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... the Difference Engine from Gibson and Sterling's book of the same name?
A self-aware *mechanical* computer!
Re: Hitchhiker Guide to The Galaxy
Unfortunately your memory is failing:
Slartibartfast: I was most upset to hear of its destruction.
Arthur: *You* were upset?
Slartibartfast: Five minutes later and it wouldn't have mattered so much. Shocking cock up. The mice were furious.
Re: Didn't I make 100 posts in a year?
I always remember ?&FE4E=&7F
It would freeze the computer by setting all the interrupts and the only thing to do then was hit Break (which would do a power-on memory wipe) or switch off and back on again. Either would wipe the memory but it was so much more elegant that *FX 200,3 :-)
Re: Waterboarding? Suicide missions?
Hell, why bother with waterboarding, suicide missions or firing squads? Why don't you just burn him at the stake and be done with it!!!
Re: Baaa baaa baaa!
... get a nickname like Fruit Loops...
[Broadcast Eclear, sent 1346768792.1]
oGSV Slightly Perturbed [Location unknown, but presumably monitoring]
If you're out there, do us a favour...
Re: Or equally likely
ITYM "Scans Lolcats, Youtube comments pages, assorted pro/ anti Apple flame wars, Facebook Memes and so on and gives up in disgust...!"
This isn't going to work...
... until someone invents the Cobra Mk III.
Right on, Commander!
Re: I have used lots of price comparison sites
@AC - Unfortunately some companies don't pay any attention to MPS and TPS or they're calling from outside the UK and so can stick two fingers up to them.
As for e-mails, I own my domain, so if I give Fred Bloggs & Co an e-mail address I put fredbloggs.com@... as the address and if I start getting spam to that name I know who has been careless with my details (and can be blocked from future contact!)
@jeremy 3 - Re: Have I broken the law too?
"The airport dude in the UK and this fella in Korea should've been locked up, not because the law is right, but because they are stupid and ignorant."
Balderdash! The people who are stupid and ignorant are the ones passing these ridiculous laws and those trying to apply them.
Re: How is this a scam?
It's a scam like the companies who offer "services" which charge you for reclaiming PPI or for obtaining an EHIC are scams, they are attempting to obtain money by deception.
Ah, yes, I can see lots of people phoning up their phone provider saying "Please can I access 09xxx numbers, I'm really not doing it for the sex lines, of course..."
Ok, I may not agree with her religious beliefs, but I sure as hell agree with this being a gross invasion of privacy verging on Official Stalking!
If I had a kid at that school I'd be standing right alongside them objecting to this and probably outside the gates handing out leaflets too.
PS And what's to stop students swapping ID tags either through mischief or malice??
PPS " in some cases for toilet breaks, and it allows the school to track their every movement throughout the day" - I'm sure there's a pun there somewhere...!!
"You can avoid so many uncomfortable truths with that mantra."
And you can ruin so many lives and introduce so many unnecesary and unworkable laws by ignoring it.
"the UK's spooks claim...
"...they have no interest in what it said, only in who talks to who"
And we all believe them, don't we, boys and girls...!
(And shouldn't that be "whom"?!)
I have an Orang-Utan here...
... who just wants to say "Oook!!"
Re: RE: "50-year-old men ... absconding with waitresses"
I'm 47, I've already got the motorbike, now all I need to do is find the waitress..
"Schroedinger basin" where there may or may not be a cat...
Re: Customer from hell. . .
"Customer from hell"? For asking that they leave olives out of the meal and then behing unhappy with the staff's attitude? Do the words "Customer Service" not mean anything to you??
You have just caused me to laugh helplessly for about the last five minutes!!
"legalizing the stuff actually cuts demand"
And that's all we *really* need to know to stop the stupid waste of time, money and resources on the nonsensical and unwinnable "War on Drugs" that too many grandstanding politicians have forced on us!
What's that noise...?
Sounds like Ulla! Ulla!
.... != desire to purchase that brand.
I'm aware of lots of brands, but that doesn't mean that when I want to buy something I'm going to purchase something from it because I've seen it being used by someone on TV.
Six months, creep!
@Vic: Re: I remember...
I'm open to sensible offers for the complete collection...
... buying the first edition of 2000AD back in 1977 (along with Battle and Warlord) and seeing the teaser pic of Judge Dredd. Unfortunately as it was shown from the front with him on his Lawmaster it looked like some massively fat Southern USA Sheriff and I thought it would be dire...
... fortunately I was wrong!
I've been reading it ever since and although it's been through some bad times and had some duff stories and characters, overall it's been absolutely incredible.
Although I may at some point switch to the digital version because storing the complete collection from Prog 1 to the present is taking up a lot of shelf space...!!!
Re: WTF stands for...
A Ridiculous Made-up acrOnym that yoU Really have to Stretch for...!
Re: @Dire CritiÂ¢ and wowfood...
Oh dear, Dire CritiÂ¢, the more you protest that you say you value Human Rights the more you reveal that you don't understand them.
Human Rights are for *all* humans, you do not "protect" one person's rights by taking away those rights from someone else. History shows time and again the tragic results that stem from that sort of mentality where someone who is the "wrong" race or the "wrong" colour or follows the "wrong" religion or thinks "wrong" thoughts or behaves in the "wrong" way is deprived of their Rights because the State thinks that that will make the world a better place.
You might like to live in that world, but I prefer one where no person has Rights above another.
Re: @Dire CritiÂ¢ and wowfood...
Yes, Dire CritiÂ¢, it's very simple to understand that you don't have the slightest clue what Human Rights are actually about.
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" - George Satayana.
@Dire CritiÂ¢ and wowfood...
Ah, so you're two the type of people who think that Human Rights should only apply to peope we *like*...
... The Daily Mail comment pages are over there -->
Re: survey bias
I think my customers might disagree...!
You do not have the right...
...to not be fucking offended!!
To quote Stephen Fry: 'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?'
But now, it seems, we have idiots decided that they *do* have the right to not be offended and they're going to use (or abuse) the law to shut up people who say things they don't like!
"Licence Tax" was Re: Free Money ?
A couple of figures to think about:
BBC licence fee for the year: £145.50, no adverts. Annual subscription to the Daily Mail: £214.24.
Which of these is really worth the money paid for it?
"The sites in Google's search results...
"...are controlled by those sites' webmasters, not by Google"
Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!
... Secunia PSI. It regularly scans your system and checks for updates, many of which can auto-install.
... Nick Griffin of the BNP makes a homophobic post about the gay couple who were discriminated against by a B&B owner and posts their address, seemingly calling on his supporters to stage a demo outside their house, yet all he gets is a brief ban from Twitter and the comment removed
To quote from one of those articles: "[The Chinese Government] see the state as the embodiment and guardian of Chinese civilisation. Its most important responsibility - bar none - is maintaining the unity of the country."
No, what they see is that their power and authority (and no doubt lots of very nice perks) come from keeping the lid on anything that might undermine their power, because they've got a really cushy number and don't want to lose it which is what will happen when their general populace realise exactly how corrupt their entire system is.
They may throw the occasional sacrificial lamb out when someone does something so egregiously wrong that they can't simply cover it up, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
There's one of these...
... on Mars.
Ask Dr Manhattan...
Re: "in the expectation that...
"Muting commercials could be the end of TV as we know it!"
To quote from an episode of Max Headroom:
Janie Crane: "An off switch?"
Metrocop: "She'll get years for that. Off switches are illegal!"
"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...?
Re: I am Spartacus!
@ I ain't Spartacus...
Make up your mind!!
I'm just remembering...
... a certain incident involving Howard Wolowitz...
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..."
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