4956 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
@Hud Dunlap - Re: Why have a license at all?
> For hundreds of years England not only allowed its citizens to have weapons they expected them to have them and be good at it.
Yes, and they had to go and practice the archery every Sunday after Church and be available to be summoned to fight when needed, so people *knew* who they were.
However (judging by your name) you appear to be of the Left-Pondian persuasion (ADDENDUM: Ah, I note from your follow up post that you are indeed) and seem to think that letting anyone have a gun without a licence, without anyone in authority knowing who they are, without background checks, without proof that they actually know how to use it safely and, indeed, without any proof they are actually mentally stable is a good idea.
Then, of course, we get to the situation where everyone has the right to bear arms and thus, many feel the need to do exactly that to protect themselves from all the others who have exactly the same right...
@AC - Re: THIS is an example why there is a 2nd Amendment in the USA
I keep hearing that, but, tell me, when are you going to start the second American Civil War...?
"There is almost to zero chance that you would be of interest to any secret service on the planet."
"a draft article by an independent author"
Matt! When did you start writing for Kaspersky?!
"only if you turn off all Tiles"
Tiles? What are they?
Oh, yeah, those things that I turned off as soon as they were introduced, so when I open up a new tab I get a nice clean blank screen which I can fill with a web page I *choose* from my Bookmarks list.
They may make good cleaners...
... but they make crap videos!
"It undermines the rule of law if laws are unenforceable"
Odd, because that doesn't seem to have stopped the last few governments from passing all sorts of unenforceable laws which look good in the media...
@uffish - Re: Star Wars (The Reagan version).
> Sounds just like the American wheeze to destabilize Soviet Russia, same hype...
ITYM "Same Ret-Con", claiming after the event that it was all a clever and sneaky plan (and not a whole load of money pi$$ed away on pie-in-the-sky unworkable boondoggles...)
Can I just say....
Standby to launch SkyDiver!
@AC - Re: Daft concept.
> Not Howard Arneson, which was his actual name?
Ah, but only jake got to call him Dale!
@diodesign - Re: @AC - Orlowski articles as ads
> Play the ball, not the hack, etc.
If the articles from certain hacks were marked as "Opinion" pieces (which, frankly, is what a lot of them actually are) I think readers would appreciate El Reg's candour.
@AC - Re: Orlowski articles as ads
Re: your point 2) - in the past, he has actually moderated (and edited!) comments on his articles himself.
Conflict of interest? What's that...?
@Phil Endecott - Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"
> Read "The Dead Hand" by David E Hoffman.
Watch "Dr Strangelove - Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb"!
Re: The wrist computer market has grown by almost 700 per cent this year
The number of comments on that post has just grown by 100%!
Re: As opposed...
If you want one of those, I have them in my Affordable Leather Products range, suitable for ordinary and swivel chairs... ;-)
@AC - Re: "there is no criminal offence of watching videos"
> "making" to add to "possession"
Of course the real purpose is just to make it sound better in the media because "making" implies that you actually produced it
"there is no criminal offence of watching videos"
Erm, there probably is if it falls under Extreme Porn legislation, where simple *possession* is enough to get you banged up...
> the British police now truly believe they have the right to state that something's illegal even when that's not the case:
What is this "now" business? Certain elements of the Police have been decising that someone's a "wrong'un" for years/ decades/ generations now and finding excuses to charge them with "crimes" (see Constable Savage from Not the Nine o'Clock News for details).
I recently was chatting with someone who had been a Police Officer but left because he became so disillusioned with this sort of institutional attitude from some of his colleagues. When he tried to raise the issue with his superiors he was basically told "shut up and let them do their jobs".
@Da Weezil - Re: D*ckhead Designer requirements
> it illustrates nicely where the muppet manufacturers priorities are.
And the bean counters when you need to replace the whole lens assembly (or even light cluster) if one part of it breaks... Kerching!!
... this will stop all those idiots who think retro-fitting HIDs to their cars is really clever (instead of being stupid and spraying light all over the place) or the prats who think that fog lamps are running lights and should be left on all the time.
And hopefully it will also mean lights have a longer lifespan, so you get fewer cars driving around with one (or even both!) rear lights out because the owner thinks "meh, it passed its MoT, it's ok" and doesn't even do the simplest basic checks of the road-worthiness of their vehicle...
(Sorry, I can't stop myself laughing cynically at this point)
... even though I didn't understand a word of it! :-)
@ Barry Rueger - Re: Video... not more video....
Hear hear! Or, rather I'd prefer not to hear (or watch) it.
I can read a damn sight faster than someone can speak and I can zip through the text transcript of an hour long "webinar" (ugh, horrible neologism!) in a time substantially shorter than that hour, thus leaving me time to actually do something useful.
Wrong orbit? Come on guys, it's not rocket sci...
... erm, ah, sorry, nothing to see here. Move along!
Re: Monkey speak
So, from another viewpoint...
... if Country X says that software licences are invalid and copyright doesn't apply to them, the USCO would be quite happy to tell US Businesses that people in Country X can quite legitimately copy their software and not pay for it...?
Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science
Remember that Babylon 5 had a baseball field, which meant that *every* ball would be a curve ball...!
"In a move that has garnered little notice beyond India"
And El Reg, it seems...
@Destroy All Monsters
> why is anything in such an investigation "classified"?
Because (as was later revealed) the Malaysians had tracked the plane with military rather than civilian radars (which have much less coverage) and they probably don't want the Chinese (or anyone else) knowing their surveillance and monitoring capabilities.
Didn't he create Orac...?
@Charles Manning - "Like any other manufacturer/service provider, they sell what the punters buy"
No, they sell what the suckers will believe.
For example the 2010 Tory Party Manifesto said "We will stop the forced closure of A&E and maternity wards, so that people have better access to local services, and give mothers a real choice over where to have their baby, with NHS funding following their decisions."
But in 2012 the Tories attempt to force the closure of the A&E and maternity ward at Lewisham Hospital, however, fortunately, they were defeated in the courts.
That's just *one* small example of what lies politicians will peddle to get people to vote for them, knowing full well that, once they're in power, they can do what the hell they like for the next four or five years before they peddle a *new* set of lies (and bribe people with their own money) to get them to vote for them again.
This makes a total mockery of the concept of democracy.
Re: Marsbarbrain JeffyDoh Aww that's just unlucky
And so we get back to the same old, same old...
Re: JeffyDoh Aww that's just unlucky
Oh dear, Matt, and you were doing *SO* well, right up until the last paragraph where you had to get in a dig at *someone* on the Left...
@jake - Re: That's nice.
I bet you told Wilbur and Orville that they were wasting their time too...
@MacroRodent - Re: " there is no way to crunch the disk into the film scanner"
Does your scanner have an attachment to allow you to scan Slides? If so, you can cut the negatives off the disc and then create a "frame" to hold them in the slide attachment.
@AC "I don't whine about it on an IT tech news site, from an anonymous account."
I think another Irony Detector has just exploded...
"even the NSA didn't know the limits"
ITYM: "even the NSA carefully didn't look carefully at what the limits were because they wanted plausible deniability"
It's just a shame that all this outpouring of love and grief for this man comes *after* his death.
How many lives could have been saved if people who suffered from depression could have known how many people really care for them?
We need better support for these people.
RIP Robin Williams.
How dare these companies slurp biometric data?
That's *OUR* job!!
Well, yes, because...
... London is full of low-life scum who do nothing, make nothing, produce nothing, but just profit by taking something from one person and sell it on to someone else and congratulate themselves on how clever they are being.
Oh, and as well as the politicians and money men and stock brokers and bankers, there are thieves too.
A grand day out?
Eh, Grommit, lad...
... someone's copying us!
"only posting authentic information"...
"No country in the world allows dissemination of information of rumors, violence, cheating, sex and terrorism..."
... by anyone else apart from the Government, because that's *their* job!
@jake - Re: To say nothing of the addiction factor ...
> She got the classic withdrawal symptoms ... shakes, sweats, angry, name it ...
AKA "Stroppy Teenager Syndrome"...
"We know it's an inconvenience...
"... but we don't give a damn because we want to ensure that you don't have a choice of products, so you can only use ours..."
@Destroy All Monsters - Re: Always look on the bright side of stuff
> Am I bad?
If it's on the same computer/ on the same hard drive/ in My Documents/ in the same folder* as other porn (*delete depending on how paranoid you feel) and the Police reckon they can argue that you have those images "for the purposes of sexual arousal", then, yes.
@aBloke FromEarth - Re: Possessing an image likely to cause injury
> In fact (and I'd need to have a proper search for this sometime) there was a loose inverse correlation between access to porn and incidences of sexual violence.
Check out the work of Professor Milton Diamond of the University of Hawai'i
> But then again, when did politicians ever use facts to decide laws?
This was the last Labour regime who gave us "Policy Based Evidence Making". Unfortunately we're liable to get the same bunch of moralising clowns back into power after the next election :-(
Re: @ Graham Marsden
> Or are you advocating that people who actually fall asleep on the wheel should carry on driving at all cost untill they find a service area (or die trying?).
Now you've gone from a False Dilemma to a Straw Man argument...
No, of course I am not advocating that. I'm advocating *GET OFF THE BLOODY MOTORWAY IF YOU'RE TIRED AND FIND SOMEWHERE SAFE AND LEGAL TO STOP AND NAP!"
Servicer area, next junction whatever, just don't drive tired.
Re: @ElReg!comments!Pierre - Genuine reason.
I suggest you look up the fallacy of the False Dichotomy.
Sleeping when driving is stupid and illegal.
Sleeping on the hard shoulder is also stupid and illegal.
Sleeping at a service area is sensible and not illegal (even though officious private parking companies may try to fine you for doing it!)
Re: My, hasn't Eliza grown..
Let me tell you about my mother...
... BANG! BANG!
Scientsts all around the world, responding to a new global survey by Ipsos MORI...
... have generally agreed with the ideas that people don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to the climate...
I hope we're not...
... on a Highway to Hell...
@LucreLout - Re: I have argued for many years
> Freedom fighters attack only military targets, terroists attack civilians. It's extremely clear cut.
Wow! I wish I lived in your lovely black and white world where things are so clear cut.
Still, you must be right, after all, no innocent Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israel in the last week or two, have they?
And all those people who lived in Dresden must have been in the German military because it would have been terrorism to firebomb a city full of civilians.
And there's no such thing as Collateral Damage.
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- Something for the Weekend, Sir? If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait