905 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011
Re: @ auburnman: It Could Be Worse Than That
"Russia is very wary, if not actually scared, of China."
So you're saying if China asked for him, he'd be stuffed in a bag and shipped over priority delivery?
If he really has dirt as good as he has just announced, then he has just completely fucked himself. EVERYONE is going to be after him.
Does he really think Russia would be against quietly handing him over to China for cash or favours?
My biggest problem with my phone as alarm clock is I'm never awake enough to realise if my fumblings equated to 'Snooze' or 'Off'. I got into work VERY late a few weeks back 'cos of it. I'd quite like an alarm app that audibly tells you 'Snooze Selected' or 'Alarm Deactivated.' (And in an ideal world, it would activate the microphone and listen for a few seconds after that so you could change it from one to the other by shouting at it.) I realise I could search the store, but the problem is everyone and their dog appears to have done an alarm app and I can't be arsed trawling through thousands of them to find the best one.
Re: Let me translate:
They'd be better off waiting until the game is out and passing off game footage as real world recordings to a suitably thick government official:
"You need to buy our security product: Watch this criminal cause a car crash by hacking the traffic lights with his phone!!"
"the majority of those users signed up to Google+ didn't actually interact with it, so the appearance of their faces in ads might in fact come as a bit of a shock to some people."
I'm just guessing from personal experience, but my money is on the non-interaction with Google+ extending to people not having uploaded a profile photo in the first place (not of their actual face anyway.) I would say there will be a lot of photos of babies and pets advertising stuff as this is rolled out...
holding a Union Flag upside down
If old annuals of The Victor Book for Boys taught me anything, it's that that's a distress signal! Mobilise 007 immediately, he is obviously a hostage in the clutches of some nefarious Bond villain.
Wikileaks throwing mud about not contributing to legal defence funds
Re: "loss-making postal service"?
Which diktat is that? I thought it was being sold off because the Tories are sexually aroused by privatisation.
Re: Self-driving cars are never going to take off
"On top of that, 1% of the entire population every year are killed on the roads (730k in the UK, apparently), with a significant proportion i'm sure where the wrong person (or robot) gets the blame."
That 730K is the figure for killed OR injured. If 2000 people were dying every day on the roads there'd be uproar. Mind you, the very fact that the figure of 730K works out to 2K/day makes me wonder if the 'official estimate' was pulled out of someone's arse.
Please stop repeating snippets of the article in a bigger font halfway through. It's not a magazine page, you don't need to draw my attention.
"It's not a magazine page, you don't need to draw my attention"
I have already consciously clicked on the article and decided to read it, the repetition just interrupts flow.
Re: A can of worms..
The best Hoover I ever had was a thirty quid Dyson Cyclone technology knockoff from Electrolux. You'd forget to empty it as it never seemed to lose suction.
Specs making ChromeOS pointless?
Decent RAM +Processor + SSD should make ANY decent OS fast as anything. So where's the argument for using an OS that is crippled when you can't get online?
Re: OK, so that's the fictional deity out of the picture
One step at a time...
Re: Seems about right...
Obviously those surveyed 'forgot' to mention their web use at work...
Re: Geography Lesson
Not when part of the discussion is if this is another rumour / hoax. Hoax > Email Scam.
Re: Geography Lesson
Who mentioned Nigeria?
Re: Digital signature conundrum
Or perhaps get a dozen, twenty or even a hundred legit watermarks from hacking, social engineering and or volunteers, then liberally paste ALL the watermarks into the pirate copy. Call it the " I am Spartacus" defence. How would the industry prosecute if they can't pin it down to one person?
Re: Devils Advocaat (with ice)
Or they could prevent you from watching the film at all on the grounds that it would be making an unauthorised copy in your memory.
Top notch, just snagged a couple to play around with. Tesco and their 'bargain' Hudl can go swivel.
Who was selling a tablet at £31? Was it an unknown brand or something like the TouchPad fire sale?
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
But perhaps one day with all the new Metamaterials becoming available to us we could have a viable lightweight vacuum chamber. Fingers crossed.
Auto tills had some redeeming features...
... back in my student days, a mate of mine who worked at Big Supermarket Chain TM discovered that the job destroying tills would accept ANY money off vouchers from the free magazine, regardless of whether they applied to the items in your shopping basket or not. Vouchers on toilet roll, Shampoo and crisps would give a bill reduction on a basket of Vodka, toffee and Super Noodles. If I recall correctly there was a brief period where he could do his weekly shop for £1.
Re: err ,,,, [auburnman]
"It is only slander/libel if it is untrue (or rather a defence against a charge of slander/libel is that what you said/wrote is true). So if a person is subsequently found guilty there is evidence that what you said was true."
My point is that it is still slander at the time because the accused has the right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty and they don't get takesies backsies for the offence after the guilty verdict - when the statement was made the defendant was false as they were legally innocent then. Innocent unless proven guilty could theoretically provide wiggle room for a slick tongued lawyer.
Look at it this way - if you told everyone I was a car thief (when I wasn't) and I later stole your car in retaliation, your statement, although now true, remains false at the time of making.
I am not a lawyer either, but I too like to argue over wordings.
Re: err ,,,,
Innocent UNTIL proven guilty. You say hundreds of key documents have that error, when in reality you just disagree with the wording. Which is fair enough, but look at it this way. If someone commits a murder, and that murder is witnessed live and recorded on CCTV, it is STILL wrong to say that person is guilty before a court verdict EVEN WHEN THE EVENTUAL VERDICT IS GUILTY.
If a paper calls the defendant guilty while the relevant trial is still ongoing, then it is slandering an innocent and interfering with Justice. That doesn't retroactively become okay three days later when the guilty verdict comes down under innocent until proven guitly, but under innocent unless proven guilty? I'm not sure.
In the context of the principles of law, It's not about whether you ARE innocent or guilty - no court will ever 100% truly know that - it is about WHEN the duty of the legal system to treat you as an innocent becomes the right to deal with you as a convicted criminal.
Would they be allowed to sell them straight away? I know they can seize and sell proceeds of crime, but wouldn't they have to hold them until a court convicts Ulbricht before they can be disposed of?
They would probably hang on to the 'cash' anyway, Bitcoins will probably be in demand in the FBI for undercover/sting operations.
From a technical perspective, would it be possible for other users of BitCoin to know which Bitcoins landed in FBI hands from the blockchain? ie if I were an Underworld Kingpin, could I rig a system to decline BC transactions involving coins that were in Ulbricht's wallet?
Re: Goose and gander and rabid hypocrisy laid bare ?
Perhaps Obama calling them "extremists" is laying the groundwork to have them rounded up under terrorism laws.
Re: G man
My biggest worry about HL3 is that they have set up too many questions for one game to reasonably answer; your questions above barely scratch the surface. What did Eli know about our 'mutual friend'? Did Breen escape to a 'host body'? Can G-Man be trusted?
Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but I can't see any branch of Dixon's keeping their 3D printer up and running often enough to be relied on. The minimum wage till monkeys won't care when it breaks if they ever get properly trained to use it at all. Staples can't keep their 2D printers running half the time.
Re: Thorium reactors
In a nutshell:
-Fear of radiation without understanding it (from the cold war legacy, not helped by fearmongering among the lesser news publications)
-Not in My Back Yard (Because of the Fear)
-Lack of experience with Thorium reactors (When nuclear power came around most countries chose Uranium reactors because they produced Plutonium as a byproduct, which comes in very handy when you are trying to join the nuclear "Do Not Fuck With Us" Club
Political Blindness/Spinelessness (See Germany's decision to stop using reactors.
Re: They did add a pony
Ask yourself if the poor on food assistance are eating junk food because they want to or because it is the cheapest option? I can't find the article at the minute but there's a lady who wrote about living on the poverty line, and how she would have loved a little education as to what foods can be both cheap and nutritious.
The bit that always horrified me when reading about the Cold War was how the Cuban Missile Crisis almost ended civilisation, and yet in the later years the West pushed to get as many missiles in Europe as possible without thinking this could escalate.
If I remember correctly, even if you have an oxygen source that allows you to start a fire in space, the smoke doesn't go anywhere in zero G and just hangs around the flame and quickly smothers it.
Re: Now we know...
Nokia: Please buy our failing phone division.
MS: We're thinking about it. will you sell the patents?
Nokia: No, but you can licence them for a decade.
MS: That's good, but we're quite interested in establishing royalty payments to end the scourge of free software.
Nokia: Do the royalty payments have to go your way or is it enough that there is a financial cost to non MS software?
MS: Depends. What are you suggesting?
Nokia: If you buy the phone division we'll keep the patents but sue the shit out of everyone for patent infringement.
Re: I've not even looked at the single player yet.
You didn't have to wait to long to buy it, I longed to buy it for months before it came out.
That's the one. I'm thinking of picking one up to see if the parents are comfortable with touchscreen devices before we go and get them new phones. Considering it'd probably only ever do Facebook email and internet the lack of GPS/camera is not really an issue.
Nearly spat my tea out when I saw the £60 pricetag, but if the true price is £120 for those of us who haven't been stashing clubcard points I'll probably get a Nook Smoke as my 'cheapo' tablet - Argos are doing them for £80 in 8Gb and £100 in 16Gb.
Tesco might compete on price yet I suppose, they'll probably see how much uptake there is at 60/120 and then do a price slash for Christmas.
...the first time I have ever cared about what Blackberry are doing and they fuck it up. Way to miss a big chance with the iPhone & Android crowds guys.
Re: Go hat in hand
"Blackberry should go hat in hand looking to partner with Facebook."
FB are in bed with Microsoft and therefore Nokia. Blackberry will likely get short shrift there.
Re: LOHAN contamination.
Other balloons? Rocket launches? For my money the microbes hitched a lift up to that altitude on the same flight as the sampling kit. Their shield may have prevented the sample drawer being contaminated directly by the balloon, but the balloon must have contaminated the atmosphere being sampled. Or the microbes were on the outside of the sampling box and shook loose at sample time. I can't see how this method could possibly produce an uncontaminated sample (Which unfortunately makes it likely their efforts will shortly be 'successfully' replicated.)
Behind the times (but catching up)
Looks like the call centre countries have just reached the "no one got fired for buying Microsoft" Phase of the modern business world.
Re: Not as good as Carmageddon
BURN THE HERETIC
There is precedent for it - Executives for Google Italy have been found criminally liable before.
The big downside of crowdfunding is the buyers take on all the financial risk that were usually shouldered by financial investors, but without the clout that comes with owning shares in the company. The large distribution of investment should mean that in the event of failure millions of people could lose a hundred quid or so instead of massive financial hits to a couple of investors.
Individuals haven't adjusted to this level of risk though, we have been spoiled by the consumer protections we are afforded in modern society where if you pay for a product or service you are entitled to it or otherwise have some legal recourse.
Perhaps the way forward is for Kickstarter and the like to partner with insurance companies; an optional few quid on each transaction to guarantee your money back in the event the venture goes tits up. They could also examine proposals as part of the insurance process and give a risk rating to projects (e.g. warning flags on projects where a single dude with no experience is promising something like an Ouya within 3 months.)
Re: So where is the "abuse of dominance"???
It's also possible that this crackdown is being encouraged behind the scenes as punishment for Google daring to decline to pay more taxes when the MP's puffed up their chests and crowed that they would take Big Business to task.
Rayman delay on Wii U
It's a sad indictment of Nintendo's stature nowadays that a big publisher will actually go out of their way NOT to give them a console exclusive.
Re: Naturalist! = evolutionary biologist
"If accidents are the major cause of death of young people it's hard to see the selection pressure - unless there is a gene for not stepping in front of a bus,"
Accidents are definitely a selection pressure when they are avoidable, but society tries to sidestep that too.
Surely there are genes that dictate your natural level of situational awareness; in days gone by the vast majority of folk who frequently did something dumb like crossing the road without looking or cutting a branch while sitting on it would have removed themselves from the gene pool. Nowadays with our collective knowledge of medicine and physiotherapy, they survive and re-enter society, possibly to pass on genes that Nature alone would have gotten rid of.
I'm starting to suspect
That media and state have come to an understanding: The media don't publish the atrocious shit they already know about MP's and various quangos that could bring down the entire government, and in return X absolutely batshit mental policies are launched every week specifically tweaked to be as outrageous as possible for the purpose of selling newspapers.
"Given that the BBC Trust has to represent both the poacher and the gamekeeper, it was in an impossible situation to begin with."
Hardly an impossible situation - dealing with conflicting interests must certainly be tricky but you can't say it can't be done. Fair enough the Trust have made an arse of it, but the solution is to come down on them like a ton of bricks and maybe punt some of them out, not junking the entire lot and overloading OfCom even further. Surely setting strategic direction for the beeb would be way out of their comfort zone.
Re: postcode search
One the subject of postcodes, does anyone know roughly the area covered by the first part of a postcode in the UK? was trying to find this out the other day but my Google-fu failed me.
Google should update their frontpage to randomly take X% of visitors to an options page asking: "Would you like to try one of our competitors search products? Yes please, show me the alternatives / No thanks, back to the Google home page"
That way they could reply to the commission that they actively tried to push competitor's products onto people, yet 99.5% of those asked chose to stick with Google (my guess at numbers.)
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