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@Evil Auditor - Re: Great news!
"what's the point of spreading our life beyond earth?"
"Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans."
- Douglas Adams - The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
"[T]here's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes, and - all of this - all of this - was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars."
- Commander Sinclair - Babylon 5
But what happens...
... if we suddenly find out that "That's no moon" and it start shooting back at us...?
... if someone refers to themselves as a "Gangsta"...?
Re: Phillips monitor
It's when it starts adding "And brush your hair", "don't pick your nose" or "that tie doesn't go with that shirt" for example that defenestration is imminent...
@AC Re: it was "irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos"
The point is that David Cameron wants to pass laws based on his inadequate and incomplete knowledge of how something works.
As many have already pointed out in other discussions, his idea of "mandatory filters" that we would have to opt-out of will do virtually nothing to protect anyone (they would almost certainly not have stopped anyone seeing this particular video clip), yet, despite this, he no doubt still thinks it's a good idea.
If he doesn't understand a subject, he should get proper information from those as to whether his proposals are sensible or not, rather than jump on an emotion-laden band-wagon in the desperate attempt to show that he "cares" when the evidence shows that he doesn't actually seem to give a damn about anyone who isn't rich.
it was "irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos"
And once again Call me David reveals that he's utterly clueless about how the internet works.
But I have little doubt that he will use this as just another justification for his mandatory porn (and anything else he doesn't like) filters...
Re: Human rights
Paragraph 2 of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights says:
2. Everyone who is arrested shall be informed promptly, in a language which he understands, of the reasons for his arrest and of any charge against him.
This is re-iterated in Paragraph 3 of Article 6:
3.Everyone charged with a criminal offence has the following minimum rights:
(a) to be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him;
Additionally Article 4 of Protocol 7 prohibits the re-trial of anyone who has already been finally acquitted or convicted of a particular offence.
So, it doesn't matter whether you struggle to comprehend these rights or not, they are what he is entitled to.
Nice products you've got there, Squire...
... be a shame if anything happened to them, know what I mean?
Now if you were to sign up for our very affordable on-going insurance policy...
... not least because someone from El Reg asked me to stop plugging Ad Blockers in my comments because "we have to make a living"...
Re: Surely ...
Lol! That's a good one, tell us another...!
Sounds like Bullz to me...
Re: Their next move...
The enemy of our enemy...
... is just someone we haven't sued yet!
(*Well, recently, anyway...)
“To what extent should a Web search engine be held to 'cause' infringement"
But they do! In the same way that cars cause speeding and knives cause stabbings and guns cause shootings and...
Re: FELT TIP
Painted Aerial Navigator Tones In Expressive Scheme
@HMB - Re: Hahaha, Oh wait, they're serious.
Well I've just downvoted you because whilst you may "believe" that "a lot of people are working hard to keep us safe and have almost certainly averted some major disasters", it's actually up to you to demonstrate the validity of this belief, not up to anyone else to show that you are wrong. (BTW I have a magic stone that protects me against alligator bites. It must work, because I've never been bitten by an alligator...)
... see Superman III for details.
(Actually, don't, it's a pretty crap film!)
Re: Urban dictionary has it about right @ Ben Rosenthal
Dogs come when called.
Cats have answerphones.
That's a bird...
... that's a horse with a hat on.
- William Shatner in Airplane II
Re: Marsbarbrain Personally...
Oh dear, Matt, most people got over the fact that the first four letters of my surname are the same as the first four letters of a popular chocolate product back in school.
As for the rest of your post, please, get yourself a sense of humour.
... I'd love to arrange with theatrical and model hire agencies for a large number of tall, thin, blond guys to wander in and out of the Ecuadorian Embassy all day and all night, just so the Met Police can feel like they're actually *doing* something by stopping them all and checking that it's not JA trying to sneak out..
"Hollywood could slash piracy rates...
"...by simply making its content easily and legally available,"
See icon for details.
Re: So, the BBC CAN still sink lower
It's no myth... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OvefhhMbbg
"The feature is completely opt-in"...
... at present!
@Vociferous - Re: I take it we're talking pedos trading CP here?
Ah, yes. Those wonderful laws that are designed to "protect" children by criminalising them...
... is only interested in helping line the pockets of his rich mates whilst everyone else gets screwed. Hence why small investors only got a fraction of the shares they wanted in his massively underpriced Post Office sell-off, whilst the big institutions got all the shares they wanted and a tidy profit as the price rocketted!
PS interesting factoid: A professional dominatrix is about to publish a book which features George Osborne. A few days ago, out of the blue, she was raided by the Drugs Squad. Odd co-incidence, that...
See http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/13/natalie-rowe-mistress-pain-george-osborne_n_4093138.html fpr details.
@handle - Re: "discretely"
As someone pointed out to me after I asked the same question, it's now at the top of the Comments page right next to Post Your Comment and House Rules :-)
Of course you realise...
... that if press releases had to be biometrically confirmed...
"It is possible some of the messages...
"...sent to the probe by radio hams here on Earth may have caused the original problems with the probe."
Did someone discover a buffer overflow error...?
... sorry, Sucker and his money soon are parted...!
Correct me if my recollection of o-level physics is wrong, but I thought a standing wave is one that oscillates in place, ie the peak of the wave remains in the location.
A Mexican Wave AIUI is a transverse wave where the oscillation is at 90 degrees to the direction of travel of the peak as it moves around the stadium...
"The business was built on copyright theft"
Yes, keep trotting out the Big Media Party Line...
Re: *Blue Danube starts playing*
Personally I always found the run between Qutiri and Isinor to be the best to start off with.
Reasonable tech levels so not too many pirates and you could run Computers one way and Liquor and Furs the other to start building up enough credit to get some decent equipment :-)
"an ancient African tradiation of animals"
Tradiation? What happened to the "send corrections" button? (Or weren't enough people using it??)
Re: Marsbarbrain Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning
Lol! Matt, I am well aware of the futility of trying to have a reasonable discussion with you. I will, occasionally, post a comment or two for the amusement of watching you doing your utmost to avoid conceding even the slightest point, but this is not one of those occasions.
As always, I'll leave the last word to you...
Re: Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning
Oh look, once again Matt Bryant goes for the Ad Hominem attack because he doesn't like being called out on his habit of redefining the argument to something else other than the subject in hand...
Re: Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning
Oh look, the Matt Bryant Movable Goal Posts(tm) are back out again...
@DrXym - Re: The Spice must flow!
So the Silk Road sold "hard drugs, poison, malware, lists of credit cards, blackmail information, firearms, bomb making supplies, hit men, money laundering services and basically anything which was criminal in nature"
Many (in fact, most) of which are available from other sources (if they were actually available at all).
Of course that isn't going to stop calls from the "We must immediately ban this!" Brigade who think that passing even more laws is going to have any effect...
@AC - Well said!
I agree. Yes, the BBC produces some rubbish, but it also produces some excellent dramas too and documentaries as well.
How many "commercial" channels would dare to produce the sorts of fascinating documentaries and similar factual programming that appears on BBC 4?
Their attitude would be "oh no, too niche, too obscure, we wouldn't get enough people watching to cover the costs and get advertising in. A series on Australian art? Too boring. Medieval Lives? Who would want to watch that? "Pain, pus and poisons" Eww! No way!!
Or what about "Only Connect"? No whooping audience (hell, no audience at all!), no big prizes, no flashy graphics or flashing lights, just some seriously brain-teasing puzzles.
Sure, programmes like these aren't to everyone's taste, but at least such programming *is* available, rather than endless variations on Britain's Got Strictly Big Brother through a Hole in the Wall on Ice...
Re: The problem is
"Do you wear your underpants over your trousers?"
I thought he wore them on his head...
@Big_Boomer - Re: I have a name for the stone
Too late, see Arthur C Clarke's 2061 for details :-)
"What's going on with these apparent short circuits?"
NSA... busy doing other important stuff.
"it made an entire generation of youngsters want to play Jet Set Willy"
Yes, that's true.
But some of them, like me, learned 6502 Assembly Language after hacking Jet Set Willy (and Chuckie Egg and Monsters and...) for infinite lives.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
It seems to me that unless all consumer devices are also built to check/ verify these watermarks and thus refuse to play the content in the home, all this will do is (attempt) to stop re-broadcasting of the programmes by media companies who are using the requisite technology.
Even then it seems to me that it would be simple to circumvent by cracking the digital stream and then adding/ subtracting a small but significant random amount to the data for each pixel .which would negate the watermark whilst not visibly affecting the colour/ brightness of the image.
@Nuke - Re: @Graham Marsden - @AC - In summary..
"Why the sarcasm?"
Why the necessity for the original AC to post a snarky "Weren't *they* stupid" post? An opinion, it seems, that you appear to share without knowing much more than the AC did. As it says in the article testing “revealed new dynamic instabilities, which we have not been able to fix in the time we have left before the race.” but it's easy to make comments on such things with 20/20 hindsight.
@AC - Re: In summary..
If you're so clever, why aren't you out there?
... what does it Transform into?
Re: I can't get a twitter account.
"their BS system cannot (apparently) accept an email address that does not include my name."
Says "John Smith 19"?!
"The reality is that...
"...the men and women at the National Security Agency and across the Intelligence Community are abiding by the law, respecting the rights of citizens and doing everything they can to help keep our nation safe."
I wonder how he managed to say that with a straight face...?
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