42 posts • joined 29 Nov 2010
I went to have my constipation cured by a psychopath and the treatment really worked.
The procedure was quite straightforward - he scared the shit out of me.
This sequel to this film tells the story of an idealistic, young man who is used by an unspecified government agency to undermine the whistle-blowing organisation he helped to set up.
The plot gets going when the whistle-blowers release film of a helicopter pilot gunning down some journalists, greatly alarming the unspecified government, who had tried to cover it up.
In response the agency "turns" the hero and gets him to set up a honeytrap to ensnare the source of the leaked helicopter footage.
The suspected source, a naive young private, is then deliberately fed some spicy, but boring diplomatic traffic, of no real value, in the hope he will leak it.
He does. The consequent row pretty well puts the whistle-blowers out of business, cutting of their funds, and trashing their reputation. The hero, now apparently enthused with a sort of megalomania, continues to inflame the situation with his behaviour. It is not clear if this apparent megalomania is genuine or a result of some action by the government agency .
Shortly afterwards two female members of the whistle-blowing organisation discover what is really going on, and threaten to expose the hero. The hero just manages to escape to a country, where he thinks he will be safe.
Unfortunately the country he flees to has a close alliance with the country organising the deception, and the government agency now sees the hero as "compromised" and "dangerous". Several weeks of legal manoeuvring take place as the agency tries to extradite the hero, so they can "neutralise" him before he can do any more damage.
Eventually, realising their extradition efforts have failed, the agency offers the hero a "way out" by infiltrating the embassy of a hostile power...
Hang on ... I've just realised that's the Hollywood version.
By sheer coincidence that's the very date I have scheduled to announce my patent for "the use of integers between four and six in the naming context of handheld mobile devices".
"Anyone who views Apple as anything but another evil company needs their head examined."
Apple joined Sony on my no-buy list long before this happened.
Is it too late...
Can Greenland still apply to host the summer Olympics in 2020?
Are there still tickets available for the Beach Volleyball?
Re: Enough bickering you lot...
Two suggestions for the disused tunel:
1) Use it to store software patents etc.
2) Use it to store software patent trolls.
The first option would require a ventilation system...
Let's hope these are the first of many patents (on all sides) to be overturned "because they were obvious, in the common knowledge or had been done before".
Re: This has got to stop
"blocking the "AppleWebKit" useragent"
That rather smacks of cutting off your nose to spite your face, and would only drive the fanbois deeper into their walled garden. Much better to design the web site to open standards so that everyone can see it.
Arranging for multiple click-through adverts promoting non-Apple products is a different matter...
Re: Sounds familiar...
"please post where Apple have made this statement"*.
"You're so vain. You probably think this song is about you."*
What makes you think it is an Apple quote? You seem to think that Apple have patented quotations or possibly "phrases in quotes"* now.
* Not an Apple quote.
MPAA and their pals: "every pirated download is a lost CD/DVD sale"
Apple: "every pirated patent is a lost iPhone sale".
Re: Here in Sonoma, CA ...
"I'm a Finn, actually."
Well, to misquote Max Bygraves, "Finns ain't wot they used to be."
HM Sergeant at Arms here. If you wouldn't mind stopping by "The Tower" on your way home, it would save us a lot of trouble.
Re: bugger the inorganic way ..
Is that some sort of "self help" title?
A million bucks
Does she have a patent on "walking into glass" or something?
If that doesn't work, try taking out the engine and reinstalling it...
... using the box of replacement parts we sent you last Tuesday.
The Linux version
Is a box van - not as pretty, but a lot cheaper and gets the job done.
On the downside we're going to get personal appeals when we visit direct.gov.uk.
On the upside anyone will be able to edit government policy documents.
I suppose Apple could just buy in some Samsung tablets and rebadge them.
They are supposed to be very similar.
I understand they had trouble finding three wise men that would follow the party line.
Plenty of sheep though.
"I don't know much about Korean cuisine, but their spicy meatballs are the dog's bollocks."
- Jasper Carrot
You are Father Jack and I claim my five bottles of drain cleaner.
"This took me about 5 mins to establish. This is a sensationalist report with a list of kneejerk comments. Please can we grow up?"
Welcome to El Reg - you must be new here.
"Do you not value the protection of invention, when you see it?"
Absolutely, but you may wish to look up the definition of "invention".
Well I'll be buggered if I'm going there then.
No wait I'll rephrase that...
Just remove the battery - it's no big deal.
These stations sound just like "Border TV" used to be in the good old days.
Their newsreader used to finish solemnly reporting some tragedy, and would then put on a stuffed monkey puppet to become "Uncle Johnny" and introduce the kids' programs.
They sometimes didn't have enough local adverts to fill the gaps in the networked programs, and just played music instead.
It was wonderful.
Don't you think it's looking tired?
Facebook? So 2010 darling - it's all G+ these days.
After all, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear - do you?
In any major conflict there are events that the eventual "winners" prefer to airbrush over.
If I recall correctly the USA only joined WW2 in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbour.
Prior to that Joe Kennedy, the US Ambassador to the UK actively sought a meeting with Hitler "to bring about a better understanding between the United States and Germany."
Don't get me started about the Middle East - King David Hotel anyone?
The Cold War is over folks, lets move on please.
I use Thunderbird at the moment and I am not surprised that it is failing to "survive and thrive" as I find each update makes it increasingly irritating to use. In particular the IMAP accounts now seem to be constantly out of sync.
When Opera Mail fixes their "multiple accounts on the same server" bug, I will probably switch.
Get orf my land!
"I don't see why they would lead to "village feuds" either, if you live in a village or small town it is unlikely you would speed through it anyway. Peer pressure to get people to slow down"
You don't actually live in a village or small town, do you. Forget Ambridge, think Somalia.
Presumaly most of the heat comes from the gas jets that are needed to get to 800 C. I doubt the burning body and coffin add more than a few percent to the total.
I suppose they could also do it the other way round and use the exhaust gasses from the swimming pool boilers to preheat the cremators.
Surely there needs to be a back up system for the swimming pool anyway, as I can't see the crem storing up bodies* for burning only when the pool is open.
* As in "Put fatso on one side in case we get a cold snap".
I thought the idea was to scatter the ashes somewhere where the cat had been fond of.
FWIW our cat seems to spend most of its time in the neighbours' dustbins.
Better keep "Frogger" off the list unless you want to upset the green lobby, the transport lobby and possibly even the lumber industry.
Well the interception didn't work. but did they manage to avoid a total fail?
Did the ballistic missile successfully hit the United States?
Could have been worse
They might have photographed her with two specimens of Parus major and really helped the caption writer.
Where do they get policy from
I believe they had a already recruited a new policy advisor, but the psychic octopus died before he could take up the post.
That's a relief
From the title I thought it was going to be yet another Julian Assange story.
If you read the article carefully you will find that they only seized the domain names.
The BBC has more details at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11863288
"ICE's action involved gaining control of the domain name that sites were trading under. It did not involve removing any content from the sites affected or blocking the use of an IP address."
Re: I think you miss the point...
WRONG! It the messages are secret, candid or confidential then you encrypt them - you don't just mark them as secret and dump them on a network that about three million people have legitimate access to.
Didn't somebody say "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" ?
- Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10
- Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!
- Episode 13 BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
- Vulture at the Wheel Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK