For those who are interested...
Not a diagnosis, but definitely interesting.
6381 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
... but this one made up for it!
The first part was, as I posted, laying the modern-day analogies on with a shovel (or maybe a JCB) and there were too many instances of people doing silly things just to advance the plot, but it was almost like this episode had been written by a completely different script writer.
Capaldi made the extended "War (Huh!) What is it good for?" speech absolutely brilliantly, you could feel the way he's suffered with all the deaths that he has been responsible for (or, even, just feels responsible for) and why he doesn't want it to happen again.
There were lovely touches such as the Zygon, forced out of Human form, who says "I never wanted to fight anyone – I just wanted to live here", neatly skewering the "You're either with us or against us" nonsense that idiotic demagogues come out with (on both sides *cough* David Cameron *cough*) and how Kate Stewart got away from the "Not a cop" Zygon (cue loud cry of "Oh YES!" from me at the "Five rounds rapid" :-) )
Also some nice touches like the Union Flag parachute (who else has used one of those?) and Osgood saying "The first thing I'd do if I wanted to invade the world would be to kill you [...] I wouldn't even let you get talking".
Ok, minor niggles like the Presidential Plane being shot down (what, no laser jammers, flares, chaff, ECM, decoy systems...???) and those Sonic Specs (although I liked Osgood's "aren't they a bit pointless, like a visual hearing aid?), but I can forgive those for a much better episode than the last one and one that, as the Doctor says, really makes you THINK!
... so whose lair was it...?
Ah, but they're the Exam Board, so you *know* that "Lessons Have Been Learned"!
... the irony!!
I think you mean "Double plus good crypto", prole.
... it's different when THEY do it...
Apart from finding out all the ways that this could go wrong and how many idiots and bullies there are out there who think that trying to piss on other people's fun is a clever idea, what does this actually achieve?
So was it well cooked?
> I didn't think this bill was intended for use against "ordinary criminals". It's meant to be to protect us against terrorists
Remember the "Hand over your passwords or we lock you up for two years" law? *THAT* was supposed to be only for anti-terrorism too.
Unfortunately that stipulation wasn't written into the law, so it's been (ab)used by the Police because "well, nobody said we couldn't".
Obviously before you use the Free Wi-Fi you're going to have to register and give your name, address, phone number, retinal scan, DNA sample...
SO DO SOMETHING!
Go to http://www.theyworkforyou.com and find out who your MP is and WRITE TO THEM! Tell them why this is a bad idea, tell them why it won't work, tell them how short-sighted this is.
Sure, maybe they won't listen, maybe they'll just send back a form reply trotting out the Party Line, but maybe, just maybe there are *some* of them who will listen. They're not all self-serving greedy bastards, some of them do actually have a brain and a conscience and with prompting can be persuaded to think about what they're voting for instead of just doing what the Whips tell them.
> The Great British public had a chance to modernise with the referendum on AV
A referendum that was designed to fail, because we weren't given a choice as to what we would like to replace FPTP, because those who supported various forms of PR voted against AV as that wasn't what they wanted, because the Tories had rich supporters who could put up posters like "Vote NO to AV or the baby dies"...
The end result was simply that the Tories could spin this to claim that we didn't want a change.
... the Tories are launching (or should that be "laundering"?) their latest attempt to get a version of their Snoopers Charter through Parliament...
... they miss one vital point:
Corporate America DOES NOT WANT THIS!
You are the product. Data about you is worth money. Your information can and will be bought, sold, traded, folded, stapled and mutilated in any way they want and all the "standards" you can name won't make a damn bit of difference if they are not backed up with serious legal penalties.
Search out your local IAM or RoSPA Motorcycle Group and sign up to one of their courses and you'll soon learn how to filter safely and progressively through traffic.
"we will not be giving powers to go through people’s browsing history"
Note that that does *NOT* mean that they won't be recording and storing all that history, just that they (supposedly) won't be looking through it all the time.
It's like saying "We're not tracking you everywhere you go, but we're storing the data from ANPR cameras, so if we *want* to find out where you've been, we can..."
> idiots vote busybody Socialist "do gooders" into any office.
What the hell are you talking about? It's the *TORIES* that are pushing this legislation. Do you honestly think that their Councils are going to be *any* different when they get powers like this?
Take off your political blinkers and call a pox on ALL their houses!
So [rhetorical] why didn't they call it X67 or Q67 or any other letter of the alphabet that wouldn't jar on the ear?
True, but I wish they didn't have to lay it on with a shovel...
It struck me as rather ham-fisted and just another poor part of what could have been a much better episode had not the Doctor let all the soldiers go into the village first (instead of him just strolling in and outwitting the Zygons) and them then all stupidly walked into the church, Kate Stewart not being caught out by the "not-a-cop-anymore" Zygon and the silliness of the fake Clara getting them all into the Zygon's "breeding chamber" before, incredibly (or should that be "incredulously"?) finding "her" duplicate out of all of those many pods (what on Earth was the point of all that?)
So, nice ideas, poor execution.
> Of course I know I'm right. Thats because I am right.
Circular Argument [n]: See Argument (Circular)
> Best troll ever,
The point of a troll is that they say something they *don't* necessarily believe in themselves, but they just want to wind people up and start an argument (see Clarkson for details).
The thing is that, if you read their posts, boltar and x 7 (and, oh look, Scorchio!! is back too!) *do* actually believe in what they're writing and they won't listen to any argument which disagrees with them because they *know* they're right.
> If the idiot journalists are interfering in areas they're not wanted
"Areas they're not wanted"? Not wanted by whom...? (I bet you'd consider the reporters who exposed the My Lai massacre were "not wanted" and "traitors" for "helping the enemy"...)
"The first casualty of war is the truth" (Attributed to various)
> if they have information that could help police they should hand it over. End.
Right, yes, and then paint a big target on the back of *every* journalist in the world because they're obviously working for the security services.
This is the same kind of short-sighted stupidity which has resulted in suffering for many people because someone in the CIA had the bright idea of using a vaccination programme to track down Osama Bin Laden and great, fine, it worked, they got him.
Unfortunately they didn't think beyond their narrow goals and now the plan to eradicate Polio worldwide is under threat because vaccine workers in Pakistan have been threatened or murdered as people there think they're spies.
Now journalists (BTW that's *proper* journalists, the ones who working to find out the truth of what is really happening in the world, not those who work for gutter rags like the Mail or take the Murdoch shilling) are going to find it so much harder to do their job or won't be able to take anything more than paper note because their sources are going to refuse anything that might be on a laptop etc that could be seized because Terrorism...
Bravo, boltar, you've just made the world so much safer!!!
Thank you. Since I have another Nigerian Prince who wishes to transfer $43,000,000 to my bank account, please contact him and he will send the funds directly to you...
If you call 111 you can listen to an NHS drone go through a checklist which probably results in them suggesting you go to hospital anyway "just to be on the safe side". It won't help with your solving crime, but, there again, probably neither will any of the other numbers.
",,, Don't worry, we don't give a fuck!"
Even though, in these days of Tory cuts and cutbacks (let's only investigate crimes at even numbered houses), it's pretty much a sham anyway, at least having someone come round to your house and take a statement gives the illusion that the Police give a damn and will actually try to do something about a crime you've been the victim of.
Of course we all know what will inevitably follow, after they've cut the Legal Aid budget completely and privatised the Court System and made it cheaper for people to plead guilty rather than risk going to court and getting slapped with a mandatory charge, they'll sell off the Police to G4S and Serco and the like and we'll all be completely screwed!
"YOU ARE UNDER ARREST. YOU HAVE TWENTY SECONDS TO COMPLY!"
No, not ticking the box means "I agree to let the State snoop on everything I do, because I think that my views on Civil Liberties should determine what happens to others."
Don't forget that ticking the box will, of course mean "I have something to hide" and are therefore deserving of extra surveillance...
> better all weather capability
I ride in all weathers.
> reduced risk (no rider)
If it has a rider there's less risk of some idiot pulling along side it at the lights and trying to shove it over!
> 24-hour availability
Three bikes and riders on 8 hour shifts are still cheaper than one of these.
Still no point...
Sorry, but I don't see any benefit of this over the existing versions of these.
There are already bike taxis, couriers and Blood Bikes out there and it's going to be a long time before this technology becomes cheap enough to make it cost effective over a bloke and a bike.
That was exactly what I was thinking as I read this.
I own a bike because it's fun to *ride*, what's the point of being a pillion on one of these?
"Every day we're investigating your activities, just in case you might have done something we don't like..."
> legislation is now being decided by judges
I think you misunderstand what has happening for a long time.
The Government (of whatever colour) decides it wants some legislation, so it knocks something together, makes great claims about it to the press, then enacts it in law.
Unfortunately, it then turns out to be vaguely worded and imprecise, which, of course, the Police, Security Services, Local Councils et al love, because that gives them the opportunity to abuse it (jail for not handing over your passwords? That was supposed to only be for anti-terrorism. Spying on people who may be trying to sneak their kids into a school they shouldn't? Ditto)
It's not until someone finally decides to stand up to the Authorities and can afford challenge this sort of nonsense in the Courts that we get some idea of what the law actually is and how it can be applied *without* breaching our Human Rights and Civil Liberties.
But, oh, the price that has to be paid first...
"...she can’t possibly do it with the proper scrutiny needed."
Right, so you understand it...!
"Are they doing it?"
"Can we do anything about it?"
> I think the public are sophisticated enough to stick with what works for them
That's clearly some strange defintion of the word "sophisticated" that I wasn't previously aware of...
... which were immediately circumvented by tech-savvy kids.
So obviously the Tories are actually *improving* the Tech skills of children!
... acoustic structure...
> Humans can't be clean roomed to the same degree
See The Andromeda Strain for details...
RTFA: "one of the health impacts of a stint on the ISS is a suppressed immune system."
... I'd be thinking China is relaxing its drugs policy!
" to the Body of European Regulators, national regulators, and the courts, who will have to decide how these spectacularly unclear rules will be implemented."
And, no doubt, the British regulators will (under pressure from the Government) Gold Plate them such that the big players in the industry (in exchange for a few lucrative Directorships) get a free pass to do what the hell they like and all the little people get shafted...
Companies like Trustwave and Geotrust do ones which you can put on your site and which are regularly updated to ensure they're still valid.
The problem is that they have to appear on every page on your site and when you're running an e-commerce store, need to be re-loaded on every page a customer visits, adding a time over-head which slows page loads (even if you try to load them asymmetrically) and can cause the whole thing to freeze until the badge appears which pisses off customers and makes them more inclined to go somewhere else.
Err, no, nobody said "We don'n need no steenkin' badges!", but GregC said "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" five hours ago at the time of my writing this...