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Re: Wot, no H2G2 references?
Exactly! A black keyboard with black letters and black buttons that light up black to let you know you've pressed them...
"And as far as god is concerned, which god ?"
I saw a lovely quote from Ricky Gervais the other day:
"The dictionary definition of God is “a supernatural creator and overseer of the universe.” Included in this definition are all deities, goddesses and supernatural beings. Since the beginning of recorded history, which is defined by the invention of writing by the Sumerians around 6,000 years ago, historians have cataloged over 3700 supernatural beings, of which 2870 can be considered deities.
"So next time someone tells me they believe in God, I’ll say “Oh which one? Zeus? Hades? Jupiter? Mars? Odin? Thor? Krishna? Vishnu? Ra?…” If they say “Just God. I only believe in the one God,” I’ll point out that they are nearly as atheistic as me. I don’t believe in 2,870 gods, and they don’t believe in 2,869."
I, as an atheist, say that you are free to believe whatever you want to, just as everyone else is free to believe what they want.
If you believe that your god says you shouldn't do something, fine, don't do it, I have no problem with that. However you also seem to think that because *you* don't like something, *we* should not be allowed to do it and that I have a problem with.
To say that only your god (or any god) can define what is right and wrong is supremely presumptuous. I do not cheat, steal, murder etc etc because I *CHOOSE* not to. Not because I am threatened with some alleged divine vengeance at the end of my life, but because I consider the world is a better place *now* if I don't do them.
So please, feel free to hold to whatever beliefs you want and don't do things that you consider are "forbidden" to you, but do not be so arrogant as to consider everyone else to be so weak-minded and morally bankrupt that they need *you* to protect them from all the bad things in the world with a "Nanny (or god) knows best" attitude.
"I'll make my mind up once he's been convicted or aquitted in a court of law. As he seems intent on avoiding having to challenge the evidence, I'm leaning towards "guilty as sin" myself."
Well that's a nice open minded viewpoint you have there. Forget about Presumption of Innocence, let's just assume he's guilty. I can see you're so willing to wait for a verdict...!
Re: What would be the point of publicly protesting anonymously?
I don't know. Perhaps you could ask those who protested in the former Soviet Union or China or Syria or...
Re: Child Protection
"One of the main reasons photos of children are not published, particularly with accompanying names, is to protect children who have been removed from abusive families and relocated to safer places."
No, that's just the *excuse* that's given to justify a stupid and over-bearing "cover your arse" policy brought in by people frightened of being sued by No Win, No Fee lawyers.
See here for some perfect examples of useless cycle lanes...
... it seems that, as expected, the only winners from the .xxx domain sell off are Icann and the lawyers.
... instead of splurging a boat-load of tax-payers' money on something which is liable to turn into another IT vanity project catastrophe, we deal with those who have committed actual crimes faster by stopping creating new laws and wasting time and money on prosecuting people for trivial "offences"?
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"Do you want to drive a car on Mars...?"
Copyright Howard Wolowitz ;-)
Re: Definitely misleading
@Ian Michael Gumby
So what you mean is that my mouse which cost £3.99 is actually a lot more expensive because it has to be tied into my computer which cost me £300 to build...
Just as clever headlines [...] and other journalistic tricks
Phew! It's a good job El Reg doesn't use that sort of thing...
That joke is older than 6000 years...
Eee, that's reet grand!
Surely there's prior art...
... with the Jesus Phone...
...that some countries aren't willing to have the USA dictate laws to them.
Re: Ministry of Administrative Affairs, anyone
Jim Hacker: "We’ll have to do a time and motion study to see who we can get rid of."
Sir Humphrey: "We did one of those last year – it transpired we needed another five hundred people."
Re: Can see it now
... and that's a charming tattoo you have, Mrs Smith.
Oh, you don't have any tattoos... erm...
"If you have the right kind of data...
"...issues of anonymisation cease to be a problem."
In other words, "Let us snoop *everything*"
Yes, certainly, I'll co-operate...
... and since co-operation is a two-way street, I'm sure that you will allow me access to details of the Company Directors Remuneration and Bonus packages and details of any and all share options that they've been allocated...
Well at least...
... they're not talking about making adults opt-in before they're permitted to access adult content.
No, that's an entirely different repressive regime...
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!
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