4743 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
@asdf - I suggest you look up the term. "Bunfight" has nothing to do with "Bumfight" and, in fact, pre-dates it by a long time.
Whilst it can mean an official (but completely unimportant) event which requires people to dress up in their best finery, it also is used to mean an argument or dispute which is "a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing at all".
And once again...
... what happens to my business?
As I've posted in the past, I run a legltimate, legal and successful business making affordable leather products for the (ahem!) discerning adult ;-)
I already have my site signed up to Net Nanny, Cybersitter, Surf Watch etc so that *responsible* parents can install appropriate blocking software and stop their children accessing it.
But if this stupid proposal comes into force, I'm probably going to find my business on the blacklist meaning that anyone who wants to be a customer has to ask permission from Nanny first which is not going to be good for trade.
What next? Having to opt-in to being able to visit Ann Summers shop on the high street...??
As I've just posted in another El Reg forum, they did.
It was eventually revoked, but by that time there were other services accessible.
This nonsense was tried back in the 1980s...
... when it was decided that access to the 0898 "naughty phone lines" should be made opt-in rather than opt-out.
Unsurprisingly, very few people were willing to call up their phone provider and say "Please let me access the smutty message services", meaning that perfectly legal and legitimate businesses suddenly had a massive drop in their income.
Eventually, of course, this decision was reversed, but it just goes to show how stupid the "Won't Someone Think of the Children!" mentality can be.
I once posted on a forum about the Sci-Fi author Philip K Dick.
His name was (I kid you not) rendered by the forum software as "Philip K masculine area"!!!
Re: Damn it...
You beat me to it!
Will the DVLA remember what vehicles you're allowed to drive/ ride, though?
I know several bikers who, when it comes to licence renewal, have claimed that theirs is "lost" because if they send them back to the DVLA they have a habit of sending new ones *without* the details of said bikers having passed their test and being told they're going to have to re-take it otherwise they'll be riding illegally!
Re: ****ING Repeats!
In this post, Graham agrees with Big Boomer saying "Yes, you have a point there."
Yes, you have a point there.
Coming up, Graham also thinks that many "documentaries" that last for an hour, could be shown in 30 minutes if they cut out all the padding.
Many "documentaries" that last for an hour, could be shown in 30 minutes if they cut out all the padding.
Wow! Can I get a job in TV?
"They have to agree...
"... to receive documents about parliamentary business on the fondleslabs rather than have that information printed out on paper."
And then they'll dump loads of stuff out to printer anyway, because that's what they're used to...
Re: Good choice
"Would we then consider sending probes to the funny little wet blue planet in the inner solar system?"
We did, but we decided the inhabitants were too boring to bother with (apart from some of our Teasers)...
But, at present, no large black monoliths have been found...
Re: see ID
I run a stall at a market once a month and occasionally I get American customers who haven't bothered to sign their cards because they're so used to handing over their driving licence as proof of ID when they use the card.
In any case, if I have to use the manual backup eg because my GPRS terminal won't connect, I phone for authorisation on any transaction which is above my "floor limit" (amount which my card processing company sets). This doesn't guarantee payment, but at least it means that, at the time of the call, the card hasn't been reported lost or stolen.
Re: @ Graham Marsden
Consider what would Apple would be likely to do you you if you answer "yes" to that question...
Re: Surely some better questions for Apple owners.
Or "Have you ever jail-broken an Apple device?"...
"leaving one three minutes to build an extra widget"?
Or just more time to download other pointless videos...
"we cannot support anything that is sexist or that is inconsistent with our values"
Those "values" are, presumably, to make arbitrary decisions based on anecdotal evidence and to give credence to whinges from the "We don't like this, so you shouldn't be allowed to see it" brigade...
"the length of your correspondent's size 13 flip flops"
So will we finally be able to spot Bigfoot?
So can someone tell me...
... exactly *HOW* these sites got hold of this information in the first place??
Re: Old point, new presentation
You can make a lot of money pandering to the lowest common denominator, especially when you feed them a diet of salacious tittle-tattle and carefully spun stories that appeal to their prurient interests.
Truth? That's another matter entirely...
... he and his got caught.
Oh, sorry, different Graham...
Why did I read that as...
... "Two Faced"?!
Re: This stunt was quite common on Commodore 1541 disc drives...
Yep, I heard one playing Amazing Grace many years ago.
"the crew of the International Space Station, famously...
"...must drink their own recycled urine"
Right, because on Earth all urine is neatly stored away and never re-enters the water cycle to be drunk again...
Re: "they can (theoretically) argue public benefit"
Public benefit does *not* allow them to break the law in order to (possibly) find some putative evidence of other wrong-doing.
Orange Alert! Orange Alert!
(Large white weather balloon bounces across the interwebs...)
... the Time of the Preacher? ;-)
Now all they need to invent...
... is the Cobra Mark III and a Mining Laser.
Right on, Commander!
"The story does rather give the lie to concerns that...
"...active mobile phones are a threat to flight safety..."
But they may be a threat to the safety of the dickhead with the loud voice and the exceptionally irritating ring-tone...
But it's Paedos and Criminals and Terrorists,oh my!
How can anyone argue with that...?!
Project the name onto the clouds?
Look, Intercourse Man, it's the Fucking signal.
You're right, Condom Boy. To the Penismobile!
Re: solutions people - please!
Carve the name on a 10 tonne lump of granite.
Let's see someone nick that...!
... including China and Saudi Arabia...
... and the United Kingdom if certain Home Secretaries and Intelligence Services get their way...
Wasn't that from The Goodies?
Isn't it fortunate...
... that the only governments who want to use this sort of technology are repressive, dictatorial regimes who have no respect for personal liberties or democratic principles and operate on the basis of "presumed guilty".
We'd never see British Governments trying to introduce anything like that here, would we...???
Re: No Good Anyway
And what have the Romans ever done for us...?
Someone forgot to say...
... "Nar nar, ne nar nar!!!!"
"unless consumers choose to let them see it"
Which just means that there will probably be "By signing up to this or by joining that or by reading the other you automatically consent to allow us to read your meter data unless you jump through lots of hoops to decline" clauses turning up everywhere...
Re: 'Teens'? WTF This ain't the 51st State yet...
@dotdavid: Probably most of them haven't heard James D Nicol's famous quote about the purity of the English language...
@not_equal_to_null and Dave126
I think your sarcasm detectors are faulty. Please fix them.
Re: I can beat that
Even better, at the boat show in Bristol back in (IIRC) the 1980s, there was a little one-man, outboard motor powered catamaran which was advertised with "As seen in the latest James Bond Movie!"
Well, yes, it could be seen in the background if you didn't blink at the wrong moment and were looking in right direction, but the implication was that you'd see Bond riding around on one, which certainly wasn't the case.
Re: I see the first post has been deleted...
Really? I was thinking Hugo Drax...
Re: Looking forward
... to the Daily Express blaming this for the death of Diana...
Great, more hypocrisy...
... Sky claiming a "public interest" defence sounds like them saying "It's ok to break one law if it upholds a different law"!
Err, no, Sky, that's not how it works. Perhaps you need to hire some lawyers to tell you what is legal *before* you do it, rather than trying to defend what you've done *after* the event.
... erm, nothing to see, move along there...!
@AC - Talking of Merkins, will their strip-search also require to check *for* a merkin in case there's contraband hidden "behind the bush"?!
Re: Best ever?
I agree with mike2R. I'm a big B5 fan, but Game of Thrones takes the whole on-going story arc to a new level with deep plotting and excellent acting combined with absolutely stunning visuals.
This is definitely a series on the "Don't Miss!" list.
Re: Reliability ??
@Doug 14 - I agree. I've been looking at the idea of getting an SSD for my C drive, but I talked to a local shop who have currently stopped selling them as they've had about a 50% failure rate and they're getting pi$$ed off with having to deal with so many returns and upset customers!
Re: No central database - just lots of little ones
Remember the actual quote was: "There are no plans for any big government database"
Not "We will not create a big government database" but only "there are no plans (yet) for a big government database"...
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