil companies anymore.. just energy companies.. and they are all investing into research on renewable energy... do you really think those massive companies will just run themselves into the ground as oil runs out and then finally file for bankrupcy?
If you want to see what energy generating (converting) technologies are viable, then look to see what these companies are pooling their resources into. Governments (actually politicians, which is not the same thing) need to look good in front of their people, and can't afford not to put up wind turbines (seeing as this was what this article was about)... large vertically integrated energy companies are responsible to their shareholders and need to provide return on investments.. Look to them if you want to see what is viable and what is going to be our energy future. (Although renewables are now decade or two further away since we figured out how to extract gas and oil from shale... once those get too expensive to extract you'll suddenly find Shell or Exxon biodiesel made from algae hitting the market)
The green revolution is coming, its just not led by the people you wanted it to be led by.
Context is everything...
I think maybe we are knee-jerking a bit too much on this one.. I don't see how it would be racist to do this with a number of races or nationalities (yellow hair and viking helmets for everyone?) but I believe the context here is that americans (probably) are complaining about an App which unfortunately stereotypes a certain kind of abusive racism prevalent in america during the last century, where they portrayed asians (particularly chinese) in movies as blundering idiots with straw hats, squinty eyes, L>R on the fly translation, funny clothes and somehow always wearing traditional chinese clothing and fortune cookies everywhere. To avoid stereotyping some of them also worked in laundry shops.
This negative stereotyping was reinforced by a movie industry which couldn't pick on blacks (too much), because, you know, slavery, but asians were fair game, as they had only really came over to the white man's land to steal white jobs on the railroad anyway.
It is most likely against this context of the over the top asian stereotypes that the complaints came in; not that the app gives you slightly slanty eyes, dark hair, etc, but that it contains these character traits (straw hats, fu-man-chu mustaches, etc.. ) that for so long helped to ridicule asian americans and lead to, yes, racism. It is perhaps not that well known outside the US.
For easy to understand context, imagine a make me black app (not racist in itself.. at least I wouldn't find it racist.. others might), but which had the added bonus of being able to put you in cotton fields, slave chains or similar, which would then, because of context, be racist.
and how do you think that the nuclear fusion reactor that is the sun got started in the first place (and contributes to keep it running)?
After seeing his performance in fear and loathing in las vegas I doubt anyone else could do justice to McAfee's hijinks.
I don't know if I could imagine any of the other actors in a scene wherein they blacked up, stock tampons up their nose and decided that this would definitely work before braving it out in their new disguise... apart from Johnny Depp.
please let there be a movie being planned
I don't know if its too early to hope for a movie, seeing as things could still turn out pretty bad for the man (and if they do it usually takes a while before it becomes acceptable to make entertainment out of it), but this sounds like the plot for a very very good movie... something sitting between the life of the mentioned mr.Thompson and mr.Mesrine...
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