do i really need a title?
"... grab a shovel, go down to the Gulf, volunteer to help, clean up and save a whale or something"
Wont someone think of the Whales?
1284 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007
"... grab a shovel, go down to the Gulf, volunteer to help, clean up and save a whale or something"
Wont someone think of the Whales?
Could you please do a ring around to all the MP's and ask them exactly how much they paid in course fees for their University degrees.
It would be interesting to see because i would guarantee that 99% of the b*stards obtained there degrees in the good ol' days when Univeristy Education was free and paid for happily by the state...
Isnt it terrific that our wonderful representatives are pulling up the rope behind them that helped them climb to their "successful" careers?
Sorry Mike, i dont agree.
Assume for a moment that you discover online an article written by a journalist stating that the CEO of your company is involved in embezzlement & money laundering.
By your reading of the law, your passing of a link to that article to the board of directors would be defamation and you would be liable. However, i would argue that if you discovered such an article it is your moral duty to pass that article across to the board as if its true, you, your co-workers and the investors are likely to wind up out of jobs and out of pocket!
By your reading of the law, a person must conduct there own investigation of the facts in the article first to determine whether its accurate or not, before you can ever link to the article. This seems patently ridiculous to me. If a journalist or blogger makes defamatory statements online they had better have the evidence to back up what they say. If not, for sure they should be sued for defamation. But to sue someone for posting a link is ridiculous.
Thank you Lewis for putting this tricky scientific jargon in to language that we, the common would-be-supervillian, can understand!
Your a credit to your profession! Here's a pint on the house/secret volcanic island lair...
I hate to say it but i think thats a large part of the cultural difference between the UK and a place like Germany. Because so many Germans ride bikes, they are generally kept very clean, and people treat them with respect . In the UK, the same people that think a suped up Vauxhall (read: extra large subwoofer) is the height of sophistication are also likely to to everything they can to make the life for the rest of us more difficult. Hence the broken glass, etc...
Different cultures and all.
I will still always where a helmet in Aus (and the UK) but will continue to go helmetless in Germany. Just the way i feel...
In Australia, where it is now compulsory to wear a helmet, believe me it saves lives (as proven by the stats, i cant be bothered finding them now, but there available online). The reason is that in Aus, there are no bike paths and because our cities tend to be spread out with less traffic it means if you get hit by a car its guaranteed to be doing the speed limit and so will cause maximum damage.
In Germany, where i now live, I've never felt the need to wear a helmet. In Bremen (and most other cities) dedicated cycle paths run along the sidewalks (usually away from the roads) and so the only points where your likely to have a crash is at intersections, when someone is backing out of/or into their driveway or with pedestrians. None of which occurs at high speed.
So your right in some cases it works in some it doesnt... But even in small crashes I've never come across a case where wearing a helmet has been detrimental...
Great, so not only have you been hit by a car, with all of the associated injuries that causes, but your also going to smell atrocious too! The Ambo's are going to love you!
"The threat from muti believers could be enough to finish off the birds in some parts of the country within 50 years, the organisation warned."
50 years? Thats one hell of a world cup after party...
Just did some quick sums, about the wanting to change from iphone or from android.
Iphone users - 28% but 7% want to change away from iphone, thats 1.96% of those surveyed.
Android users - 9% but 14% want to change away from android, thats 1.26% of those surveyed.
Interesting that 2/3 more people got suckered into buying an iphone but what to change, then people who bought androids and realised it wasnt for them. I just found that interesting...
The objection is that the staff get 2%, and the boss gets 6%. Even taking into account performance based pay rises, ive never heard of someone (excluding management-types) getting a 6% rise.
In my company if you get the absolute best rating imaginable so that you get the highest possible payrise you still top out at 4.5% (the more likely is 2.5-3%). If i knew that the CEO was getting 6% i too would be going to the picket line.
... he lost his job? Can anyone explain? Did his job require a zero convictions record to allow him to function? If i remember correctly he lost the job during the trial before he was ever convicted. So how is that legal? Or is it that he lost his job for some othe reason which just happened to occur at the same time as the trial and he's using that as a way to get a bit of extra sympathy.
Not commenting on the other stuff (its been done to death already) but i find it hard to believe that anyone not working for the police or security services could legally be dismissed for getting this type of conviction. Can anyone explain what actually happened then?
Shouldnt slow the internet down at all, should it?
The important point is "admitted to"!
Women will not, as a rule, admit to watching porn except with people they absolutely trust (or their completely wasted). But women do watch porn, just like women do masturbate. They dont talk about it like guys do but they still do it.
We're all human after all...
Whilst i dont agree with the absurd suing culture in the US, and i really dont think any of these people have a truly valid complaint, the FTC and all the other government bodies who SHOULD be the ones getting angry, conducting investigations and punsihing Google for its illegal activities, are not doing a damn thing (except saying "Google, you've been bad, dont do it again.... please, pretty please!").
So good luck to them if it finally means that Google gets punished for blatantly ignoring the law and our rights to privacy!
This is obviously a perfect, cheap, all weather conditions heating element. Even in the worst weather (cloudy, rainy, etc.) infrared radiation still exists in abundance and so one of these absorbing energy and then pumping it into a house could be a very cheap way to heat the house with no reliance on fossil fuels.
Obviously depends on size, heat output, scalability, etc, but why go all complex with radar invisbility when theres a simple problem that this could be the solution too. Plus being a "green" technology, its sure to get billions in government funds to pursue...
Coffee is safe - its already a taxed drug. Its only untaxed drugs which are bad,/naughty/wont someone think of the children types of evil...
... they get a significant run on orders in the next few weeks before the new FTC-compliant version comes out?
God i hate this "Oh it has to do with children it's so much more important then normal" thing going around at the moment. They lost data, it doesnt matter if it was children, adults or dogs for all i care. Its shows a lack of training and understanding of security principles for which they should be punished.
To quote Bill Hicks:
"So the moment they're over a certain age, they're off your f*cking love list?"
I have to admit this surprises me as your average gamer (or at least i would expect for a game like Red Dead Redemption) should be able to spot a scareware popup with ease. So i cant imagine that this would gain too much in the way of sales for the scareware app itself.
If it was a trojan that stole credit card details or made this a zombie client then i could see it being a way for miscreants to make money (and who knows that might be a backdoor route of this infection which hasnt been noticed yet). But pushing Scareware to people who are at least relatively tech saavy doesnt sound like an overly profitable venture to me!
WWF used to be a well respected environmental agency.
How things have changed...
"prosperity without [economic] growth"? So WWF will be happy so long as 3/4 of the worlds population continue to live in relative (and often real) poverty? Dont they realise that the only countries and people in the world who give a damn about the environment are those economically advanced enough not to be worried about where there next meal is coming from?
Can we please get a new environmental agency who are not nuts??
"the miscreants will serve a virtual sentence in a virtual gaol" - isnt this the usual punishment for common criminals in England? Unless they're overly tall photographers, or happen to have a beard and slightly darker skin, of course...
Joke icon because i wish i was...
Or people could just use some frigging common sense and not click on every little thing that their "friends" send them...
I think id take a secondment to Latvia rather then Brussels.
Have you met any Latvian girls? ;)
Copying is innovating, now?
Wow, innovation just got so much easier!
Your obviously new around here, so let me explain the objection.
The objection was never the card, as seen in Europe it is quite useful. The objection was that in order to get the card you had to provide fingerprints, photos, and all of your identity details (Ni number, address, where you lost your virginity, etc.), and this information would be stored on a giant über-database which would be accessible by every government agency, the police, and the immigration service. This information woudl be required by law to be kept up to date, e.g. if you moved and didnt tell the database people you had moved you could face a very large fine.
That i can guarantee is not information you have on your ID card. Nor is the information from your ID card stored on a database in germany that is accessible to the polizei or other government departments.
That is what people objected to. These sorts of intrusive information databases allow the government to track and control and THAT is what people object to.
I hope that clarifies the situation. Welcome to The Reg...
It is already a requirement for any non-EU nationals to have a work/student permit in their passport. Without this you cannot enter the country unless your from a select group of countries and your here on a holiday which is less then 3 months (and you must in those cases have proof of your plane/train trip out).
So sorry, this card wont help immmigration people because:
a) a passport with a required permit is already required to enter the country.
b) those entering on holidays (from that small select group of nations not requiring a visa) wont require the ID card, and as these are the ones most likely to over stay there visa, or work illegally this wont help them.
c) this will not be able to be applied to EU nationals (it would be against the EU charter), so no tracking of those dirty foreigners.
So please tell me exactly how these ID cards will do anything which the current visa scheme doesnt already accomplish?
And at a much discounted price...
You know the old saying - a fool and his money...
... to the game admins, so that they can try contacting the players and telling them to clean up there hard drives.
Whether that has any affect, i guess we will wait and see...
- smaller and thus less visible and less easy to damage under enemy fire.
- being able to control where it is located, it can remain in a single spot rather then being at the mercy of the wind (even a tethered balloon will hang downwind as far as possible from the tether location)
- the gases in a balloon are expensive and will eventually evaporate or escape from the balloon, thus they still need to be taken down and refilled occasionally, this has the potential (if run off grid) to never need to be brought down and to be "cheap" to run.
shall i go on?
Much more importantly, which airline lets you fly with 55kg of luggage!
I wish what you were saying was a joke, but unfortunately its the most likely outcome!
I had my Canon EOD400D Digital SLR out in -25°C (Kiruna, Sweden) taking long exposure pics for almost an hour before it finally froze.
And this "toughened" camera can only do -10°C? Either there being very conservative or they dont have any cold weather capabilities worth bragging about...
Just one thing to check (although im sure you have this in mind) is to make sure that these components can handle the operational temperatures you can expect at release height or that theyre insulated well enough to accomplish this. This is a big problem with satellites, sounding rocket, and balloon launch tests - and one of the main reasons for failures of amateur/semi-amateur launches.
But if youve done that check then this looks good! =)
Mark admit it your the love child of Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg, arent you?
... what our rights are here in relation to refusing to answer a question that is an obvious breach of our privacy?
As an Australian citizen, to the best of my knowledge i cant be refused entry to Australia (where are the going to deport me too?), and so what happens if i refuse to answer this question? I would be interested if anyone knows the actual legal ramifications.
... but the way i read this is that, this is a program normally shown after the watershed. But it was being shown at a normal time because of the use of the VOD service.
Well sorry but if its a program normally on after the watershed, then that means its probably not suitable for your children to be watching in the first place so if they see an ad they shouldnt its your fault for letting them watch a program they potentially shouldnt be seeing!
The Nanny state wins again...
Actually Steve i think you will find its only certain crimes which you can be tried for in Australia for committing overseas - child abuse/pornography, money laundering and organised crime come to mind but i dont think you can be tried in Aus for things like theft or burglary. However, you will more then likely be extradited to said country to face your crime...
Sorry but there is really only one part of this which is a worry and thats the customs operative who came up and said that the passport has now been or will be shortly cancelled. Im quite certain this is very much against the law, to threaten to cancel or to cancel without notice or reason an Australian citizens passport.
Unless of course, this is really just headline grabbing and what actually happened was the customs operative turned around and said "look you do realise your passport is due to expire in a few months, yeah?"
Everything else is standard procedure, if you enter Aus (or many other countries) with a ratty passport your bound to have the passport taken and checked (I personally get stopped everytime i enter the UK, and i also have been stopped in India (of all places!) for having a ratty passport!). If you have a criminal record you are likely to be asked questions about it. Doesnt matter if it was 5 years ago or 15, nor does it matter what it is. The system flags you up as having a criminal record you can expect to be asked questions.
And Assange saying he feels unsafe in Australia is just stupid, if he doesnt feel safe in Aus i fail to think of a single country he would feel safe in.
They've managed to get less then 20% of a message without setting off alarm bells. Sorry but that doesnt seem like a huge achievement. With less then 20% your not going to be able to decipher what the original message was.
If they had managed to intercept 20% of the message without any error messages being received at all then thats somethiing to crow about, but this - meh! It just says we need to reduce the allowable error percentage. Problem solved.
Without knowing the details of the first case, i must say it does sound extremely worrying. A chat between two people should be private no matter how it is undertaken. If it is then published online at a later date by one of the parties then perhaps, very perhaps, there may be a case to answer for if the message was threatening, but then i would have to say both parties (definitely the poster) might be in trouble. And it should definitely not fall under the auspices of the obscene publications act, that it does in this case is just ridiculous. E.g if it was a conversation about raping someone (even if no specific name was mentioned) then perhaps it could be breaking some sort of stalking or threatening messages law but definitely not the obscene publications act!
The second case, though i have less trouble with. If you ring through a bomb threat, you can expect to be chased up and charged with making a threatening call. If you tweet the bomb threat, i see no reason why this should be handled differently. However, in this specific case, its gone to the extreme because this is obviously not a serious threat. At most it should be counted on about par with making a fake police or 112 call. That its gone to this level is again frankly ridiculous!
You would think, what with the MPAA's continued dogging of the Pirate Bay website, they would be smart enough to keep quiet and so buy themselves at least a few months of quiet (whilst the MPAA tried to find out exactly where they are hosted) before the next MPAA court attempted takedown. But No, of course not, lets be loud mouths and tell them exactly where they need to launch their next court case.
Look i dont particularly care how this runs in comparison to other Apple laptops (maybe some Fanbois do?), what i want to know (as someone who is looking to buy a new laptop soon) is how this laptop compares for speed, HDD, connectivity, battery life etc compared to your standard HP, Acer, etc laptops.
You can talk about the software suite you get with it and all that (which is important as well), but the main comparison for someone like myself should be to do with which machine is the fastest, has the best graphics and the best battery life and has the all-round best features. The test youve run show me that this is fast and with relatively good batteries comapred to other Apples but thats not particularly helpful. Ok if i end up buying Apple i'll buy this, but whats to make me choose this over a PC when looked at from a performance point of view alone?
If you cant perform the standard PCMark (or an equivalent test) then this review is of no use to me. Sorry.
... what they will be doing with all those pilots now that unmanned birds are taking all their jobs... They will become Cyber Pilots!
In future, when i send an email with an attachment, i wont be sending an attachment at all, it will be uploaded to a server for my recipient to download through their mail. Then it will be deleted after 30 days. Same goes for receiving emails.
Well excuse me but i like to hold on to a lot of my attachments, i dont have a 30 day limit where i stop using something.
So my hotmail account will soon be deleted if this comes in; my gmail account has been deleted since Buzz; i wouldnt touch Yahoomail with a 10 foot pole; so can anyone recommend an online email service which i can just use as a bloody email service without having to worry about a) my personal data being hocked to the highest bidder, b) being spammed constantly by the service im supposed to be using or c) the service deleting my emails and attachments without my knowledge? Anyone?
Or you could just try not spending all that money on cash cows for various US senators and try employing people to actually view and sort the footage...
Nahh your right thats crazy talk...
... but the only reason i can possibly see for all of these absurd patents being granted in the first place is if the USPTO gets paid on a per granted basis. i.e if you submit an application and its not granted you get your money back.
Can anyone tell me if this is the actual situation? If so theres probably a large part of the problem...
How come they get to take wine on the London Eye??? When my friends and i tried to hire a group pod to have a picnic and enjoy the view, we were told in no uncertain terms that there was a ZERO alcohol policy on the Eye...
One rule for them, one rule for the rest of us, i guess... b*stards!
I would be interested to know where they get these figures from. I doubt too many people are stupid enough to admit to using pirated software in answer to a survey from the people who sue you for using pirated software.
So is this based on detection rates extrapolated to the whole country which one can hardly call an accurate figure (because only those companies who are stupid or get ratted on by ex-employees get caught)?
Would be interested to know...
Everytime i see a Ferrari i want one. Doesnt mean that when the time comes around I'm actually going to go out and buy one...
First she says people are too stupid to read a graph, but then suggests giving out all of the data to let someone else have a go at making it easier for people to read? Theres something easier to read then a graph? Thats news to me...
Second, she says that the civil servants are drowning in data so they should give out more of it to the public to do what they want with? Excuse me but if there drowning in data that means theyre collecting too much of it and you know what i would like some of my civil liberties back! How about the civil servants only collect the data they actually NEED and stop collecting all the other cr*p that is only of use to scammers and totalitarians!