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Re: Sporking hell
Um ... there's a reason you shouldn't call a spade a shovel. A spade is for digging stuff, a shovel is for moving it.
Care to re-think your analogy?
Re: A few points of order
'America did not exist'. Um yes it did, it was - and is - that big rocky thing you sail into on the way to the Orient. The United States of America did not exist, but that's not the same thing.
the same two questions ..
Every time this is debated, I ask the same two plaintive questions.
How much has global temperature risen in the last two decades?
How does this compare with the thermal radiation of the moon and Mars?
If the moon and Mars are reflecting more heat, then global warming is due to solar activity. If they are not and temperatures on Earth are indeed rising, then it's probably us. Yet AGW debates always seem to start without this basic information.
If this meteorite is just visiting, I'd be very interested in its plans for the return journey. Otherwise, it's an immigrant.
I for one, welcome our green scummy Mercurians, however veiny they may be,
Re: "Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said on his Facebook page"
Um , I think the false premise here is that the world was ever sane.
Re: Does spam actually have a purpose?
Buggered if I know.
We run a forum where people can post queries. With spammers in mind, the board is set to block anything that looks like a URL within the message.
So we get posts that read something like this
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... which posts are deleted before anyone but our moderator sees them. Apart from being a pita, WTF is the point?
A force for good?
The thing about mobile phones that no-one expected was subvelliance.
Cops found that it was not so easy to break the law with members of the public photographing them, which was why they hurried to make photographing policemen on duty illegal.
With these glasses, every policeman who roughs up a member of the public, every councilman who fishes for a bribe, every sanctimonious politician who leaves a brothel will never know when their misdeeds will go on the record.
THEY have devices in place that make Bentham's panopticon look childish. We need something to watch them right back. However, like the camera phones, the authorities probably won't stand for it - they'll take the tech for themselves. If google glasses do become illegal you can bet an exemption will be given to 'responsible government agencies.'
He might be broke but ...
He can still pay in other ways. Five years in the Big House sounds about right.
How about ...?
Do you ..
1.) Drive a German car
2.) Wash down Indian curry with Belgian lager
3.) Go home and sit on a Swedish sofa to watch American shows on a Japanese TV?
4.) Despise foreigners
If you answered 'yes' to all the above, congratulations(?) you're a Brit!
Re: History and culture
Mike 2r wrote
"It [Trafalgar] marks the last time the Royal Navy was challenged in an all-out fleet action. Literally from that point until the carrier age, Britain was the uncontested naval power of the world. Nations that fought Britain might try to go after her trade ships, or act where the navy was weak. But no one tried to assemble a battle fleet and fight head on."
Battle of Jutland: 31 May - 1 June 1916. German Battle Fleet v. Royal Navy
World's first aircraft carrier: HMS Argus 1918
Carrier age 1935 -
Which country did you say you were from, Mike?
Re: Uh, JaitcH (was: Americans use such self-explanetory language ... once you learn the vocabulary)
' ... shots, fired inside the home so no chance of them exiting through the walls'. Making culture-based assumptions here, Condiment.
You are probably thinking of a solid brick-built British home (where bullets bouncing around inside might be an issue if the plaster isn't thick). Many North American homes have walls consisting of two layers of chipboard with insulation between them, and plastic siding on the outside.
A .38 will go right through. Heck, you can do it with a nail-gun if you are not careful.
Classic G.K. Chesterton
Feast on wine or fast on water
And your honour shall stand sure,
God Almighty’s son and daughter
He the valiant, she the pure
If an angel out of heaven
Brings you other things to drink,
Thank him for his kind attentions,
And pour them down the sink.
When red wine had brought red ruin
And the death-dance of our times,
Heaven sent us Soda Water
As a torment for our crimes.
Re: Moron Poison
Good one, Sir.
'Forae' are indeed no place to be right, and 'forae' is about as wrong as a forosum post (hey, I can play too) can be.
The usual English plural is 'forums'. If you must affect knowledge of Latin, the Latin nominative plural is 'fora'. In fact in all the forms of 'forum' including genitive, ablative and dative, 'forae' does not exist.
Nevertheless 'quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur', eh?
Re: @Dr. 81 Splutter!
'Real doctors' wrote a thesis and were awarded a doctorate. (From the Latin participle 'doctus' meaning 'learned'.)
But ... games might help
How does our asshat senator not know that violent video games don't help the potentially violent?
It's not unusual to fantasize about violently letting rip though, being sane, most people don't actually do it. I had a very stressful workplace a decade ago which I reconstructed as a set in Doom. After a bad day at the office I'd sit down at the computer, frag the place and its monstrous occupants with a rocket launcher, then emerge from the study a much more relaxed individual.
So perhaps violent video games might allow the violent or distressed to harmlessly blow off steam. But I can't see any empirical evidence that they encourage them to take their activities into the real world. As a matter of interest the word 'amok' comes from people running that way in pre-xbox Malayan culture.
I'm still waiting for the first post that consists entirely of little rectangular boxes ...
This has nothing to do with paedophiles or terrorism and everything to do with the government wanting to control its citizens.
Another thought - '16 000 could be at risk'. This does not mean that 16 000 cases of abuse happen.
If 50% of those who 'could be' at risk actually are, and one in four of those at risk do suffer abuse then the reported statistic of 2,000 cases is actually in line with the scarier higher figure.
Let's see if I can summarize the argument of these 'Child protectors'.
'The internet should be controlled.
One suggestion ...
You know those scenic views that someone has plonked a fertilizer factory or whatever in the middle of?
It seems to me that one immediate usage of this thing - if they ever manage to scale it up - would be to make such eyesores and things like phone masts power pylons vanish from the landscape. We could have large chunks of what would look like 17th century England, except that cows keep bumping into invisible objects.
I'd agree the 'Merkin system of numbering floors was more logical if it actually was. However, if we are counting the number of floors in a house, and only that, then the first floor is the basement.
Many US houses have basements that include pool rooms, gyms, and a room for the grown-up son. So these count as 'floors' in every sense. And if we discount a level because it is below ground, then it's every bit as logical (or illogical) not to count the floor at ground level either.
The phone has no constitutional right to be answered.
Almost a year ago I got so tired of crap calls - usually during dinner or some equally inconvenient time - that I cancelled my land-line and got a mobe. Which I turned off.
I turn on when I need to use it (or call via Skype, which is cheaper). If people want to get in touch with me, they can use email and it will be dealt with when convenient. I mean how often is it essential for anyone to speak with you RIGHT NOW?
Re: Great timing
'... if you're boss reads El Reg...'
The difference between knowing your shit and
knowing you're shit.
and so ...
Bird lovers have long blamed cats for the depletion of songbirds in residential areas. Yet the new kittycam studies show that cats don't hunt birds that often and aren't all that good at it anyway.
Now we have a study that shows that bird lovers themselves are part of the problem.
Ah .... the irony.
'This didn't ought to provoke any particular ranting.'
This shouldn't provoke any particular rant.
This ought not to provoke any particular rant.
IE is not XP
Every now and then I use IE8, usually to check how a webpage I've built looks online, though emulators have gotten so good I hardly do even that any more.
This morning, as every morning, I fired up two computers at the same time, my own running XP, and a workmate's running Vista. I was answering my email before the Vista comp had got past the splash screen.
If Google ever did abandon XP I'd rather abandon google than downdate my computer to an inferior later OS.
Re: Odd system
It's the 'fruit of the poisonous tree'; an extension of the exclusionary rule established in Silverthorne Lumber Co. v. United States, 251 U.S. 385 (1920).
The fruit of the poison vine is urushiol resin, and the evidence of contact includes itchy skin, rash and blisters.
I'm rather impressed
Here's people doing stuff online that a politician dislikes, and he hasn't called them child pornographers or terrorists. 'Racists and fascists' represents a welcome widening of the political vocabulary.
Well done, that man!
I'm all for the Saudi royals trying to ban sex if this means they'll eventually go extinct.
But the ban against .hot seems a bit outré. You'd think they'd be able to cope with a bit of heat over there. Are the Canadians planning to object to .cold?
Nice to see MPs getting uptight about immoral tax avoidance. Pity they don't feel the same way about immoral expenses claims.
Bells on the collar don't help much, because most cats are ambush predators. They pick their spot wait for tweety (or whatever) to come in range and the cat then makes a rush. Tinkly bell or not, the prey sees and hears them, but by then its too late.
Re: Part of a larger problem.
May I suggest that the reason for a lay jury is because it should not require a specialist to recognize criminal behaviour. If a law needs an expert to determine right from wrong, then that law lacks any sort of moral underpinning in the first place.
One of the basic requirements for a criminal law should be if an ordinary citizen can easily tell if its been broken. (Which is different from deciding if someone broke it, which is why we have juries in the first place.).
Our legal system is diabolically complex as it is, and one if the few things that stops it getting worse is the fact that you can't get juries to convict on laws they don't understand.
Re: Here's the other thing
"Overall, I'm happiest when my stomach is full. "
Aren't we all? The question is full of what? You can get a full stomach from a large pizza - or a vegetarian curry with a quarter of the calories and no carbohydrates or fat. If you are going for a dessert, you can have a banana split or strawberry with yoghurt. (600 v. 150 kcal)
Eat lots of fresh veg which are bulky but low on calories, and you can have a full stomach and minimal weight gain. These days you can check the calories on every packet and on the net. You may not want to live like a bunny rabbit, but if a full stomach is your aim, remember that ten large carrots are less fattening than one chocolate bar. (And since ten carrots would probably get your bowels moving like an express train, you might even lose weight.) No wonder Bugs Bunny is slimmer than Elmer Fudd
It works. That's all.
We periodically get content lifted from our websites. The people who do this generally aggregate our stuff with stuff lifted from other websites to make a composite 'site' of their own. They then sell advertising on that site. And no, they and the host (usually in the far east) won't take it down when you ask.
Generally these sites advertise on Google's adsense program. Informing Google that these sites are infringing copyright not only kills their main source of revenue (people finding the site via websearch) but Google also removes them from adsense, so it kills their income from the other side as well.
Not quite whack-a-mole. I'd compare it with weeding the garden. Sure the 'weeds' always come back, but what's the alternative? You have to do it periodically, not least because experience with one site we did not defend shows it was copied by sites copying the original infringing site and we quickly lost control of the content.
Re: Now I know
Joules are larger than jewels who are very small female people, but Joules are smaller than Jules who is a prop for the French six nations rugby team. In fact Jules weighs the same as 1000 joules, and is a vicious forward, or a killerjoule.
Re: I hope it doesn't break
Perhaps the spelling is completely accurate. In which case, you have been warned.
Re: "made a close pass within 1.5 miles of the station"
An American spacecraft - but the *International* space station. And that's where they were watching from.
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.
R.L. Stevenson 1850 -1894
TMP - the root of all evil
The basic problem with driving (and many other aspects of life in the UK) is simply Too Many People. Everyone sees adverts for cars cruising down empty highways in beautiful scenery, and gets frustrated when reality hits at rush-hour in the rain just outside Birmingham.
Trouble is that most cars are built for those lovely empty highways. Until three-quarters of the UK population disappear down some celestial rabbit hole, it just ain't going to happen.
If you've ever driven in rural North America, you'll know the speed of the other traffic is not really relevant. It only happens every half-hour or so, and when you've got 250km to the next town anyway, slowing down for a minute makes zero difference.
And those are the circumstances in which most cars perform best. For England most people would be best off with a sort of electric bicycle with a large carrying capacity, because let's face it, most city cars only ever have to perform at that level. Too many people for it to be otherwise.
If a person is (very) terminally ill and in great pain, it is possible to give that person medication which will relieve that pain, even though one of the side effects maybe the death of the person concerned.
However I must stress that IANAL and do *not* try this at home.
By all means bash Murdoch - he would be doing the same to anyone else in his situation.
But I respectfully disagree with most of the criticisms of the Sun. No,it's not preferred reading for techies or Oxbridge dons. It's tailored for mass market reading, and is very popular on building sites.
I suspect that some who are criticizing the Sun have not actually read the thing to any extent. I've put in my time on building sites and read it regularly. It's a good product, technically speaking. Well produced, with a clear editorial voice and well-above-average proof-reading.
The point is, many - possibly most - people who read the Sun wouldn't switch to the Times or the Philosophical Review if the red-tops were banned. They'd just stop reading newspapers altogether.
Personally I prefer what readers here probably consider the lumpen proletariat to get SOME world and political information rather than none. If it takes a delivery vehicle like the Sun to do it, I can live with that.
Re: NYT lost relevancy about 10 years ago
I read both the NYT and the Economist. The Economist has a wider perspective and is less parochial than the NYT's occasionally very narrow focus on East Coast US politics.
And the Economist doesn't have a fashion section. (And yes, it is a newspaper, albeit a weekly)
a modest suggestion
Since business processes are patentable (like almost everything else in the good ol' USA) how about patenting patent trolling?
'The accused in this case has blatantly ripped off my client's technique for extracting money from people who have actually done the marketing and development ...'
Re: I actually still have...
I still have the original disks (5in floppies) of Windows 1.0. Am hanging on to them as I reckon they'll be worth something one day.
I can't see this one working. If it's 'in the public interest' to hack private communications on an editor's say-so, then its open season on the inboxes of every MP, public servant and member of the judiciary.
After all, misdeeds on the part of any of the above affect the public interest, so journos are entitled to root around for what they can find, no?
I look forward to Murdoch explaining that to a judge.
Terrorists and paedophiles don't scare me half as much as the Home Office.