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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It did happen, but, as I said, it was later rescinded.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
Re: "Windows Technical Support"
It's easy to string them along without wasting your own time, just tell them "Ok,I'll go and boot up the computer..." (wait a couple of minutes whilst you get on with answering e-mails, browsing, reading etc) then "sorry, it's taking a while" (wait another couple of minutes) "ok it's not booting properly, maybe you're right, let me reboot (wait three minutes...)"
Just increase the length of time between your responses and eventually they'll go away, but you've not wasted more than about 30 seconds of your own time :-)
Re: Short conversation
I prefer "Does your mother know what you do for a living? Do you think she'd be proud of the way her son/ daughter makes money as a scammer and a con-merchant trying to rip off people... <click> Hello...?!"
By using this application...
... you consent to allowing your personal information, friends list, likes, favourite activities, blood group, dna sample and any other piece of crap we can get out of you to be spread far and wide to anyone we deem might want to get a look at it, preferably in return for a few tidy back-handers, whether or not you want them to see it...
Or maybe this: http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Space_harpoon_could_corral_space_junk_999.html
"...improve the online experience by reducing the amount of irritating crap, pop-ups, sliding ads, annoying sounds that play if you mouse over something by mistake and all the other extraneous shit that pisses off users..."
There, fixed it for you!
... erm, never mind, nothing to see here, move along!
Re: As Tom Lehrer so brilliantly put it in "Lobachevsky"
Remember the old student maxim:
Copying from one source is plagiarism.
Copying from three sources is research!
Shall we play a game...?
@Purlieu - Re: I'll say it again
And I'll say it again: What people get up to *IN PRIVATE* is nobody else's business, certainly not the gutter press and those who read it!
Whereas, I would be proud to have him as one of my customers because he's standing up for the right of people who may also be my customers to engage in consensual and legal activities *without* having the gutter press sticking their prurient noses in because they can make up an "isn't is shocking?!" story which has *NO* benefit to the public, but only to News International's coffers.
"sordid sex pantomime."??
Has El Reg started employing someone who used to work for the News of the Screws? Do the readers need your sub-editors to put in judgemental comments like this because they need to be told what their opinions should be?
These were *consenting adults* engaged in legal, consensual sexual activities which were the business of NOBODY but themselves, unfortunately one participant decided that picking up a big cheque from the gutter press was more important than respecting her client's (and her fellow worker's) right to privacy and thus engaged in completely unethical behaviour which in no way is justified by any phony "public interest" defence.
There was no benefit to the public for her to video the session and sell it to the NotW, the only benefit was to News International who think that splashing people's private business all over the pages of their rag (no matter how illegally it was obtained) is a good way of making money and we've seen from the Leveson Inquiry et al how wrong that was.
"Attention all women...
"... if you want to be elected, it doesn't matter what your education or background or political views are: If you aren't good looking, you have less chance of being elected!"
Bravo the NZ PM!
Can you imagine *any* other Prime Minister or National Leader (especially one from the UK or the US) being willing to stand up and say "sorry, we got it wrong" like this?
... did it say "By your command!"
"please reboot me"
Was that sign stuck on the back of the bot...?
"... Evasive manoeuvres!"
If you have a product which does the job you need and works fine, why should you need to upgrade (and probably pay for the priviledge) to the latest shiny, whizzy piece of bloatware or be derided for not doing so??
Re: No doubt everyone will being going outside to have a look.
... And make sure you've got rid of any large, walking plants...!
... but where's he going to find room to put the full orchestra?
Re: Five years? They're on crack
"You think they're pushing to put these into mass production but didn't do any testing apart from on quiet dual carriageways?"
No, but some American roads are vastly different from some British roads
.How do you think one of these would cope with a "Single Track Road with Passing Places"?
What about those "Unsuitable for HGVs" roads that idiots still drive lorries down because that's where their Sat Nav said to go?
Can the computers read "Road Closed, Diversion" signs?
If the navigation data is wrong, will the computers be able to cope with the changes?
Don't get me wrong, I do like the idea of these vehicles and I think they're excellent for urban/ motorway driving etc, however there's still a lot that needs to be taken into consideration before they're ready for a world-wide roll out.
Re: This is a tiny patch of the sky
... oh, sorry, yes it is...
"the only image we have of it is from a long time ago in a galaxy far far away (etc)"
It's so tempting to photoshop some scrolling text across one of the distant galaxies...!
@NukEvil - Re: Yes, feeling very small!
"Some could argue that they haven't really seen any intelligent life inside our solar system, either."
Grams - Monty Python : The Universe Song :-)
Re: On behalf of the Matijevicians...
... but were unexpectedly swallowed by a small dog ;-)
... someone's in line for an igNobel award...
And Arnold Rimmer found that in a past life he was Alexander the Great's Chief Eunuch...
... you can use fuel and energy more efficiently *without* needing to put on a hair shirt and walk or cycle everywhere...
.... the Yanks *told* us to do it, so it *must* have been ok!!
..to change the combination on my luggage!
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