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A pity that...
... Fintlewoodlewix is already taken...
@ I ain't Spartacus Re: Dope Amine
> I'd much prefer it if electric shocks were built into the downvoting button instead.
I can think of a couple of posters on El Reg who would be fried to a crisp if this was introduced given the number of downvotes their posts have accrued...!
@Dick Pountain - Re: Dope Amine
... and then fall asleep for half an hour or order a pizza?
@Billa Bong - Re: Wrong way around
> Reward for good behaviour is by far more powerful at creating the habit pathways in one's brain than punishment for bad behaviour is.
COMPU-TEACH: Good morning life-form.
COMPU-TEACH: Are you sitting comfortably?
COMPU-TEACH: Then stand up! Harsh Economic Truths, Class Seventeen. You are standing up?
COMPU-TEACH: Good. Posit: you are living in an exciting, go-ahead civilisation. Where are you looking?
COMPU-TEACH: What do you see?
PUPIL: The open sky. The stars. An infinite horizon.
COMPU-TEACH: Correct! You may press the button.
PUPIL: Thank you.
[Button is pressed. A surge of energy]
PUPIL: Wow! That feels nice.
- The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
> I'm wondering how agents of the US government can enter a foreign country and remove someone against their will
Does the expression "Extraordinary Rendition" not ring any bells?
The Americans have a long history of kidnapping people to bring them to "justice" and, of course, have a nice little understanding in their Courts that it doesn't matter *how* the defendant (who is, of course, supposedly presumed innocent, whether you have any sympathy for him or not) got there...
@SteveK - Re: Wait and see
Re: The F1 GP - I actually sent a complaint message to BBC on Sunday because I was sitting down to watch the highlights of the British Grand Prix (having avoided any news etc earlier in the day) only to have BBC 3 News *immediately* before it announce the result in a way that was totally impossible to avoid seeing :-(
Re: Wait and see
Yeah, the only problem then is avoiding the bloody spoilers from Trailers the BBC broadcast which give away massive hints as to what is going to happen, not to mention pictures of Cybermen stuck on the front of the Radio Times ruining any surprise as to the "big reveal"... :(
@WraithCadmus - Re: Power
No, it only works when she's on top!
Re: An electronic brain?
I'm sure the end result will be something we can all Share and Enjoy!
Re: Science gravy train
I said it to Wilbur and I said it to Orville, that thing will never work...
"We're on an express elevator to Hell. GOING DOWN!"
Just for a moment...
... ignoring the rights and wrongs of this, that footage from *inside* the fireworks display was bloody impressive!
Re: No cloud is still the best option
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud! - The Rolling Stones
Re: Why is security still an afterthought?
Why? Because it doesn't make money, that's why.
It's a cost on the bottom line, not a revenue generator so the bean counters don't want it, the bosses don't understand it and the coders are being pushed to get the product out, so security is ignored or pushed to the end of the line.
The laughable fundamental flaw with Matt Bryant's arguments...
I find it ironic (well, absolutely hilarious, actually) that Matt Bryant keeps calling us "sheeple" yet his arguments boil down to him actually saying that he *wants* us to be obedient sheeple, to not question, to accept the State snooping into our private business, to let them do whatever they want because they're the "shepherds" and they're doing it for our own good and to protect us from all those nasty wolves which are out there.
Well, thank you, Matt, but frankly I'm not falling for that nonsense and neither are most of the rest of us on here. So you feel free to keep baaa-lieving that it's all to make you safer and knuckle under to the power of the State and that you're not at any risk because you're not important enough for them to worry about and that it doesn't matter that your data and information is being stored and recorded and kept on file but some of us won't be sheep and won't simply, blindly accept this sort of thing, but will stand up for our Rights and Freedoms that people have fought wars to protect.
Oh and the final ironic flaw: Shepherds? Sheep? Lambs to the slaughter...?
Re: OMGeeez!!! What a DISASTER!!! We're all DOOOOMED!!! Etc.
> Even data that the NSA has decided is irrelevant is retained by the agency
But I've been *ASSURED* that nobody is interested in us because we're just not important so *why* are they retaining this unimportant data?
Is this just the Precautionary Principle that "well you might be of interest to us later?" Perish the thought that there might be False Positives where some poor innocent sap gets caught up in the dragnet and then faces an accusation of a crime in a Kafka-esque secret court where he's not even allowed a proper defence because his legal team is not allow to actually examine the evidence against him.
Still, that's not harmful to Rights and Freedoms and Civil Liberties, is it?
@Khaptain - Re: Flower Power + Darwin
> Yes, society is on the decline
ORLY? Since before the days of Juvenal, people have been bemoaing the decline of society (mostly due to people publishing/ broadcasting/ doing things that they don't approve of) yet, somehow, we haven't lapsed back into barbarism...
... that's lucky. Imagine what it would have been like if we'd received a whole load of cute pet xyplict photos back...
"this means your phone will fall back to the mobile data network while the screen is off...
"...which will increase mobile data usage and power consumption."
Err, unless (as I do) I keep mobile data switched off until *I* decide to switch it on and use it...
@Matt Bryant - Re: Lee D(unce) they're a spy agency
> "NSA training manuals state that 300 terrorists have been captured using intelligence from XKeyscore before 2008"
And, of course, we all believe them, don't we, boys and girls? (After all, they wouldn't say "well, actually we haven't caught anyone, but that won't stop us trying!" would they?)
(Who are these terrorists? If they're terrorists and have been captured, surely they've been charged and convicted in a court of law so we can *know* that they're terrorists? If they haven't been charged and convicted, then wouldn't that just make them "alleged terrorists"? Or is a suspicion of them being terrorists enough to call that a success...?)
> Under US law it is all legal.
Oh, well *that's* alright then! Nothing to see, move along...
> It really would be terrible if you realised you are of zero interest to anyone.
Umm, did I mis-read this bit from the article: "the extent of the paranoid agency's targeting of Tor users, Linux Journal readers and and anyone else interested in online privacy"? Why would they be targeting these people if they were "of zero interest"?
"...all of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework...
"...which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State..."
... who will, if anyone finds out that we've been naughty, conveniently and retro-actively change the law so that what we did that was illegal is, suddenly, now entirely legal. Nice bloke!
@Arnaut the less Re: Stick
> It isn't actually that hard to write into a law that it applies to the posting of pictures and comments intended to insult, humiliate or expose the victim to ridicule
Except, if you have any familiarity with the way such things are written (cf the Extreme Pornography laws) that is *not* what happens. Instead we get some vague and entirely subjective definition written into the law and then the mess is left for the Courts to sort out.
What this means, of course, is that you probably won't actually *know* if you're breaking the law until you find yourself arrested and accused.
@Arnaut the less - Re: "then don't pose for it."
> Pressure on girls to produce these pictures or have them taken can be very great. It isn't reasonable to expect teenagers and young women to resist it; some sort of law is needed to protect them.
What is needed is *education* not *legislation*, just as we need to teach boys that they are *not* all "asking for it" not to teach girls that they shouldn't dress in a "provocative manner" in order to prevent themselves from being raped.
And that is why I downvoted you.
And this is why...
... I ensure I never let a large balance build up on Paypal, but transfer it out as soon as possible...
It's a good thing...
... nothing like that would ever happen here...
@ Yet Another Anonymous coward - Re: How long
> Like it was some medieval monarchy
ITYM "like the UK under the previous Tory regime..."
@TimeMaster T - Re: Missing from article
> at the other end of the couch next to the TV remote
Well I hope it doesn't fall down behind the cushions, then...
For those who have never seen it...
... the original Edge of Darkness is being repeated on BBC4 starting at 10pm on Monday 30th!
"so that Congress can verify if classified information has been leaked"
Which is, of course, *their* job...
@Tim Worstal - Re: How bizarre
I've been in the adult products business (making and selling leather BDSM gear) for 20 years now and every time I think I've seen it all, someone comes up with a product that makes me go "I would never have thought of *that*!"
So don't be disappointed that you didn't think of this one...
Re: Two terrorists just...
I downvoted you because I refuse to be treated as a terrorist suspect simply for wanting to visit your country, so I simply refuse to go there.
Texting might not ruin writing...
... but typing seems to have had that effect on mine!
I learned to touch-type many years ago and now very rarely handwrite anything more than the occasional note. So when I've tried to write anything longer, I find I have to slow down or even do some "warm-up" writing on some scrap paper to make sure the result is legible...
Goebbles was alleged to have said "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself", however there seems to be no confirmed attribution of it to him.
However there is:
"[...] voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
@AC - Re: Arthur C Clarke strikes again?
Yes, Clarke did write about it and used it as part of the plot of 2061:Odyssey 3
The mystery of Lost Atlantis solved at last!!!
@Don Jefe - Re: @dan1980
> Ugh bludgeoned his neighbor to death to claim ownership of The Monolith
That was actually Moonwatcher :-)
(Mine's the one with the copy of Clarke's "The Lost Worlds of 2001" in the pocket)
" shutting the back door on mass surveillance"
And what about the front door? And the windows? And the skylight? And then there's the route through the basement and...
The post is required, and must contain letters.
@AC - Re: On being nick-named "Penfold"
I blame my parents for that...
On being nick-named "Penfold"
Given a lot of the potential nicknames that could have been applied (usually by petty-minded bullies who thought that references to Mars Bars were the ultimate in wit) "Penfold" was certainly not the worst by any means.
I got tagged with Penfold almost 30 years ago and still to this day there are people who call me that, rather than Graham and it's never bothered me in the slightest.
Re: How I outsmart the digital deluge ..
> Excuse me, but this sounds like stating the bleeding obvious ..
Yeah, but it's great when you can get paid for it!
@sorry, what? - Re: Sieze the opportunity
Whereas I often have problems with Virgin, such as my broadband connection freezing for several seconds on an intermittent basis with no rhyme or reason that I can report to get fixed.
On several occasions over the past year or three I've called their Customer Services because of a fault that they say is with my computer/ router/ whatever and that they'll have to send out an engineer in two or three days, when the fault is actually with their system and it would be a waste of time sending an engineer, but their drones are too dim to realise this.
I also sometimes don't get the promised speeds and see downloads slow to a crawl.
The only reason I don't switch to another provider is that my BT line has been cut off (quite literally, someone has taken a pair of wire cutters to it and it ends half-way down the wall!) and they want silly money to re-connect it which would wipe out any savings or benefits I might get by changing.
"only practical thing for the government to do was to slurp as much online info as possible"
But, but.. I've been assured by a reliable source (well, he thinks he's reliable, anyway) that they don't want to do this!!!
@Billa Bong - Re: So what you're saying is....
Yes, but they have been working on it slightly longer than we have!
'the patents were “shabby” and shouldn't have been granted'
Great, so, that's two down and how many thousands (tens, hundreds of thousands) to go...?
ISS 'nauts have long been drinking water recycled from their own urine
As opposed to the inhabitants of Planet Earth who have been drinking water which has been recycled from urine for billions of years?
@Ashely Ward - Re: A question and a comment.
> Blue lights are actually fine and legal in the UK
From the MOT Tester's Manual
"Two front position lamps must be fitted, one on each side and show a steady white light to the front (or yellow if incorporated in a yellow headlamp)"
They must "show light of the correct colour. Note: Some front position lamps have a blue tinge to the light. This is acceptable provided the light is predominantly white."
A reason for rejection is if the light "shows a light other than red to the rear and white to the front".
@Vic - Re: A question and a comment.
I've heard it said that, allegedly, the Police turn a blind eye to the chav's lighting schemes most of the time because it gives them an excuse to pull them when they *really* want to :-)
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