4510 posts • joined Friday 19th January 2007 17:59 GMT
@Vic: Re: I remember...
I'm open to sensible offers for the complete collection...
Re: WTF stands for...
A Ridiculous Made-up acrOnym that yoU Really have to Stretch for...!
Re: @Dire CritiÂ¢ and wowfood...
Oh dear, Dire CritiÂ¢, the more you protest that you say you value Human Rights the more you reveal that you don't understand them.
Human Rights are for *all* humans, you do not "protect" one person's rights by taking away those rights from someone else. History shows time and again the tragic results that stem from that sort of mentality where someone who is the "wrong" race or the "wrong" colour or follows the "wrong" religion or thinks "wrong" thoughts or behaves in the "wrong" way is deprived of their Rights because the State thinks that that will make the world a better place.
You might like to live in that world, but I prefer one where no person has Rights above another.
Re: survey bias
I think my customers might disagree...!
Re: @Dire CritiÂ¢ and wowfood...
Yes, Dire CritiÂ¢, it's very simple to understand that you don't have the slightest clue what Human Rights are actually about.
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" - George Satayana.
... buying the first edition of 2000AD back in 1977 (along with Battle and Warlord) and seeing the teaser pic of Judge Dredd. Unfortunately as it was shown from the front with him on his Lawmaster it looked like some massively fat Southern USA Sheriff and I thought it would be dire...
... fortunately I was wrong!
I've been reading it ever since and although it's been through some bad times and had some duff stories and characters, overall it's been absolutely incredible.
Although I may at some point switch to the digital version because storing the complete collection from Prog 1 to the present is taking up a lot of shelf space...!!!
You do not have the right...
...to not be fucking offended!!
To quote Stephen Fry: 'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?'
But now, it seems, we have idiots decided that they *do* have the right to not be offended and they're going to use (or abuse) the law to shut up people who say things they don't like!
"Licence Tax" was Re: Free Money ?
A couple of figures to think about:
BBC licence fee for the year: £145.50, no adverts. Annual subscription to the Daily Mail: £214.24.
Which of these is really worth the money paid for it?
... Secunia PSI. It regularly scans your system and checks for updates, many of which can auto-install.
... Nick Griffin of the BNP makes a homophobic post about the gay couple who were discriminated against by a B&B owner and posts their address, seemingly calling on his supporters to stage a demo outside their house, yet all he gets is a brief ban from Twitter and the comment removed
To quote from one of those articles: "[The Chinese Government] see the state as the embodiment and guardian of Chinese civilisation. Its most important responsibility - bar none - is maintaining the unity of the country."
No, what they see is that their power and authority (and no doubt lots of very nice perks) come from keeping the lid on anything that might undermine their power, because they've got a really cushy number and don't want to lose it which is what will happen when their general populace realise exactly how corrupt their entire system is.
They may throw the occasional sacrificial lamb out when someone does something so egregiously wrong that they can't simply cover it up, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Re: "in the expectation that...
"Muting commercials could be the end of TV as we know it!"
To quote from an episode of Max Headroom:
Janie Crane: "An off switch?"
Metrocop: "She'll get years for that. Off switches are illegal!"
Re: I am Spartacus!
@ I ain't Spartacus...
Make up your mind!!
I'm just remembering...
... a certain incident involving Howard Wolowitz...
"in the expectation that...
"...viewers will sit through the ads that pay for the programmes"
ITYM "the ads that pay their over-inflated salaries and bonuses which they got for paying over-inflated prices for sports coverage..."
Oh and HERE IS A COMMERCIAL BREAK!
Why do the idiots think that boosting the LOUDNESS on commercials is going to make someone *more* likely to buy a product? If you've been watching a quiet programme and then someone comes on SHOUTING at you to buy something, what are you going to do? Buy it? Or mute/ skip/ go and make a cup of tea until the idiot has gone away...?
... if you yell "Go SPEED!"
Re: How About Dog-Fights?
ITYM "Eeeeoooow dakka-dakka-dakka!"
"the dangerous Bandersnatch"
I think you mean "Frumious Bandersnatch"!
"The critical question now is...
"...if handset-secured payments will incur the lower "card present" charge, which would certainly result in very rapid adoption by retailers."
And reduce the Card Handling Companies' profits. So somehow I doubt this will happen...
The value of your investment...
... can go down as well as seriously down!
Any financial advisor would have told her that putting all of your eggs in one basket is not a good idea, that's why you keep a diversified portfolio so if one part of it takes a dive the rest of it is still there.
Maybe there was sharp practice, maybe it was illegal, but what she did was *certainly* stupid.
This was an excellent show!
No beeping noises as a screen prints out characters at the speed of a teletype, no "Enhance!", no derring do and gunfights, just an ordinary bloke who gets caught up in extraordinary events and decides that he's not going to be pushed around or act as one of the "little people"...
"Hibou et Minou allèrent à la mer.
"Dans une barque peinte en jaune-canari..."
"If you insist to The Reg...
"...that you've never separated a bag of Skittles – or, for that matter, their chocolaty analog, M&M's – into piles segregated by their purple, green, orange, red, and yellow hues, well, we simply won't believe you."
Well I haven't, mostly because they don't taste as nice as Smarties! (Which I may have sorted into colours, but that's my business...)
Re: The POWER of The Reg
"Did anyone here genuinely make it all the way to Elite?"
Yes, but only because of the bug in the original BBC Micro version where you would get ranking for shooting up Police ships!
So I'd sit outside a space station, give it a zap with my military laser, then blast loads of Vipers as they came out :-)
Ok, great, but...
... please make sure there's plenty of things to do after you've done all the trading and taxi runs to get your "Iron Ass", photographed enemy bases (or blown them up) and done the assassination missions etc.
What Elite always lacked was long-term goals apart from getting to Elite, there should be more extended missions like the original Constrictor and Thargoid ones, otherwise boredom will set in again...
What about Maze...
... from Acornsoft on the BBC Micro in 1982?
It never ceases to amaze me how little respect some people have for others' privacy.
If you were helping a friend move house would you have a good rummage through their stuff whilst doing so? No? So would you do it to a complete stranger? Would you then tell take copies or tell other people about it?
Just because you can does *NOT* mean you should.
"This might be one of the reasons no extraterrestrials have yet dropped round for a chat."
Apart from those bloody teasers...
Sure thing, pardner!
What's the Ethiopian equivalent...
... of a 419 Scam...?
Well there's a surprise...
... this has nothing to do with the lamentable state of sex education in the USA and the influence of the Moral Minority who think that promoting abstinence whilst ensuring ignorance is actually a good way of preventing teen pregnancies...
Ok, very nice but...
... how long before some idiot starts flashing one of these at passing cars/ aeroplanes/ whatever?
@Stratman Re: Never mind 'where are the scams?...'
Ask Joss Whedon... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TiXUF9xbTo
Re: @Evil Auditor @Jim Booth
> It means stop pandering to them *in your own country*.
Yes, because Freedom of Expression only applies to people who have views we like...
> In point of fact, there actually wouldn't even *be* as many hardline muslim countries without the West (i'm thinking Egypt and Libya here) - the overthrow of their governments was done with the help of the West, after the incumbent populations started the ball rolling."
And I'm thinking of eg Iran where the West colluded to overthrow the Shah (and then *got* a hardline Muslim country!)
Re: The Holy Jellyfish?
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?