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@Ledswinger - Re: Question:@ForthisisNotDead
> Board games used to be a family pursuit, until it was universally realised that the monkier was simply a mis-spelling of "bored".
That might have been true in the days when all the board games that were generally available were Monopoly, Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and the like which basically just involved rolling dice and moving a counter around a track.
These days there are games like Carcassonne, Alhambra, Settlers of Catan (now with a Star Trek themed variant!), Ticket to Ride, Discworld - Ankh Morpork, Stone Age and many more which are playable by the whole family and which are a lot more interesting and entertaining than the old Monopoly etc.
Go on to Board Game Geek, find a local gaming group or shop (or buy online) and try a few. You will discover that there's more to gaming than mashing buttons...
@Dan Paul - Re: No Such Thing as Profanity!
With the Right of Freedom of Expression comes the Responsibility to use it appropriately.
Would you use the same language you use in the company of your peers in front of your parents/ grandparents/ in a church/ on television/ in front of other people's children and, if someone objects, smugly claim that you're exercising your Right of Freedom of Expression?
Re: Take it as a compliment, Angela...
The N Koreans replied "Sorry, who are you?"
Take it as a compliment, Angela...
... after all, to misquote Oscar Wilde: "The only thing worse than being listened in on is *not* being listened in on"...
I just want to say...
... I loved the video :-)
@Matt Bryant - Re: Deterance, not theatre.
> To them, the big barrier is getting weapons onboard, for which the "theatre" is very effective in stopping.
Obligatory video clip of Adam Savage relating how he walked through airport security carrying two 12" long industrial razor blades http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3yaqq9Jjb4
What? People *tell lies*???
I don't believe that!
Don't like the competition...
@jake Re: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...
I'd love to see a double-blind test where two people take turns to sit next to you, one smoking an e-cig and the other a non-nicotine containing water vapour emitter and see if you can actually tell the difference or whether it's actually just all in your head.
A point that I *do* remember is that I and my friends used to meet in a pub and even though we sat in the "non-smoking" area, I would always leave there with my clothes *reeking* of cigarette smoke. Now, with e-cigs, there's no such problem and also no "excuse me, just got to nip out for a fag..." hassles.
If people want to indulge in this sort of thing and it's not affecting me, why should they not be allowed to do it?
Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"
Ye gods! All I fucking well pointed out was that 200 years old was *not* the oldest booze ever found...
"The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"
Erm, excuse me, but during a dive in the Mediterranean, Jacques Cousteau and his crew found a *two thousand* year old amphora of wine that was intact. Thinking there would be others, they drank it (and found it tasted terrible!)
IIRC, however, they never found another one...
Re: Funny thing there.
> In most of Europe, as far as I am aware, it is strictly "who initiates the call, pays for it."
In the UK there are "Reverse Billing" systems (generally for adult services) whereby you text a number and receive a certain number of texts back which can be charged up to £1.50 each IIRC. But it's not somethng that's forced on you, you have to opt in by texting them in the first place and you can opt out at any time.
... this will also stop bigotted African Bishops claiming that condoms don't prevent HIV!
As part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, they've rebroadcast the episode "Dalek" in which it "downloads the whole internet".
It's no wonder the Dalek self-destructed in the end...!
Can I just say....
... What The Everlasting Holy FUCK???
Who in the name of sanity would ever want to use one of these things?!
@GrumpyOldMan - Re: Oh joy unspeakable!
> at least they have a quiet coach on long runs
And we all know that *nobody* ignores the signs saying "don't use mobiles" on those. And the Guard is *always* walking through the train, so if they find someone using a mobile they tell them to stop and move and....
How dare he...!
... Doesn't he know that spamming everyone with crap is *our* job!
Of course maybe if we changed it so that users had the choice of whether a page can get access to their friends list, likes and shoe size rather than just saying "if you want to look at this, you've got to give us access to all your data..."
Nah, that's crazy talk.
Are you friends with amanfrommars1?
Oh, sorry, that's "night *l* ies"...
"CCTV doesn't directly make you safer necessarily, it does help secure conviction against criminals"
ITYM "may occasionally look a bit like someone who possibly then might be recognised, if you're lucky".
So let's see...
... someone wants to do some research for an article they're writing on, well, an online tech newspaper, let's call it The Restiger.
The article is about the prevalence of child abuse images around the world and the number of people convicted for possession of such images.
So they enter a search term like "statistics for online child pornography arrests" and, oops, "Sorry, that search term is blocked, what you're looking for is illegal, don't worry about seeking help, we've got your IP address and we'll be knocking on your door in 30 minutes..."
Nope, can't see anything going wrong with *this* brilliant piece of pandering to the tabloids from Cameron...
Re: "The Martian Chronicles"
I think you're thinking of the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator
(Icon for Earth-shattering kaboom!)
... this is not the software you're looking for...
(Mine's the dark brown robe)
Re: Marsbarbrain @Matt Bryant - Mtech25 This is a good idea
Don't worry, Matt, there will still be room for your moveable goalposts...
@Matt Bryant - Re: Mtech25 This is a good idea
" it would be tempting to jump on Ark Ship B just because you'd be instantly elevated to most intelligent person on the ship."
An excellent idea, Matt, go ahead, be our guest...
"the rights-owner can apply to have a website blocked...
"...provided it can persuade a judge the evidence is strong enough. Lord Justice Arnold agreed the sites have the effect of making unauthorised stuff available."
Pity there isn't an additional clause saying that, in order to have a site blocked, the stuff that it's made available should, instead, be made available by the rights-owner at a fair and reasonable price...
And it will be ready...
... in 20 years time...
(So no change there ;-) )
"all three repeated earlier denials...
"...that they provided backdoor (i.e. direct) access to customer data to the NSA"
Only because the NSA are walking through the Front door!
Malware checking USB sticks...?
It's not rocket science...
Hear that sound...?
That's the sound of chickens coming home to roost!
But how many...
... of those "Porn viewers" had pissed off their local BOFH?
@AC - Re: Careful what you wish for.
Hmm, an Anonymous Coward who refers to me as "Marsden"? Now who do I know who does that...?
And as for "Even with the many rip offs of the old music business you could still earn a living", there's a difference between making a living and being paid fairly for what you do. I recall a documentary about Queen and Brian May commenting that he was still living in a bedsit whilst their manager had just bought a new Rolls Royce.
Still, I'm sure he was happy just "earning a living"...
Re: Careful what you wish for.
And' don't forget that whilst they're "teaching youngsters about the perils of internet piracy", they're not teaching them how to avoid dodgy managers and rip-off contracts with big media companies which mean that they end up with most of the money whilst the artist ends up with a pittanance...
Re: Ahh. Translations needed
Or perhaps "The sound you hear is stable doors being slammed and locked too late..."
Re: Google slow?
"Google seems to visit another google.com address in between"
You sure that's not google.nsa?
"the Harvard-led ACME collaboration"
Is a Mr W.E.Coyote one of their major donors...?
"a natural social network"
Given the amount of crap there is on Facebook, I can see a comparison...
... what about The Pandorica Opens? "Hello Stonehenge! [...] All of you shut up because *I AM SPEAKING*!"
Silence in the Library? The wonderful first appearance of River Song.
The Name of the Doctor? With the flashbacks to other Doctors and other companions?
IMO All of these deserve to be in the Top 10 list.
If they are BBC trailers...
... your choice is really which spoilers you want to watch...
(I choose neither, thanks!)
Why am I reminded of "Love Day" in The Simpsons...?
Except you can get what is, IIRC, known as the Tyrrany of the Minority. This is where you get a small but vocal group (think the Mary Whitehouse Brigade) who want something banned, the politicians figure it's a good bandwagon to jump on and the majority who are either indifferent or in favour but don't dare to speak out because of embarrassment or social pressure, keep quiet.
So I have to wonder how many people in Singapore *actually* wanted this site banned.
"daily fines of 100,000 Brazilian Reals, up to a maximum of R1 million...
"...(about $US430,000 on the current exchange rate)."
Or as Google refers to it: "Petty cash".
"The cost of the printed firearm is many times that of a traditional model...
"...and the equipment needed to do it is highly specialized."
At the moment.
So it wasn't...
... a Kindle Fire...?
@Khaptain - Re: How do you ring a well ?
> I couldn't see any "corrections" link
Look at the top of this page, next to Post Your Comment and House Rules.
And we all know...
... that Socialism is only one step away from Communism...
@Richard Jukes - Re: BAH!
I have to agree. The full PCI-DSS compliance requirements are ridiculously over-complex for a small business.
The first time I tried to register, I went through their "helpful" questionnaire which then reckoned I needed to do the whole rigmarole and, despite being pretty tech savvy, I ended up going "WTF is *that* all about?"
Fortunately, after phoning up their help line and speaking to someone who actually knew the system, I found that I didn't need to do all that and could skip about 90% of the process.
I just want to point out the irony...
That the next story from El Reg is "Ooh! My naughty SKIRT keeps riding UP! Yup, it's ... INTERNET EXPLORER"
"We have seen chat among terrorist groups...
"...discussing how to avoid what they now perceive to be vulnerable," said Sir Iain.
Thus revealing valuable intelligence to the Terrorists...
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