455 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010
Re: Frequent border crossings
Yeah the visa runs are either good fun or a real pain depending on where you go and who you go with (you can make a weekend of it with mates if you time it right) and flights to places like Nepal and Singapore can sometimes be cheap. Other times its just a slog where you try and get to a border and back in as short a time as possible due to time constraints. I had mixed opinions of them when doing them.
Depending on what border you cross it ranges from a few months to about 6.
As for getting caught I know people who have been living over there for more than twenty years now doing this (including one being deported years ago and coming back a year later), Years ago before they cleaned it up my friends had a customs guy come and pick up the passports from their flats in BKK and for a fee he would go and process them, stamp them and drop them back off to the apartment, all very dodgy but totally normal for those times.
You missed the biggest bug
You have to install uplay.
Re: only ever used to insult women.
Depends where you are in the UK south of England is pretty commonly used and is a catch all and even a friendly matey type insult, up North though its pretty much a no no, Twats more common and does the same job.
Re: Are you saying
Well him or Torquetto Jubbli.
mind the oranges Marlon
Depends in the countryside or on an island with some breezes verandas are lovely, I've virtually lived on them in more tropical climes, even the kitchen was open air. In a city though with no breezes, pollution and temperatures getting into upper 30C or so it can be unrelenting.
Re: "...a big screen cinema..."
They have similar in Bangkok, relative pricing would put it out of my pocket here in the UK though I think.
but it is like the kind of love that might develop on the battlefield or in times of trouble
You mean like Spartans or Roman legionnaires?
It's not about promoting or stopping gay people anyway, its about suppression of peoples rights to live as they choose, I'd be just as disgusted if they suppressed people for wanting to practice religion, or building Airfix modelling kits.
I am neither gay or religious and the last Airfix model I built was years ago but people should be able to live their life as long as it isn't causing harm (outraged morality is not harm).
Re: Love and Hate
Well we have things like Manchester village area, pretty sure you wouldn't find that in Russia, and plenty of us straight people used to go clubbing round there when I was a student.
There were still the odd homophobe I remember at uni, for some reason they were often worried that they would be jumped upon and raped by the gays, but generally speaking as a country we are moving forward and see those people as a bit silly, and likewise making sure our laws are more equal. Russia seems to be working backwards.
Re: Cheap dig
Meh I also have worn the pyjamas and done the hand wavy stuff, I thought they were funny.
Anyway there's plenty of sites who will have a proper discussion about homophobia, sometimes though you just have to take the piss out of these ludicrous attitudes about "sexual perversion" the photos worked perfectly well.
Re: Define romantic location
I thought it was more typical to flash your headlights?
Digital cameras have opened up photography.
I love digital cameras I think they really have opened up photography. I don't agree there's a huge void between cheapo and fully pro there seems to be cameras going up for every jump up in skill or need of what you want to do.
First digital camera I got was a Canon S50 it did everything I wanted and more than I understood, it was a fine point and shoot for the other half but had loads of different manual settings to geek out on as well (and allowed me to take photos better than plain digi point and shoots), it also fitted in my pocket for traveling.
I went from one of those crappy 35mm fixed lens cost you a tenner cameras to that S50, and the combination of not having to get your images printed to see how they have come out, but rather get an idea on an LCD. The fact that you could just take shot after shot fiddle with settings see what that does etc as well made me such a better photographer with a better understanding of shutter speed, aperture etc etc and means I am now contemplating a mirrorless myself.
Having played with a hobbyist SLR about and also a full on Pro several grand job. I have to say the mid range SLR really took some good pictures, I doubt I have enough understanding of photography (or skill) to really utilise the fully pro one.
The author said the fixed in zoom lenses on cameras were a leap backward, and also that auto exposure is etc but I would argue for the point and shooter there great considering most of the people using them before would have been like me using a crappy fixed 35mm lens and a lot of photos back from boots with helpful stickers telling you why your photo has a big white patch or something. Maybe its even encouraged a few people to start taking better photos.
Re: Many good points - however
I so agree with the Canon S compacts they are lovely I hope they are making them as tough as they used to my old one took hell of a beating, although tempted by the Sony more recently....
Re: I had zebra fish ...@Nigel11
There seems to be some evidence that a few species of fish have limited tool use, they also think they may have found play behaviour in some fish. If you have ever dived a reef that has Titan triggerfish on them they can be pretty darn sneaky in doing things like distracting divers whilst another sneaks in for attack.
Re: Perhaps whales killed them off?
You also have Livyatan melvillei, a whale that shared the waters at similar times with foot long teeth. If it was as intelligent as an Orca who have worked out how to beat Great Whites, then you have a whole new sci fy channel film.
Re: Why ?
I don't really think it does isn't that why it went bust so spectacularly, while at the same time still hosting some major companies?
Re: Follow in our footsteps
What like a constitution? Hows that working?
Re: AC What Regulation of Powers?
I think the point is we shouldn't need to have to disappear off into the countryside.
Re: Function, Form, Design
This is why I said some things, air brake I would argue is a sensible thing to patent.
Re: Function, Form, Design
Yes this is what I am thinking some of these thigs that are copied seem to be a case of ergonomics and function dictating there appearance. It seems to me its a bit like Mercedes sueing Ford because they have used round wheels as well.
Reminded me of a comment on another website.
Most carefully weighted piece of trolling I ever saw?
On a messageboard of roughly evenly balanced political affiliations.
'I see Margaret Thatcher is in hospital. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.'
Re: Activist Investors & Venture Captialists
I could never understand how above a certain level the CV that says "I totally fucked a company up" actually becomes seen as a good CV.
Its only a faux pas to us when they are caught, whereas its seemingly the norm for companies these days to do this sort of crap.
Re: Unfortunately Falling at the First Hurdle
I know sometimes I have unreasonable expectations of the human race.
Re: "mainly used against women"
How about people act a bit decent and if you do have a nuddy of an ex, don't be a twat with it.
Re: Why do AT&T even have these details?
I had to contact a US support team for a problem and their automated menu asks you to put in your social security number, hows that related to fixing a server in the UK?
Re: If you can't say anything nice @ Anonymous Coward
Yeah I prefer to build my PCs rather than buy them from pc world.
Re: Apple, there's really no need for you to get all bent out of shape over this.
Dunno about applause but mebbe a b-dum tish. :)
Re: If you can't say anything nice
True, although I remember when buying a PSU a while back for a pc, after checking the reviews for my hard earned spends there was a review in custom PC of a seasonic PSU that they had sent for preview and the reviews didn't give it great ratings (not bad but there were flaws, they did tough tests), seasonic actually listened to the review (I think they actually contacted the mag as well) and came back with a redesign.
I have to say that was a big influence on who I spent my money with.
Dammit I might have to agree with you (it feels wrong ;) ), there's more than a few scary areas in the UK I can think of.
Re: Arnaut the Clueless Why
That kick was going to the side of someone going down it looks to me, and even if not the bloke was going down, he did not not have to be forced at that point, so it becomes unreasonable force.
In the video I don't see any. In things like the Ferguson riots, yes there was plenty.
(the photo btw was on many news sites, I just took the first link from a quick google search), would love to see the uncropped actually as I know a photo can be made to look one way or another.
I was responding to a post that has since been removed about the police know receiving ex military equipment such as APCs.
The point I was trying to make was that there could be a problem in putting an incorrect mindset in police officers, who are going into stressful situations.
Also staged or not that's still a lot of police wandering round with a few pepper ball guns and a lot m16 (possibly assault rifles) there were also many shots from the riots of police carrying them during the riots and getting a bit pointy with them on people who weren't rioting (I am quite willing to accept there was a lot of things going down in that situation which made it tough for the police and sometimes they are in a no win situation, but there were definitely imo issues with how the police handled it as well), my point is that's a lot of firepower, and a lot of things can go wrong. What happens if you take a shot at someone in a crowd with a round like that?
My point was combining with that and maybe getting distracted from the real discussion, was also a response to a post that said stressed officers may be acting aggressively out of going into situations where the first thing they are expecting is a shooting incident, and it still stands as well that you may be instilling an incorrect mindset by sending a bunch of guys into a high stress situation and possibly not giving them adequate training to know how they may react in those situations.
Re: Why @ma1010
You're points are true, I doubt the average concealed carry owner would be a law breaker as well for the reasons you state.
I would be interested on your take on the video.
I'd also say I don't think all of the police are out of control, in fact I think what we often get is a skewed perception of the police, knowing some police officers over here in the UK, and paramedics as well there is some really crazy people out there, its not an easy job and generally the average copper is being a copper because they are doing useful things, the typical law abiding citizens doesn't get to meet these police often because well why should they? They aren't doing any wrong and so they aren't bothered by those cops. Perception gets skewed because more often its the smaller dickhead element of the police pushing there power around that makes more news and causes people to have unpleasant unjustifiable encounters.
Talking about the kit they are now receiving (a lot apparently ex mil kit the DOD is giving away free (about 5 billion dollars worth apparently) I have to wonder if the militarisation of the cops is not helping things actually. There was a interesting shot from the Ferguson riots taken at daytime which showed a bunch of cops looking more like a bunch of soldiers on a patrol in downtown Basra.
I wonder if this may sometimes be instilling an incorrect mindset/ set of perceptions in the police, i.e if you are dressing for a war-zone then going into a high stress situation might you not start seeing it as a war zone?
Likewise some county's seem to be a little SWAT happy for various things (like arresting Tibetan monks for being illegal immigrants)
It might be that with the increase of potential danger they should be looking at training their officers to know themselves more and understanding how they react to situations where adrenalin is high (because when it is, then part of you is back at paleolithic human level).
It also might be that they need to cool down on making there officers acting in such a military style matter for things that don't require such a full on approach, and instill a little bit of common sense and calmness into the mix from the top down.
Re: Why (Because you are Arnaut the ignorant)
Actually there was comments in the news about Michael Brown throwing gangs signs and such, in fact there was a discussion about it on this very site.
Oh and please were having quite a reasonable discussion here, lets turn the volume down eh?
Police + adrenalin + fear = bad combination, True. There's also the fact you may use aggression to invoke fight or flight responses, being very aggressive can kick in the flight reaction in an opponent to give you control over them.
However the thing is there should also be control, its like the difference between being in a fight and stopping when the other person is down, or carrying on kicking them in. If they can't exercise that restraint when the threat stops then they may not be suitable to be police officers.
Not sure if any of that justifies the kick given to someone getting down on the ground though.
Re: Schrödinger's glacier
Well we'll never know until we look.
I don't wanna go on the cart.
Agreed this is what I was thinking and animal adapted to the water has plenty of advantage if its in its element. I am thinking as well creatures like fish, have a greater percentage of muscle mass compared with us land animals probably since they don't have to support themselves so much against gravity, admittedly a crocodilian uses the land but modern salties are about 50% muscle mass. so size may not be everything.*
*insert suitable joke here.
Re: You don't need rights when you've money
" my god how did this country manage for the 1000 plus years its has existed??"
Well lets see first we hit the poor with big fucking swords, and maces and stuff until they agreed an area of land was yours, then you charged them for the privilege of living there.
Then we had mills and stuff, where we took the poor and made them work in ridiculously dangerous conditions. Children were especially useful because they could get in the tricky spaces of machinery, and they fitted up chimneys well.
Finally we started to start thinking about human rights and stopped a lot of that shit, although it was quite a while before you could take companies to court for dangerous working practices, and doing things like baton charging strikers was considered acceptable.
Then they decided to start scrapping the human rights act, fuck knows what they got planned after that but considering the last 1000 years I think we are right to be a little worried.
Re: Will the preaching hate law ...
Effect politicians? Nah no other law seems to.
Re: What's that smell?
Not me if that's what you're thinking, I don't work for them, or even own one.
Re: Dogging with a GoPro
You know that title could really come across as something else.
Re: I wish they gave an option for other lenses.
That's exactly what I am thinking off, its small enough I could pack it in a rucksack where space might be premium for a long holiday of a few months, its small enough to tuck in a BCD pocket as well.
Plus as expenditure goes, proper nice dive kit is expensive as hell the costs of a housing for a good video camera or DSLR is really pricey sometimes more than the camera, its not the sort of stuff the average person buys to try out and find out if they like uw photography/ videography, but having used some poor quality kit before that could put you off as well as its a bit discouraging to have nothing but bad shots. This comes at fair point for quality v price v ease of use.
Re: I'm a total video noob
I don't know how you'd hide the purchase from the missus.
But once you have bought it you can use it for a video log of her growing shoe collection and such in the wardrobe for ammo when she finds out.
Then you can recoup some cost of your gopro with you've been framed or similar because you know how that sort of escalation is going to turn out.
Re: I wish they gave an option for other lenses.
I have to say seeing some go pro diving films, including ones I have been on the dives so have some idea of the conditions they were filming in, they seem alright.
For me this is for the enthusiast and someone who wants that camera for holiday dives and travelling around as a cheap option, (Compared with a proper set up for underwater video with a good vid camera plus housing plus lights minus a fair bit of bank balance), I'd be happy to take one on diving trips and its dinky enough you can carry it at all times for dive trips.
Would be interesting to see how it compares to something like a nice compact like a RX100 in a dive housing for filming though.
Re: Matt The problem with academics...
In what way? I mean this is pretty much whats happening with our electronic communications.
Re: The problem with academics...
I've lived in some low populated areas, islands etc were petty crime such as theft etc were pretty low. Sort of places where you don't worry to much when you forget to lock your door, or don't have to be super aware about muggings etc.
I have also lived in some pretty rough areas and as such I can see the point of locking your door, and having police officers on the street and being a lot more self aware when walking about.
At no point though would I condone having the police let themselves into mine or other peoples homes and having a riffle without the need for a warrant on the basis of just in case.
Re: It is not my own government I am most worried about.
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