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@ Cynical Observer
As a salaried employee (of the state), I am allowed to claim expenses. However, when I spend that money (e.g. on petrol, car maintenance, train tickets), I am paying tax (VAT, fuel duty). At the end of the year, HMRC look at how much I've claimed, then reduce my personal allowance, ensuring that I pay tax on my expenses again. I'm certainly not making a profit out of this.
I like this arguement.
Complaint: "Duck Duck Go is shit. I used it to search for something, and it didn't find it."
Response: "No, Duck Duck Go is fine. You should have gone to the relevant website and found it for yourself. Why would you need a search engine?"
I'm still using Google, simply because Google is the best there is at what it does (even if what it does ain't very nice).
Re: It is *all* the politicians' fault.
Well said, Ken. Sadly, who are the politicians more likely to listen to - the wealthy, with their party donations and media influence, or the voting public?
Max Headroom was just Matt Frewer in latex?
Oh, man, I feel such a fool...
Does this have any "media centre" functionality?
Given that it's not going for the same market as the PS3/Xbox360, it'd be quite nice to be able to use it to stream media off the network, or play DVDs. I've recently persuaded an old Wii to do this, and I cannot for the life of me see why Nintendo didn't enable this "out of the box" - didn't Sony do quite well out trumpeting the PS2/3's DVD/Blu-ray playback abilities?
Re: Why we're uppity.
Indeed. Stories of domestic violence don't really belong in the "And finally..." section of The Reg that is Bootnotes. There's nothing funny about this story (and there's no IT angle!).
@ Robert Grant: Here:
"I pushed her against the wall and said: Now I know the truth. Are you a man? She then announced that she was born as a boy and that she had been operated on. She was now a woman, and so she did not need to tell me about her past as a man. My world collapsed. That evening came to blows. The police came."
Granted, "came to blows" doesn't specify who was beating up who, but "I pushed her against the wall" suggests that the husband started it.
Re: Keeping Secrets
Quite. Still, smacking your wife about is a line that should never be crossed, so any sympathy he might have garnered for being "deceived" for 19 years, goes right out the window.
Re: @Michelle Knight @11:45Z
I would like to second this. Bravo.
What was once a whimsical recounting of one man's sexual misadventures, will now be forever heard as the disturbing story of a would-be-rapist, stalking around bars in search of his next victim. Thanks a lot.
YouView probably would have worked really well
as branding, with a defined set of standards, as FreeView does. Bringing it to market years after world+dog has numerous ways of accessing catch-up TV, then demanding to be the exclusive carrier of the service is not just a slap in the face for the viewing public (already got an STB, net-connected Blu-ray, and SmartTV? Tough, now you need a new box), but also an admission of their utter failure to do anything remotely useful in anything resembling a timely fashion. Wankers.
I prefer to relax and enjoy someone else's.
Like Christopher Lloyd at the end of Roger Rabbit? You sicko.
Re: Those pesky Japanese STEALING from Iran AGAIN!
I'm just glad THAT Charles 9 is here, as SOMEONE needs to take this STORY seriously (and WANTONLY abuse the SHIFT-key).
Why let it gather dust when you can just hand it down? My in-laws bought a Wii - once they'd got bored with Bowling, they gave it to us for the kids to use. Free console (result) and small children really aren't that bothered about cutting edge technology (so long as I tune out their pleas for me to buy them and X-box with Kinect!).
Nintendo Wii: shit for grown-ups (Wii-motes? Ugh!), but great for kids, so it's no wonder it sold so well.
Re: Interesting this one...
Plenty of (straight) non-believers get married in church. I don't believe in god, but I find that to be grotesquely disrespectful, but the ministers involved seem to be satisfied by the couples involved simply attending a couple of sunday services.
Unlike the dingbat in the story, I wouldn't draw the conclusion that gay = non-believer, so it really shouldn't be that hard to understand why a same-sex couple might want their union blessed in their place of worship.
From the correct angle, all administrators look alike. Any angle, in fact.
Re: "Textbooks that feature Yoda..."
Such things already exist, and have done for some time! My son's teacher liked to incorporate Star Wars into his lessons, when practical, but was asked by the Head to stop, as the school decided that it was inappropriate to promote "War" to 6-year olds.
Re: cartoons as toy adverts etc
Quite. I suppose it depends on your definition of "modern" if the author wishes to consider this a new phenomenon (or maybe they just grew up without a TV - oh, the horror, the horror!).
Re: He may be stupid, doesn't mean he doesn't have a point.
Very well put, sir.
Re: My god
Any decent pub will top the beer off for you, on request. I doubt Microsoft are going to be popping round to pour him a few more GB.
Re: So what are the lefties among you going to do when the diversity takes over Britain?
Hahahahaha! Good one.
Is this a masterful troll, or just too much fail for the internet to handle?
Re: Get what they deserve.
Glad to see someone has downvoted you, here. People like you, who would seek to protect a frightened child from a racist mob, make me sick.
Don't enjoy watching Ewoks beating on Stormtroopers?
Congratulations, you are now too old to enjoy RotJ, and can move on to something more age appropriate. Deal with it, internet.
The prequels turned out shit because Lucas was trying to flog a kids film to adults (kids don't want to watch senate debates, adults don't want to watch Jar Jar, no one, adult or child, wanted to hear about midichlorians). I'd expect Disney to be smarter than that (I don't hear anyone complaining about watching the latest Pixar/Marvel film with their kids), so my hopes are cautiously high.
Wanting to read a book, one handed,
makes someone a wanker? What if they just want to enjoy a cup of tea and/or biscuit, with their read?
An e-reader shouldn't be less convenient than an actual book, should it?
I'd give it up, if I were you: the US and the UK really are separated by a lot more than just our common language (and a lot of fish).
Here in the UK, the only people supposed to have guns are the police, the armed services, and gamekeepers (maybe sports shooters, also). Anyone else who has a gun has probably got it because they want to (or are about to) go and shoot something or someone up (gang violence, "going postal", etc.).
Over in the USA, you have plenty of people who are not in the law, armed service, or gamekeeping professions, who also own guns. Therefore, extrapolating from experience, you must all be a load of trigger happy loonies, just itching for some meth addict to break down your door and "make your day". What's the alternative - do you all *really* enjoy shooting at paper targets?
Enjoy your hobby - I added the beer icon to show no hard feelings, but beer's another thing that we probably won't agree on!
P.S. guns as tools? Unless the job at hand is killing/wounding, you've probably picked the wrong tool for the job.
It's been a couple of years since I last had Mint running on my desktop machine (wanted to see if it was worth ditching the pre-installed Vista). Has Linux (any distro) got to the point that plugging in, say, a camera or MP3 player, will prompt the system to find its own drivers and then let you browse around whatever you've just plugged in? It took me quite an effort to get even the most basic functionality from my Zen when plugged in to Mint (it was about the same when plugged into my Win2k laptop), which put me off recommending Linux to anyone else (I'd like to put my dad on it, as it's just too easy for him to riddle his Vista desktop with endless malware), but I just can't do it (endless phonecalls would ensue).
I've currently got Puppy running on an old laptop, and something as simple as disabling the lid close/sleep button eludes me still. If an enthusiastic amateur like myself can't get off Windows, what hope the general population?
Perceived risks of driving without prior instruction:
- backing the car into a wall (expensive)
- running someone over (litigious)
- dying in a fiery wreck (fatal)
Perceived risks of surfing the internet without prior instruction:
- accidental discovery of boobs (arousing)
So near, yet so far.
Gove's still a bellend, but I do have to give him some (grudging) credit for recognising that ICT teaching in this country leaves a lot to be desired.
Still, asking facebook to get involved? Will my kids homework come back with a "Like" on it?
@ bill 36
Still probably more reliable than wind power!
Well, I'm winning no friends here!
No, I think the point is that they will not filter your content if you ask them not to (the "fap" comment was a flippant remark, but well done for focusing on that).
I don't know, will they use this on CRBs, etc.? I would assume not, as a desire to look at the internet without filters =/= a criminal conviction for purchasing child porn.
The slippery slope? Certainly bears consideration but, given that we already have Step 2 (Cleanfeed), maybe this is all stable doors and bolting horses?
Re: @Sir Runcible @AC:@Lamont (this is getting horribly nested, isn't it?)
Bit late to worry about "them" having your name, address, etc. Internet access is a paid for service, not an inalienable human right.
I really don't think this counts as censorship, as 1) they tell you that they're doing it and 2) they stop doing it if you ask them to. Opt-in or opt-out, it remains optional.
I know this is a tech site, but I still think that referencing a popular game as a benchmark for 3D graphic capabilities, is more meaningful than rattling off the technical specifications of the GPU. Knowing that web-pages scroll smoothly, and HD films can be played back is all well and good, but a thorough test of a device should (in my mind, at least) throw something graphically demanding at the device - afterall, whether or not you want to play games, some of the intended market will.
Google Play says that my Desire S will run Dead Trigger but, in practice, it's jerky, and has terrible controls. A real-world test gives you something beyond the raw specs, which is imformative, even if you've no interest in the task used for the test.
Oh, so very much this.
"Violent crimes, then you get publicly flogged"
Other than that last bit, this AC is spot on.
ISP (on behalf of the state): Would you like us to impose our morals on your lifestyle?
Internet User: No, thank you very much.
ISP (...): OK, we'll turn off the porn filter for your internet feed.
Internet User: *fap, fap, fap*
Damn you, nanny state!
Really? Is it so terribly arduous to have to tick a box to indicate your preference for web-filtering, when applying for a contract with your chosen ISP?
Manually deleting all of the "adult" channels from my Freeview EPG, everytime the box gets re-tuned, is a pain in the arse, so I'd rather they had to be added in by those who want them, but is this really worth my while getting upset about? No, not really.
If they're going to have a filter, it'll have to be either opt-in or opt-out. Doesn't bother me either way, but I'd take a wild guess that many of those who want it, don't really know what it is, while those who don't want it are probably very aware of what it is, so having those who don't want it ask to have it turned off, is probably the method that most reliably produces the desired results (assuming that the desired result is a false sense of security among those who want the filter on, I suppose).
Another article that really doesn't have anything to say ("I own a lot of gadgets, and they all need electricity to run"). I really don't know how you do it, but I do know that this is exactly the sort of journalism that the Grauniad fills its G2 supplement with, so at least you can advance your career out of this niche.
On the other hand, I did enjoy the picture from Snake On A Plane, so there's that, at least.
Want to save money on your weekly shop?
Either a) get an iphone, get this app, scan all your previous purchases and obtain a map to all the relevant shops, or b) save money right now by not spending £30pcm on a mobile contract.
Did he use it to vapourise his wife? Or just storm down to his lab thinking "I'm sooooo pissed off right now, I don't care if this thing does destroy the earth"?
Re: "everyone else as a nude Kelly Brook"
Your "morning afters" are going to suck.