4746 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
Re: Re: The real problem ...
And yet every news report on BBC News 24 today has started with something like "remember the barbecue summer that wasn't?" as if it was the Met Office that got it wrong, rather than the media misunderstanding the fact that a 60% chance means that there's a 40% chance of it *not* happening.
... the only reason 111 wasn't chosen as the Emergency Services number many years ago was that, in the days of pulse dial systems, if the phone lines got blown together in a high wind it was too easy for 111 to be "dialled" by accident (just as you could call a number on a rotary dial phone with a lock on it by tapping out the number on the phone cradle!).
So they picked 999 because it was unlikely to be dialled by accident and it was easy to call it in the dark.
Problem not solved...
... because there are perfectly legitimate businesses who make it clear up front that if you sign up to their services you'll be charged for texts and will stop when requested.
Why should those businesses be affected by an overly broad and draconinan piece of "big boot" legislation?
Just what I was thinking! :-)
Surely that should be no-mobe-o-phobia...
"Right of way" != "Priority"
The term "right of way" specifically means the right to "pass and re-pass" along a piece of land, but it does not mean that you get to go first.
"Priority" occurs when the law states you do have to let someone go first, for instance if you are turning from a major road into a minor road across a Stop or Give Way line and a pedestrian is crossing, they have priority. At a Give Way line going from a minor road into a major road other vehicles have priority, as do those who are approaching from your right at a roundabout.
Pedestrians do have priority when they have taken possession of a Zebra Crossing or when they are on a pedestrian crossing (Pelican, Puffin, Toucan etc), but they do *not* have the right to step out into the road and force traffic to stop for them.
"Clueless idiots blamed for £200m damages"
There, fixed it for you!
Sat Navs are wonderful tools, but like any tools, need to be used with your brain switched *on*!
... so what is my phone now? A Sony? An Ericsson? A Sony (minus) Ericsson...?
... have they found any penguins yet?
Excuse me, someone's tapping on my shoulder...
"You ain't seen us! Right?!"
Err, sorry, forget the above post...!
Re: Re: Next niggle:
Yes, it tells you if someone else has posted in a forum, but when the comments start stretching to two or three pages that really isn't much help.
If googling someone's name *was* all the "research" you'd done, you might have a point, but since it clearly wasn't, it seems that I'm the one who's hit a nerve.
It also seems that your claimed "experience" of the BDSM scene *could* do with some more research, because you appear to have as little clue about that as anything else.
Never mind, you feel free to get in the last word with another "funny" little dig at me and I'll feel free to ignore it.
Ah, I see, you think swearing and calling people names is funny. Right, noted.
BTW you seem to be fascinated by which Graham Marsden I am, well, sorry, but you're wrong again, because I'm not the Graham Marsden you mention.
FYI I'm the Graham Marsden who has been running a business called Affordable Leather Products, making leather bondage and BDSM equipment for almost 20 years.
I'm the Graham Marsden who has been on the BDSM/ Fetish scene for around 15 years and knows many people whom some bigots might consider "deformed" because they have tattoos, body piercings or, indeed, have breast augmentations, not to mention, of course, people who have actual physical disabilities such as people who are members of the aforementioned Outsiders organisation.
I'm also the Graham Marsden who has written many times on these and other forums about my support for the right of people to make their own decisions about how they behave and what they can see and what they can say (provided what they say is not aimed at hurting others).
I'm the Graham Marsden who put a lot of time and effort into lobbying MPs and Lords to vote against the last Government's Dangerous Pictures law banning "extreme pornography" because they didn't like it, so they couldn't understand why anyone else should like it either.
And, of course, I'm the Graham Marsden who doesn't like someone doing the forum equivalent of a bunch of mouthy chavs sitting on a wall passing rude and ignorant comments about women passing by such as "how could anyone fancy that?"
Aaron Em, do you *really* think that calling someone a "thicko" and swearing in your posts because someone disagrees with you actually adds anything to the validity of your points?
Loyal Commentor actually asked a good question ie "Why do people do these things to themselves?" and one valid response is that they may suffer from Body Dismorphic Disorder where their self-image doesn't match what they actually look like, no matter what medical advice they receive.
You, however, chose to respond in a way that says "I can't find this attractive, so how could anyone else do so?" as if your opinions are the only ones that matter and, to top that, described her *choice* as a "deformity" (by that argument you might as well describe tattoos or body piercings as "deformities" too...)
I pointed out that there are many people (some of whom I *have* met personally, ItsNotMe) who not only have "deformities" but who have as much right to be found attractive as anyone else, whether or not *you* personally can understand why anyone should find them appealing.
Unfortunately you appear not to like having your unthinking bigotry questioned, so you simply chose to respond with abuse and insults.
"what about that kind of deformity appeals to people?"
Yes, because everyone should only be attracted to "perfect" people and all the fatties and uglies and anyone who doesn't fit into some mythical ideal should be doomed to a life of lonliness and self-pleasure because nobody else is going to find them attractive.
Alternatively you could lose your bigotry and consider that not everyone finds the same things attractive as you do. See <a href=http://www.outsiders.org.uk/home">The Outsiders </a> for something that may open your eyes (and mind) a little.
@Mycho and Semaj
The thing is, it's not just "pseudo photography" or jpegs etc, nor is it any longer drawings taken from actual photographs of the abuse of children (which were already, quite rightly, illegal).
With the passing of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, even entirely fictitious images (ie drawings created without reference to a living subject) or Poser renderings have been deemed to be "child pornography" meaning that a whole load of Anime and Manga could be caught by this simply because, in someone's mind, a drawing looks "underage".
"I think they have some way to go to compete with micro swimwear specialist wickedweasel.com"
Pah! I've seen some pictures of young Japanese women wearing bikinis which quite literally have the same area of coverage as three postage stamps!
... wearing the skeleton top and a pair of those skin-stripped leggings next time you have to go through the Perv-o-scanner at an airport...?!
If you're referring to the alleged famous last words of General John Sedgewick, the unit of measurement you require is the elephant...
... how can the President of the EU Parliament be right when we've been told on El Reg that we're just being masochists for objecting to ACTA??
"the increasing prevalence of online smut had exacerbated violence against women"
Right, because they're responsible for all those Honour Killings and other such "cultural" behaviours which have made your country such a delight for women to live in...
"Samsung sells products copying features that make the iPhone distinct"
And, of course, the iPhone contains *nothing* which is blatantly Prior Art based on technologies and ideas which have been knocking around for years yet which, due to the unconscionable failings of the USPO, have been granted to Apple as "original" patents.
We have already had the Associate Editor of the Sun, Trevor Kavanagh, moaning about the "Witch Hunt" and whinging that "Instead of being called in for questioning, 30 journalists have been needlessly dragged from their beds in dawn raids, arrested and held in police cells while their homes are ransacked,"
"Wives and children have been humiliated as up to 20 officers at a time rip up floorboards and sift through intimate possessions, love letters and entirely private documents."
Of course if the people involved had been suspected of being terrorists or paedophiles I have little doubt that his paper would be lauding the brave Police for "swooping" in "coordinated dawn raids" as concerned neighbours looked on (having been told, of course, by the noble Police that they're wrong'uns) whilst the suspects (who should be presumed innocent) are hauled away in handcuffs for questioning and their computers are seized to be searched for the incriminating material they no doubt contain...
Err, this a comment from the same person who, in a reply above said "Also, what is wrong with you, have you not got a mobile phone? Are you not able to connect via the mobile network in times when the fixed infrastructure is down?"
Please make up your mind, Obviously! or is these just "Typical English, engage the mouth before the brain" comment?
However when one of your staff decides that *his* opinions are the only ones that matter and that *nobody* else is allowed to post comments disagreeing with him (even when he gets fundamental details wrong such as thinking that Yvette Cloette is male!) it's not so much "our site - our rules" but "this is my ball and my back yard and if I don't like you, you're not allowed to play".
What a great idea....
... after all, it's easier to type .music than it is to type .prepackagedbanaltediuouslowestcommondenominatormanufacturedpap
"Yes because I was obviously serious."
Err, so that's why you followed what *could* have been read as a satirical Daily Fail Reader style rant with "Seriously, what is it about politics that seems to attract the most duplicitous, morally repugnant puppy ****ers on the planet?"
"Where in god's name is law enforcement?"
They're too busy tracking down those eeeeevvillll Copyright "Thieves"....
On the contrary, it is entirely "theoretical usefulness" and it is the sort of justification for mass ANPR, facial recognition to be added to all CCTV systems, DNA databases and every other "It's for your own protection, citizen" invasion of privacy which ignores the fundamental principles of presumption of innocence.
"Hello DrXym, this is the Police. There was a crime committed at ($location) and we notice from our records that you were in the vicinity at the time. Can you prove that you weren't involved....?"
Not bad, but google also does weather control!
Visit Street View here: http://tinyurl.com/75r9bkt then go one arrow forward, bingo from rain to sunshine in one move!
(I would have made the link clickable, but I don't know how to on here...)
... at least the Ladies of Negotiable Affection are honest about how they'll screw you!
More targetted advertising...?
We noticed that you like Goatse, perhaps you'd be interested in these other images...!!!
That is not dead...
... which can eternal lie...!
"Why would you want to "break" the system"?
Because if this works at airports, some bright spark will, once again, say "Hey, let's link it to every CCTV camera in the country, that way we can track everyone, everywhere and consider them *all* to be criminal suspects!"
I've just downvoted you for a silly analogy.
Yes, some things need to remain state secrets, but when a government passes laws through Policy Based Evidence Making or selects a supplier for a contract based on a handshake done in a back room with an agreement for a lucrative directorship to follow or many of the other decisions that are made on behalf of the public but not for the *benefit* of the public, we, the votes and taxpayers want, need and *deserve* to know what is being done in our name.
"Good policy grows from lively, uninhibited debate"
Which is a really great idea. Except people like Blair consider that "Good policy grows from everyone doing what *I* say" so the idea that the plebs find out that those who they elected to *represent* them in Parliament are being brow-beaten and having their arms twisted to support "Government Policy" is anathema to him.
El Reg writers has a security camera...
... in the bathroom?!
"deleted voicemails on a missing girl's phone"
"But it turns out they hadn't".
No, they just listened to the voice mails (which they shouldn't have been doing) and then the automatic system decided "Oh, look those mails have been listened to and not saved, so let's delete them".
So the actions of the News of the Screws *were* responsible for the voicemails being deleted and frankly, given that it was a gutter rag with a habit of fabricating details in their stories, they got everything they deserved.
1GHz ARM CPU running Android?
But everyone knows that the T-800 used 6502 Assembler!
Didn't Howard and Raj....
.... experiment with something like this in the Big Bang Theory...?!
So did they get their $75 trillion dollars?
Oh, no, of course they didn't!
'Judge Kimba Wood revealed that the record companies, seeking statutory damages against the music-sharing service, are seeking damages predicated on the “number of direct infringers per work” – leading to a damages claim of as much as $75 trillion dollars (according to Wikipedia, total global GDP is around $69 trillion)".'
"really weak demand and a lack of customers...
"... is the biggest problem facing small businesses right now"
Speaking as a small business owner myself, I agree.
But that doesn't mean that I wouldn't consider excessive government regulation to be next in the line of problems, nor that I would say I wasn't "unduly concerned" about it.
It all depends on how you ask the question and who you ask it of (and how you interpret the results)
"tried to sell $1m worth of Facebook shares that she didn't own"
Whereas if you do that on the official stock markets it's known as "naked shorting" and is often a legal (if risky and highly disapproved of) method of making lots of money!
an M-class dwarf star
Ok, thumbs up all those of you whose minds were automatically expecting "planet" instead of "dwarf star" when they read that? :-)
"Because of our prominence...
"... we believe that we are a particularly attractive target for such attacks"
And there was me thinking that the risk was from your "let's change the default settings to make everything public and *then* tell people what we've done" policies...
@Because it is backwards?
Making it much easier to hear those messages from Satan...?
Try searching on google for a street address, town name, country whatever. At the top or within the first few results will be a google maps image.
There might be other mapping services available, some might even be more suitable for your use, but they're probably not going to get a look in because google is prioritising its service over any others.
That's not success, that's abuse of a monopolistic position.
Anyone else think...
... that the prism shaped Grail mission logo needs a beam of white light coming in from the bottom left and a spectrum coming out from the right hand side...?!
To paraphrase the Hitch Hiker's Guide...
"If it comes to a choice between spending ten billion dollars finding that out that the entire internet is being run by a bunch of maniacs, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise!"
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