4666 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
Re: Online toilet paper lovers?
@AC If you're gullible enough to believe that bottled mineral water is "better" than tap water, I've got a great deal for you on Nelson's Column...
Re: @Scorchio!! - will the plea for clemency fall on deaf ears?
Just because you dress it up in big words doesn't meant that you're not (either intentionally or through ignorance) agreeing with the Daily Mail's default "Hang them and flog them" position of demanding harsh sentences because "that's the only way they'll learn their lesson and not do it again"
And they would, of course, also agree with you that "it is not the place of a business or organisation that has been on the wrong end of this kind of offensive behaviour to plea", but at the same time, they would no doubt consider that "victim impact statements" should be taken into consideration by the courts when determining the severity of the sentence.
@Scorchio!! - Re: will the plea for clemency fall on deaf ears?
"clemency will only encourage further offending"
The Daily Mail comments page is over there ->
Why do pots...
... and kettles come to mind?
"We're only snooping on everything to make you safer..."
"We're only snooping on everything you do to target ads at you..."
(In chorus) "It's for your own good!"
... go to the new Dark Skies Park in Northumberland... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25260186
... spotted any Black Monoliths in the vicinity?
"could be used to fund terrorism"
Only terrorism? Dear me, haven't the Chinese Government and media discovered the scare-value of child porn yet...?
Did the Patent "Industry"...
... fail to
buy bribe offer campaign finance to the right people...?
Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.
So five downvotes to my post pointing out that a cyclist or motorcyclist doesn't have to put a foot down, but nobody has come up with anything to contradict that, apart from Steve Knox who asserts that "balancing a bicycle without rolling forward or backward is practically impossible" leading me to the conclusion that he doesn't ride a bicycle or motorcycle like myself and has never seen someone do (or done) exactly this.
To quote a document from the Insitute of Advanced Motorists:
"26. Misconception: At STOP lines the rider must place at least one foot onto
the road surface.
"There is no specific requirement for the rider to do so. The essential requirement is that a rider’s machine must come to a complete STOP."
I recommend that the downvoters take some Advanced Training (or they can just downvote me again to be petty...)
Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.
> Yup. STOP means STOP - worldwide As a cyclist that means "put your foot on the ground" - if you play that stupid game of wobbling and not quite stopping you can be ticketed
Really? I'd like to know where he got that idea from because the only requirement in the Road Traffic Act is that the vehicle comes to a complete stop before proceeding (ie the wheels stop rotating). There is nothing that says a cyclist or motorcyclist has to put a foot down.
So, once again...
... IDS is revealed to have lied to Parliament.
Naturally he will now resign his post in disgrace...
... and next week Satan will be ice-skating to work...
"We are ensuring hardworking families...
"...are not hit with shock bills through no fault of their own."
Err, excuse me, but exactly *what* relevance does how hard you work (or whether you're working or not) have to this?
Is she saying that if you're not (according to her) "hard working" that you have less entitlement to protection perchance???
... they ban searching for the websites...
... then they ban searching for workarounds...
... then they ban any search engines which won't comply with the ban...
... then all search terms have to be approved by a government flunky (your search results will be available in the next three days...)
Of course you could go for the ultimate in style and have a gold one like Tycho Brahe.
... pick your own...
Set the Controls...
... For the Heart of the Sun...
@Lamont Cranston - Re: @AC 23:44
"could the arguement not be made that sexually graphic depicitions of minors in such media risks normallising the treatment of children as sexual objects?"
Sure, you can make that argument. Just like you can argue that GTA normalises beating people up and stealing their cars for fun...
@AC 23:44 - Re: Re AC @ 15:50
> In my opinion, the British came to a big fork in the road where reality took a left but they hung a sharp right.
And David Cameron is now going even *further* to the Right because he wants to criminalise "Rape" Porn so that *anything* which appears to be non-consensual (even if it's simulated and acted) could get you up to three years in jail!
Bravo, Call Me David, another Thought Crime for the statute books!
" free content ad network"
Why do I keep reading that as "content free ad network"?
Such original inventive steps...
... exactly the sort of thing deserving of patent protection...
.... another of Google's great ideas goes pear shaped because they completely failed to take *people* into account.
Whoever would have expected it...?
Re: I stopped reading ..
Yes, who could use such as mis-begotten Americanism...
... Royal Mail Shipping Advisories and Barclays Transaction Notifications and Could Not Process your Online Submission from the Tax office and...
Of course if the default was that they were unzipped into a sandbox so they couldn't auto-run their payload...
It's not as if...
... Lockheed Martin has form for dodgy behaviour before...
*cough* Starfighter *cough*
Re: ah come on...
Whilst the story of Yvette Cloette has been blown out of all proportion, there was, much more recently, the case of Bijan Ebrahimi a mentally disabled man who was falsely accused of being a paedophile after taking pictures of local youths who had been destroying his flowers who was kicked unconscious and then burned to death!
@Vladimir Plouzhnikov - Re: Well
> any hypocrisy they can find and reveal.
Given that our elected politicians seem to be able to successfully engage in mind-blowing hypocrisy and yet, often, still survive in office, I doubt any such campaign by the NSA would have much effect on the "true believers"!
Re: Would you like to play a game?
The only winning move...
... is to cheat ;-)
@Ledswinger - Re: Question:@ForthisisNotDead
> Board games used to be a family pursuit, until it was universally realised that the monkier was simply a mis-spelling of "bored".
That might have been true in the days when all the board games that were generally available were Monopoly, Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and the like which basically just involved rolling dice and moving a counter around a track.
These days there are games like Carcassonne, Alhambra, Settlers of Catan (now with a Star Trek themed variant!), Ticket to Ride, Discworld - Ankh Morpork, Stone Age and many more which are playable by the whole family and which are a lot more interesting and entertaining than the old Monopoly etc.
Go on to Board Game Geek, find a local gaming group or shop (or buy online) and try a few. You will discover that there's more to gaming than mashing buttons...
@Dan Paul - Re: No Such Thing as Profanity!
With the Right of Freedom of Expression comes the Responsibility to use it appropriately.
Would you use the same language you use in the company of your peers in front of your parents/ grandparents/ in a church/ on television/ in front of other people's children and, if someone objects, smugly claim that you're exercising your Right of Freedom of Expression?
Re: Take it as a compliment, Angela...
The N Koreans replied "Sorry, who are you?"
Take it as a compliment, Angela...
... after all, to misquote Oscar Wilde: "The only thing worse than being listened in on is *not* being listened in on"...
I just want to say...
... I loved the video :-)
@Matt Bryant - Re: Deterance, not theatre.
> To them, the big barrier is getting weapons onboard, for which the "theatre" is very effective in stopping.
Obligatory video clip of Adam Savage relating how he walked through airport security carrying two 12" long industrial razor blades http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3yaqq9Jjb4
What? People *tell lies*???
I don't believe that!
Don't like the competition...
@jake Re: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...
I'd love to see a double-blind test where two people take turns to sit next to you, one smoking an e-cig and the other a non-nicotine containing water vapour emitter and see if you can actually tell the difference or whether it's actually just all in your head.
A point that I *do* remember is that I and my friends used to meet in a pub and even though we sat in the "non-smoking" area, I would always leave there with my clothes *reeking* of cigarette smoke. Now, with e-cigs, there's no such problem and also no "excuse me, just got to nip out for a fag..." hassles.
If people want to indulge in this sort of thing and it's not affecting me, why should they not be allowed to do it?
Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"
Ye gods! All I fucking well pointed out was that 200 years old was *not* the oldest booze ever found...
"The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"
Erm, excuse me, but during a dive in the Mediterranean, Jacques Cousteau and his crew found a *two thousand* year old amphora of wine that was intact. Thinking there would be others, they drank it (and found it tasted terrible!)
IIRC, however, they never found another one...
Re: Funny thing there.
> In most of Europe, as far as I am aware, it is strictly "who initiates the call, pays for it."
In the UK there are "Reverse Billing" systems (generally for adult services) whereby you text a number and receive a certain number of texts back which can be charged up to £1.50 each IIRC. But it's not somethng that's forced on you, you have to opt in by texting them in the first place and you can opt out at any time.
... this will also stop bigotted African Bishops claiming that condoms don't prevent HIV!
As part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, they've rebroadcast the episode "Dalek" in which it "downloads the whole internet".
It's no wonder the Dalek self-destructed in the end...!
Can I just say....
... What The Everlasting Holy FUCK???
Who in the name of sanity would ever want to use one of these things?!
@GrumpyOldMan - Re: Oh joy unspeakable!
> at least they have a quiet coach on long runs
And we all know that *nobody* ignores the signs saying "don't use mobiles" on those. And the Guard is *always* walking through the train, so if they find someone using a mobile they tell them to stop and move and....
How dare he...!
... Doesn't he know that spamming everyone with crap is *our* job!
Of course maybe if we changed it so that users had the choice of whether a page can get access to their friends list, likes and shoe size rather than just saying "if you want to look at this, you've got to give us access to all your data..."
Nah, that's crazy talk.
Are you friends with amanfrommars1?
Oh, sorry, that's "night *l* ies"...
"CCTV doesn't directly make you safer necessarily, it does help secure conviction against criminals"
ITYM "may occasionally look a bit like someone who possibly then might be recognised, if you're lucky".
So let's see...
... someone wants to do some research for an article they're writing on, well, an online tech newspaper, let's call it The Restiger.
The article is about the prevalence of child abuse images around the world and the number of people convicted for possession of such images.
So they enter a search term like "statistics for online child pornography arrests" and, oops, "Sorry, that search term is blocked, what you're looking for is illegal, don't worry about seeking help, we've got your IP address and we'll be knocking on your door in 30 minutes..."
Nope, can't see anything going wrong with *this* brilliant piece of pandering to the tabloids from Cameron...
Re: "The Martian Chronicles"
I think you're thinking of the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator
(Icon for Earth-shattering kaboom!)
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