4118 posts • joined Friday 19th January 2007 17:59 GMT
Re: "Get a life"
What, you mean become a mindless drone assimilated into the mass collectivised culture rather than trying to be an individual?
Hmm, that's an interesting thought, I wonder where I've heard it before...?
"beating televised confessions out of people"
No, the West prefers to do that in private in Guantanamo Bay or by shipping (sorry "Rendering") people off to countries who don't have problems with torturing suspects to extract confessions from them because we don't want to get our hands dirty...
"I never was a big fan of jury trials."
Really? So you prefer, instead, a kangaroo court or lynch mob where the defendant *may* get a chance to protest their innocence before they're "given a fair trial and then hanged"?
So you're in favour of scrapping the concept of Presumption of Innocence and instead going for a system of Guilt by Association??
... to everyone who resisted the temptation to downvote me for the terrible grocers' apostrophe in that comment!
This just goes to show...
... the sheer futility of expecting content hosting services to screen uploads for copyright violation before they're put online.
Of course that won't stop the MPAA/ RIAA bought and paid for politicians from trying to push this nonsense...
And I always thought the American definition of an Honest Politician was "one who stay's bought"...
WTF is "gay marriage"?
[I forget where I saw this quote, but it runs something like...]
"I don't want "gay marriage" any more than I want gay people to wake up in their gay bed, have gay breakfast and drive their gay car to their gay work. I just want everyone to be able to wake up in bed, have breakfast and drive to work and, if they fall in love, to get married."
Re: "a politician is trying to hang someone
" (an innocent man at that) to boost his* campaign....."
Still, at least nothing like that would happen in a civilised country like America...
ITYM it was unexpectedly swallowed by a small dog...
Yeah, but imagine the Zombie marathon! We'd still be waiting for them to finish by the 2016 games!
(Troll Icon because there's no Zombie one...)
... the media companies could just sell the product at a *reasonable* price in the first place such that a second hand market wouldn't be necessary as it would be just as cheap to buy an original.
(Yes, I know, it's a silly suggestion...)
"Why such a backwards system of treating women is allowed in this day and age is beyond me"
Usually such things persist due to lack of education where tradition ("well, that's we the way we've always done it!") trumps the law, especially where the "elders" make the decisions.
Such things can and do change, but it can take a couple of generations for it to happen.
Sure, we can then go back to squandering finite resources at our usual profligate rate instead of considering how we might use energy more efficiently which will have long-term benefits for everyone...
"Please feel free to backup your statement with some actual documentation that it is *not* illegal"
Perhaps you've never heard of the expression "Presumed Innocent Unless Proven Guilty"...
"extremely destructive and morally atrocious"? "large scale wrongs"? "Huge economic harm"?? "wreckers"?! "destroy industries"?!?!
Good grief, man, try stretching *your* brain around the concept of "sense of proportion"!
Yes, I "concede" that, "in the UK there would be a case were a civil suit filed against this person", so why do those who consider themselves wronged not avail themselves of UK law and *bring* that suit here instead of using a law designed to deal with *terrorist* suspects to try to extradite him to the US to bring *criminal* charges against him?
Your ludicrous hyperbole suggest you have no idea or what "justice" actually means, or you're just some sort of shill for the MPAA/ RIAA et al.
Yes, but imagine what would happen if you show those DVDs to more than a few people or on an oil rig or in a prison or any of the other places where you're not allowed to play them!
Just because something might be a criminal offence in the US does not make it a criminal offence anywhere else in the world. What happened in this case, in this country, was, at best, a breach of civil law and is thus *not* a justification for extradition.
... give the patient a kick, if they don't say "Ow", print up a message saying "He's dead, Jim!"
"You'll have had your tea, then?"
Apart from the aforementioned Plan 9 there was also The Crow, for instance, where Brandon Lee's face was added by CGI onto the body of a stand in after Lee was accidentally shot.
@Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Has anyone scientifically proved that posting to El Reg is completely safe...??
I've got a nice hot cup of tea here...
... anyone got a Bambleweeny 57 Sub-Meson Brain and an Atomic Vector Plotter...?
And some said that...
... coming down from the trees was a big mistake!
"you still don't know where your f**king going!"
You clearly don't ride a motorcycle.
One of the best things about biking is getting off the beaten track and exploring some of the B and C roads, avoiding motorways and built-up areas, and finding there's actually still some beautiful countryside out there.
And if those roads happen to be nice and twisty too, so much the better!
Once finished having fun, just tell the Sat Nav "take me home" and you're sorted.
It's about the ride, not the destination.
"There are actors who have died during the production of a film, and some ingenious work done to finish the film--voice imitations, careful use of long-shots, that sort of thing--and protecting a likeness does set out the basis for dealing with these things."
There was also Plan 9 From Outer Space...!
That word implies some sort of pre-medidated choice on the part of the *customer*, rather than a decision by the supplier to opt them in, hence why the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act in England makes such things illegal.
It would help if people could put their brains into "On" mode and look at all those road signs saying "Low Bridge" or "Width Restriction" etc which the Highways Agency have kindly put there to warn them of potential problems ahead, instead of just blindly following the Sat Nav...
Well of course...
... after all, this doll is copying the look and feel of the real Steve Jobs...!
Why do they rely on that archaic system? Because even if the electronic records get screwed up, there's still a hard copy back up, that's why!
Or did you not RTFA?
XKCD got it right...
@Yet Another Anonymous coward
AIUI the thing about QI (especially the earlier series) is that at least some of the images they use on the big screens behind the panelists are not licenced for use outside the UK, consequently to distribute them in other countries would require paying expensive fees which would make the DVD not commercially viable, hence the edits.
What I would prefer is for the US not to need such devices by realising that they're not Team America World Police and to stop trying to win "Hearts and Minds" by barging their way into a country and saying "We're going to liberate you so you can have a wonderful American style Democracy! (Whether you want it or not.)"
Mostly the only reason they need these devices to deal with crowds in the first place is because they're somewhere that they are *NOT WANTED* and the crowds just want them to get out of *their* country.
How much would it cost...
... to stop people driving like twunts on the motorway?
Perhaps if we dealt properly with middle lane Hogs, idiots yakking on their mobiles and not watching the road ahead, tailgaters, people who think that Lane 3 is the "fast lane", pillocks who think the safe stopping distance at 70mph is about 20 feet, morons who don't understand that when it's rainy your stopping distance increases, suicidal drivers who don't think that they should slow down in heavy rain or fog, prats who scythe across from lane 3 to lane 1 to take an exit which was clearly signposted a mile back, but they waited until the last minute to position for....
Accidents on motorways don't *just happen*, there's a reason for them and 99% of those are due to people driving stupidly.
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