32 posts • joined 12 Apr 2010
Re: diminishing returns
You're making the assumption that "terrorists" were ever the primary target of this surveillance in the first place.....
...Are there really 1.8million terrorists in the UK?
Remember... to the authoritarian mindset, no-one is "innocent"; we just haven't been caught yet.
Re: Hang on
"If you'll remember, this was a time where the most likely threat of hacking was China"
No.....this was a time when we were being TOLD - by the very organisation most likely to profit from the "look over there, look over there, don't look here" distraction - that the the most likely threat of hacking was China.
"getting together with the US government to protect themselves from an outside threat"
....Keep drinking the KoolAid.
OS: Win7 Ult, Sp1
Hardware: Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM
Time to start IE11 to homepage.........20sec +
Time to lose patience with this PoS, then uninstall: 10 minutes
Time to start IE9 to homepage: <1 sec.
Stunned that this passed QA. It did go via QA didn't it? Hello? Hello? Dial tone.
Message to Msoft: Stop f88king around with stuff for f88king-around-with-stuff's sake;
Re: English Electric Lightning ????
True - read up on "coffin corner" for the weird coincidence of airspeed and mach numbers making flying in the thin air at this altitude equivalent to balancing a pencil on your nose.....one twitch and you are stalled and spinning/
Blow the whistle through official channels..
....and be discovered decomposing in a red bag.
At the very least, be smeared so much to be never able to work again in any job not involving flipping burgers.
@ AC "the machine in Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs"
No, but its similar to the FluggenKligginKein from the film EuroTrip.... only less painful.
Luke Bozier - too many battles at once?
I can understand why Louise ejected from this particular "burning with a magnesium brilliance" flaming jet? (not sure if NYC is far enough away to avoid contamination by association though).....
This will disappear if it ever proves viable
While there's oil in the ground, this will never see the light of day, too many vested interests have too much to lose....
Imagine they get this up to a marketable efficiency... you could cover a car or your house roof in a panel of these and have a steady trickle of ethanol, day in day out.
Based on my vehicle usage of 20 miles/day commute (or around 1.5 litres of diesel/chip fat mix - 16yr old Golf so not even the most efficient), after I've invested in an ethanol-ran vehicle, as long as I have enough panels to generate that 1.5 litres daily, I'll never need to visit a fuel station ever again except for 5 litres of lube oil every 6-10k miles.
Shell, BP and Haliburton shareholders lose out, but more importantly a major slice of taxation is lost.
That is why this will be stifled until a full road-usage charging infrastructure has been embedded to make up for that loss of tax revenue.
This is the Pawn: Sell this idea as "for the individual's benefit":
No government in human history has ever unilaterally or voluntarily created laws "for the individual's benefit", and when these words are used, VERY big alarm bells should go off.
As in a couple of years we will see the Queen moved into the game: the REAL purpose for this is to lay the foundations for another law, one requiring businesses to send this data to GCHQ.
If I was a Cupertinian, my objection to planning permission would include the line:
"One Oppenheimer nuked a small corner of Nevada, and another one is now wanting to nuke a small corner of California."
I couldn't be bothered to write anything more constructive than to paraphrase - and use a less offensive term than frequently used - several contributors to a similar discussion happening on guardian.co.uk......
Vaz is a expenses thieving prick who should learn when to shut the **** up, as trying this at least 5 times without any progress would tell even a semi-intelligent person that no-one cares about your dumb campaign.
And my indpendent contribution is that the day this waste of oxygen gets voted out, or contracts something fatal, can't arrive early enough.
Chris W, don't be so credulous, and read this:
Some idle googling and playing in Excel
Number of Police (entire UK Aug 2011) 137,000
Total Spend on Mobile Devices
80m + 29m = £109m
(Source: NAO / this article)
Max number of users per B'berry Enterprise Server = approx 2000
So 137,000 users / 2000 = 69 servers @ £5000 TCO per server = £345,000
109,000,000 less 345,000 = £108,655,000 left to spend on the actual devices
So Device spend available per officer = 108,655,000 / 137,000 = £793 per device
Average no contract price of the newest highest end Blackberry: £440
So required actual spend to equip 137,000 officers each with their own £440 Blackberry = £60,280,000
So profit made by whoever got this plum contract = 109m - 60m = £49million pickpocketed out of your taxes.
Slow reactions beyond 40 = no point
At 46, give it up as a lost cause that you are ever going to beat a teenager.
I'm 40 and the bitch-slapping I receive on Call Of Duty free-for-all really shows how slower my reaction times are from my teenage years.
Or it may just be that I'm c**p, but I blame 20 years of drinking.
What goes up, can come down
I'd imagine that the general "beamed power" function is the main focus of this project, regardless of the actual direction the beam is pointed.
Solar panels in space is one of the directions we need to go in to wean off fossil fuels, and a big fat extension cable draped through the atmosphere isn't going to work unfortunately, so beaming down is the only option.
Wouldn't like to be anywhere near the focal point if the aiming system went down, mind.
Do'h!! Hypo, not Hyper
Depressurised Evacuated Explosive Pyrotechnic Temperature and HypObaric Regulated Organic Accelerant Testing
Depressurised Evacuated Explosive Pyrotechnic Temperature and Hyperbaric Regulated Organic Accelerant Testing
You, Me & Dupree
What makes you think that you and your children aren't going to be part of that 7 Billion? Did you notice I didn't say anything about where those 7 Billion are coming from? That 7 billion are US.
In WW2, the UK had a population of 44 million and was barely able to feed itself using the entire landmass of the UK, with minimal imports due to U-Boats - why do you think we had rationing and Buck Palace's gardens being converted into allotments??
The UK population is now officially 62 million, or really 77 Million - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/city-eye-facts-on-a-plate-our-population-is-at-least-77-million-395428.html.
The only way those 77 million are being fed is through imports, intensively mechanised farming and distribution and artificial, energy intensive nitrogen fertilisers; all of those will not happen without oil.
We will be going back to a WW2 subsistence situation, only with an extra 34 million mouths to feed. All countries will be having the same problem at the same time and will feed themselves first. With no major transport ability we wouldn't be able to import their non-existent exports anyway.
You and your children ARE in that 7 billion.
And don't think we can simply migrate to bio-diesel and it remains all hunky-dory - we either eat or drive, not both, and there's not enough lithium in the world for us to all spin around in electric cars.
Do you know what really triggered most of those Arab Spring uprisings? Food prices, forced up by food crops being replaced with bio-diesel crops. Watch some Al-jazera, read eg Flat Earth News to understand why you haven't been hearing this angle from Western media.
That is the future.
And read this: http://www.energybulletin.net/node/17036
You won't see any national Governments' similar official assessments in public any time soon, even though they do exist as highly classified documents; their populations cannot psychologically handle the news, and the default psychological response is denial - you are an example of this..."it'll never affect me and mine".
Sorry John, but it will.
But you try and broach this subject to colleagues, friends and family and they will consider you a paranoid wingnut, or dismiss it as "too difficult to understand; who won the football last night?"
I'd also posit that the act of you writing, and me commenting positively on, this "seditious" article is enough to flag both of us on a database within GCHQ, and we are now considered "domestic extremists" and will be the first to be arrested when the oil runs out and the s**t hits the fan.
Thats ultimately what this infrastructure is preparing for: 7 billion hungry people with nothing to lose.
Trolley > Canal
If those bits of pimply floor at the perimeter gaps of supermarket car parks can't prevent trolleys ending up in canals or becoming the grill component of a DIY brick barbecue, how many seconds does Sky think it will be before those iPads "disappear", with or without the trolley?
"The hope is that this kind of modeling will help clinical research."
I'm sure some chaps in Langley, VA, and Guantanamo Bay will find this helpful too.
Maybe they DO know that decimate means remove 1-in-10, and have decided to fit up 1-in-10 regardless of evidence, a la Operation Ore?
Gotta have targets, after all.
using a dartboard.
Are they recruiting? I too can wet my finger, stick it in the breeze and make up numbers of the top of my head.
50k for a 5 litre can of Hammerite Matt Black???
Why stow stuff away?
A lot on here are misunderstanding the key reasons for the stowing objects at takeoff and landing rules and siding with the boy (eg AC who wrote "No danger at all" and Joshua Sugarman's "Agree with the kid"); its only partially down to EM interference:
Landing and takeoff are the only points in the flight where the acc- and de-celaration forces could be unpredictable and unexpected, and what you don't want is several 200g objects flying around in the event of an aborted takeoff; at speed, 200g imparts kilos of force, hence why those objects should be stowed.
And in an emergency evac - eg Manchester - when you are trying to squeeze 100 or so people of varying mobility through 6 small openings in less than 90 secs, what is likely to make that job far more difficult? 100 separate headphone cables all waiting to become trip hazards, or people not moving quickly enough as they didn't hear the first EVACUATE shout due to listening to music.
And coming back to the EM interference - ever hear that chirruping when you leave your phone near many devices? Times that by 100 separate phones all on max gain trying to contact a base station and imagine the cacophony for the aircrew, especially when they are in the stages of flight where the most requests for changes in direction and altitude are requested. One misheard call and your aircraft is in conflict with others all moving at 250mph where stuff happens verrryyy quickly.
We are techies, we know how to put our devices in flight mode. Most people don't, and would just go "huh?" if you asked them how to set that mode on their device.
Unless you think that cabin crew should impractically check each individual device at either end of a flight, then a blanket "devices off" policy is the only way to get the quick turnaround times that are required to deliver your cheap ticket.
Cardholders' own fault I'm afraid....
Cardholders should write their loss off as an Idiot Tax or alternatively as an Educational fee teaching them "Why I should not give any more than the bare minimum personal data to any organisation, ever" - with the Card itself as their proof of having failed the course.
"Most wiretap orders in the US involve narcotics cases" & "DEA paid ISPs, telcos, and other communication providers $6.7 million for pen registers and $6.5 million for wiretaps"
And that, people, is why you'll never see class B and C type drugs legalised - there is so much money to be made, and employment reliant on, enforcing drug laws worldwide that lobbyists will never allow a politician to deviate from the status quo.
I worked for DSG 1989 > 1991, and I swear the failure, return and junking rate for Saisho and Matsui (and Amstrad, but thats another story) branded products was single-handedly responsible for the introduction of the WEEE Directive.
If they are intending to use the same manufacturers as then, avoid!!
I'm not going to be ignored, Dan
Reading this made the the final scene of Fatal Attraction pop into my head....an apparently dead Meg Hillier rears up out of the bath trying to embed an ID card into Dan.
Facebook group is this one:
"Refund my ID card!"
I joined just to comment at the idiots.
Care with your driving licence too
There is evidence (albeit anecdotal, as in I didn't suffer myself but have read of others who have) that they also have a habit of disappearing extra entitlements (motorcycle, HGV, PSV etc) off your driving licence when you submit it either for change of address or 10 yearly photo updates; as the computer record is God, you have a snowflake in hells chance of persuading them you did pass the relevant test without the Test Centre's pass certificate, and many have been forced to retake to maintain their employment.
Knowing this, at my 10 year photo update point I included an enlarged scan of the entitlements section with the other docs , told them to not **** mine up and to check the new licence's entitlements against the scanned previous's entitlements to confirm they match before posting it to me.
Surprisingly, it arrived with everything in order.
Do this, or at least keep, forever, all documentation from whichever driving tests you take.
Another incident to make me glad I got my opt-out form in.
But also a reminder to check that the opt-out has actually been registered.
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