Re: I'll drink to that
That is not dead...
... which can eternal lie...
6801 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
That is not dead...
... which can eternal lie...
... has Judgement Day been postponed...?
Once the box is open, you can never get what it contains back inside. So who's next to tell Apple that they must use this software/ write another custom version for them for an equally "good" reason?
Until Wikileaks published the a partial draft text of the TPP, it would have been a bit difficult for anyone not involved to even be aware of this!
And what crime was he charged with...?
(Of course if he'd been a higher rank, he'd probably have just been given 6 months paid "Gardening Leave"...)
...that the best way of getting a good deal for customers is to allow Big Business to write the rules for themselves and arrange nice oligarchic deals to make sure that they pay lip service to the idea of "competition" to keep the regulators happy, whilst not rocking the boat too much which would reduce profits...
... but none the less I fart...
- The Spanish remake of Romeo and Juliet Act 1, Scene 1...
> I always tell the nosey cow that it is a dildo
The ladies at my local Post Office already know that I sell Leather BDSM gear and sex toys, so they don't even bother asking :-)
(If I ever go to another Post Office I just pre-empt the question by saying "It doesn't contain batteries, perfumes, aerosols or anything explosive or illegal...)
Here you go, now, whilst you're nicely woozy and not thinking straight, please sign this bit of paper that makes me the sole beneficiary of your will.
Now let's up that morphine again - 1000% should do it...
"In his student days, he had won several retrieval championships, racing against the clock while digging out obscure items of information on lists prepared by ingeniously sadistic judges. ("What was the rainfall in the capital of the world's smallest national state on the day when the second largest number of home runs was scored in college baseball?" was one that he recalled with particular affection.)"
- The Fountains of Paradise
... "Full and final settlement" or words to that effect? Because if it did, they're going to have to find something which was definitely *not* included in the original agreement...
> And the basis for impugning Chris Vickery's motives are, aside from a desire to misdirect the attention of observers, what, exactly?
Obviously, if you shoot the messenger who brings you bad news, it deters others from doing the same...
> As long as the inlets aren't too close to the chemtrail outlets...
And don't forget the extra-thick tinfoil hat because you're closer to the Orbital Mind-Control Lasers...
... Gravy Train a-rollin'!
I'd pretty much assumed it's guaranteed!
The first question you should ask when told something is "Free" is "What is this actually going to cost me...?"
Do people still play that?!
> doesn't follow a foreign religion
You mean not one that comes from the Middle East...?
... however a look at the ideology of the Alternative for Germany party, they're centre-right Conservatives, oppose gay marriage and have been accused of using language that is very similar to that of the far-right.
So it seems that he's another "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrite.
Oh and a couple of little corrections for Kieren McCarthy: BDSM is comes from Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and submission and Sadism and Masochism and as for "Basically, if you're watching someone in leather tied up and being sexually humiliated, you've found BDSM", that's a very narrow generalisation of what is an incredibly broad topic which involves a lot more than just leather or sexual humiliation.
Tin of Baked Beans!
Call Me David and Treasonous May have signed copies.
Unfortunately they didn't get the joke...
In a sentence part like this, omit the word "you" and see if it still sounds right: "cold volcanic activity to I". If it doesn't, use the word "me" instead (unless you're from the West Country)
PS Interesting article, though :-)
I think you've mistaken this for the Daily Mail comments page...
... checked their Campaign Contributions...?
"...and then use that information to suggest how a company health plan could ensure that exclusions for these conditions are added when employees join to make sure that profits aren't affected..."
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Excuse the tangent, but when people say they're worried about robots/ computers/ immigrants "taking their jobs", what they actually mean is that they can see their income stream disappearing.
Under the current neo-liberal capitalistic setup, those who run the businesses are on a race to the bottom, driving down their business costs by getting the cheapest labour to maximise their profits which are then distributed to their share holders, meanwhile those who have lost their income have to rely on State Benefits (if there are any) or scratch out a living on a minimum wage job whilst a few at the top of the pile get richer and richer.
Douglas Adams summed this up nicely with the Magarathean Planet Builders who catered for the extremely rich "But this was perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of, because no one was really poor - at least no one worth speaking of." Of course it ended up with so much wealth being concentrated in so few hands that the economy collapsed...
Naturally some (TW comes to mind) would argue that people are "better off" because goods become cheaper, but they don't become cheap enough to counterbalance the loss of income and, meanwhile, the wealth still flows upwards and does not "trickle down" to the people who will actually spend it, rather than salting it away in lucrative (for them) tax avoidance schemes.
So arguing about "professional classes hollowing themselves out" or their jobs being taken over by AIs is a bit of a red herring, what's important is whether money can be made to flow back down from the top such that the economy keeps running. If that doesn't happen, the rest of the argument is merely academic.
Teresa May is an idiot!
[PURGE] [PURGE] [PURGE]
I understand they've just had enquiries from Teresa May and Mark Zuckerberg...
> I aint filling that in, I'm still furious that they leaked everyone's responses on the Filtering consultation
I don't know if you're joking or not, but a) AFAIR this one doesn't ask for your personal details and b) when you provide responses to a consultation you agree that, unless you specfically state otherwise, they will be made public.
> I'm actually surprised the questions are worded in a way that makes disagreement possible
Yes, that is a pleasant surprise, although the comment boxes are tiny with limited character input and, for one question, I had to tick "yes" to get access to the comment box on the next page as "no" would just have skipped it.
This is the link to the Consultation
I recommend everyone go to that page and point out that you disagree with a) their attempts to censor the internet and b the idea that adults should have to ask permission to look at adult content.
"Won't Someone Think of the Children" never results in good (or sensible) legislation.
Excuse the blatant piggy-back, but so far I've seen nothing that links to the actual consultation, so here it is:
Go there, fill it in, explain to them WHY them demanding the moon on a stick doesn't mean that anyone can deliver it and maybe, just maybe, we can stop this nonsense.
... or Carcassonne, Alhambra, Ticket to Ride and many others are much better than the obsolete "roll and move" of Monopoly.
Once you start playing games like these, you'll wonder why on earth Monopoly is still going after all this time and the only conclusion you can come to is "because people don't know any better".
Seriously, play some decent Euro Games (ones that don't involve screwing everyone else over and forcing them out of the game) and you'll never look back.
Ah, the good old revolving door! Step out of a job in a Government Department which has just pissed away millions of pounds (or whatever) of public money, straight into a job or "Directorship" with the company that all that money was paid to.
Of course it's just a co-incidence...
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
The Batmobile? (At least one version)
"Oh dear, your existing service has just had a mysterious outage (which was in no way caused by someone putting a digger bucket through a major connector). Why not swap to our brand new shiny cable service...?" - BIfH
"...comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements, and retention and use of the data.
"And when they don't and the entire database is left on an unsecured datastick in the back of a taxi or on a lap-top on a train we will definitely give them *at least* a stern finger-wagging and, if necessary, a quite sharp smack on the wrist whilst we Learn Lessons that will stop this from ever happening again (until the next time...)"
The word "gay" is, unsurprisingly, *not* a synonym for "stupid" or "worthless" or "unworthy" or any other such derogatory term.
Whenever I hear someone use it in that way, I ask what their name is: "Syntax Error"? Fine, let's substitute that instead...
"Emoji are pretty Syntax Error"
"Look at that, it's totally Syntax Error"
"That post above is so Syntax Error!"
> I still don't understand why this religion has so many 'followers' that can take offence from pictures.
I suggest you look at the history of censorship of paintings by the Christian Church where art showing Adam and Eve before the Fall had tree branches with convenient foliage added to conceal the "naughty bits" or male statues having their genitalia removed and stone fig-leaves added.
I don't like this any more than anyone else, but, regrettably, the more we start *telling* these people "you're doing it wrong", the more resistant they are going to be to change. Western interference in such affairs has never ended well.
> the problem isn't airports, it's London itself.
Exactly! It's like a black hole, the more it grows, the more it drags in everything else around it and, more importantly, takes money away from everywhere else.
There's more to the UK than London...
... coming over here, having sex with our women, spreading their DNA, making us all get hooked on noxious substances...
Probably better not to leave education to
schools Acadamies being run for profit by the mates of those run the State...
That was what I was thinking: ie it's a site which has been set up by the authorities so they can get log-in credentials from crooks to allow them access to areas they'd normally find it difficult to monitor.
"...must be interoperable and the open standards framework and the principles it entails are extremely important,"
India has an incredible opportunity as an emerging market to avoid the mistakes which have come about elsewhere because of the piecemeal way the internet has grown up, provided they make sure that the big vested interests don't get their greedy hands on it and control it for their profits instead of for the benefit of the Indian people.
ADDENDUM: Oh and, PS: I have *no* objection to businesses making profits, the problem comes when the profits and dividends and bonuses are *all* they care about and screw the people they're trying to serve.
It has nothing to do with bullying or hatred, it has to do with some tax affairs being "more equal" (oh, the irony!) than others...
> they'd be the first against the proverbial wall!!!
The media or the politicians? Hmm, it's a big wall...
> if anyone is actually injured by a Christmas party hat then they will prosecute. That's why people are scared into making silly rules.
No, the HSE requires businesses to take "reasonable steps" to prevent accidents or injury.
They will only prosecute if there is evidence of, or reasonable grounds to suspect negligence.