1975 posts • joined 4 Jun 2010
Re: Don't see how this helps any
"Is that the sum total of your evidence?"
I don't think 'evidence' means what you want it to mean. My quote is not 'evidence', it is indicative as to why there is no evidence that your own pet theory is correct. The WISE team have already announced that they're confident that there are no slowly simmering brown dwarfs or objects larger than Jupiter out there. The Oort cloud is stupidly big and it takes a big lump of stuff to shake it up enough to rain destruction down upon us. We haven't seen anything big enough, despite looking.
Yeah, it'd be fun to have a brown dwarf or something several Jupiter-masses flying around out there, but there is zero evidence. zero.
"You are overlooking several factors here. Firstly you choose to ignore the fossil evidence that led to the hypothesis being proposed in the first instance. "
No I don't. I just don't make reference to it in a paragraph. What I write is not the sum total of my thoughts or knowledge. The fossil evidence of the regularity and cause of extinction events is still under debate. It was a hunch that spawned the theory, based on somewhat shaky statistical data on extinctions.
"You are completely ignoring the fact it has been published repeatedly in peer reviewed journals."
I don't think peer reviewed means what you want it to mean.
Lots of theories are published. The point of publication isn't to prove anything, but to put up a target to have rocks thrown at it. It's a plausible theory on paper, but that was then, this is now, and the theory has lost rather than gained traction since inception. The theory is weaker than when first published because we have discovered more, and what we have discovered is not supportive of the theory.
"So, you ignore or dismiss evidence that is contrary to your position."
No I don't. I just don't waste time agreeing with you over the course of a paragraph, because I'm not about to write a list of things that I agree with. You have likewise ignored General Relativity in your post, as well as turnips, Holsten Pils and Alpha Centuri. That's very ignorant of you to try to ignore the existance of turnips, against all evidence to the contrary.
Again: Fringe Theory because it's a supposition based upon evidence that isn't either proven or conclusive and since publication absolutely nothing has been seen in space to support it.
Re: Don't see how this helps any
"These chaps can make meaningful assertions up to only 42% of that distance "
Re: WISE: "a Jupiter-mass object out to 1 light year (63,000 AU), where it would still be within the Sun's zone of gravitational control. A larger object of 2–3 Jupiter masses would be visible at a distance of up to 7–10 light years."
So... we should have found it. More to the point, we should have noted some - any - kind of other evidence. We haven't. And we've looked several times. That's not 'eagerness to throw out a theory' at all.
"the whole idea is surprisingly and annoyingly difficult to conclusively disprove."
Lack of evidence is not evidence. It is impossible to prove that something undetectable does not exist, as atheists have been banging their head against the wall trying to explain for decades. However, all of our best surveys can't find it, nobody has ever spotted it with a telescope, nobody has ever found any gravitic influence that could be attributed to it in modern times, and the best reasoning for its existence is a rough collaboration with the time of extinction events... which might or might not all be related to rocks falling from the sky.
Nemesis remains a fringe theory because zero evidence has been turned up in its favour. And it will rightfully remain a fringe theory.
Re: Well, I'm glad there doesn't seem to be a Nemisis star...
"I'd think that a smaller planet would also be a risk of upsetting the potential comments of the Oort cloud though."
Luckily, the rocks have a pretty good founding in physics and know that a small planet is not going to plough through widely scattered debris in a sphere over a light year in diameter and cause anything approaching chaos, because small planets don't have much gravity and the oort cloud isn't some kind of Star Wars asteroid field with rocks every 200m.
Seriously: The Oort cloud is far larger with far less debris than you think it is.
There are probably plenty more dwarf planets in the oort cloud, of a size smaller or similar to Pluto. However, a rock of that size really isn't going to stir up the oort cloud in any way given that the effects of gravity fall off exponentially and that the oort cloud is ABSOLUTELY HUGE.
Re: I no longer know...
I know it's fun to regale against our 'lack of rights' here, but comparing them in some way to China is frankly insulting to them and the shit they have to put up with that we take for granted. We don't have everything quite the way we want it here, but inferring that we are in any way as bad off as anyone in the second/third world isn't really cricket.
Re: This lack of colaboration is a disgrace
"I assume it eventually comes down to money, as does everything."
I suspect that it probably comes down to egos more. It seems that part-time administrators and directors are some of the most viciously egotistical people in the world, as anyone who has tried to get planning permission past a village council can attest.
Re: Will attendees be identified..
I imagine that they will mostly be identified by however they introduce themselves.
Eadon Iain'tsparticus A.M.F.M.
Re: Only if...
You'd have to file the paperwork to get him sprung for the day.
Until it all blows over, yes.
"On a completely unrelated note, can you legally get married before reaching drinking age?"
This is certainly do-able in most of the Gulf States.
Re: Well done El Reg
Although I can't help thinking that more than a week of notice would be good...
Wouldn't it be great though, if someone could develop a small system that took GPS signals and then used an embedded SIM card and circuits to somehow communicate with other devices when the GPS signals went too far from the designated point. Maybe some kind of short written message alert.
Yeah... that's a total figment of the imagination. No such thing exists. I can't blame them from wanting out of such a ridiculous requirement. I can't see how it could ever be done. Not without G4S-sized wads of cash, anyway.
Re: Government by the people?
"I guess the US can now stop pretending it's a democracy .."
It might not be the one you want it to be, but it's still democratic. Granted, 10% of your population are the ones whose votes count, and once you vote someone in he's owned by whatever organisations put him there, but it's still a democracy and you still have more human rights than 90% of the planet.
Try living in an actual dictatorial shit-hole for a few years for reference: It makes you really appreciate what you have.
For example, living in the States really brought home the value of the NHS and social services to me.
"Almost as worrying is the reference to 'improperly' spying on senators. To me that implies that they have a proper way of going about such activities and may even be a regular occurrence for all we know."
Well, it's not out of the question that a senator could be leaking information like a sieve (remember senators are career politicians with personal and corporate agendas, rather than service personnel and strict patriots), so there are occasions where spying on your own politicians is perfectly legit.
Just because politicians write the rules, it does not mean they are above suspicion and investigation (or indeed prosecution).
"My 'knowledge' of the CIA is limited to what you see in the movies but I thought they weren't allowed to operate in the USA itself. Won't they get into trouble for that?"
It was spying on their own network, though. That's pretty much the same as looking at their HQ's CCTV footage.
The Mercs in Russia are all stolen ones from the rest of Europe. I suspect that less than 5% are legitimate imports.
It's almost like all the people with money in Russia are members of criminal organisations...
We (as NATO) can also limit their access to the Med.
Turkey is well within rights to close the Helspont to military vessels.
Re: It was only a matter of time...
"As for the claim that CGHQ is involved - what is the motivation?"
Not a thick enough layer of tinfoil in the OP's hat.
"Aha I see .... their security systems were only prepared for the more friendly kind of aggressor"
Like all IT security systems they weren't prepared for a rival government to have full physical access.
Once someone has physical access to your machine, it doesn't matter who you are or how well prepared: It's not your system any more, it's theirs.
Re: so this will be the 550 GCHQ JTRIG'ers doing False Flag?
"It's therefore highly likely that GCHQ JTRIG is currently attacking UA on behalf-of or in proxy for RU"
I'm assuming you're either a troll or a total moron.
Look, the Russian hackers aren't Russian hackers because Putin has categorically not deployed Russian hackers; they're just concerned Ukrainian hacker groups whose T-shirts look like Russian hackers.
If there were Russian hackers (which there aren't), they're only on the network to protect it from fascists and anti-Semites.
Love and kisses and wishes for a peaceful solution;
"Nope...It's one parties word against another still"
So? Get caught speeding by a copper or find yourself a witness to murder and it's effectively one person's word against another as well. And you know what: People get cinvicted.
"and what would they convict him of?"
At the very least it's grounds for getting the shithead fired.
"Plus the two women could have easily avoided that situation that caused them to have a "panic attack" by not going back there to kick up a fuss and cause trouble (that's all that is going to happen when you go back with your motther and husband to confront someone! rather than the authorities like any reasonable and sensible person)"
That sounds suspiciously like the old "The rape victim shouldn't have walked down the dangerous street, it's their fault" line of total fucking bullshit.
Three people's word against one. And the emergency services was called.
That's possibly enough to get a conviction.
"If the printer cartridge company can sell cheaper products this way (using coerced labour) then we as the consumer wins."
So rather than the cartridge seller take a hit by reducing the cost of ink to less than the cost of gold, per gram, it would be better to employ slaves?
Quite. Call centre is experience is hardly likely to reform someone.
Re: call center work?
"call center work? You mean a job where they get to ask for personal information, like address, mothers' maiden name, telephone number (sorry, caller ID will provide that), income, work schedule, etc. Who's kidding whom?"
You seem to be labouring under the belief that anyone jailed for an offence is particularly more likely to be a fraudster than anyone else.
I think that's a bit of an assumption. Especially as white collar criminals and fraudsters seldom get banged up. I suspect that statistically, one is MORE likely to run into such a character in normal life than in prison.
Re: Face meet Palm @scroticus canis
"Maybe I should look into converting my US dollars into Pula and Tebe."
Maybe. The weather is great, too.
Local custom dictates wealth is measured in head of cattle owned, but Pula are certainly less likely to die on you in a drought.
Re: Face meet Palm
"This pretend currency is starting to make my Botswana Dollars look comparatively robust."
Botswana uses 'Pula' for currency, not dollars.
And it's pretty robust, what with all that coal and diamonds the place is sitting on.
Re: With a name like that...
No, but he's a bit of a hippy.
"GCHQ & NSA IRS FBI MI5 etc I sure will soon be hacked i guess,,, what next?"
You seem to think that someone stealing a pen from a bank lobby is the same thing as someone robbing the vault.
So what if their webservers and unclassified data is hacked? That's why it's unclassified. Defacing a web page is not a threat to national security.
Classified data is a different beast, and should be air-gapped from the Interwebz, making it hopefully physically impossible to steal.
Re: And people still don't think bitcoins are a scam?
"This stuff cracks me up ... a currency but mostly used illegally..."
You don't really understand Bitcoins, do you?
Re: Death threats - WTF?
The only good thing to ever happen in North Korea and idea worth exporting was when the executed the minister who attempted to reform the currency and failed.
Re: Death threats - WTF?
"Death threats etc is not how this works - it is business unfortunately."
True, but Bitcoin users feature a high proportion of criminals and people who don't understand how business really works.
That said, sometimes I'd like to see company directors taking a physical kicking in the wake of folding their company with a bunch of debts and walking away scott-free after carefully ensuring their Aston and holiday home is perfectly safe!
Yeah, but isn't it great that he's fucked himself more royally than Swedish legal system ever could?
It must be terrible for him: He hasn't been on the front page of a newspaper for months.
Re: @Psyx Wow
"Anyway, checking for spies, assassins or abductors after pissing off a nation capable of tracking you down doesn't seem paranoid to me?"
Sending someone to check for assassins hiding in a bush 50 yards from a police station isn't a security-measure. At best it's a pitiful piece of self-importance. At worse - if he genuinely suspected there was a highly trained killing machine there - it shows a callous disregard for the life of his girlfriend, who he presumably professed to love.
Just run that scenario through your own mind: You assume that a CIA killer is going to gun you down in plain sight of the media and the police, so you send your misses to flush them out.
Those are the actions of either an epic a$$hole, an utter moron or a chronic attention-seeker, plump with self-importance to a degree that has clouded all rationality.
"All we have left is the rumour mill of disappointed friends and rape victims..."
Fixed that for you.
Re: Character assassination doesn't change anything
"So what if he's a paranoid narcissist? Does that make the data he's facilitated the distribution of any less valid?"
No it doesn't.
But being a rapey twat who wipes his arse on my nation's legal system means that I'm not going to hold back with my personal opinion of the horrid little reptile.
Re: @Psyx Wow
"The interesting thing from the article is that Assange didn't want to talk about his own personal life, yet wanted a world with no secrets."
Shitting on other people's lawns and being applauded for it is fun.
Shitting on your own is never going to be great, no matter how much you've moralised about doing it to others.
If you don't like the balance here, you are free to go and obtain the correct balance by reading other news sites as well.
Personally, I feel it's been a while since El Reg has put the boot into Asshatange, and another session is long overdue.
Re: That's who you need @hollerith
"After the shit in Sweden is done, then maybe... he might come back to the UK to face the bail jumping charges."
I imagine that if he gets his collar felt, then the UK charges will take precedence, given his flight-risk and possession being nine tenths of the law.
"checking bushes and pulling the car over probably weren't outside the realms of unwarranted action for him at the time."
Yeah, because nothing stops a team of snipers better than looking in some bushes 50 yards down the street.
Honestly: It's attention seeking of child-like proportions.
Re: That's who you need
"As long as I don't have to hang out with them, I am glad someone with weirdnesses can actually create something for the greater good. "
I too was good with that, until he used his money, status, connections and perceived 'enemy of the state' status to sh!t all over the legal systems of two nations and avoid trail for being a creepy sexual predator.
Now I believe he's a shit.
Hope he's still Googling himself...
Re: Gee, I'm surprised
"After going through all he's been through (yes, much of it his own doing), though, most folks would pro'ly be a little twitchy."
He likes it. Nothing is better for the ego than a good persecution complex and paranoia. Paranoia can be a highly narcissistic personality trait: It infers that the individual is important enough to be singled out as an enemy to the conspiracy: that they are 'special' and deserve special consideration. Ploys such as heightened security awareness and the type of frankly pointless security procedures he insisted on even before the cable release heightened the perceived and self-importance of an individual. Half the people who need bodyguards don't need them: They just want to have the feeling that they are important enough to be targeted, want to be seen to be important enough to merit such security, and like the idea of someone being ready and willing to take a bullet for them.
Re: Finally save
Stick-on phone crap with optional flashy lights is common in Asia, but nobody really believes they do anything any more that we believe Lucky Charms are lucky or Red Bull gives you wings.
Re: dogged Not quite the same @Mad Mike
"Whilst it is always amusing to see how the sheeple simply fail to read any background info before bleating their baaah-liefs, it's not surprising the poor little woollies are confused"
Loving the way you de-personalise everyone who doesn't agree with you, there.
I've not read so many sheeple comparisons since the last time I read a conspiracy theory website. Lots of people on those are convinced that anyone who doesn't agree with them are ill-informed idiots, too.
Re: Psyx Not quite the same
"You are failing to understand that an eventual charge need have nothing to do with the original reason for a stop"
No I'm not, you patronising berk; I'm fully aware of how the law works. However, it is a failing of the current system that we just use whatever detain/stop and search legislation which sticks easiest and allows the most invasive and generous powers of search and detention.
Re: Not quite the same
"Other than it was encrypted, I do not think so"
I do, as it was Classified and greater level information owned by GCHQ and he was not authorised to carry it. He was not the legitimate owner, not cleared for it and the data was essentially stolen. Surely there cannot be much debate as to if the data was legal to possess or not.
Detention under the official secrets act would have been the way to go, rather than the anti-terrorism laws. However, I suspect that the officials in question aren't au fait with OFA legislation and just used the tool they knew worked.
Anti-terror legislation has become an unfortunate catch-all for the authorities. Don't like the look of that bloke with a camera? Stop him under A-T legislation. Dodgy youth? Search him under A-T legislation. It's a carte blanche and a too-easily-reached-for tool.
Granted, our police officers are not trained lawyers and are not supposed to be: It is there job to try to enforce the law and the lawyers are supposed to cover the details. The police don't have the time to know how to properly detain everyone for everything and every law, and have to work with what they have been told. Sadly, they have been seemingly told that the anti-terror legislation is a great legitimate catch-all for rounding people up that will hold firm under judicial oversight.
Re: Is There Any Other Search Engine?
"Is There Any Other Search Engine?"
Re: Curious to see how it will go
"beer will have to do."
A good motto to live by, I find.
Re: Oh my dear god no.......
"The thought of a bureaucrat explaining technical details to MEP's who most likely barely understand how to use a search engine let alone the details of this agreement is crazy."
No it's not.
The point of a briefing to MEPs is to explain the choices made in clear terms, rather than obscure the details in pages of obscure documentation. Parliamentary hearings and briefs HELP our ministers (who might no be au fait with technical aspects as you say) understand issues. Without them they're just left stranded with several hundred pages of micro-font technobabble.
Personally, I'd rather have our clueless MEPs informed, rather than being both clueless and uninformed.
Re: "Get back here and explain your actions to us"
"That is something We should be saying to all of the MEPs and the unelected lot as well."
What's that: you don't believe the head of the BNP is a reasonable and fair representation of our nation in Brussels?
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