1084 posts • joined Friday 5th March 2010 16:20 GMT
The more this debate rumbles on ...
if cigarettes are *that* bad for you, then why aren't they illegal ? After all we're told that cannabis (for example is illegal). And nobody has ever died from cannabis. Yet thousands die EACH YEAR from tobacco.
Just highlights the hypocrisy at the heart of our society. We don't make laws based on evidence and fact. We enforce someone elses morality on society.
When the smoking ban came in, I did some quick calculations based on personal observation of how much less people were smoking, and how many had given up. Those figures equate to a loss to the treasury. ISTR it worked out north of £100 million a year. I couldn't factor in the increased costs to the treasury of (a) more people claiming their pensions and (b) older people needing more expensive healthcare, but I would hazard a guess it will be at least equal to the lost £100 million, and slowly growing (as more people giving up get older).
So that's around £200 million a year the government needs to find from other sources. Hello non-smokers.
I suspect if the government had been honest and said "are you prepared to pay 5% extra VAT to plug the loss of revenue from tobacco", there would have been an awful lot less people so keen.
Personally I smoke 3 hand rolled cigarettes a day. Not so fussed by the smoking ban, but it could have been made a bit more flexible.
Please don't post a link to that moronic coroner who recorded a death due to cannabis. No doctor believes him.
What ? Why do you think we've already been warned that VAT increase will never be reversed ?
I would pay ...
if when I search for a song, I don't get 100 videos of kids in their bedrooms "interpreting" it for me.
Re: security by ping
*You* said security by ping not me. I didn't say I was using it as a security measure. My experience of CCTV is that it's not a deterrent, and it's never of any use to the police in getting any stolen property back - let alone catching the scrotes.
I just happen to have a CCTV camera hooked up to my server so I can play around with Zoneminder. I did toy with the idea of sending an email or SMS when the phone was out of ping range, but it was easier to issue a "service zoneminder start" command, than trawl through the sendmail or bluetooth manuals.
Yes, my Smartphone has a fixed IP - or rather my router gives it a fixed IP. And regarding any power saving mode (which it does have) that's kind of a failsafe anyway. There's no downside to the camera being activated erroneously, so it's a risk I'm managing to live with.
It irritates me when people fail to account for all factors before picking fault. As a 100% reliable presence detector, is this suitable ? No. As something cobbled together with what was lying around to illustrate how we can always find new tricks for old dogs is it of interest ? Yes.
Re: Making 1+1=3 ?
Not really, it seemed so bleeding obvious ... just a tiny bash script which runs on a cron ...
"I haven't had sex in 300 years ..."
"... 310 if you include my marriage"
Woody Allen - "Sleeper"
Making 1+1=3 ?
I would suggest that technology goes in bursts. Massive advances, then a hiatus as people start to find weird and wonderful ways of mixing it up. Case in hand, is a combination of my home server, and a WiFi router. Who would have thought that by setting up a ping to my smartphones WiFi IP address, I would have a crude - but effective - presence detector. Now, my CCTV setup is switched in automatically, if there's no response to a PING after 2 minutes.
when I was at Uni, in the 80s, I thought the x86 architecture was damaged in the name of backwards compatibility (remember the Extended/Expanded memory fiasco ?).
Now the 68xxxx from Motorola. THERE was a processor. Incredibly logical instruction and addressing modes.
Off the top of my head.
(Bearing in mind exchange of encrypted data is always vulnerable to the initial key exchange)
1) Choose a book*, obviously in digital form
2) Parse the book into a database. You need to be able to search for words and letters.
3) Encrypt your plaintext by matching words from your book, and noting the position. Obviously you will have many exemplars for common words, so your algorithm should try and use different word positions for repeated words (e.g. "The"). For words not in the book (technical, foreign) you escape and insert letter positions (again mixing them up).
4) You now have a text document which is meaningless without knowing which book was used. (And - see Sherlock Holmes - which edition).
Now you could just generate your own hash table. But then you'd have to distribute it. With the book system, you can distribute the DETAILS of the book by a separate, trusted channel. Say a face to face meeting.
However, my understanding is that the spooks are less interested in the contents of messages, as the sender and recipient relationship. In which case, posting to newsgroups would avoid the link.
*Magazine, newspaper, research paper.
"Forced" to stay open ..
I wonder who has to pay in these circumstances ?
Re: How about Wales?
Wasn't there an old legend about actors from Dr. Who running away from something on an alien world (i.e. disused quarry) and bumping into the cast of "Blakes 7" running the other way ?
AIR a lot of the 3rd doctors adventures were filmed outdoors - which is very expensive compared to a studio. One of the conditions of Blackadder 2, after the lukewarm reception to "The Blackadder" (which had a *lot* of film scenes) was that it be filmed entirely in a studio.
@bigtimehustler - "moral" duty
chimes with that ludicrous attempt by Harriet Harman (what was her previous occupation ? Oh, yes, a barrister) to subvert our legal system by claiming that it was OK to bash Fred Goodwin, because he was guilty "in the court of public opinion".
Well, effectively, what is happening, is Google (et al) will be distorting reality, by messing with their search results.
Once you accept the principle, all else is, to quote George Bernard Shaw "arguing about the price".
Maybe Google shouldn't return searches for politicians names ? After all, there's no need to know what they got up to in the past.
Or how about searches for government misconduct. Maybe searches for British troops breaking the Geneva convention. After all we wouldn't want to help terrorists, would we ?
I can actually see this p(l)aying into Googles hands. How long before they offer a paid-for "premium" search facility ?
Politicians seem to struggle
with the difference between the contents of a location, and the contents of a location pointed to by another location. Somehow I can't see them developing as C programmers any day soon.
@Smurfette: *Do* opt out
For those who want to protest silently, I'd say sign up for the smut filter and just continue to access the material they claim they can 'block' anyway.
The problem is (and it's intentional) if people do that, then the government will claim the fact that only 5% opted out "proves" they had public support for the measure. Which they will then use to crowbar other asinine laws into the statute books.
Despite what they say, *somebody* is watching all that porn.
It's the same with the brain dead "war on drugs". Almost daily you will read of the police busting another "cannabis farm" claiming they have public support. Well, *somebody* is buying all that dope .....
+ signs are valid in email addresses.
so are apostrophes, as I discovered when a "O'Connell" tried to register in a program I once inherited.
I had to post, to salute the title ..
"Manual Stimulation", fnarr fnarr
No, it's a good question ...
it's a little like buying machines which turn lead into gold without asking why the seller doesn't just use the machine to make his own gold.
Out of interest ..
Why did a "loyalty card" scheme need credit card details ?
Re: parent company
The parent company appears to be based in Slough www.affinioninternational.com and regulated by the FSA, wonder will there be any fallout from this?
ITYM "FCA" - FSA is no more.
From a satisfied Google+ user ...
NSFW (depending where you work)
However ... "Logopolis"
still stands as one of the most haunting and elegaic pieces of television science fiction ever.
Time to dust off ...
my Skylab protection hat ...
why not have a system which posts encrypted text to usenet, with a subject line containing your public key ? Added advantage is it's waaaay harder to link conversations together, or to know who's read the message.
Re: "Cameron's Conservative party have promised...
What's the saying "Fool me once ..."
ISTR a certain Cameron promising a referendum about the EU *after* an election in 2010.
When was it ?
Y2K all over ...
reading the original report, and the comments here reminded me that the world ended in 2000.
Re: Brums not so bad ...
I rarely go into town, as it is. Main haunts being Town/Symphony hall, Rep, Alex and (very rarely NIA).
The point being these are *all* 15 minutes from where I live.
Brums not so bad ...
Being smaller than London, there's a best of both worlds situation. I live in SW Brum, and can be on Broad Street in about 15 minutes from where I live. Yet 10 minutes the other way there's the beautiful Lickey Hills and Worcestershire countryside.
And the convergence of the M6/M5/M54 doesn't hinder things.
Speaking as an ex-pat Londoner, the only things I really miss are: tube trains, foreign films, and a decent Italian delicatessen.
I heard the video was like one of her concerts in that nobody came.
I bet you talk about "loopholes" too.
Currently, in our criminal justice system, it is up to the state to prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that a person is guilty of a crime. If they can't do that the person goes free. Why do you blame their lawyer for doing their job. Why not blame the CPS lawyers for NOT doing theirs.
Blaming defence lawyers for successfully defending their clients is akin to blaming a winning team for the fact the other side lost. "Why, it's Manchester Uniteds fault for scoring more goals that Fulchester City lost."
Out of curiousity
I wonder if more, or less people have watched these videos than would have before this news ?
Re: Once is careless, but three times?
Oh we are so close to an Oscar quote:
"To lose one parent is unfortunate. To lose two starts to look like carelessness"
-The Importance of Being Earnest.
Re: The only thing I got from this is that parts of Philadelphia
When "The Wire" came on, I had to double check that the flats where D'Angelo held court (with that sofa incongruously sitting outside) weren't the flats I first lived in when I moved to Birmingham.
And the streets of Baltimore are a dead ringer for a part of Manchester (Santiago Street IIRC) where my brother stayed for a year, when he was at Uni ....
Based on reality
Over much arguing, the only phone I will provide for my 17 year old is an old Nokia 5800. My reasoning being he is a fucking kid, and (a) never looks after anything (even stuff he's paid for) and (b) never ever listens to adult advice (such as not to wave your phone out every 5 minutes).
A couple of months ago he was walking through a local park when a couple of hooded youths stopped him, asked the time (I mean really !?) and then demanded his phone. As soon as they saw what is was they went "no man, dat's a sick phone, we don't want none of your Nokia shit man!" and fucked off. To (according to the policeman who took his statement) mug someone else for their Blackberry a few minutes later.
Much to lads chagrin, policeman praised my attitude in ensuring lad didn't have a mug-magnet phone.
This is what lad claimed they said. I guess people really do talk like that. Innit ?
Now watch how politics works ....
The pie is shrinking, so there needs to be rationing. I can't see any government risking domestic power cuts except as a measure of absolute last resort. Also I see a media battle between the government (who will try and persuade people that it's all the fault of the power companies) and the power companies (who will blame the government, the EU and "the market").
Bad move for the government, unless they decide to wade in with chequebook and legislation - the power companies will have dictated the contractual landscape, and made sure it's industry that goes offline first. Factories, big office complexes (and hopefully a few government departments ;) ). At which point (those of us who remember the 3 day week) you will start seeing the lay offs.
And that's the price you pay for not educating the population properly AT SCHOOL so they had enough grasp of science to debate nuclear power rationally. Still, maybe if we burn a few media studies graduates, we can keep some lights on.
I grew up in the 70s, and recall getting home from school, and lighting the candles for when my Mum got home from collecting brother from playschool. Giving thanks for a gas cooker (a preference I have never lost) and for my Dads inna te distrust of electricity (he was born in Southern Italy, where power cuts are a way of life) which meant he insisted on gas central heating. Being a real engineer, he rigged it up to run off a car battery, so it could run without mains.
No power cuts in the 80s, no power cuts in the 90s, but in the past 4 years we have had at least 3 outages of over an hour. My suspicion is lack of capacity makes it harder to route around stolen cables.
Funny how no one understands basic economics
The less you have of something, the more it costs. It really is that simple.
Re: @Schultz & @ShelLuser
for the sake of historical accuracy, the UK actually planned the Berlin airlift and played a major part in it too. QDOS to the US, but please, they weren't the only ones.
Re: European acronym soup
"Spitting Image" did a good explanation of the whackiness of the European arrangement back in the 80s ..
Could it be ..
companies are holding back investing until they know the score on independence ?
The problem is
"terrorist" like "criminal", is whatever people want it to mean.
And there's the rub.
And we have a long and glorious list of examples of powers being given to the state "for extreme instances" only to discover them being abused*. Take the councils who used RIPA to investigate that heinous crime of putting bins out on the wrong day.
*Why does a dog lick it's bollocks ? Because it can. Same logic with abusing powers.
Re: El Reg is getting worse....
Apples and oranges.
The automotive market is completely mature. Any technological developments are going to be evolutionary, and as such the consumer base is well known.
Telecoms - particularly *mobile* telecoms is still an emerging industry, and as such likely to see revolutions in technology. This makes it a far more volatile market.
One possibility - and certainly a threat for Apple - is that a new revolutionary development is made, which can only work between two newer handsets. All of a sudden the lack of buying power for the new iPhone becomes an issue, as it prevents you from plugging your new technology.
Re: just as these tills are driving us mad.......
I doubt it will bankrupt the supermarkets. They calculate very carefully how much "shrinkage" they can bear.
After all you could achieve 0% shrinkage if you put all the goods behind a counter and customers had to ask for them. You know, like in the 50s ? But that costs waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much in staff. And also doesn't give you an arena to tempt customers to buy something on impulse.
Supermarkets have long ago figured the price of profit is a little shrinkage.
Re: A watched a TV program where...
Slightly related, but we bought the FiL a bottle of premium whisky for Xmas a couple of years ago. One that comes in an aluminium lined presentation cylinder. Wrapped it up without checking it inside.
Come Xmas day, opens pressie, takes out bottle, it still had the anti theft tag on. It dawned on me that some genius in the BWS section hadn't worked out that putting the radio-transmitters in a Faraday cage *might* just stop it working.
I wonder how many shoplifters hit that store ?
I did email head office like a good citizen.
Re: Easy solution...
+1 for online shopping. But then MrsPage uses a wheelchair, so shopping is already a chore.
Tesco ran (are running) an offer where you pay £10/month (IIRC) and you get as many deliveries over £40 as you want Tue-Thu. Which kinda cancels out delivery charges if you play it right.
Also there is an option to say "don't substitute" you can set if you like. Although IME it's no problem to reject a substitution on the doorstep if you like.
For me, the next step forwards should be supermarkets targeting households that are geographically clustered, and try and see if they can arrange a "neighbourhood drop" system. Free delivery for 10 households in the same road. I say this, as every day in my little cul de sac *someone* has a delivery from Tesco. Given the cost of fuel, if they could combine those into a single journey ...
Also the supermarkets could hook up with Amazon* and eBay* and offer to deliver stuff with the online groceries.
*Other online retailers are available
People are starting to realise
You can have the lights on, or the polar bears.
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