942 posts • joined Tuesday 27th April 2010 11:33 GMT
1. Apply to ISP for service
2. ISP agrees to provide service, and asks if you would
a) like them to filter your internet access, explaining that the intent is to prevent children accessing undesirable content
b) like them to provide you with unfiltered internet access
3. If you express a preference for option a), it should then be explained to you that it is not a 100% effective method of protecting your children (should you have any), and so you might wish to take extra steps (as your children are your responsibility, not the ISP's), and it may block access to some content that you might otherwise wish to view; if you express a preference for option b), it should then be explained to you that it, if you will be sharing your connection with minors, you might wish to take steps to filter the internet for them (but that decision will be left up to you, as your children are your responsibility, not the ISP's)
4. You make your choice, and pay your money; world keeps on turning, no one's rights are infringed upon, everyone is happy
This, to me, is how an opt-in system would work, and I have no problem with that. Given that not every adult can be expected to know what a DNS is, or how whitelists work, it seems perfectly reasonable to require ISPs to offer assistance to those who request it.
Re: All the extra channels are crap
I'm tempted to agree with this, but then I'd not have 5USA, and so be unable to fall back on guaranteed repeats of CSI, when there's nothing else on.
Maybe we could replace BBC1 and ITV with endless CSI and films where stuff blows up? That'd keep me happy.
- Spybot S&D and COMODO, I have been virus and malware free for years, which is nice.
- SumatraPDF is nice - a lot nicer than Acrobat, anyway.
Must say, though, that I'm slightly surprised that one of the suggestions for a new Windows PC wasn't some variant of Linux!
Re: The cure to nostalgia!
This, hard. I have many a happy memory of gaming on my +3 (loading off an external tape-deck, as nothing came on disk), but running an emulator on my PC and getting my hands on as many of my old games as possible, was a depressing experience.
Likewise, everytime I bought a "retro" games collection for the Playstation, part of me died.
I'm not saying that there were no great games available for the old micros, but if I could go back in time and show 8 year old me something like Kongregate, well... let's just say it'd create a terrible paradox when the 8 year old jumped into the time machine, and stranded mid-30's me in the past.
Apologies in advance if the universe starts to unravel.
Re: It never ceases to amaze me
"Lefties"? I'm on the left of the political spectrum, but I don't expect school to be the primary source of discipline for my children. What are you on about?
*a lack of sufficient income prohibits me from becoming a true Champagne Socialist.
Hee hee, "BJ's". Look, it says "BJ's". BJ's!
OK, I'm done.
Re: What's wrong with buying British?
You'll never get a senior management role in the public sector, with that attitude.
Ditching your staff, then having them rehired (on worse conditions) by an inefficient private sector organisation, with one eye on its bottom line, and no eyes on your needs, is the way to go. OK, so services get worse, but at least you'll have a nice fat kickback to enjoy, and your PA can keep you insulated from the goings on in the real world.
I could imagine
phone (in the Xperia Play mould) that could be plugged into a docking station to connect to a TV and proper controllers, to become a games console, in much the same way as the Atrix can become a laptop.
I can't imagine wanting one, but I suppose it would be one less thing to get nicked, if someone broke in to your house whilst you're away.
but wouldn't the "sliding scale" model of charging mean that there was no financial incentive to supply connections to hard to reach areas, thus widening the digital divide?
You should watch The X-Files,
and get yourself up to speed on how the US government has been covering up alien invasion attempts, too. Busy bees, the CIA.
Re: Yeah, ooh aah, that's how it starts...
I wouldn't recommend that anyone watch The Entire History of You, on the grounds that it was cack-handed tosh.
I uploaded my details to facebook,
told it I was young, free, single, and looking for a relationship, then made it all public. Now, people have read my profile and assume that I am young, free, single, and looking for a relationship. It's not fair!
read all the quotes in a wheezy, James Earl Jones voice?
Class it as a motorbike,
or one of those 3-wheel scooters that you can ride on a car license, then subject it to £0 road tax (it doesn't emit anything, other than that sense of smugness that all cyclists give off*), and a requirement for insurance.
Result? Govt. boosts its green credentials. No one's going to buy one at that price but, on the off chance someone does, there'll be some comeback on the insurance if they manage to knock someone over.
Alternatively: Government gets over its silly objection to the import of a pushbike. No one's going to buy one at that price.
"he's remorseful for any of the harm caused to the stars"
He kept their names in the paper - will they be paying him for this service?
Re: Peripheral?? Definitely!
Bluetooth earpiece, linked to a tablet in your hand/man-bag, running Siri-style voice recognition for calls and text (and possibly more). Would work brilliantly, but you'd feel like a right berk when using it.
What's a discussion on browsers,
without someone pointing out that Opera is the only good browser, and all others eventually copy its features?
Nothing, that's what. So, here, you can thank me later:
Opera is the only good browser, and all others eventually copy its features.
Well, there was I,
searching for some quality, hardcore smut, but to no avail. And then it occured to me - what's the one name you associate with quality grumble? Hefner? Flint? Ben Dover? Don't be silly, it's the Pope! Tap-tap-tap on the keyboard, checking out the XXX domain (glad they put that up, or I'd never have known where to find my jazz)... Moments later, I'd been converted to Islam.
What a day.
It fell down the stairs, honest.
Apple? China? This is pure troll-bait!
Last summer's riots were coordinated with Twitter and BBM. The police could move to either with minimal financial outlay. Why, just thinking about this makes me feel safer.
"We'll keep refining it, it's plainly not working yet."
Enough about Android, what about the iPad?
consumers will happily pay more for their entertainment media, happy in the knowledge that this will help swell the government coffers, letting you pay off that massive deficit that we all caused.
There's simply no way that people will switch to illegal downloads, and HMV will be saved!
Sounds about right.
Shows the inherent danger with touchscreen interfaces, too - when my LG Cookie packed up, there was no way to get anything off the damn thing, which is why I now make a point of buying phones with keyboards (and making regular backups, obviously).
Still, I'm slightly upset that law enforcement don't really have that cable that they use on CSI - you know, the one that fits any phone and gives instant access to everything on it? You'll be telling me that they can't really enhance 2 pixels of CCTV footage into a high-res picture of someone's face, next.
I have to come out in their defence.
There's both a Game and a Gamestation, in the town where I work (heaven knows why), and I've found the staff in both the be very helpful. There's also a new branch of Gamestation, near where I live, and likewise, it's always been a pleasant experience.
Then again, I don't game much, anymore, and what I do buy is invariably pre-owned, so I'm probably not the sort of consumer that they can base a business around.
So long, Game.
In my limited experience*,
kids don't really need a dumbed down interface. My 5 year old can find and double-click the Firefox icon on my Vista desktop, without it needing to be anymore Fisher-Price than it already is. Not to mention, piss about with the widgets.
I think I'd rather he learnt on a "proper computer" now, lest he find them all terribly confusing when he grows up**.
*Alt: "Speaking as a parent (so feel free to ignore me)"
**Alt: "becomes an Apple customer" (sorry, couldn't resist)
Re: Football, eh?
Nothing like a game of 5-a-side. Mrs Palm's girls have been on fine form, this season.
Back in the day,
most magazines used to print a key to their % scores, so there wasn't any whining about so many games getting 80%+. El Reg ought to put out something like that, if only for the mobile phone reviews.
Like we need any more of Bill Nighy on telly.
That was my first thought, too.
Fingers crossed that the organisations spoofed do sue the hell out of them.
Given that NHD Direct is already a massive waste
of time and money, 111 looks to be nothing more than something to wave about when the government shuts down more Walk-in Centres and A&Es.
Re: On the positive side...
You're right. What kind of society is this, where we don't seek to punish children for the heinous crime of being born to poor parents?
Anyone claiming that state benefits are "overly generous" should be forced to live on them for a year. Preferably on some shitty sink estate.