4913 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
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Re: I don't give ATOS
"those fucking annoying automated railway announcements"
I remember when those first started and you had a clearly automated announcer's voice telling you that your train was going to be delayed and then saying "I apologise for any inconvenience" which struck me as the height (or perhaps depths) of insincerity!
Great piece of music! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryrEPzsx1gQ
"The idea is straight-out stupid."
Oh, well no point in trying to develop it further, then...
Re: Promoting safe computing?
Don't be silly, how can we protect kiddies from all the eeeeevilll paedos and criminals and terrorists out there without State control? (Signed T.May MP )
Re: Right then
Ah, but you see it's *different* when it happens to someone else...!
Re: prescrption glasses
And what about those of us who have ditched glasses for contact lenses...?!
Re: prints black when colour out?
I use an Epson Photo Stylus D88 with a Chip re-setter.
I bought it because it was a cheap ink-jet and I've only ever printed in B&W on it, so every time the chip says the colour cartridges are empty, I just re-set them and get on with it. It may knacker the colour heads, but since I don't use them, I don't care.
(Oh, and buy compatible cartridges too, not the Epson ones where the ink is more expensive than vintage champagne!)
Re: Do my eyes deceive me, or...
I thought that was Elvis...
...a Judge who gets it!
This patent nonsense (pun intended!) is doing more to restrict development than anything else and the only people benefitting from it are the lawyers.
... the audience were thinking "Wow! If that's how it starts, what's the rest of it going to be like?! [Long pause] Err..."
Re: Try watching...
I was laughing so hard they just gave up in disappointment!
... Independance Day and Mars Attacks back to back like I did...!
Sounds more like...
... an exercise in arse kissing to me!
Re: How long
Exactly! The Oly^H^H^ Big Summer Event won't be uploading any floor plans because that will allow the EEEEVILLLL TERRRERRRRISTS to plan their attacks!!!
... used to do a comedy routine like that!
Re: ..said to have prevented legitimate callers..
But there could have been people phoning about suspicious characters taking photographs of London landmarks or in Underground stations which obviously means they're planning a terrorist attack or maybe it was someone buying a suspiciously large number of Castor Oil beans (obviously going to make Ricin) or maybe...
... excuse me the Nurse says it's time for my medicine....
An American court says that an American company has the right to do what the American Government wants.
Wow, who'd have thunk it?!
"customers suspected of illegal file-sharing"
And that's the problem, it's not *proven* to have been engaged in illegal file-sharing, but simply *suspected* of it.
Paragraph 2 of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights states "2. Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law", but it seems that Big Media doesn't need such stringent criteria and can just say "We think you dunnit, so we're cutting you off"!
'what it described as a "proposal"'
Are you sure it wasn't "An offer they couldn't refuse"??
Because (almost*) all the water on Earth hasn't been through a set of kidneys in the past...
*For the pedants
Re: So is the consultation over?
It was probably over before it began because it looks like they've already decided what answers they want and have "structured" the survey to generate those...
"Governments have started...
"...to put ICANN's massive top-level domain name expansion under scrutiny..."
Well, bravo, but it's a bit bloody late, isn't it? People were warning about the potential (probable) debacle this would turn into when it was first proposed, but only now the horse is well and truly over the horizon are the Governments thinking of bolting the stable door!
Re: Just the latest
Exactly, and what next? Requiring Government permission to buy my business' catalogue of bondage gear? Maybe I'll have to register with HM Inspector of Porn and get a licence?
"It would seem that...
"... the more people hear the arguments and study the policies, the less they like them."
Sure, because everyone in that survey has actually paid attention to the arguments and studied the policies and made a rational and sensible decision based on logic and facts.
Or maybe they've just seen so many "Tis!", "Tisn't!", "Tis so!" arguments (not to mention articles in various publications cherry picking data and skewing facts to fit the author's personal bias" that they really don't have a *clue* about the subject now.
So how would the robot fare against Ullr, Norse God of the Hunt and Games who always wins?
(See The Almighty Johnsons for details)
In other news...
... err hang on, someone's just told me that they have a patent on that expression...!
This is the voice of the Mysterons...
We know that you can hear us.
Cease your intrusions onto our planet or face our wrath!
Da-da dah da-da dah DUM!
Re: One London listed business lost £800m
Perhaps we should put them on the B-Ark...
"Facebook is also attempting to retain its users on the site"
How? By pissing off a huge bunch of them so they go somewhere else?
"The vast majority...
"... more than 12,900, involved content hosted outside the UK"
Shh! Don't let Theresa May hear you saying that, she needs the "Paedos and Criminals and Terrorists Oh My" arguments to justify introducting more ridiculous laws to control the interwebs in this country...
"how many of those customers are sufficiently pissed off to move?"
I've looked at this and, because of the way I organise my finances, there's really no benefit for me to move from Nat West to any other bank as there's nothing to stop them having a similar cock-up in the future.
Ok, it was a PITA when I only had £15 in my wallet and couldn't get any more cash out, but it wasn't an absolute disaster. Yes, I could set up a second, back-up, account and leave some money in there, but it would be doing sod all (and earning sod all interest!) and it's not worth doing just in case my main bank (whichever it may be) goes tits up again.
"Everyone seems to be commenting on the intro clip...
"...and ignoring those showing the scientists, engineers, and students describing their work."
Probably because they're thinking "What a load of patronising BS" after watching the intro which makes them completely disinclined to look any further.
"ALL of copyright is a dangerous fiction. There is no proper way to square copyright with the public good in the age of computer networks. Without copyright, every one of us would essentially have access to the entirety of the world's intellectual and cultural output going back into the mists of time. Freeing this material would make the world a much, much better place"
Nonsense! Those who create works have the right to exploit those works themselves and be paid for their work and effort in developing them. Why should someone bother to create *anything* if there is no protection from them being ripped off?
We have "access to the entirety of the world's intellectual and cultural output going back into the mists of time" except that which is most recently created, the problem is the "copyright industry" which wants to control access to "life plus 75 years" which is ludicrous.
Also "patents are also a dangerous fiction" is also nonsense. However we need to fix the ridiculous situation of "software patents" or frivolous ones, especially when such patents are clearly based on prior art.
But that is not the same as getting rid of the whole system which you seem to want.
"The technology is aimed at...
"...thwarting the abuse of software bugs rather than preventing or even minimising the occurrence of vulnerabilities in the first place. "
So what they're metaphorically doing, instead of fixing the locks and the broken windows(!), is hiring more security guards to patrol the building in the hope of catching the bad guys before they do too much harm...
Re: What is
Wasn't it a rather naff film...?
"solving Europe's road congestion"
Alternatively, instead of trying to "solve" the problem by creating a new one (how to control these mini-copters), how about making it easier for people to get from A to B without the massive waste of space that involves putting *one* person in a vehicle designed to carry four (or five, or seven)?
It's all very well to whinge about "independence" etc, but when you're doing the same journey, day in, day out, how many times will you actually *need* that independence? On that day, fine, use your own car, but don't be selfish and think "well, I *might* need it so I'll take it today, and tomorrow, and the next few days too..."
Make it easier for people to ride bicycles or motorbikes. Put more money into mass transit systems. For example down here in Portsmouth there was a plan for a light transit system to take the load off the M275, London Road and Eastern Road which are the only three ways off Portsea Island (and if one gets blocked, it can gridlock the whole city!) but that was cancelled when the DfT refused it funding back in 2005, so we're stuck with lots of people driving out of the city in the morning, then back in in the evening which is ludicrously wasteful.
Such systems are hardly rocket science, we just need the will to make them happen!
What Sweden considers "rape" and "serious sexual assault", however, may not be what other countries think those terms mean.
Not only that, however, Sweden doesn't necessarily prosecute such cases on "beyond reasonable doubt", but rather on the principle of "if we believe the witnesses" see http://www.newsmill.se/print/30405 for more details.
If it was his friend hit by this...
... it would probably have missed his brain by three feet.
"intelligence that could aid terrorists"
Well, were the Senator to actually *use* some intelligence he'd probably realise that he might as well piss up a rope for all the good that it will do him.
His plan makes as much sense as all those Jobsworth "Community Support Officers" etc trying to stop tourists from taking pictures of London landmarks.
Oik : "a member of the lower classes" - en.wiktionary.org/wiki/oik
I'm going to change my FB user pic...
... now should I use the one with my trousers around my ankles and bending over? Or perhaps the one holding the sign saying "Facebook Sucks"? Or maybe...
Run, Fleshy one...
Oops, have you had a heart attack? Mwahahaha!
... it was refusing to obey the orders of the weak fleshy ones...!
'Jobs signed off the neon...
'...with a Buddhist phrase "gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svahdl"'
A neon? I hope he achieved enlightenment then.
(And, yes, I know this should have been sent as a correction because someone probably let auto-correct do the work for them, but the pun was too good to resist!)
"there's a common saying that innocent men don't run"
Yes, and it's as much BS as "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear."
"How do you propose to apply the methods of experimental science to the current climate without taking any readings of current weather?"
Did I say that? Err, no.
Neither did I say that they were entirely unconnected. I am aware that Climate is Weather measured over a long period, unfortunately some people seem to think that just because we've had the wettest/ driest/ suniest/ whatever week on record that that means something.
ducks. Phew! That was a close one...
Type 2 Diabetes is "people's fault"?
Try telling that to Billie-Jean King, winner of more tennis titles than I can remember, stil active and definitely not obese, yet she has Type 2 diabetes.
Yep, the truth definitely hurts.
The council have just backed down...
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