4506 posts • joined Friday 19th January 2007 17:59 GMT
What's the betting...
... that certain Providers will add (if they don't have already) a clause in their T&Cs which states that only *YOU* have the right to listen to the music or read the books etc you've downloaded and that, on death, the ownership rights revert to the Provider, so passing on your password to your wife or children is breaking the law (or will be when they've finished lobbying for it!)
"An r18 film is only allowed to be sold by a licensed sex shop."
True, for bricks and mortar shops, but it's also perfectly legal for you to buy such a film via the web from anywhere in Europe *except* the UK unless the UK seller has paid for a licence for their business to be classed as a sex shop even if it has no physical high-street presence!
Consequently you have UK suppliers who can legally make films which are not for sale in this country...
I suggest you consider these two sentences from your post again:
1) "they are not trying to foist their ideas on anyone else."
2) "a quick trip to a children's clothes shop where sexy underwear for 9 year olds is on display may result in anyone reasonably wondering whether this is appropriate, Christian or not."
The point is they are not simply "reasonably wondering" if this is appropriate and then, if they decide for themselves that it is not, they won't buy such things for their children, they have already decided that it *is* appropriate and now consider that it is their duty to lobby the Government to impose that decision on everyone else, just as they have done with their desire for "opt in" porn.
Bike haunts? What, you mean like Loomies at the Junction of the A272 and the A32?
Try standing outside there and watch who gets on their bike and then thrashes off down one of those roads like a complete idiot.
How about you try looking a word up in a dictionary before you start slagging off others?
For instance, from the Free Online Dictionary "1. To lurch or swerve while in motion" and I think there would be plenty of lurching and swerving when two black holes came close together...
Back in the 1980s, when the 0898 adult phone lines were in operation, it was decided to make access to those lines "opt in" so everyone, by default, was opted out and, if they wanted to phone those numbers, they had to contact BT and ask someone to switch on that feature.
Not surprisingly, the number of people phoning those number plummeted and the Operators of those legitimate businesses were almost driven to bankruptcy because of the censorship of their provision of perfectly legal content.
Fortunately sanity, at last, prevailed, and the default was switched to "opt out", but it's a salutary warning of what happens when Governments try to do something "For The Good Of the Children!"
"What's this one, 'spring surprise'?"
"Ah - now, that's our speciality - covered with darkest creamy chocolate. When you pop it in your mouth steel bolts spring out and plunge straight through-both cheeks. "
Monty Python - Whizzo Chocolates sketch :-)
Speaking also as a "middle-aged biker" and one who only passed his Direct Access four years ago, I'd just like to say: Nonsense!
It's not the "middle aged" ones I see trying to get their knee down on the A272, nor are they the ones carving across lanes of traffic on the motorway or doing stupid overtakes on blind bends and crossing double white lines or treating the chevron-ed dividing gap between two-way traffic as a "bikers only" lane which they can blast along at stupid speeds blithely trusting that no cager is going to obstruct their path...
"There are no "innocents" involved in current testing...
"[...] all the research was conducted on volunteers who were fully aware they were being watched."
So unless they're amazingly good actors the "Observer Paradox" comes into effect whereby the knowledge that you're being watched changes the way you behave, thus invalidating the results.
Radio with occasional pictures...
I know exactly what you mean. So much of what appears on TV these days (especially what passes as "documentary") has images simply because, well, it's TV, you've got to have pictures, but they don't actually *add* anything to what you're hearing.
Oh, BTW, I'm writing this reply whilst "watching" (or listening to) Mock the Week on Sky+ :-)
One of my favourite quotes...
... From Isaac Asimov:
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but rather, 'Hmm... that's funny...'"
"a useful service for people who...
"...wanted to give themselves a heart attack!"
There, fixed it!
And, just the same, having mobile phone coverage is a convenience. You can go to somewhere where there is a landline or payphone if you want to call someone, there is no obligation for anyone to supply a signal for your convenience.
But they're glad I upvoted your post!
"make it harder to reverse engineer"
Harder, yes, impossible no.
A little story: Many years ago I and friends used to crack copy protection on games on the BBC Micro so we could hack the code for infinite lives etc (not to actually *copy* the games of course, because that's *theft* doncherknow...!)
As time went on the protection got harder and more intricate, culminating in a version which Exclusive-Or-ed a bit-stream from the cassette (yes, games came on cassette tapes years ago, boys and girls!) against the timer such that any attempt to break into it would change the reading on the timer and thus render the code garbage and pressing the "Break" key would just wipe the memory.
Of course as soon as we realised this, we figured there was a simple bypass by taking out the chip with the OS on it (yes, a chip with the *whole* OS!) copying it and re-blowing it onto an EPROM but without the code that wiped the memory.
So we could then load the game, press Break and save the memory giving us full access to the code which we could hack to our hearts' content.
In other words we found a flaw in Security by Obscurity which, once breached, made all the Security completely redundant.
The moral of this story is that Security by Obscurity will make life harder for those who want to get their hands on the code, but unless you have something else in there as well, once it's breached, your code is wide open.
But she is not showing games "For Gain"! Now if she was charging an entry fee on the door, that would be "for gain", but she's offering them for *free* and anyone coming into the pub can buy a drink if they want, just as they could before, however that has nothing to do with the football.
*Why* should it be a "legal requirement for the phone companies to provide 100% coverage"? That's like saying it should be a "legal requirement" for Company X to have a store in my town!
And if you're out in the middle of nowhere and need to call for help, would you suddenly decide that that £150m was money well spent...?
Or, to put it more succinctly...
... Facebook is Watching You!
"as a result of having signed up on a legitimate website"
Or as a result of that "legitimate website" automatically opting you in to a newsletter without asking you, or because a site you *did* sign up to then sells your details on to a site which you *didn't* sign up to, or as a result of some spammer using your e-mail address in their list which then gets harvested by another list or by...
In other words if I, personally, didn't sign up to it willingly and knowingly, then I reserve the right to call it spam!
"22,000 Freetards escape Hurt Lock piracy suit" says your headline, but then you go on to say that "90 per cent of the file sharers caught up in the Hurt Locker downloading case dismissed"
This tends to imply that (certainly in this case) they aren't "Freetards" because they *didn't* actually download something and then try to justify infringing someone else's copyright )or, at least there's no proof that would hold up in court).
Or does using any file sharing service now automatically mean that you're a "Freetard" no matter what you share??
Not impressive, El Reg.
"paying nothing wasn't an option"
In other words, the survey was rigged to *only* get an answer of "how much are you willing to pay?" not "are you willing to pay at all?".
I'm sure if there was a "paying nothing" option, that would by far have outstripped all other options.
"how can you be *certain* that an on-line poker is genuine?"
There's an old saying: If you sit down at a poker table and you can't spot the sucker, it's you!
... the USA and Russia simultaneously detonated huge nuclear bombs...?
Hold a chicken in the air...
... stick a deckchair up your nose...!
(What do you mean, you don't remember Spitting Image? Kids these days...)
... you take a pill to stop you feeling drunk, so you can drink more and, whoops, goodbye liver...!
You mean that when adverts for fitness gimmicks show incredibly toned and muscled athletic types demonstrating the products those people *didn't* get their bodies from simply using that product but actually do a lot of *other* exercise *and* eat properly?
My illusions are shattered...!
Or do like I did...
... I learned 6502 assembler on the BBC Micro by initially using Exmon to hack games for infinite lives!
(Of course these days kids don't play vertically/ horizontally scrolling shoot-em-ups, don't know they're born, mutter, mutter...)
"... so what do you think, Jenkins, should I choose a 1 Wood for hitting power or a 7 iron for more precise control?"
There are a whole bunch of similar sites...
... on Failbook offering dates according to whatever "targetted" information it can dredge out of your personal preferences.
Like Salsa Dancing? Join Salsa Dance Dating!
Like Real Ale? Join Real Ale Drinking Girls!
Like Computers? Too bad, sunshine!
Of course you have to pay to join and there's no guarantee that they'll actually find someone in your town/ country/ continent who's interested in the same thing...
I hope he doesn't end up getting sued by Google...
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