4743 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
"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...?
So what's wrong with...
... a "Google-Free Zone"?
... 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?
Re: lets see someone sacked for this.
Lol! That's a good one...!
Re: I'll take em off their hands...
I'll split them with you 50/50 :-)
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...
Re: Nicely put
Go into a shop that sells motorbike equipment and buy yourself a decent set of earplugs! :-)
Sure thing, pardner!
Ditto and ditto!
What's the Ethiopian equivalent...
... of a 419 Scam...?
Well there's a surprise...
No, really? And I thought they'd left the ISS to fix one just down the road from me...
... 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!)
@Evil Auditor Re: @Jim Booth
See Jim Booth's comment " We pussy foot around them, pander to them and then let them shit on us. Maybe, just maybe we need to start growing a pair" for details.
Re: @Jim Booth
"I merely point out that leave us alone and we will leave you alone. Clearly, this is too much to ask to some people."
And have you ever considered that *THEY* might be saying exactly the same thing???
Imagine someone started interfering in your country's political affairs? Imagine if they invaded your part of the world because they thought they knew best about how things should be run? What would you do?
Do you think you might say to them "leave us alone and we will leave you alone"?
Still, clearly, this is too much to ask to some people...
Oh you believers...
... you are free to believe what you want.
Just remember that so are we.
I was going to upvote you until you got to your intolerant last couple of sentences which appear to suggest that you want *us* to impose *our* way of life on them (or shoot them if they don't like it) which is probably the cause of these problems in the first place.
Re: The Holy Jellyfish?
Re: "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
/me dials MYCROFTXXX :-)
"Has everybody read the classic science fiction story, [A Logic Named Joe]?"
I hadn't, but I have now. It's a very interesting and thought provoking little story, so thanks for the pointer :-)
Here's a search for you to try: "Siri, what is a Straw Man argument"?
"While some will no doubt point to Fukushima...
"...as a sign the UK should be looking to scale down its reliance on nuclear"
Yes, because it's only been around 400 years since we had a Tsunami in this country...
Presumably, then, they didn't have a Sky+ box.
The only thing I watch "live" (ie as it's broadcast) is the News. Everything else is stacked up on Sky+ waiting to be watched at my convenience and the ads get fast-forwarded through.
I pay £20 a month for Sky which gives me Discovery, History, National Geographic, Sky 1, Atlantic, SyFy, Watch etc etc plus all the Freeview channels which is well worth the money to me.
... You're sitting on the loo, minding your own business and one of your "mates", for a laugh, kicks a ball under the loo door...!!!
@ the second AC
I don't know where you live, but it's pretty clear that the first AC lives in the USA. Now I don't know what their Data Protection legislation is like, but in the UK you actually have some pretty good rights under the Data Protection Act to get it corrected, so perhaps it was easier for you than for him.
"the small and rather underpowered PPK"
"really would have been an unlikely choice for an undercover service to be issuing to its assassins"
An assassin doesn't want to have a face to face shoot-out with his target, he doesn't want to talk to him or make a witty comment, he wants to get the job done as quickly and safely as possible.
The .25 Beretta would be fine for this: Walk up behind the target, a single swift shot into the back of the head which probably won't even penetrate out the front of the skull, and while anyone nearby is wondering what that "crack" sound was and why some bloke has fallen down, the assassin is walking away, job done.
Ghostery + Adblock
"it does not accurately reflect user intent"
So how do they expect users to express their intent??
If I decide I want a browser that has DNT on by default or if I switch it on, how is Yahoo going to know the difference?
"Wireless Association, formerly the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA)"
Defined by the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy as "Another bunch of mindless jerks who'll be second against the wall when the revolution comes..."
"For a while...
"... they flew on, motionless against the starry sweep of the Galaxy, itself motionless against the infinite sweep of the Universe. And then they turned round.
``It'll have to go,'' the men of Krikkit said"
I bought a product a few weeks ago...
... and was offered a £5 discount by the company if I clicked their Facebook Like button.
So I clicked the button, took the discount, bought the product and then Unliked the company!
"Dead or alive...
"...you're coming with me!"
(Ok, that was Robocop not The Terminator, but WTH!)
It's been up and down like a yo-yo...
I've been trying to check if I've received a payment, but it keeps telling me there's a problem and to try a different browser!
The bottom one is the EULA.
DRM = Draconian Rights Management
We're right, you're wrong.
We can take away the stuff on your Kindle because you don't own it, you only have a licence to read it and we can revoke that at any time without needing to provide any justification or real explanation for our actions.
It's great to be us and it sucks to be you!