Re: "It's just a normal human activity"
Really? Not taking pictures of my junk makes me abnormal?
1344 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
Really? Not taking pictures of my junk makes me abnormal?
Doesn't "cracker" have a totally different meaning, in the US (other than "biscuit")?
There's no such thing as bad publicity.
I'm sure that, out of all the affected individuals, some are genuinely upset about their private photos getting out, but you'd think that, on the whole, people who make their living from their image, and who are constantly snapped by the press, would take some measures to ensure they could keep the genuinely private private.
It did occur to me that what I wrote does sound a little like I'm shilling for the banking industry. I'm not though* - I don't even have a contactless payment card, I just like the idea of them, as I've very much gotten out of the habit of keeping cash about my person (I'd quite happily carry a chequebook, if cheques were still a viable payment method, in preference to cash).
With regards to the havoc that could be wrought by the "Russian mafiosi," that's the reason that I prefer to use my credit, rather than my debit card (particularly online) - as pointed out above, stolen debit card details give them access to all my money, stolen credit card details give them access to someone else's money (I've had my credit card details stolen a couple of times, and never been out of pocket as a consequence, and have enjoyed the protection that using my credit card gave me when a hotel billed me for a room I hadn't used).
You still carry cash? How quaint...
Seriously, though, credit/debit cards are incredibly convenient, whereas cash is messy and easily lost. Contactless payment schemes may be riddled with security holes, but the simplicity at POS is undeniable, and attractive to both consumers and retailers.
...at a lizard lady doing something improbable with her oxygen supply? How do you cope with the frequently killed immortal, who travels around in an extra-dimensional, time-hopping police box from the 1960s? Doctor Who isn't exactly "hard" sci-fi.
Until we all learn to stop viewing homosexuality as a deviant behaviour, any incidence of such behaviour in any TV show is probably going to seem jarring and shoe-horned in*. The Kirk/Uhura kiss probably felt like that to many viewers, way back when, but I doubt anyone would bat an eyelid, now.
*I honestly don't care if the writers included it solely to piss-off the moral outrage brigade - if it helps demystify homosexuality among Who's intended audience, it served a useful purpose (it prompted a brief discussion between my young son and I, about same-sex marriage - of course, he thinks that kissing is icky, regardless of the participants' genders).
Sorry, I mean a tiny, bent, Galaxy S#.
Like the man said: "in the local Weatherspoons".
I think there's a fair gap between uploading skills to your brain, and being able to read a wikipedia page about an activity. Still, it's a start.
So, anyone who uses media streaming is a pirate? I'm ripping all my DVDs to a load of reclaimed hard drives in an old tower case, and using Raspbmc to play them on my TV - should I cower in fear at the thought of the police beating down my door and hauling me up before the beak? My long history of VHS useage would surely count against me.
On a serious note, I did intend to use the Pi for the kids to learn programming on, but it's just too damn handy as a cheap, versatile, media player (and I get to reclaim shelf space from the DVDs, too)!
The article could do with the "troll" icon.
The sooner manufacturers get over this whole "your rectangular device looks like my rectangular device" bollocks, the happier we'll all be. Or do they just do it to guarantee column inches on sites like this?
This seems charmingly naive. My experience of local council officers would suggest that they couldn't be less interested in the interests of local people if they tried.
Mate of mine bought this, and we played it a couple of times, but swiftly got bored of watching our skateboarder fall off, or hacky-sacker drop his sack, and returned to playing Gauntlet.
Sports games peaked with Daley Thompson on the Speccy (was that Hyper Sports?), and went downhill from there (if you couldn't win by hammering the life out of the keyboard/waggling the joystick until it broke, what was the point?) - until Speedball II arrived on the Mega Drive, of course.
1) the ASA decision was wrong (the advert wasn't misleading, as it stated that x% of the emergency services used Vodafone's services, not that x% of emergency services employees used Vodaphone's services in their personal time)
2) the ASA decision was irrelevant, as this advert has been and gone.
Are they paid to remind us that Vodaphone still exist, or something?
Good old sensationalist journalism that explicitly mentions the need for everything to be sideloaded in China?
I felt like a total tool using the Nokia 8110, so I doubt I'd feel particularly comfortable holding an 8 inch slab to my ear!
Did he tuck it into the cat's collar?
are in the "get in, get fed, get out" crowd. Particularly at a train station.
Not having to hang about waiting for the bill sounds ideal for those accompanied by small children, too.
If it's the latter, do they get their money back?
Stop the world, I want to get off.
Very much this. Curing is preserving.
Pity the USA - all that farmland, and not a clue what to do with the produce.
Aren't TiVos just PVRs? In which case you were just time-shifting the broadcast TV to suit your schedule.
Can't we just cut the dedicated shopping and porn channels? Maybe shunt them over to IPTV, so those who want them can still get them through their smart telly/box.
This piece is anti-Apple? I thought it was anti-slathering-tech-in-gold-and-diamonds.
if someone posts a picture of a woman breastfeeding her own child, is it really a viable method of distributing revenge porn?
Whilst I'd agree with the sentiment that it's best to not (knowingly) let anyone take compromising photos of you, I don't really hold with condoning bullying or harrasment.
Seemed like a sound idea, as it meant that my supplier could take regular readings, instead of relying on their wildly inaccurate estimates (in spite of my supplying a reading every month). That's never happened (although, I did change suppliers about a month later).
Theres a nice little touch-screen box that came with the smart meters (looks like a monochrome sat-nav), which ought to save me going out to read the gas meter, or crawling around to read the electric. Except it doesn't have an option for actually reading the meter.
Total waste of time. It's actually made reading the meters harder as, rather than just look at the counters, I have to poke some unlabelled buttons and hope that the counter shows up.
Would be interesting to know how much users would be willing to pay to use Facebook. Given that Google+ exists, I suspect it wouldn't be very much.
Your Mrs must be thrilled by this development.
I remember being promised human-like AI and movie-quality graphics when the PS2 was coming out. Fortunately, I didn't hold my breath.
Will you be beheading your enemy to use as a ball, or have you given in to the modern convenience of purchasing a leather/synthetic substitute?
Is Spike Milligan's estate getting royalties for this?
Typing out a quick letter to remind the general public of a good, basic, network security, in all likelihood did not take in excess of 30 minutes, and the reprographics/mailing costs were probably minimal.
The force most likely know that they aren't going to be able to arrest anyone for the alleged wifi theft (if it even counts as theft), and the public interest is best served by them making a minimal effort to encourage best practice amongst the populace (which, in turn, reduces the likelihood of them receiving more such complaints).
At what point are you going to berate them for "not being out catching REAL criminals"?
Easily the sanest comment in this thread.
Is the police sending round a polite note reminding everyone to secure their WiFi really comparable with you attempting to grass up your neighbour as a sex offender?
Strip away the makeup and hair spray, and I'd imagine that Keira Knightley looks distinctly ordinary, too.
I couldn't help but upvote this spectacularly smart-arsed response!
Were you abducted by aliens?
I have some sympathy for the fella (if he believed that his car was on fire, then his use of the hard shoulder was probably appropriate), but 2 things about your example bother me:
1) I'd turn the radio off, if it was distracting, not down to zero
2) why would I be looking at the radio, instead of the road ahead?
My mistake. It's the Soviets engaging in revolutionary struggle against the capitalist US, so the film should open with an aggressive leafleting campaign against American institutions. I'm sure that'll stir the blood of every red-(no, not in that sense)-blooded American citizen.
It'd be a terribly twee "revolutionary struggle" that never involved any "unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation".
Time for another remake of Red Dawn, wherein the Wolverines write strongly worded letters to the Soviets?
so this seems like a logical, if utterly unremarkable, development.
in caves, and died before they were 30. So what?
I recently installed this, to retrieve a message that I'd been sent. Suffice to say, I won't be keeping it on my phone.
I think Twitter are barking up the wrong tree, here - what are they going to offer that an SMS doesn't already accomplish? WhatsApp (ugh, who named that?) is a good alternative to MMS, so maybe they're chasing that?
I found Space Hulk to be a great way to alienate my friends: set up board (quite slow), explain rules (quite slow, will need revisiting in-game), they pick Space Marines (decent rationale: they have firearms and armour), game starts, Genestealers quickly massacre the Marines, game is put away.
By the time I knew more people inclined to such pursuits, Magic: The Gathering was the big thing, and I wasn't tragic enough to be playing that.
Is your downvoter a) pro kiddie porn, or b) anti family photos?
Seriously, though, does anyone not have their tablet encased in some sort of protection, particularly if they're handing it over to a child?
A friend and I slogged it out on the Speccy version, making it all the way to the end of Side 2 of the tape, expecting some sort of epic reward for our efforts. Being told to turn the tape over, and having nothing happen (as the first part of Side 1 isn't level data) was crushing...
Actually, scratch my comment further down. I've lost all sympathy with the "I gave [app store] my credit card details and then they started charging it" crowd.
but we'll have to draw a line under it sometime, surely? Hopefully, once the FTC (or whoever is heading this) gets done with all the big providers, the refund processes will stay in place and this problem will go away (and the wilfully ignorant can carry on neglecting their kids in peace).