Well I think that...
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At the moment, for some reason, parts of Street View appear to be giving black screens.
I was looking for a location near Russell Square in London WC1B 5BB but Street View showed no images, just black.
Other locations, however, worked fine.
Maybe it's an anti-terrorism measure...!!!
*WHY* is this even possible these days?
Is it lack of ability on the part of the telcos or simply lack of giving a damn??
... did they find The Pandorica?
Mines the one with the bow tie in the pocket.
Bow ties are cool...
A few years ago I switched energy suppliers and got a free electricity monitor.
I connected it up and looked at the reading, then went around switching every unnecessary device, charger, tv on standby etc and came back and, lo and behold...
... the bloody reading hadn't changed because I already do that anyway!
So these "Smart Meters" won't save me any money because I'm a Smart Customer!
Meanwhile I have no doubt that a few people in Government have been promised nice little Directorships which will pay them a million quid a year for doing about 12 hours work...
Cui bono? Not us!
No, someone should tell the people making documentaries for the BBC that they shouldn't copy Discovery et al and make an hour-long broadcast that could have been done in 20 minutes if it wasn't for all the padding, repetition and trailing of what is coming up...
And *THAT* Google, is why we, the USERS, need and should control of what apps can actually access on our Android phones!
Supercruise is actually the ability of aircraft to maintain a sustained speed in excess of Mach 1 without using afterburners.
The English Electric Lightning was the first plane to be able to do it, the Concorde did it for most of its flight.
It's called FlashBlock :-)
Well isn't he a complete idiot...
... sorry, was that a knock at the door?
So many of the the issues described can be traced back to a simple source: Money.
Either you have people who are too interested in making money for themselves and their mates to worry about the effects of what they're doing or there are the people who want to and are trying to sort out the problems, but who are told "that's too expensive, do what you can with half the money and, fingers crossed, it will all work out".
Eventually risky practices will be fixed, but usually only after something has gone so catastrophically wrong that they cannot be ignored any more and then, suddenly, money is no object in rectifying them.
Of course only *those* particular problems are fixed, it would be too expensive to sort out *all* the issues (at least until they lead to another disaster...)
... so don't worry your pretty little heads about it...
... is that of high-fives being shared all around the Chocolate Factory...
Translation: Their "line" is an entirely subjective view (possibly only by one person) which, of course, is not subject to question or review because otherwise it would demonstrate just how inconsistent their decision making progress is.
... who was responsible for the "You didn't shut down your computer properly" message, which generally had users screaming at the screen "That's because your f*****g operating system crashed!"
Are people *really* that stupid that because the Islamist group is currently being referred to as ISIS that any business that has a similar name must be linked to them...?
> US-based mobile payment company
Ah, sorry, forget I asked.
And, of course, there won't be any False Positives in there, boys and girls...
Talk about damning with faint praise...!
> For hundreds of years England not only allowed its citizens to have weapons they expected them to have them and be good at it.
Yes, and they had to go and practice the archery every Sunday after Church and be available to be summoned to fight when needed, so people *knew* who they were.
However (judging by your name) you appear to be of the Left-Pondian persuasion (ADDENDUM: Ah, I note from your follow up post that you are indeed) and seem to think that letting anyone have a gun without a licence, without anyone in authority knowing who they are, without background checks, without proof that they actually know how to use it safely and, indeed, without any proof they are actually mentally stable is a good idea.
Then, of course, we get to the situation where everyone has the right to bear arms and thus, many feel the need to do exactly that to protect themselves from all the others who have exactly the same right...
I keep hearing that, but, tell me, when are you going to start the second American Civil War...?
"a draft article by an independent author"
Matt! When did you start writing for Kaspersky?!
Tiles? What are they?
Oh, yeah, those things that I turned off as soon as they were introduced, so when I open up a new tab I get a nice clean blank screen which I can fill with a web page I *choose* from my Bookmarks list.
... but they make crap videos!
Odd, because that doesn't seem to have stopped the last few governments from passing all sorts of unenforceable laws which look good in the media...
> Sounds just like the American wheeze to destabilize Soviet Russia, same hype...
ITYM "Same Ret-Con", claiming after the event that it was all a clever and sneaky plan (and not a whole load of money pi$$ed away on pie-in-the-sky unworkable boondoggles...)
Standby to launch SkyDiver!
> Not Howard Arneson, which was his actual name?
Ah, but only jake got to call him Dale!
> Play the ball, not the hack, etc.
If the articles from certain hacks were marked as "Opinion" pieces (which, frankly, is what a lot of them actually are) I think readers would appreciate El Reg's candour.
Re: your point 2) - in the past, he has actually moderated (and edited!) comments on his articles himself.
Conflict of interest? What's that...?
> Read "The Dead Hand" by David E Hoffman.
Watch "Dr Strangelove - Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb"!
The number of comments on that post has just grown by 100%!
If you want one of those, I have them in my Affordable Leather Products range, suitable for ordinary and swivel chairs... ;-)
> "making" to add to "possession"
Of course the real purpose is just to make it sound better in the media because "making" implies that you actually produced it
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".
> it illustrates nicely where the muppet manufacturers priorities are.
And the bean counters when you need to replace the whole lens assembly (or even light cluster) if one part of it breaks... Kerching!!
... 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)
... even though I didn't understand a word of it! :-)
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...
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...