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@diodesign - Re: Oh look...
"It's an experiment to see what happens if we punt comments directly into the forums."
And it appears to have comprehensively failed.
All it does is put barriers in the way of anyone who wants to comment on one of Lewis' pieces because instead of just clicking "comment", you've got to go to the forums, find if there is a thread already and, if there isn't, *then* start one.
It's a well known fact of web design that if you want people to access your content, you *don't* force them to drill down levels to find it, because most people will not bother.
Why do you think it's different for El Reg?
.... another Lewis Page Opinion Piece (this time about energy bills) with no opportunity for us to post comments.
One could almost get the feeling that he doesn't like his opinions being questioned...
... that Lewis Page is having an attack of the Orlowskis who used to be notorious for getting El Reg to publish his opinion pieces but refusing to let anyone comment on them (or moderating and even editing the comments himself!)
"unless customers explicitly agreed it being passed on for each 30 minute period"
So we'll probably get "options" like "Unles you want to pay more for your energy and be denied tariffs which we claim will save you money (whilst giving us a boat-load of data on you), tick this box!"
Perhaps because not everyone *has* a fixed line phone these days.
If you can get a pay as you go mobile for a tenner (or less) why do you want to pay line rental every month? If you get a bundle of free minutes, why pay a land-line connection charge?
Several people I know have ditched their land-lines because it's cheaper to use a mobile.
@Matt Bryant - Re: dogged David Pollard Hospital and prison telephones
Maybe it's your inability to do any research that leaves you unfamiliar with the cost of phoning people in hospital, but it costs 49p a minute to call someone on their bedside phone between 8am and 6pm and 39p per minute at other times.
Calling out requires that first you buy a Hospedia Card (non-refundable, of course, unless you can pay with a credit or debit card) for a minimum of £3.50 and then pay 20p connection charge per call and 10p per minute thereafter.
Now if you actually compared that to the cost of most phone calls people make these days, I think you would consider that the words "somewhat excessive" would not be inaccurate.
Oh and, PS, you might be interested (well, if it fitted in with your parocial attitudes, that is) that Hospedia took over from Patientline after getting £30m of debt written off, sacking support staff (so if you have a problem you have to phone a premium rate support line!) and getting NHS Trusts to pay for updating system even though existing contracts have years to run.
But, hell, let's just bleed the sheeple white, it's what we've always done...
Re: They've been on the road for years
What about BMWs?
Oh, sorry, it was Driverless, not Brainless...!
Re: Money maker
The last Labour Government had the same idea. They wanted ANPR cameras at every major junction in the country and they'd time how long it took for you to get from one to another.
If you got there quicker than their official figures, bingo, automatic speeding ticket!
Star Wars [...] deliberately designed to bankrupt the USSR
Was it really? Or was that just a post-facto justification for what turned out to be a colossal waste of money inspired by Reagan letting a couple of sci-fi authors propose an unworkable scheme?
I know which my money would be on...
"You absolutely are not allowed to discuss or plan to break the law, behind closed doors or not."
Developer 1: Ok, we need to think what a hacker would do to try to perform a remote SQL injection into our system.
Developer 2: That's illegal, I'm calling the Police!
Re: re: safe for whom? Anyone involved in illegal activities?
... says the Anonymous Coward...!
But you and Tapeador seem to think that we should throw away the fundamental Right of Presumed Innocent Unless Proven Guilty and instead go for "We don't know that you're *not* guilty, so we'll monitor everything you do and everything you say and everyone you talk to and everything you read *just in case* you might be planning on doing something which we think is bad!"
I'd guess that the rear wheel is there to act a bit like a flywheel.
If you've ever tried riding a cheap exercise bike (one that just has pedals and a turnscrew to provide resistance) you'll have found that it's nothing like riding a real bike because as soon as you stop pedalling, all momentum is lost.
With the rear wheel, even if the rider relaxes for a moment, the rotational energy of the rear wheel keeps things going.
@TechW - Re: The truth is...
Sorry, I have trouble distinguishing between the Right Wing American political party and the *Really* Right Wing American political party...
Re: The truth is...
Yes, keep parroting The Party's line...
... although whether that's the Republican Party or the Chinese Communist Party, I'm not sure...
So what happens...
... when Salvage 1 gets there and starts bringing bits back to flog off?
... "It is the latter that the Communist Party has been leaning on social media companies in the Middle Kingdom to stamp out as they are believed to disrupt social order"
Listening to rumours is treasonous, Citizen! - Your friend, The Computer.
Mine's the Ultraviolet Security Clearance one...
I think the BofH would have loved the job (and the excuse to upgrade all the systems in Mission Control...!)
Re: @ Daniel B. - Nice.
Lights! Camera! Action!
... and Cut!
... ITYM "Banner Year for Patent Lawyers"!
Re: Deserves it
Yes, because America is *so* much safer now this dangerous terrorist is behind bars...!
@Voland's right hand - Re: Spying is not the only answer
You forgot Option C - None of the above!
Metrics and me...
Build in as many trackers as you like, I'll use NoScript and Ghostery and DoNotTrack and Adblock Plus and Flashblock and Ref Control and Beef Taco and any other software I like because I don't want someone looking over my shoulder every time I go browsing on the web!
And what about...
... the tougher sentences for those in big institutions (corporate or governmental) who manage to leave laptops on the train or fail to secure data so it can be hacked by skiddies?
@Gray Ham - Re: Known this for years ...
Or the bats have taken one look and thought "Jeez, if those are the moth's balls, how big is the bloody moth?!"
Re: The laws of physics do NOT change in different places.
Time for one of my favourite quotes:
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...' - Isaac Asimov
taken down [...] Ecuadorian tourism site
Wow! I can hear the world quaking in its boots...
... or, at least, Playmobil!
Statute of Limitations...?
There should be a limit to the time after the filing of a patent that the holder has a right to lodge a claim infringement.
Or are Boston U really saying "We didn't know that our patent was being infringed for the last decade"?
... popcorn icon...?
@Rampant Spaniel - Re: More to come?
You must be going senile, there were no Nazi leaders, it was just Ron Vibbentrop, Heinrich Bimmler and that nice Mr Hilter...
Can you show me where the baked beans are?
By your command!
Are you bored...?
No, I'm TRYING TO GET SOME FUCKING SLEEP and the LAST THING I NEED is SOME STUPID PRICK THINKING THIS IS GOOD TIME TO TRY TO SELL ME SOME SHIT!
Re: Opera's adherance to standards broke sites...
"seems like I'll be a Firefox user"
Be careful before you say that, v22.0 of Firefox appears to have broken cut and paste! (It's very hit and miss as to whether it works or not)
I've also had an instance of a Captcha repeatedly telling me that I didn't enter any data in the box (when, obviously, I did), so something certainly seems to have screwed up somewhere...
"designed to protect America"
I'm pretty sure that that was what the KGB and the Stasi et al thought they were doing for their countries...
Re: Dick Tracy!!
"Six-two and even, over and out"
Can I trademark...
BBC "reality" TV show The Apprentice is totally rubbish
You could have put the full stop after "rubbish" and not bothered with the rest of the article!
@AC Re: Actually...the non-issue (IMO) is exactly what Obama wanted..
Oh dear. In case you hadn't noticed, Atlas Shrugged is *FICTION*!!!
It's easy when writing fiction to get things happen the way you want them to because it's not what we call "real".
@Aoyagi Aichou - Re: And my friends wonder...
Looks at Ghostery, NoScript, Adblock Plus...
"The Search for More Money"
Can I just say....
"part of an international community and they should be abiding by international law"
Paging Mr Pott and Mr Kettle-Black...
Note these words...
"The UK is sitting on a cheap energy economic revolution comparable to the heyday of North Sea Oil, the British Geological Survey suggests.
"The Survey’s estimate of the potential gas reserves of the Bowland–Hodder shale formation - finally published today – indicate that using today’s technology, the rocks should yield 1,329 TCF (trillion cubic feet) or 37.7 TCM (37,631 BCM, or billion cubic metres) of gas."
There's a lot of conditional words there...
@Don Jefe - Re: It's the great leveler
It's a glitch with El Reg's comments system that I've seen in the past where, for some reason, it adds line-breaks instead of doing word wrapping.
Re: "fully within a legal framework"
"Do they operate in accordance with the law?"
They don't worry about it. Any time there's a problem, they'll just retroactively change it...
People of Earth, your attention please....
Paypal have just blocked our account after one of our transactions was queried.
Our invasion fleet will be arriving from hyperspace shortly....
... When will these be available to mount on fricken' sharks?
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