5275 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
Some people look on in Amazement at this Barefaced Blanket of Madcap Gossip put before our Eyeballs.
They think that this Dauntless Outbreak of Excitement is Obscene and the Remorseless Besmirching of our language with these Fashionable words is Equivocal at best as it Panders to Worthless Critics and makes them want to Rant.
Don't forget the colour and pattern on the carpet...
But first they've got to decide on the *shape* of the table...
The chances of any sounds coming from Mars are a million to one...
... From the US Government. Not from their company...
... you mean it does what the Message Filters I already have set up in Thunderbird do which allow me to file messages into sub-folders of my inbox?
Although I do occasionally read XKCD I've not read them all, so I'd not seen that one before.
I read that joke on a forum some years ago, but thanks for the pointer.
"Six, Two and Even, Over and Out."
Ah, yes, the Microsoft guy who writes their "Time remaining" code was due to visit, but he was running late so he phoned to say he'd arrive in 30 minutes, no, two hours, no, wait, ten minutes, err, perhaps tomorrow...
> the reflexive response of the paranoid is to blame the CIA?!?!?
No, the reflexive response of Matt is to miss the irony...
I could do Maths up to O Level, but A Level Maths (especially Pure Maths) and Physics were where I hit a wall.
Oddly that didn't stop me from graduating in Computing because I could "see" how to break a problem down into its constituent parts and then write a program to carry out those individual actions. No maths, no physics, just logic.
As for the "fun" bit, well I learned 6502 Assembler by figuring out how to hack into computer games for infinite lives...
> the growing prevalence of the belief that the authorities are lying to us
Perhaps if they *STOPPED* lying to us, then, we might actually start believing them.
(Yes, I know, it's a silly idea...)
... El Reg's Special Projects Bureau?
Threatening to prosecute and jail someone for a joking comment about blowing up Robin Hood airport?
Nah, that's ridiculous, it would never happen...
> I don't understand the phrase "sticking to the letter of the law, rather than its spirit".
I suggest you try reading some of the stories on El Reg of the way that laws which have been passed, ostensibily for the purposes of "anti-terrorism" such as RIPA have been used (or abused) by Councils to spy on people, let alone people who have been jailed, again under anti-terrorism legislation, for simply refusing to hand over their passwords.
I don't know whether those laws were written with, shall we say, deliberate incompetence, or whether their drafters *really* didn't think about how they could be used, but open-ended legislation that give TPTB carte blanche to do what they like is not good for our liberties.
Now do you start to understand?
> If there was a reference to the information in a book should we start burning the books?
Oh good grief.
Find a better Straw Man to knock down. Please...
You miss the point that Google is being deliberately bloody-minded by smugly claiming to "do the right thing" whilst sticking to the letter of the law, rather than its spirit.
If someone has not committed an offence and *was* doing something in private (the Mosely case you cite is a perfect example) then that information should *NOT* be made available through searches, something which is entirely different from the cases of the IRA members who were caught, tried and convicted according to the law.
Google are just messing around and playing silly buggers to try to undermine the law whislt pretending to obey it.
Of course *you* have never been personally affected by Ebola or the beheading of hostages, so from *your* perspective you have nothing to worry about, do you?
Yep, AdBlock Plus isn't just good for blocking annoying adverts!
Don't you know? Copyright Theft funds Terrorism!
You can tell by the number of acts of terrorism Mr Dancing Jesus committed...
> perhaps the people who have downvoted me would care to explain *WHY* they did so?
Ok, perhaps the people who have downvoted me would care to explain *WHY* they did so?
Two simple questions: 1) What good is having a vaccine if you don't have the medical staff on the ground to administer it? 2) Do you really think that Western volunteers are a long term solution?
And a follow up: Once you have those staff, you can improve medical care for all the people who need it. Do you think that's a bad thing??
... perhaps he could also consider donating a similar sum to provide funding for decent health-care in Africa, parts of which, such as Liberia, have one Doctor for every 100,000 people...
... Ipsos Custodes?
Well know we know, they're watching themselvs!
Don't start something...
... governments have *so much* experience of running things like this! And they never get it wrong or screw up, do they? And they always respect the rights and liberties of their citizens, don't they? And they never pass laws which are solely to benefit rich donors or...
... excuse me, I can't type any more due to excessive cynical laughter...
... 'ate it when that 'appens...
Stogie as used by Sam Slade (that's S-L-A-Y-E-D to you) from Robo Hunter in 2000 AD :-)
... it was Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the Lead Piping!
... Oh, the IRONY!
*cough* Gary McKinnon *cough*
(PS Damn, I see alain williams just beat me to that one :-/ )
> I believe that is the expression - although it's clearly wrong.
Yes, of course it's *far* better that we send 100 innocent people to prison rather than risk letting one guilty person go free...
PS the Daily Mail comments page is over there ->
Why do the words "Passive Aggressive" come to mind?
This sounds like Google behaving like a stroppy teenager saying "Well I'm only doing what you told me to do!", obeying the letter of the instruction whilst ignoring the spirit of it.
... Lewis omits the words "Nar nar ne-nar nar!"
Double-plus good, Prole!
Are you seriously asking me that? (NB, for clarity, I'm talking about *proper* patents, ie ones for actual inventions, not "methods" or "software" or nonsense like that)
I would have up-voted you if it hadn't been for that last line.
Patents, when granted and applied properly serve a useful purpose. Unfortunately, of course, these days the system has been so abused with ridiculously broad patents being granted (not to mention software patents) that the whole system has broken down and needs root-and-branch reforming.
> Apps on phones need to know what the device is doing for a start.
Can you not see the difference between knowing if the phone owner is making a call and knowing *who* the owner is calling?
The former I (probably) don't have an issue with. The latter I do have an issue with. The problem is that *I* don't get the choice if I can only grant an "all or nothing" permission.
It isn't what they do with the permissions *now*, it's what they *can* do with them in the future which is what concerns people.
Given the lack of granularity in Android permissions (which are pretty much all or nothing), I'd certainly prefer "nothing" in cases like this given the way FB considers you to be the product.
Of course the fact is that *some* such pictures, even if of entirely legal acts, can be considered illegal if they fall under the Extreme Porn legislation...
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> Bristow said he could see “advantages” if the government stripped Scotland Yard of its leadership role in the fight against terrorism, arguing that capabilities and tactics in fighting organised criminals and terrorists are often the same. The implication of this would be for the National Crime Agency to lead the fight against both terrorism and organised crime.
Hmm, indeed. Doesn't that rather sound like someone Empire Building?
> Oh well three would rather be blown up than risk having their grocery order read. Any choice of terrorist cell? What a strange world.
What a strange world *you* live in, where, because *you* can't see the dangers of having the State snoop on everything we do and everything we say and know about everyone we talk to, you are quite happy to give away *our* Rights and Liberties which people fought wars to protect.
Oh and do you not see the irony of you posting as AC either...???
Maybe there are elections coming up...
How about "How the *fuck* was this sort of thing possible at all for a 'rogue staffer'"?
Oh well isn't *that* generous of them!
Clarke used the Monolith to take a short cut :-)
"My god! It's full of stars!"
... of Police Squad!
Although spam is a nuisance and even the best filters can't stop it all, it is, in a way, some consolation that whilst it's possible for people to spam without being stopped, it is also possible for others to express themselves without state interference and control.
Ok, I admit it's hardly an ideal situation, but consider the alternative...
... we mustn't object or complain about the Police using the full extent of their "legal" powers to protect us from terrorists and paedophiles and drug dealers (oh my!) for fear that, if we do, we will be dubbed "Police Haters" by Matt...