79 posts • joined 16 Jun 2012
Re: Amercan voters in sth Krrea
vt. If the USA pulled all it's armed forces, Nth Korea would march straight in.
Neither Sth Korea nor the USA want that, bu
You must be joking, the South Koreans want peace (with their ethnic racial brethren), the US govt. wants to make trouble, mainly to piss in China's nose.
Also a double-standard at play here, Sth. Korea has, like Japan, a population collapse in progress, but liKe Japan-accepts almost no non-natives, sure isn't interested in imposing arseholes from the worst places they can flnd on the less well-off portions of the local populations, unlike western countries.
Before leaving for now, even more off-topic, an Irish friend asked me why Blair had converted to Catholicism, l half-passed in my attempted replies.
Friend's explanation was sweet and to the point, the Catholic church offers absolution, and Blair had made a major war criminal of himself, so was desperate to be absolved.
Personally, I doubt that Blair has the human quality my friend credited him with, but it's a theory worth spreading.
Off the topic but not the thread, mayhaps food for thought.
Re: In case anyone really cares about why this happened
Climate change? bush? wtf?
Mad plans ... but nice and polite
Meant to reply to the OP who referred to the probabilty that the US spying programs might also shuffle info. back to their national champ companies, I have no doubt they do, but is there a case where it's been proven?
One might hope that Mr. Snowden's files include such an example, but it seems to have been out of his scope ... or if not, out of the scope of things the Grauniad is willing to publish.
As I said in an earlier post, all of lt does sweet FA for the many talented americans being thrown onto the scrapheap. it's all about stock values for the holders, most of whom have not done a day of productive work in their lives.
Current pres. case in point, also a massive real-estate swindle, quetly shovelled under the carpet by an obedient media machne.
Beer ... the usual reason.
Re: Typical American behaviour
Hey, let's not let it get in the way of your juggernaut.
Amercan voters in sth Krrea
Last time I checked, there were still several tens of thousands of US soldiers in Sth. Korea, they don't appear to have announced a sudden massive withdrawal of late.
Re: Typical American behaviour
Truly a joke, the US national champion companies vigorously ask the state for handouts and importation of cheap labour, while throwing talented programmers in regional states onto the scrapheap of crap jobs at fast-food places and, at best, crap jobs in shopping malls.
Not from there, but have enough 'net friends (and enough nous to judge) to know.
Re: Typical American behaviour
Yankee lawyer = liar.
Ridiculous indeed, but the key questions are which player installed, maintains, and extends limits in the system as it corruptly stands?
Hint, it's not Sth. Korea.
I would like to vote anything above my own post down, but it takes too long.
... also would vote many lower posts up.
To lower-posting people whose comments I like, consider just replying to a top post, relevant or not, seems to be the favoured method of the system-gaming Norde Americano propaganda crowd, who, lord knows why, flood the place with crap on any contentious point (I like the Reg, been reading it for years before even one post).
How does one obtain a 'badge' so that one can edit one's own posts?
I omitted two words in my last, as an obsessive I can't stand it!
Bear with me, pls.
This is just another example of the USA bullying US competitors with their ｀champion companies'.
A long history is behind it （attack on Japan's DRAM production and the very good TRON OS, visits from Gates and the Googleoids to the White House where they always get exactly what they want, while not creating work for their fellow countrymen).
Most recently (before the attack on Samsung), the massive propaganda attack on the Airbus superjumbn in contrast with just about no critical comment about the much greater lateness and tendency to catch fire for no reason stated in the manual (like the Xbox and several Apple i-devices) of the 'Dreamliner' was a pretty startling example.
... and all are dedicated to inflated stock value, no interest in decent jobs for US workers (alright, admit that doesn't entirely to contract-bloated Boeing, but lovely how their lies dominate the media, innit?）
Re: UK has history for this to...
Following enjoyable deviation from topic
An Irish friend posed to me the rhetorical question 'Why did Blair convert to Catholicism?'
After all of my attempted replies missed the mark, my friend delivered the true answer.
In paraphrase, the evil bastard wanted absolution for his evil acts,
and the Catholic church was the only one nearby that might deliver it to him.
I believe my friend is correct.
Beer, 'cos half soaked.
Re: A$$nut trying to grab the limelight again.
Calm down, Julian is like Saint Steve of Jobs in terms of personal hygiene and attitude to women.
Thank you for the down-vote, will check the links you posted, why a Wikipedia moron like you turns up here is a mystery to all.
Manning looked extremely handsome in his dress uniform, I hope and pray that he is free at least soon enough to enjoy living, sure suffered enough already.
Viva Ed Snowden!
Sad but ...
What the hell was Manning thinking?
He was in uniform, under the strictest type of NDA, and very junior. Looked rather fetching in his uniform at the trial.
AFAIK, wikileaks hasn't finished publishing the material Manning passed to them. We have the presumably Assange-titled Collateral Murder and a load of minor tales of undiplomatic diplomacy.
Still, I hope that he (Manning) gets a pardon before too long.
As an aside, I was idly wondering if the Ecuadorean Embassy would cater to Julian's driving force by smuggling in the occasional groupie.
With his urge to poke his prong into groupies, the lack must be the biggest hardship for Jules.
Still, hope he manages to leave for the place that has granted him asylum.
Viva Ed Snowden!
Lets get some thing straight shall we.
OIC, an authority.
Alright, you are spelling-challenged.
Is that Old Scots? What does it mean?
Can't work that out either.
Lots of apostrophe fuckups, many others too.
If you want to write long and lecturing posts, I suggest a spell of remedial language study.
The horse learnt to do that through long viewing and careful study of an ancient television documentary called Mister Ed.
Re: Forget H&S, policies, road laws, etc
Agree, she was most impolite, one may suspect an overdose of entitlement, booze, or both.
That said, who are you to refer to the noble horse as a 'shit machine'? Unless you're from an evil (and impossibly energy-guzzling) future and on a hunt for Sarah Connor, how are you any less of a shit machine than a horse?
Re: Horselover Fat?
Can't see a VALIS connection, but re. the Damn Horses thread, the part (and scene in the great movie) of A Scanner Darkly where Barris feeds Arctor worse than usual substance D (because cut with something else nasty), after having sabotaged Arctor's car is relevant.
Arctor opens the bonnet and smells dogshit.
Lord, I hate dog owners who leave the crap from their pets all over the place, evidently sniggering at the thought of someone later stepping in it, they so closely resemble the arseholes who plant chewed chewing gum on public transport seats.
Catshit also has a seriously horrid stench, but the patterns of the 'domestic' cat are such that one only has to suffer that stench when visitlng one of the many cat lovers who appear to enjoy livlng in a miasma of cat excreta.
Horses are quite tolerable on those terms, being in a stable or even mucking out are not stomach-churning experiences.
Re: Damn horses
Understand, the point, but you must be joking. Dogshit, while less noisome than that of some humans (presumably living on rancid fat, meat, and sugar, thus leaving a toilet smelling like they dropped a dead rat from the arse) has a revolting stench and, unlike humans, many have moronic bipedal owners who get their jollies from encouraging their pet to crap anywhere and sniggering at the thought of the poor bastard who'll later step in it.
Cat is revolting, too, although many cat owners appear to love it, but that is only a problem if you visit one of the many cat lovers who enjoy the stench of catshit.
Horse is quite tolerable.
Nice and informative article from Mr. Page.
These private-sector space ventures are anything but, Musk's efforts and ambititions are admirable and all, but the reality is massive handouts from the state.
X prize was the precedent, the winning entry was from a massively US defense-subsidised company, and was reliant on tech derived from that. I enjoyed the video at the time, also love the pilot, and the shuttlecock concept, but their team should have been disqualified as totally reliant on the govt.
Re: I had the snip...
Lovely line from you.
... but more than a little shocked by the number of commentards who've had the procedure and want to post abt it, oh well, replacement will ensue, nature abhors a vacuum and far less responsible folk rush to fill it right now.
Re: Sadly, a decade to late
In another decade or two, your progeny will be all the more harshly confronted by those more determined to breed like rabbits; and no, I am not of the school that pretends Erlich's long ago writing had no validity, though overstated for the time, his conclusions will in the end come to pass.
Those who have irresponsibly been breeding like rabbits will breifly inherit control until all becomes unsustainable, or at least irreparably broken.
Don't think it will be in my lifetime, but certainly well before the middle of the next century.
Meanwhile, we have a stream of commentards being displaced by the rabbit-like breeding people centering the discussion on the extent to which self-emasculation (and purely for sex free of responsibilty)hurt.
Re: First political dissident
Sorry, I am extremely well read, history to philosopy and lit. to tech.. my major I suppose,& c.
Sure a little too sauced to write at length right now, but you may well do worse than to broaden the horizons you so clearly showed to be so narrow in your earlier posts by *doing just a little reading*.
Perhaps the set here doesn't translate to the wider world. Off topic, but a screenshot might be fun.
Re: First political dissident
`us who admire the best of it would not stoop to such an ignorant stance.'
Suppose I'd better not post from the phone when overly sauced, preview takes too long.
Delish , u must eat it!
First political dissident
Wow. another who needs more than a little remedial reading.
*So on this basis Snowden is the US of A's first political dissident*
Those of who admire the best of it would not stoop to such an ignorant, try reading a few books if you have the patience.
Re: Come on you lot...
Whoops, missed a wordor two there.
`not such yet are forcibly accepted as such.'
Re: Come on you lot...
What rubbish, Titus Technophobe, although I wouldn't wish you living in an area dominated by fake `asylum seekers' who just turn up, spout any bullshit, and get free legal aid at the taxpayer's expense, and for greatly self-righteous and self-enriching lawyers. Every English-speaking nation, and most western Europe nations, have similar systems. The US and UK go a little further, automatically offering residence to enemies of places they want to piss off, or just be terrorized by.
A precise list is easy to make.
Like you it seems, the lawyers don't have to live with the situations they create, expense accounts and the ability to ride taxis or limos everywhere keeps them away from the pain they inflict on the hoi polloi.
Snowden is now a genuine political refugee, interesting how much shakier his situation of those who are patently not yet are accepted as such.
Anyone paying attention already knew there was a reliably rumoured deal between Google and the NSA, albeit not the scope of the whole programme.
I've found Edward's other revelations more hilarious and revelatory.
After decades of whining about having to tear down and rebuild the Moscow embassy because of Soviet bugs, turns out that they treat their *allies* even worse.
Re: AC 'The US would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies'
I enjoy a lot of your posts, disagree with some but love free speech.
Said, are you not aware that the main facilator (and encourager) of the Greek govt's profligacy and money shuffling is a major New York City `investment bank' with a large degree of responsibiliy for the GFC *and* a big-time Obama campaign donor?
How odd that they've not, and never will be, called to account for any of it.
Re: The London connection again.
You may benefit from a slightly more expansive reading of history.
BTW, the term you want is `populist' not `popularist', and it doesn't apply to even one of the historical villains you name.
Do you know the title?
I am an idiot.
Some of the several driving scenes feature back projection or the digital equivalent.
Forgot because Cinefex didn't mention it.
The nuclear explosions sequence in T3 is matte painting.
One reason I thought it rather great was the relatively low reliance on CG.
The crew used *all* of the old techniques (with the possible exception of back projection) to great effect.
On that score, prolly not to be repeated any time soon.
Consider the Starship Troopers sequel, largely shot in the dark to SAVE MONEY.
Re: you people really need to give arnold some credit!
Nothlng worng with my spelling.
The icon should start with `very arcane' for this.
Seriously, negative opinions on T3 seem to be based on concensus reality rather than tne movie itself.
T1 was an lnstant cult ciassic, 2 and 3 were both enjoyable exploitations of that.
Hell, 3 even has a lovely tribute to the original Django, may well have been the real inspiration for the recent crappy remake.
Re: "how the hell can there be Independence Day 2"
Best, at least only interesting thing about lIndependence Day was the gay (as ln sexual preferece) walking style of Messrs Goldblum and Smith.
If you didn't catch it the first time, watch it again and see.
Re: Hollywood is lazy
Don't you thlnk that is the plan?
Re: Like there never was a matrix 2 and 3
Wow, a confusing topic.
T3 cheated on the story line, sure and all, but it was a bloody good movie, particularly in comparisom with the Matrix crapquels releasad around the same time.
Great use of miniatures?
Plot not brain-dead.
Great matte art?
... and so on.
TSalvation on the other hand, what a piece of shite. I walked out of the cinema well before the end, asked for my money back, not expecting and not receiving.
After some on-line disinfo, sat through the bits I'd walked out on at the cinema, confirmed that it was a prize turkey and a misuse of Mr. Bale.
Likely the same level of crap.
Re: Why Bother with Planets?
So from where does the energy to drive a large object with thick rock walls into interstellar space come?
Without the sudden discovery or gift (neither very likely IMHO) of a new technique to get immense spatial displacement for little cost in energy. it has to be incremental, until people can at least work out how to run a viable and largely non-dependent outpost under the relatively known and benign conditions of Mars.
Meanwhile, thanks to a large and irresponsible arc from Afghanistan, throgh Bangladesh to South Africa, and, including India, the exponential population growth continues apace, as does the profligate waste by the privileged everywhere (stand up Al Gore, the Google management, and UAE high-ups on this point, just as three choice examples, the reader's own wealthier neighbours might do just as well).
Population of 8,000 million is not far off.
There will be a breaking point, when it is clearly visible and how much remains possible after that is impossible to predict, to paraphrase Lovelock, if this situation collapses, no sites will have oil bubbling to the surface, no readily extractable bodies of metal will remain.
Sure and all, garbage mining will have its day.
Good luck with getting out into the solar system after the human population hits say, 10 or 11 thousand million, neither too distant if present trends continue, and there's nary a hint that they won't.
Re: Why Bother with Planets?
BTW, don't take my comment in the wrong way, I'm strongly in favour of humanity making viable habitats off our our still-lovely home world, but three factors remain insurmountable:
radation and protection against that
no closed human-made ecosystem so far has survived for long (yes, I am aware that somewith exclusively aquatic organisms, and a very limited set of species have done alright, but not indefinitely). Withhumans and many otherterrestrial species in the mix, failure has always been too quick for use in a viable outposton Mars.
many elements of humanity being led by atavistic pseudo-religious leaders who treat everytning as a demographic war and invasion (and no, I'm not talking about the Catholic Church,nor the Iranian state).
Re: Why Bother with Planets?
`Wouldn’t take any more technology than we’d need to build ships capable of relativistic speeds'
If only you really were trolling. The one is far closer to practicability than the other ... can you guess which? Sure, that might change if the right trick that works on the right (as in macro) scale is found or donated/left behind by aliens, fantasy territory, not that some writers haven't used some deus ex machina to good effect.
The self-proclaimed boffin who, apparently straight-faced, claims that we have proof of the possibility of life on tidally locked worlds really needs some fantasy cake to live on for a bit.
Re: The novel's pretty hard to adapt without bombing
Thank you, and the other commentards who posted re. Last Man, look forward to seeing it.
I also avoided the Smith vehicle, a short at the theatre and a snippet on TV put me right off.
Re. Bodysnatchers (comparable because originally publshed in a similar form to Legend, presented as mainstream not SciFi and all, also three celluloid takes), who can argue that the original is not the best? The '70s one is alright, love Carpenter at times (They Live!), but his Bodysnatchers was so disappointing (as was his Midwich Cuckoos).
Have to wait 'til I watch The Last Man before I can judge if the trajectories were similar, but I rate the Omega Man pretty highly as a film and a take on Legend.
The novel's pretty hard to adapt without bombing
The Omega Man isn't really true to the text. but it's a damned good movie, unlike the Smith vehicle.
Hadn't heard of the Price take before, really want to see it.
... and nothing tops Nightmare at 20,000 ft for pure paranoia on the tube.
Vale Mr Matheson, your nightmares remain beloved in our hearts.
Thou art a true moron.
Do you really expect your constant use of `Julie' to have some sway? Was it in a `talking points' instruction from your controllers?
Being a girl myself, it irritates me no end that you think you can undermine someone by running that line all of the time.
If only you had half a wit, but moron you are.
Re: Not good @ twits R 4 Twats
`should the several hundred law enforcement agencies in the US'
Otherwise a great post, but the election of judiciary and heads of constabulary is to me a fascinating example of where US democracy is a model.
The point of most states (and the major ones in the US) is precisely to deprive the citizenry of any say, the remnants in the few places where real US democracy survives are pretty instructive, also automatically by Guardian and BBC-style outfits where the main aim is dictacting the outlines of permissible thought.
Doesn't make Edward Snowden's tilt at the national security state any less pertinent, tragic, or hilarious.
Re: As ye sow...
Well said, Otto is a bear.
I was also the first to suggest the Where's Wally comparison, now in a Grauniad article *and* one on today's El Reg, obvious I suppose, but inb4, and the children love Where's Wally.
The amateur (and presumably some pro) propagandists for sure a good of pushing any good humour (mine) or straightforward points （yours）out of the attention span of casual readers.
Well said. says a lot about the level of today's `journalists', not all illiterate yet, but seems to be the goal.
Re: As ye sow...
The amateur trolls for the hellish security state are out in force on this thread.
Anyone not amused by Snowden's timing and revelations is, in essence, a bully.
Re: Where in the world is Edward Snowden?
As the great Scottish nationalist Sean Connery, who chooses not to live in Scotland incidentally once pronunced from a script, `You're the man now dog'.
Where in the world is Edward Snowden?
Ambitious app devs with quick cartoonist friends, on your marks ...
What a lovely circus he is making!
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