"to paraphrase Hobbes"
I don't recall a stuffed tiger ever saying that...
6874 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
I don't recall a stuffed tiger ever saying that...
Simple answer: Don't allow them.
... that pretty much wraps it up for Tattooine...
Why? Because they have a relationship which differs from what you consider "normal"??
But just think... now these people have been arrested and convicted the FBI can interrogate them about all the Terrrerists they've been funding with their ill-gotten gains!!!
The Big Bang Theory did this one already!
.... who believe that "Freedom of Expression" means "Freedom to say only the things that we agree with..."
... Beowulf Shaeffer when you need him?
"...whether the training dispensed under the new program will be purely defensive in nature."
What do *you* think?!
"Sure it's only defensive, suuurrree. Any offensive training is just so they can write attacks to give other people training, no other reason at all, honest..."
... on a second hand space shuttle, only one owner...
Fortunately I own my own domain, so any time I register with a company like Fred Bloggs and co. I put my e-mail address down as fred.bloggs.co.uk@mydomain which means that I can always tell where someone got my e-mail address from and then create a custom filter to file their stuff straight into the junk mail folder :-)
Yeah, but heels don't work in isolation.
The University of Portsmouth could have researched the negative sex-appeal involved in poor choices of clothing, make-up or the lack of intelligence by going down Guildhall Walk or South Parade on a Friday night...!
Anything that challenges the power base of an entrenched minority who know that they can only remain in charge by making sure the peasants are kept under control is a threat which must be dealt with.
And the same goes in China...
"Under New York State’s Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) law, convicted sex offenders must register all of their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state. That information is then made available to certain websites so they can purge potential predators from their online worlds"
Right, so that's *potential* predators even though "According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, New York State has more than 34,000 registered sex offenders: 13,260 are level 1 registered offenders (lowest risk of repeat offense); 12,342 are level 2 registered offenders (moderate risk of repeat offense); 8,596 are level 3 registered sex offenders (high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists)."
That's about 40% who are lowest risk and only 25% who are "high risk" and "a threat to public safety", but rather than educate people ("Parents often do not realize that gaming consoles have these capabilities, or that parental controls exist for these systems") far better to consider anyone (even those who have only been convicted of taking a piss in public or teens who have had consensual but underage sex) should be thought of as a potential child molestor and banned from playing online games!
To quote the BS that American TV presenters come out with when the commercials are due: "This comment continues after these important messages..."
Bullshit, *I* decide what is important, not Facebook!
"...After all, if you've got nothing to hide..." they added, socco voce...
Not forgetting the mineral that was discovered near the town of Cummington...
... Boom tomorrow. There's always a Boom tomorrow
- Susan Ivanova
... it's time for this clip of Adam Savage who went through a body scanner with two 12" industrial razorblades on him....
... have been killed by a video game...?
Doesn't have the same ring to it (or effect) as "Sun Dive"!
Ok, I don't work in the industry, but a thought that comes to mind is to load a plane with *every* damn piece of electronic equipment they can think of that someone might carry and put sensors around to detect and record all the possible frequencies which they might kick out.
Then "play back" that recording in a test plane using signal generators, starting off with it stationary and see if there's *any* result. If not, then try a low speed taxi test, then high speed taxi test etc until eventually you carry out a simulated landing approach at eg 5000 feet such that if anything goes wrong you've still got time to switch the recording off and re-establish control.
If, after all that, you still get no result, try it with other planes. If still no result, I'd think you've got safety certification.
And then land in a secret base hidden in an extinct volcano...?
"As I understand it you always have the right to not have photos of you published"
No, you do *not* have the right not to have photos of you published. You can only object to a photograph if, once published, it is defamatory and the publisher cannot provide a reasonable defence for why it doesn't defame you.
But what about one third of the Adidas Logo?
Please press 1 for the answer to your question...
"... new abuse will continue to create new images."
These images were being created by perpetrators long before they had any possible "market" for them and even if we could shut down every possible method of distributing them now, the creation of new images and, much more importantly, the abuse would still be happening.
The images do not cause abuse, it is the abuse which causes the images and *that* is the problem that we really need to deal with.
Of course when a whole new category of "abusive images" is suddenly created as happened when the Blair Regime decided to redefine "child pornography" as images of anyone under 18 instead of anyone under 16 (the legal age of consent in the UK!), it doesn't help matters in the slightest...
Sorry, was just checking the number of song/ band references in the piece... ;-)
Isn't that the sound that Billy Bunter made when he was caned...?
Try looking at the "Bloody Code" from the 17th Century where all sorts of crimes (such as stealing property worth more than 12 pence) attracted the death penalty because that would "act as a deterrent".
Obviously this sentencing strategy worked so well so we still use it today...
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" - George Satayana
IIRC the UK Police know where something over 97% of all convicted sex offenders live, so if a related crime happens anywhere near them they know there will be a knock on the door.
In the USA where they have Megan's Law, I believe around 30% of convicted sex offencers have absconded or failed to register a change of address with the appropriate authorities because this law does not even give them the *chance* of trying to rebuild their lives.
Facebook vigilantism benefits nobody.
No worries, mate, she'll be alright...
Down here we have Ken's Fried Chicken which makes me even less inclined to sample its wares than the KFC near the gym I go to.
Oh and that KFC wafts the smell of grease and fat through the air, presumably to make people think "Gosh, I'm hungry, I could really do with some Chicken Marinated With Salt, Sodium Phosphate, and Monosodium Glutamate. Seasoned With: Maltodextrin, Salt, Bleached Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Palm Oil, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Chicken Fat, Chicken Broth, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Extractives of Turmeric, Dehydrated Carrot, Onion Powder, and Not More Than 2% Each of Calcium Silicate and Silicon Dioxide Added As Anticaking Agents"!
A paper ball gag is going to end up in a soggy mess very quickly!
And bulldog clips are so tacky, too...
You should buy a decent rubber ball gag and set of nipple clamps from a supplier of affordable leather products which would be much more suitable and effective :-)
I am in no way in favour of legislation that removes freedom of expression, but there need to be some way of enforcing the attendant *responsibility* that comes along with it, especially in the big media.
We've seen too many examples of the press printing blatant falsehoods and unsubstantiated stories and then, when they're called in front of their tame lapdog, the PCC (run by newspaper editors for newspaper editors) they say "it's just a difference of editorial opinion" and the PCC says "Right ho, no problem, see you down the pub for a few beers later".
We need a truly independent regulator to replace the PCC which has the teeth to force papers to behave or face fines and even imprisonment to stop them ruining innocent people's lives in a cavalier manner simply so they can sell more copy.
"Either that, or it's against their self-interest to understand the difference and they are deliberately mis-representing the issue."
Which do you think it is?!
... the Difference Engine from Gibson and Sterling's book of the same name?
A self-aware *mechanical* computer!
Unfortunately your memory is failing:
Slartibartfast: I was most upset to hear of its destruction.
Arthur: *You* were upset?
Slartibartfast: Five minutes later and it wouldn't have mattered so much. Shocking cock up. The mice were furious.
I always remember ?&FE4E=&7F
It would freeze the computer by setting all the interrupts and the only thing to do then was hit Break (which would do a power-on memory wipe) or switch off and back on again. Either would wipe the memory but it was so much more elegant that *FX 200,3 :-)
Hell, why bother with waterboarding, suicide missions or firing squads? Why don't you just burn him at the stake and be done with it!!!
... get a nickname like Fruit Loops...
oGSV Slightly Perturbed [Location unknown, but presumably monitoring]
If you're out there, do us a favour...
ITYM "Scans Lolcats, Youtube comments pages, assorted pro/ anti Apple flame wars, Facebook Memes and so on and gives up in disgust...!"
... until someone invents the Cobra Mk III.
Right on, Commander!
@AC - Unfortunately some companies don't pay any attention to MPS and TPS or they're calling from outside the UK and so can stick two fingers up to them.
As for e-mails, I own my domain, so if I give Fred Bloggs & Co an e-mail address I put fredbloggs.com@... as the address and if I start getting spam to that name I know who has been careless with my details (and can be blocked from future contact!)
"The airport dude in the UK and this fella in Korea should've been locked up, not because the law is right, but because they are stupid and ignorant."
Balderdash! The people who are stupid and ignorant are the ones passing these ridiculous laws and those trying to apply them.