51 posts • joined Sunday 17th April 2011 12:42 GMT
Oh For crying out loud.
There are more than enough parental control applications available (many supplied by the ISP's ironically) to deal with unwanted/unsafe internet content. What is this bill REALLY about?
When I first heard it I faced-palmed.
But having listened to the ones below it, I'm now of the opinion it IS the best one there.
"Unfortunately, the group that is supposed to get a chance to discuss the issue, the Backbench Business Committee of MPs, is complaining that the one day a fortnight it has scheduled for debate is chock-a-block with its own issues and the government hasn't given it any extra time to deal with e-petitions."
... so what they're saying is the day that was put aside to deal with e petitions actualy ISN'T put aside for dealing with e petitions.
If they are...
... I doubt it's by choice.
All suspects are guilty...
... I mean, otherwise they wouldn't be suspects... would they?
You're quite right of course, the appeal system is open to abuse - but then that's true of any proceedure allowing for mitigation. I still don't think it justifies draconian measures like this.
It's just so... undemocratic.
Och - Alfred Hitchcock was right all along!
I've lived in two costal towns (in Devon and now scotland) and a far worse problem is harrasment from gulls. There has always been isolated incidents all over the country of birds 'attacking' folk. Can't see it's any more likely in this scenario than any other - short of living in a bird free zone of course...
What a coincidence...
A couple of days ago, a chap from the council turned up at my door to fit a new bath. When I reported the fault they said I'd get a call to let me know when they were coming (which never happened). As I was going out I told him he'd have to arange another time.
"No problem!" he says, and whips out an HTC. The next 10 minutes where spent on the door step while he continualy apologised and tried to get a connection to the database. In the end he scribbled some notes on a piece of paper and said he'd update it when he could get a connection.
Apparently, all the workmen had been issued with these phones and they were all cursing about them. "Was better when we had a list" he grumbled.
Humour is subjective...
... and the ones that make you laff most are often the ones you heard in the pub. Which because of taste, decency, PC or libel action will hardly ever make it into the act of 'most' comics.
... or was it just funny 'cos I was drunk?
Sick and tired...
... of hearing about this bloody bank and it's practices.
'owned by the tax payer' - yeah right. I was so impressed by the performance of this bank I couldn't wait to bail it out. I was more than happy to line the pockets of fat cat management especialy at the expense of blameless bank staff. So I'm REALLY impressed by this latest revelation.
If it's 'owned' by us, then I guess we're responsible eh?
I'm so depressed...
Let's be quiet and they might go away
If I was to form an opinion on the human race based on the stuff that we continually leak out into space, I think I would treat earth and it's inhabitants like a street canvaser and hope I can get by unnoticed.
Although I do find a scenario along the lines of 'Galaxy Quest' oddly appealing...
Says what but not how...
... the police came by the information. I'm rather curious as to how they came to know and how the msg information was obtained. Surely they didn't do a 'Murdoch'?
Not so much the devil, as his advocate.
Dead? Not in my house matey!
I'm sitting here, cup of tea, listening to music(on decent speakers), reading posts in the only personal 'zone' I can get in a busy household. I think he asumes we all want to dash around with a phone to our ear browsing on a fondle slab. Well that's all very well for them who enjoy that lifestyle but I like comfort. And as for gaming, well there's games and there's games. Can't imagine trying to organise a raid in wow from an ipad somehow. Nope - not convinced.
The element of risk...
...exists in all forms of e-comerce be it from unstable software, hackers, trojans, and the like. You can certainly take steps to limit it, but the only way to be 100% safe on the internet is not use it. It's hardly fair (or mature) to point at and admonish people who have been nothing more than unfortunate.
... how much!?
this reminds me of that scene in Independence Day where Bill Pullman queries the funding for Area 51...
President: I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?
Julius: You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?
... apparently our goverment does.
Oh Lord, please help me to keep my big...
I accept, that as one of our country's leaders and shining example of reason and virtue, Mr. Cameron feels obliged to comment and suggest ways of dealing with the issue, but shouldn't it be something more than a knee-jerk draconian swipe at media platforms?
Think it through Mr. C... think it through...
Big Bro, 'cos we know where this can lead...
The more coverage I see and comments made, I can't help feeling that governing bodies are distancing themselves from the situation. They are good at pointing their fingers and condeming the actions (which of course they should) but it's a case of "look at what THEY are doing - they need a jolly good thrashing". Like it or not, THEY are members of OUR community.
While there is some debate as to the source of the match that touched off the blaze, isn't it also true that to a degree this is a symptom of the errosion that has slowly degraded community standards? The successive goverments of the past few decades seem more interested in removing local community control and incentives for the sake of convenience. Coupled with international policies (which they appear more interested in until something like this happens) they have made a pretty poor show of keeping their own house in order. Our own goverment members seem to routinely flout the virtues which they compel us to uphold without serious consequence.
The rich are richer, the poor are poorer. Fat cats who were at the helm of banking institutions when they failed recieve millions, while humble workers below them face redundancies. There is no investment in our youth in either community or education. Their circumstance seems to rely on the funds they can produce rather than their willingness to achieve, and the power to change their curcumstance is virtualy non existent.
Is it any wonder then that our respect for the status quo is somewhat deminished? It is not an excuse for the actions that took place. But even 2000 years ago, the roman senate new all too well that if you don't give the plebs at least the illusion of prosperity or self worth, eventualy there will be trouble.
For the people, by the people? We can but hope that this may be a wakeup call for Mr Clegg and Co... albeit a folorn hope.
Phew! I need a beer...
So, the labour pool can be superceeded by automatons that can easily perform the mundane physical tasks. This throws countless millions into unemployment.
I suppose eventualy, middle management and administrators in both the private and public sector, will become redundant as smarter programmes manage and administrate more efficiently than their error prone counterparts.
Why can't someone invent a robot that can procrastinate, lie and bullshit? Then we can sack all the politicians as well!
Deterent or diversion?
"Legendary id Software developer John Carmack reckons videogames have a positive impact on society and reduce aggression."
Is that because it keeps potential antisocialists and psycho's in doors and off the streets?
I had an opinion...
... but I remembered just in time that I abstain from subscribing to any classifaction medium that attempts to 'pigeon hole' individuals into any form of collective entity. Particularly when it's based on random statistics, but especially when it's basis is, no matter how obscurely, comercially orientated.
Safeguarding the future?
This is the BRITISH goverment right?
The duely elected body that represents BRITIAN, and strives to act in BRITAIN's best interests?
"alarmed at the increased security risks of storing millions of live personal data files, including national insurance numbers, offshore".
"The motion, signed by six other MPs from the region, also noted the "ethical implications" of cutting costs and raising the contract's profitability by exploiting lower paid overseas workers."
"One of the issues is the loss of 200 jobs in Tyneside, but the other key issue is the security of sensitive information with confidential information, including NI numbers zipping back and forth between Britain and India."
So, while it IS an issue that money, investment and jobs are at stake, it's not a KEY one. Gosh I feel so much better knowing that my goverment holds our future in such high priority.
Wot no SkullCandy?
I'm not a number cruncher, nor audiophiliac. I wedge 'em in my ear and if they sound good I use 'em. I tried Sony and two different sennheiser sets (one pair packed up after 3 days) but neither sounded as good as the SKs - alot cheaper too. Yes They were only about £20 (sennheisers were more than double that) but the bottom line for me is the sound, comfort and quality of build - and I don't mean because it has gold plated, angel dust coated *&%!£! super woofer/ driver/ tachyon driven/quantum doobries.
...er, mine's the one with the buckles up the back.
Please not again...
... everytime this bobs to the surface I make another stab at trying to understand it. Yet again, my coffee gets cold, I smoke too many fags, and the world remains more or less the same as it was when I started. Theoretical phiysics is as meaningless as it is intangible - ah wait - is that why it's called the God particle!?
More coffee Igor and emply the ash tray!!
... wasn't that Bernard Mathews?
Gee, we're all so dumb...
... or it pleases some people to think so. I personaly don't consider myself to be particularly niave, but hey - it's all depending on how much you know (or at least, think you do).
My Uncle gave me one of the most useful (and profound) pieces of advice I ever had when I was young. "The worsth crime in the world, is getting caught". Sadly, it took me a long time to really understand how true that is, and what it really signified about human nature.
I'm not going to waste your time stating the obvious - I'm not even going to bother to vote a certain post down. I'm sure there are many here as 'clueless' as me who know what I mean.
... or is it? I'm sorry, I may have missunderstood the example you illustrate, but are you suggesting that someone just sat down and tried random 4 digit combinations until they got the right one? There are 10,000 possible combinations using the digits 0 - 9. Might have took a while then...
"Firstly, it's not hacking - it's just guessing a pin number..."
I see! So if I "guess" the password to the National Insurance database and obtain confidential information without authorisation I'm not hacking at all! That's all right then...
A classic stratigic feint
C'mon, we all know that if we discover a scandal of this proportion now, those who are involved have know about it for ages. So it's reasonable to assume there have been contingency plans prepared for most eventualities.
So they put up their hands, gasp in horror and look shocked - but we don't 'buy it'.
Next they implement an investigation - curiously already strangling it's credibility by appointing one of the suspected party as chief investigator - we are even more outraged.
Suddenly, in a major show of attrition, they axe the publication without a fight and in a grand manner, one of the CEO's pleads remorse for their actions citeing niavete as the main cause.
Anyone who has a basic understanding of military stratergy can see this for what it is - one big manouver to camoflage another - and no, I'm still not 'buying it'.
But don't let it worry you - this only the tip of the iceberg anyway... you'll never hear about what's REALLY going on ... MUAHAHA!!!
Wealth through litigation...
... seems more and more that financial 'compensation' through insurance is almost a live goal. TV ads push it in your face as if it's something we all should do - as often as possible.
But I digress. The point here is not what he could have gained by way of compensation, but that miserable souless beings perpetrated the act in the first place. Everybody has something that they hold dear - things they would be greatly distressed to loose. Compensation is a widely bandied term in legal circles which in many circumstances (as in this one) barely applies. The man was robbed - and we question his conduct?
It's all so pointless...
...because political correctness isn't interested in preserving of portraying the truth.
Various ruling factions thoughout history have altered names and events in the name of political expedience - or in this case in the case of commercial gain - and not for the first or last time either.
What concerns me more is that many people are more and more willing to take these cinematic representations on face value as factual. In years to come people will be argueing over which was portraying the truth. It may only be the name of a dog, but what next?
I've tried - really I have...
... to think of something positive to say about these 'enhanced re-releases', but on a gut level I just feel dispondent each time I see it. Wether it's good or bad is, to me at least, irrelevant. I would far rather they put the time, money and effort into producing something new, excting and possibly even original? Very few insentives to draw me to the cinema these days.
I am at a loss to see a reason for this. For a Horror movie, the original Sissy Spacek version generated a lot of empathy for the lead character and won well deserved awards. Aside from the social era it is set in, it holds up even today as a classic.
Hollywood needs to take a lesson from this. HD, 3D and CGI are purely enhancements and do not make a good movie alone. Maybe I'm just out of touch or expect too much, but I'm not impressed by insipid wooden teenies who sparkle in the light and stereo typed clueless grown ups.
I'm not convinced...
... that Use of Weapons would make a good movie. The uninitiated could be confused by the constant flash-backs and those having read it are unlikely to be impressed with the interpretation of someone else perspective.
Consider Phlebas would probably make a better movie as it is more linear and a less complex story line. Also the action is better paced, and Horza would make an excellent anti-hero if he is well cast.
tsk... sloppy research
OK, I'm a bit confused here... The second from last book "Who goes there?" is listed as being written by Bob Shaw. I asumed at firdt that this was the one that the classic movie "The thing from another world" was based upon, but that is credited to Don A Stuart, aka John W Campbell Jr. I can't find anything by that title credited to a Bob Shaw, so what gives?
Can't put my finger on it ...
... but Shyamalan's movies are perplexing. The actual Premise for the movies is usualy sound, but they are realised in such a way that all the suspense and intrigue are somehow missing. It would be interesting (and considerably more entertaing) to see someone else do the same movies. I so wanted 'Signs' to be a good movie, but c'mon... Mel Gibson a disalusioned priest?
Oh, and re: Ridley Scott. An excellent director who is just having a dodgy patch. Will be interesting to see what his return to the Alien series will produce. He's already expressed his feelings that the franchise has gone off the rails a bit and I take that as a good sign.
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