... even though I didn't understand a word of it! :-)
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... even though I didn't understand a word of it! :-)
... this will stop all those idiots who think retro-fitting HIDs to their cars is really clever (instead of being stupid and spraying light all over the place) or the prats who think that fog lamps are running lights and should be left on all the time.
And hopefully it will also mean lights have a longer lifespan, so you get fewer cars driving around with one (or even both!) rear lights out because the owner thinks "meh, it passed its MoT, it's ok" and doesn't even do the simplest basic checks of the road-worthiness of their vehicle...
(Sorry, I can't stop myself laughing cynically at this point)
Erm, there probably is if it falls under Extreme Porn legislation, where simple *possession* is enough to get you banged up...
> the British police now truly believe they have the right to state that something's illegal even when that's not the case:
What is this "now" business? Certain elements of the Police have been decising that someone's a "wrong'un" for years/ decades/ generations now and finding excuses to charge them with "crimes" (see Constable Savage from Not the Nine o'Clock News for details).
I recently was chatting with someone who had been a Police Officer but left because he became so disillusioned with this sort of institutional attitude from some of his colleagues. When he tried to raise the issue with his superiors he was basically told "shut up and let them do their jobs".
Hear hear! Or, rather I'd prefer not to hear (or watch) it.
I can read a damn sight faster than someone can speak and I can zip through the text transcript of an hour long "webinar" (ugh, horrible neologism!) in a time substantially shorter than that hour, thus leaving me time to actually do something useful.
... erm, ah, sorry, nothing to see here. Move along!
... if Country X says that software licences are invalid and copyright doesn't apply to them, the USCO would be quite happy to tell US Businesses that people in Country X can quite legitimately copy their software and not pay for it...?
Remember that Babylon 5 had a baseball field, which meant that *every* ball would be a curve ball...!
And El Reg, it seems...
> why is anything in such an investigation "classified"?
Because (as was later revealed) the Malaysians had tracked the plane with military rather than civilian radars (which have much less coverage) and they probably don't want the Chinese (or anyone else) knowing their surveillance and monitoring capabilities.
Didn't he create Orac...?
No, they sell what the suckers will believe.
For example the 2010 Tory Party Manifesto said "We will stop the forced closure of A&E and maternity wards, so that people have better access to local services, and give mothers a real choice over where to have their baby, with NHS funding following their decisions."
But in 2012 the Tories attempt to force the closure of the A&E and maternity ward at Lewisham Hospital, however, fortunately, they were defeated in the courts.
That's just *one* small example of what lies politicians will peddle to get people to vote for them, knowing full well that, once they're in power, they can do what the hell they like for the next four or five years before they peddle a *new* set of lies (and bribe people with their own money) to get them to vote for them again.
This makes a total mockery of the concept of democracy.
And so we get back to the same old, same old...
Oh dear, Matt, and you were doing *SO* well, right up until the last paragraph where you had to get in a dig at *someone* on the Left...
I bet you told Wilbur and Orville that they were wasting their time too...
Does your scanner have an attachment to allow you to scan Slides? If so, you can cut the negatives off the disc and then create a "frame" to hold them in the slide attachment.
I think another Irony Detector has just exploded...
ITYM: "even the NSA carefully didn't look carefully at what the limits were because they wanted plausible deniability"
It's just a shame that all this outpouring of love and grief for this man comes *after* his death.
How many lives could have been saved if people who suffered from depression could have known how many people really care for them?
We need better support for these people.
RIP Robin Williams.
That's *OUR* job!!
... London is full of low-life scum who do nothing, make nothing, produce nothing, but just profit by taking something from one person and sell it on to someone else and congratulate themselves on how clever they are being.
Oh, and as well as the politicians and money men and stock brokers and bankers, there are thieves too.
Eh, Grommit, lad...
... someone's copying us!
"No country in the world allows dissemination of information of rumors, violence, cheating, sex and terrorism..."
... by anyone else apart from the Government, because that's *their* job!
> She got the classic withdrawal symptoms ... shakes, sweats, angry, name it ...
AKA "Stroppy Teenager Syndrome"...
"... but we don't give a damn because we want to ensure that you don't have a choice of products, so you can only use ours..."
> Am I bad?
If it's on the same computer/ on the same hard drive/ in My Documents/ in the same folder* as other porn (*delete depending on how paranoid you feel) and the Police reckon they can argue that you have those images "for the purposes of sexual arousal", then, yes.
> In fact (and I'd need to have a proper search for this sometime) there was a loose inverse correlation between access to porn and incidences of sexual violence.
Check out the work of Professor Milton Diamond of the University of Hawai'i
> But then again, when did politicians ever use facts to decide laws?
This was the last Labour regime who gave us "Policy Based Evidence Making". Unfortunately we're liable to get the same bunch of moralising clowns back into power after the next election :-(
> Or are you advocating that people who actually fall asleep on the wheel should carry on driving at all cost untill they find a service area (or die trying?).
Now you've gone from a False Dilemma to a Straw Man argument...
No, of course I am not advocating that. I'm advocating *GET OFF THE BLOODY MOTORWAY IF YOU'RE TIRED AND FIND SOMEWHERE SAFE AND LEGAL TO STOP AND NAP!"
Servicer area, next junction whatever, just don't drive tired.
I suggest you look up the fallacy of the False Dichotomy.
Sleeping when driving is stupid and illegal.
Sleeping on the hard shoulder is also stupid and illegal.
Sleeping at a service area is sensible and not illegal (even though officious private parking companies may try to fine you for doing it!)
If someone is feeling sleepy, they should pull off at the next junction or service area and stop and get some sleep.
Doing it on the Hard Shoulder is not only illegal, but stupid because if another vehicle, let alone an artic happens to drift across...
> the right lane (the fast one)
You mean the Overtaking Lane?
Just as motorways have *two* overtaking lanes, the basic rule of the road being "Keep left unless overtaking" which is why idiots shouldn't hog the middle lane when they can move to the left hand lane...
Let me tell you about my mother...
... BANG! BANG!
... have generally agreed with the ideas that people don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to the climate...
... on a Highway to Hell...
> Freedom fighters attack only military targets, terroists attack civilians. It's extremely clear cut.
Wow! I wish I lived in your lovely black and white world where things are so clear cut.
Still, you must be right, after all, no innocent Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israel in the last week or two, have they?
And all those people who lived in Dresden must have been in the German military because it would have been terrorism to firebomb a city full of civilians.
And there's no such thing as Collateral Damage.
... but kudos for the Wargames reference :-)
Shall we play a game?
> Sounds like a job for Slartibartfast.....
Marvin: Did it have... oceans?
Arthur: Oh yes, great wide rolling blue oceans.
Marvin: Can't abide oceans...
There's got to be a difference between "We think Joe Bloggs is a criminal, we have this evidence and we want to look at his e-mails" and "We think Company X is doing something wrong, so we want to look at *ALL* the e-mails written by anyone in that company and *ALL* the data they have stored and..."
Hey Everyone - Jake says it's ok and we don't need to worry!
Isn't it great to have his expert opinion on this subject? (I wonder when he found time to do his PhD in Climatology along with all the other things he's an expert on...?)
... "Won't Someone Think of the PaedoTerrorists" arguments from those who think that the only way to keep us "safe" is for us to be obedient sheeple and not worry about the Government and Security Services from trying to spy on everything we do and everything we say and find out everyone we talk to and monitor everything we read "Just in Case" we might do something bad at some point.
It's not as if there's any risk of False Positives or mis-reading of the data or mistakes being made that result in innocent people being arrested, let alone charged because they have a name similar to someone else's or they just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Of course we shouldn't worry about this. Of course it's not a violation of our Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Of course it doesn't do us any harm because obviously we're not important enough for them to actually pay any attention to, so it's ok to let them keep doing it. And anyway, we don't have anything do hide, do we, so we have nothing to fear...
Remember we get the *best* of US Television over here. If you search through enough dross you may find a few nuggest of gold...
Can I suggest that you put the name of the person you're responding to in the title of your comments as the El Reg forums do not do threading so it's difficult to know who the reply is directed at.
PS FYI I agree with a lot of your points :-)
... A certain (ahem) "accident" that Howard Wolowitz suffered comes (painfully!) to mind..
> RE: Evil Auditor on getting mug shots of 'innocent' people.
> Every time I've had my picture taking for :
The point is that those images are suppose (in this country at least) to *only* be used for a specified purpose, not a general CCTV surveillance dragnet.
But it's enough to get you arrested and for some people that's suffienciet for them to assume that you must be guilty of *something*, followed by your job, career, reputation or family life disappearing up the Swanee...
... False Positive keep coming to mind...?
(Big Brother because there's no Kafka icon)
The creepy part is
not this facial recognition system and that they keep mug shots of innocent people.
When I got my new Virgin Broadband/ WiFi router the guy from Virgin told me "Don't change the default password because if you forget it and something goes wrong we won't be able to help you fix it and you'll have to call out an engineer or get a replacement..."
... sorry, who are you? Bing? Nope, never heard of you...
See, it works!!!