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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...!!!
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.
@ 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!
You can spend *ALL DAY* being pestered by people who want an *INSTANT* response from you!
No more them sending an e-mail and having to *wait* for you to reply! No, now they just go on Skype and keep hassling you until you reply just to get them to SHUT UP!
Who could fail to love such a setup???
Was the award for the project or the most contrived name...?
What's the betting...
... that a big chunk of their edits will be thrown out by the self-important idiots who "moderate" Wikipedia and think they know better than people who actually study a subject?!
"I suppose you expect me to walk...?"
"No, Mr Bond, I expect you to wait for the AA! That's what you get for driving a Lotus..."
@Larry F54 - Re: cyclist's perspective
>> and don't get me started on the f*ckwits at night without lights.
> Well, I agree with you there.
Me too, especially all those drivers out there who are in control of unroadworthy vehicles.
To all drivers: A non-working headlight, rear light or brake light will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT test of roadworthiness, so try *checking* them every now and again!
@Da Weezil Re: cyclist's perspective
Yes, cyclists have to obey the rules of the road like everyone else, but if they do something stupid in the vast majority of cases it's only themselves they put in jeopardy, unlike those who use mobiles whilst driving.
So, please, stop trying to obfuscate the situatino or move the goal posts, let's concentrate on *this* issue, thank you.
Next time just don't stop to pick up a hitch-hiker!
@AC Re: Err...
"Let's say you were stupid enough to go out and leave your house unlocked. I walk in and have a good old rummage through your smalls drawer...no crime there then?"
No, actually there is no crime. There is a civil offence of trespass, but that is *not* a criminal offence!
And were you to claim (as the US did) that adding extra locks on each of your doors would cost $5000 per lock (or whatever their made-up figure was) simply to get the offence to be serious enough to warrant extradition, you'd be laughed out of court.
"we are getting rid of our earthly form and ascending into the next stage"
So they're saying they're Subliming?
Re: excuse me
It did happen, but, as I said, it was later rescinded.
See the article which I linked to in my post www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/bt-blocks-direct-access-to-telephone-porn-lines-personal-code-will-be-needed-for-adult-premium-rate-numbers-1494484.html
@JimmyPage Re: Why aren't premium-rate numbers an "opt-in" feature ?
You asked the same question in the El Reg forums on the Friday the 4th May 2012 at 13:22 GMT and I pointed out to you then that that did happen in the day of the old 0898 Adult Chat numbers.
Unsurprisingly perfectly legitimate and legal businesses suddenly found that nobody was calling their numbers because people didn't want to phone BT or whoever and say "Give me access to the porn, please".
Re: In my book
Well, of course, in Fleming's Book he was an ex-Nazi who wanted to collude with the Russians to nuke London!
Re: Hugo Drax needs more love
Not forgetting "You defy all my attempts to plan an amusing death for you!"
@heyrick - Re: @Alister
" if you have a good product that answers the question the user asked, why not promote it?"
Because if you can put your product at the top of the search rankings it doesn't matter if it's a "good product" or not.
Why do you think some people are always trying to game their way up to the top of the google rankings? Answer: Because if you can get the first position (or be in the top three) you're *much* more likely to get someone clicking on your result. Of course if you get caught gaming the results, you'll get knocked down the rankings...
... unless, of course, you're Google...
Do a search for a map on Google which is still the most used search engine, you get a google map slap bang at the top of the page and most people won't look any further than that.
That has the effect of locking other mapping services out of the primary channel for their services and that is an abuse of a (near) monopoly situation, exactly in the same way that Microsoft did with IE.
Now MS have to offer a choice of browsers and Google should have to do the same, if you look for a map you should get an option of "these mapping services are available", not *USE OURS!"
Ah, Hot Gossip...
... displaying their naughty bodily particles!
- K Everett
@NomNomNom - Re: Can't reduce what you can't measure
"using public databases, traffic simulation and building-by-building energy consumption modelling. [...] Local air pollution reports, traffic counts and tax assessor information has all been pulled into to the modelling system"
Nowhere there does it say that they're using the sum of electricity or gas used by the building, nor that they have access to anyone's billing information (nor should they).
So all they're doing is taking a guess at how much CO2 people are producing based on inaccurate and incomplete information.
"dodgy web cam video calls"??
Oh, not *that* sort of dodgy web cam video call...!
Objecting to this...
... is double-plus ungood, citizen!
"foreign corporations can commit crimes in the United States...
"...without risk of being brought to justice here"
So if a US citizen buys something from a business in another country which, according to US law is illegal in the USA, it is the *business* which is deemed to have committed a crime and the owners should immediately and henceforth be extradited to the US to face trial...???
Proof of posting...
... is not proof of delivery...!
Of course we all know...
... that really it was just there to mark the location of the Pandorica...!
“weren’t buying Adwords as much as they need to”
ITTM "Weren't buying Adwords as much as we wanted them to"!
So I'm insane, am I?
I pay for most of my business expenses on a credit card, then, at the end of the month I get a nice statement of exactly what I've spent and where and pay it off in full so I don't get charged interest.
It saves a lot of time and hassle faffing around with petty cash or having to refund myself the costs.
Sounds pretty sane to me.
All your base...
... are belong to us!
And cannot be sold, licenced, transferred or otherwise disposed of without our express permission...
"a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology...
"...says that evolution – along with the Big Bang theory and embryology – is a lie from the “pit of hell”)"
Is he on that committee as the comic relief?
"All artists who sign up for the Artist Syndication program...
"...are paid every time one of their secondhand tracks sell in the marketplace,"
And *THAT* is really why the RIAA et al don't like it, because *they* don't get a cut!!
"The technical glitches...
"...that marred the first day of Facebook's stock trading have been blamed by many for the share's low prices,"
ITYM "The fact that the value of FB was grossly over-rated was to blame for the share's low prices..."
"...already used one of its wheels to scuff the Martian surface"
Nah, someone at NASA just wanted to do the first interplanetary burn-out!
Re: time travel?
There was a young lady named Bright,
Whose speed was far faster than light.
She went out one day,
In a relative way,
And returned the previous night!
— Reginald Buller
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