4661 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
Oh dear, I suggest you re-read my post (especially that last part in brackets) with your Irony Detector switched on!
... is not to increase food production, it is to *decrease* population growth!
Real world evidence has shown that improved education (especially of women) and making birth control easily available has had the clear and visible effect of stabilising populations, *that* is where the money should be focused.
(That and telling the Catholic Church to realise that when God said "Go forth and multiply and fill the Earth", he didn't say that a message would subsequently appear in the sky saying "The Earth is now full, please delete any unnecessary people..."!)
... != Genetic Modification.
Are you suicidal? No? Ok.
(Waits 15 minutes...)
Are you suicidal now? No? Ok.
(Waits another 15 minutes...)
Are you suicidal yet?
(Waits another 15 minutes...)
Now imagine keeping that up for a day, two days, three days...
If you weren't suicidal at the start, you'd sure as hell be thinking about it after a few days.
And about time too!
The military have played all their little mind games, trying to break him down with ridiculous "suicide watch" behaviour etc, now it's time to find out how weak their case really is.
(PS to the El Reg Mods: The first post in this thread has presumably been marked for deletion so I can't downvote it or reply to it, but it still appears at the moment...)
"Benny Hill tune"
ITYM Yakety Sax, popularised by Boots Randolph.
The book which should have been stored in a locked cabinet...
... in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard"?
This is the voice...
... of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us Earthmen.
Cease sending your spy probes to our planet or face our revenge!
Da-da dah da-da-da dum!
"ape American traditions"
Try doing a bit more research.
Trick or Treating comes from the old tradition of "Guising" (as in disguise) which dates back to at least the end of the 19th century in Scotland and Ireland and versions are known from much earlier eg in the Middle Ages such as in the form of Christmas Wassailing.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick-or-treating for more details.
... will it display 6502 assembler like the T-800 did?
So is someone going to develop...
... a robot coyote to chase it?
Hmm, nah, it would be doomed to failure from the start, especially if it was built by Acme Corporation!
"a solution in search of a problem."
That's what they said about the laser...!
Calm down dear...
... it's only a survey...!
If you just want peace and quiet...
... a set of Howard Leight foam earplugs give 30db noise reduction and cost a couple of quid from motorbike shops :-)
Since McKinnon didn't cause the deaths of hundreds in the US, the question is irrelevant.
The Americans are being completely ridiculous, exaggerating the cost of fixing their own security holes so they can parlay that into charges under a law that are only justified if they make stupid claims on how much "damage" was caused and the demanding to extradite McKinnon to cover their own backsides based on a one-sided treaty that should be thrown out by our Government.
Anything else is just smoke and mirrors.
1) How many people died as a result of McKinnon's actions? How many died in Lockerbie as a result of the bomb? Do the words "sense of proportion" mean anything to you?
2) American law allows them to go into another country, commit a criminal act (kidnapping) and take someone back to America to be tried. The perpetrators of the kidnapping are not tried for any offence and the courts don't care *how* the suspect was brought there.
3) The current extradition treaty just requires *suspicion* from the US, but *proof* from the UK. Not exactly equitable, is it?
4) How would you like to be offered a "deal" where you're told "come and be tried in our country and plead guilty and we'll let you serve your sentence in your own country, refuse and if we get our hands on you we'll throw away the key"? Whatever happened to the concept of a fair trial or the presumption of innocence?
Now I'm going to downvote you.
... the beatings will continue until morale improves...!
Good for them!
The .XXX domain has been a scam from the outset, akin to an old-fashioned Protection Racket ("Nice domain you have here, Squire, be a shame if anything happened to it, know what I mean?")
When you have both sides of the porn debate agreeing that it's a bad idea, it's clear something is wrong, but ICANN and ICM are only interested in the money.
... what are the Village People doing there? (Apart from seemingly encouraging a flash mob performance of YMCA...!)
... did anyone detect a squeaky voice saying "Let's go!"
Trip of a lifetime...?
$102,000 and it's Beer o'Clock...!
... which country is he going to be tried in...?!
Ah, but you've got to remember that in the US you can vote for the Right Wing Party or the *REALLY* Right Wing Party, so anyone who even slightly drifts towards the centre is, by some weird sort of fuzzy logic, at least a Socialist if not an out and out Left Wing Pinko Commie!
Sigh, I didn't say "you can't complain unless you can do better yourself". Read Mike JVX's post, he got the point I was making.
No, I'm saying if you think you can do better, why don't you.
Fine, if you can do better, write a script and send it in to the BBC.
(Better put it through a spell checker first, though...)
.... And Don't Blink!
I have to wonder whether the author of this article also bitches that nobody's writing stories like those from the Golden Age of SF between the 1930s and the 1950s any more.
Well, oddly, Doctor Who, like all other Sci-Fi, grows and changes according to the times it's in. So much SF is a reflection of the social conditions in which it is written (compare the Cyberpunk of the 1980s with Banks' Culture stories for example)
Each Doctor is different, to expect them to all be the same would be to put the series into a strait-jacket churning out the same old stuff over and over again which would be tedious beyond belief.
Instead we have developing characters and story arcs (including the wonderful "backwards arc" of River Song) and still the Silence one continues. If that's not your thing, please feel free to go back to the three R's of Rockets, Rayguns and Robots, but let those of us who appreciate a bit more subtlety on their SF enjoy what is a great series *now*.
"New human-brain chip can be adjusted for cannabis effect"
And I thought that this would be about Wireheading from Larry Niven's Known Space books...!
Yep, The Cardinal of the Kremlin. (It was called Fan Dance, although probably not in reference to Sally Rand's classic act! ;-) )
The advert is discriminatory...
... to goats because none of them were offered the position!
I'll just trit-trot along now...
"how could they tell this one wasn't from the real BofA?"
Because it *was* a pretty accurate summary of the aims of every big bank!
"game that allows players to engage in gratuitous acts of violence against attention seeking Members of Parliament."
Now there's an idea...!
... I've not been exposed this horrendous and terrible onslaught which has affected so many people...
The photoshopped porn?
No, Justin Bieber!
How *dare* people think that they have a democratic right to express an opinion? Don't the Proles know that they should keep their mouths shut and enjoy the Bread and Circuses of I'm Strictly an X-Factor Celebrity...
"The children were placed in the care of social services...
"...and earned Fleischmann a charge on child cruelty"
Erm, that might have been phrased better!!
... they can use all that money to provide a *RELIABLE* service!
The thing is, according to a friend who works in the Middle East, people there *do* drive like maniacs at high speeds with no seat-belts etc.
If you try to point out how dangerous this is they just shrug and say "Insh'Allah" (if God wills it), ie they believe that if it is Allah's will that they have a fatal crash, nothing they do can influence it anyway...!
I hope we're not talking the Stick and Bucket Dance here...!!!
As someone once said...
... Religion was originally mankind's attempt to communicate with the weather!
"Scans like this are a pre-emptive measure"
No, they're just another part of the ridiculous "we have to be seen to be doing something" Security Theatre.
See, for instance, this video clip of Adam Savage from Mythbusters who went through one of these scanners, got off the flight at the other end and then realised he was carrying two twelve inch industrial razor blades on his person..! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3yaqq9Jjb4
Like so many idiots...
... Khomenei didn't actually bother reading the book before condemning it.
Rather like a lot of commentards on this thread...
"hybrid movie, [...] that arguably only worked once for Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
Here's Gene Kelly dancing with Jerry Mouse in Anchors Aweigh back in 1944: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJzYKm1_Bvo&feature=related
Re: "lies and misinformation about politicians"
It does, of course, also allow people the opportunity to check such stories, unfortunately those who are inclined to believe those stories will accept them without bothering to try to verify them anyway..
"All you would need to do is rip out the plastic lining and put the paper outer-casing in the bin or on the compost heap"
Did you not notice that bit or were you already composing your "Meh, it won't work!" response by the time you were half way down the article?
... your head in a pig! ;-)
... AKA the Independent Police Cover-up Commission...
There's this bloke called Mike Brown...
... he's got a flash PC and lots of other goodies in his house. I think he's a crook.
Why don't you give his place a spin and see what you can turn up...
Ah, so they're *friendly* radioactive isotopes...!
Sure, pretty limited radioactive fallouts.
But the fall out from terrorist revenge attacks and suicide bombers...???
And what if...
... you like to sleep on your front...?
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