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Re: Good one...
Why throw them away? Under the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act they can be treated as gifts and you could flog them out on eBay :-)
"Where is the war on car traffic?"
A good question. I recall when there was the rail accidents at Potters Bar and people were saying "Ooh, I won't go on trains again", completely failing to realise that there was the equivalent of a Potters Bar *every two days* on the roads!
It's already been proven repeatedly that using a mobile device at the wheel is as dangerous as driving whilst at the legal blood alcohol limit, so, in this country at least, it should already be covered under existing legislation if only we had enough Police on the roads to actually *enforce* those laws...
@Thomas 4: Re: Umm, I'm not sure how cool I am with this
Why am I waiting for someone to day "But it's just a bit of fun!"
(PS it wasn't much fun from my POV at school either...)
I tried one of these...
... but it just downloaded a Zombie Trojan...
@AC Re: Are any Reg readers also employees of Google?
There's always BeefTaco, Better Privacy, FlashBlock, Ghostery...
Re: Are any Reg readers also employees of Google?
I'm not a Google employee and I don't know the answer to your question, but I don't worry either, because I use NoScript and block Google Analytics completely!
@AC Re: @Graham Marsden
So your argument is "Well every other search engine is also doing it, so that makes it ok"?
Now try going to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_map_services and see how many of those mapping services are likely to ever get a hit off *any* search engines...
Go to Google.
Put in a town or city name or post code.
What comes up? A bunch of links and, more importantly, a Google map.
There may be other mapping services available, but who's going to look at those when they can just click on the first offering available?
*That* is a clear abuse of Google's power to stifle the competition.
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Well it lets you get revenge for all those shopping trips where you have to make a choice between the red outfit and the brown one (Who cares? Just pick one!) or trying not to get tripped up by "Does my bum look big in this?" questions.
If he had done this in England...
... he could have been facing jail time...
Sexual Offences Act 2003 - Paragraph 67
(5) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—
(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;
(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years
Re: So, you can defeat this by being late?
"lets make it so that there are a 100 different things the terrorist has to get right every time in order to not be caught."
Please look up the following words: "False Positive".
How many people might also fall foul of those "100 different things"?
As for "unfounded distrust", perhaps you should look up "diminishing returns" too...
... Are the RIAA and MAFIAA going to try to bring back Debtors' Prisons??
... Ride of the Valkyrie...!
... actually it was just the Magic Blue Smoke (that all electronic equipment has inside) escaping...
@Steve 13 Re: Concentration
"automatic, unconscious competence is the highest level"
Yes, but that is *not* what the majority of road users have. They do things automatically right up until the point that something goes wrong, then they slam on the brakes or swerve or freeze up in panic because their skills are only good enough to let them cope with every day situations.
What they do *not* do is use good observation and planning to see a situation *before* it develops. They're mostly just watching the back of the car in front or giving a casual glance in their mirror if and when they think about it rather than considering what other vehicles may be doing.
Remember that the Driving Test only ensures that someone has the *bare minimum* of skills to be allowed out on the road in charge of a vehicle and once you've passed that Test you will almost never need to demonstrate that your skills are still up to scratch.
Unfortunately when youy couple that with being under the influence of alcohol (even if not above the legal limit) or being distracted by using a mobile phone on the move, what you get is a recipie for disaster...
You'd prefer some ridiculously contrived acronym?
"allows the same individual...
"...to be assigned the same pseudonym across various data sets."
So if the pseudonym is compromised in one data set, then all the other data sets are compromised to.
Not exactly anonymous at all, then...
Whilst Moon was interesting to begin with and had excellent visuals (apart from people moving like they were in 1g when they were on the moon in 1/6th of a g!), IMO it explained itself too quickly and then ended in a fairly commonplace manner after a potentially good start.
[Possible spoilers in the next couple of paragraphs...]
I felt there could have been a lot more done with the "paranoia" aspect of "is this real or not" scenario and GERTY being helpful by giving Bell the password struck me as a convenient plot device which, given that it wouldn't answer his questions previously, didn't seem credible.
Also one thing that I didn't follow was that (presumably) the girl he hallucinates at the start is supposed to be the one who is now 15, but how did he know what she looked like as he wouldn't have had memories of her?
A nice idea, but flawed execution.
You have to wonder...
... how much the lobbying they undoubtedly engaged in cost in comparison to the fine...
@Captain Underpants and moiety - Re: OK, case study....
Thanks guys! It was the techfleece one I was thinking of, but the XKCD one is equally valid!
Remember, Kids: Home Taping is Killing Music...!
Ah, I recall those warnings from when I was at school in the 1970s and the Music Industry was decrying the creation of the compact cassette and the tape-to-tape recorder which let you get a copy of the album your mate bought.
So if all *that* piracy was "Killing Music", how come the same people and the same industry were whining about the same thing when the CD burner came along and then the DVD burner and now Torrent sites?
Frankly if this alleged 5% is such a threat to the profitability of their industry (and not just their bonuses), they really need to look at their business models a bit more closely.
Or they could just stop gouging their customers for stupidly (and unjustifiably) high prices for crap content laden with DRM and piracy warnings and offer a decent product at a reasonable price.
Re: OK, case study....
"Today, you buy a DVD, to find there are adverts for other stuff, including other films, that you CANNOT skip over!!!"
I'm sure there was an XKCD or similar which made exactly this point, but I can't find it.
Can anyone point me to a link?
... some people rather missed the point of my last comment.
Lobbying is *ANYONE* being able to have a say on what their government does, be it by contacting their MP, getting up a petition or whatever.
If as "Obviously!" wanted, *all* such lobbying was banned, we would have an even less representative government than we do now!
"Reding is trying to protect us from the evil corporates who would screw us left and right if allowed too"
You mean as opposed to the evil governments who, if they couldn't be lobbied by anyone, would screw us left and right *even more* than they do right now?
Re: Correct Horse Battery Staple
"Bacon is so much better than anchovies."
But it's *STILL* going to make you die early according to current news reports...!
... used a rather nice Delta-winged drone with a camera in a recent episode to do shots which they'd normally have used a much more expensive helicopter for.
It actually gave pretty good results.
Google have developed new Arse pixellating software...
... Apparently the Palace of Westminster has now been pixellated...!
I picked up a copy of this...
... in a charity shop for a quid last year and it's fun to just spend an evening building up Grahamville (hell, if Sheldon can have Sheldonopolis...!) and seeing, for instance, how much you can boost property values in an area by getting rid of noisome neighbours and building lots of parks and planting trees :-)
Same goes for the high street. Why do they open at 9am and close at 5.30pm?
Perhaps because people don't *want* to work all day and all night? Perhaps because the stores can't afford to employ the extra staff and pay for the extra lighting and heating that opening late would involve?
Perhaps people have *lives* they want to enjoy...
Re: I see some potential in this...
And what happens when some miscreant figures out how to hack into the system and shut down your car whilst you're driving along a deserted country road...?
Another one for Tetris!
I've just read all the way through the comments and you seem to be the *only* person who's mentioned Tetris!!
A brilliantly simple but incredibly addictive game with nice touches like the little Russian figures in the windows who would applaud you when you completed a level.
They'd also do a little victory dance, but if you hit a button, a hook would come out from the side and snag them around the neck and drag them off! (If you timed it right, they'd duck it the first time, but get caught the second time :-) )
Re: Early Vector Graphics Cabinet
Yep, Tail Gunner, with the proportional joystick, so it needed precise fingertip control rather than just "shove it all the way in the direction you want to go..."
Re: Dragons Lair
The best part about Dragon's Lair was the glitch whereby if you played two-player and player two finished before player one, player one would then get infinite lives to complete the game.
I used to get extra game money by offering to do this for others in my local arcade :-)
Re: Vanguard (loved the music)
Did you know that the music that played when you got the Power Up in Vanguard was the Hawkmen Attack Theme by Queen from the movie of Flash Gordon!
Gordon's ALIVE!! :-)
A game I loved, becasue if you knew where all the bonus life Flags were and the towers etc, you could (like I once did) play for 1 1/2 hours on one 10p :-)
Re: Happy memories!
Outrun was great. One afternoon once, for the hell of it, I completed the game by every possible route and had all the high scores on the game in the Students' Union :-)
Wouldn't work for me...
When I'm reading on a screen (eg El Reg!) I use the scroll wheel so the text I'm actually looking at is in the section between 1/3rd and 2/3rds the way down the screen because that is most comfortable for me.
Something like this would just annoy the hell out of me and would be switched off PDQ.
Well it makes a change...
... from those knickers which have a section in front so you can put your phone into them and set it to vibrate...!
Just a moment... Just a moment...
... I hope that's not the AE-35 unit that's developed a problem...!
... Don't legislate.
That is all.
" From what I've heard, it's a "don't ask/don't tell" type of thing in the Arab world."
No, it's more a case of "Don't ask/ don't get assaulted, flogged, stoned or murdered" type of thing.
Re: At least 15 years ago
On another forum I use there's someone from Denmark (I think) who posted a pic of a system they use.
You've got a 9 x 9 grid with thicker bars marking out 3 x 3 boxes (like Sudoku) and you write your PIN in four of these, then fill in the empty squares with the numbers 1-9. All you have to remember is that your PIN is eg the top left numbers in boxes 1, 2, 3 and 4 or the four corners of the middle box or the first four digits, reversed on the bottom row or...
... but think of all those new jobs that could be created for Telephone Sanitizers!
@JDX Re: probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene
"The actual public's views are measured by bums in seats"
If that was the case, then Eastenders and Coronation Street should be winning BAFTAs...
@sugarbear Re: So...
"The worst that could happen is that the trader will know your PIN number. "
Yes and that's a prima facie excuse for the Card Company to deny liability for any fraud on the card.
And how difficult would it be to create a gizmo that, when you put the card in the slot, also reads the mag stripe?
And this doesn't even get near PayPal being so willing to reverse a transation and take money out of a Trader's account based on the say-so of a customer and *then* maybe start looking at whether the complaint was actually valid...
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" likely to be injurious...
"...to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child younger than 17"
So how is this "likelihood" determined? What studies have *actually* demonstrated that such behaviour is "likely" to cause this? Or is it just based on supposition and narrow belief that "we think this is wrong, so it should be illegal" without any proof?
What do you think, boys and girls? (If you're old enough to be allowed to think about this, of course...!)
Re: 'Drop' blunt bits?
Well exactly! Bits of parachute, heat-shields, dead landers and rovers, not to mention deflated airbags ...
Honestly, how is an alien suposed to keep their planet tidy??
Re: Printer to pen ratio?
"When one day an expedition was sent to the spatial coordinates that Voojagig had claimed for this planet they discovered only a small asteroid inhabited by a solitary old man who claimed repeatedly that nothing was true, though he was later discovered to be lying.
"There did, however, remain the question of both the mysterious 60,000 Altairian dollars paid yearly into his Brantisvogan bank account, and of course Zaphod Beeblebrox's highly profitable second-hand biro business."