4661 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
... writing stupid posts making Ad Hominem attacks and ridiculous Straw Man arguments doesn't make you look like an idiot.
Oh, hang on...
"young people aren't listening to the advice..."
... and in a recent survey, 100% of teenagers replied "Whatever..."
"hardware-level phishing attack..."
"...in which a target machine is replaced with a counterfeit one that provides precisely the same messages and prompts that the original machine would have produced."
So why not just swap the keyboard for an identical one with a keylogger built in like they did on The Real Hustle?
Well, at least you've proved you're not a member of the Sugababes, but you might need a new irony detector... ;-)
It's great to hear you're supporting Windows 7, but can you tell me...
Why do upgrades from Vista hang at 62%?
Why don't it always recognising DVD drive?
Why does it change custom icons?
I'm in no hurry, take your time...
"could lead to members of the public becoming more aware of their rights"
I know there's a whole bunch of posts here already on this subject, but I just wanted to add my voice to them!
People should become aware of their rights, since this seems to be the only way to counter the abuse of powers by the Police who, at the moment, are getting away with trampling on every right we have simply because they can and the sheeple are too afraid to object.
But what this highlights is a more dangerous problem in that the Police don't actually know (or care about) the rights of the people they are harassing and think (to quote Judge Dredd) "I am the Law!" and the law is whatever they think it is.
What we need is less "target oriented" Policing, less "box ticking" and less petty-minded BS and more actual Policing, unfortunately what we get is them rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic...
Message from the Large Hadron Collider staff:
We have just discovered the Higgs Boson. We now own the patent to this particle and nobody else is allowed to create them or research them without paying us a licence fee...
Wiv haiku u hav
2 think abt wot u rite.
OMG! one one
... another reason not to watch it!
Everyone knows that these butterflies are going to mutate in Outer Space and become the equivalent of Mothra when they come back to Earth...!
Welcome to modern news...
The fact of the matter now is that a lot of modern "news reporting" consists of stories grubbed off the AP/ Reuters wires or similar without any attempt to actually research them.
Try searching for a popular news story and you'll find fifty or more virtually identical versions, some with edits in, others copied verbatim.
The only ones that aren't like this are the "breaking news" stories that often contain wildly inaccurate speculation or "facts" which later turn out to be nonsense as a result of the "24 hour news cycle" that results in the "publish or broadcast first and worry about the details later" attitude.
Data collected for electoral purposes...
... should only be used for those purposes.
What a great idea!
Parliament should pass an Act, say one for, oh, I don't know, Protection of Data, that has rules which state that Data must only collected for specific purposes and can only be used *for* those purposes and that the Data should not be disclosed (or sold) to others *without* the consent of the individual.
Maybe they could even have someone called a Commissioner for Information whose job it was to ensure those rules are obeyed and who had the power to do something if they were broken.
I wonder why nobody thought of this before...?
The end of the world is nigh...!
... This is what we've waited for,
This is it boys, this is war!
The President is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by...
Nena - 99 Red Balloons
In other news...
... oh you know the rest: bears, woods, Popes etc...
Oil and water, it can be done...
... as Mythbusters proved.
(Ok, so it needs a hell of a lot of water, but WTH!)
But what about the yanks...?
I have often thought about visiting America, however I have no intention of ever visiting it until they stop treating me as a terrorist suspect simply for wanting to go there.
The question is will Merkins visiting the UK be required to give these details and, if not, why not (or is it just another one-sided treaty that means we dance to their tune?)
could spell the end of Web 2.0 in Italy...
... so, no loss there, then!
@New forum style comments voting scheme is pants
Having to hit the "Back" button is just inelegant.
Also there seems to be no option to "view all comments on one page".
... we've had the US air force buying PS3s, will we now have NASA buying WIIs?
How can you consent...
... when you don't even know a cookie is being stored?
I have Firefox's cookie settings to "ask me every time" and I've found that even if I'm only looking something up on google, often I get a message that the top site on the search is asking to store a cookie on my computer!
Why, for gods' sake? I haven't even *visited* the damn site and already it's trying to shove its cookie down my metaphorical throat.
I only ever give most cookies "Allow for Session" permissions apart from the ones from obvious tracking/ advertising servers which I deny, I also use the Better Privacy add-on to get rid of Flash based cookies, yet still when I run Spybot or AdAware I get warnings of tracking cookies that have slipped through the net.
Of course Advertisers are going to try to interpret these regulations in the way that's most favourable to them, what we need is TPTB telling them to stop playing silly buggers...
... it's full of camels!
"We will need to talk to ACPO...
"... to understand why they consider it is necessary to hold lawful protesters’ details in this way..."
"Well, they're all villains, aren't they Sir!"
... what exactly is the big deal?
Same old same old...
... Spin, lies, deceptions, half-truths, attempts to convince turkeys to vote for Xmas and so on...
Why does the expression "Rearranging the Deckchairs on the Titanic" come to mind...?
The sound you hear...
... is the stable door being securely bolted and barred whilst the horse disappears over the horizon!
@Please give over with the hand wringing
"I'm asking how YOU propose to deal with the very real problem of people encrypting child porn / terrorist plans in the modern world. What's the solution? Ask them nicely, then give up if they say no?"
And I'll ask YOU why you consider the principle of Presumption of Innocence to be so insignificant that anyone who uses encryption on their hard drives can immediately be considered to be a terrerist/ paedo and locked up for refusing to prove their innocence.
Tell me, do you write for the Daily Fail?
... are the Iraqis going to see black painted tanks with big camera poles driving down their streets next?
"growing by increasing debt will no longer be an option."
Oh well, there goes Labour's Fiscal Policy, then...
... an auction for Gordon Brown's brain?
After all, he doesn't seem to be using it whilst Lord of the Sith Mandelson is pulling his strings...
The reason the Erotica Show is dying...
... is that the organisers haven't twigged to the fact that they've priced pretty much all of the small niche suppliers out of the show.
What they have now is little more than a glorified Ann Summers style event with content that you can buy on the high street these days.
Unless the organisers get over their greed and stop trying to simply squeeze every penny possible out of exhibitors and public, the show will die.
Hopefully, then, someone else will step in with reasonable stall and entry charges and have a little more consideration for the people who actually make the show happen, rather than just thinking how they can further line their pockets.
One might imagine that books would either be available electronically or not
One might only imagine that if one was extremely naiive given the way that other media have been sold (or not sold) by greedy publishers who are only interested in jacking up their profits by trying to restrict availability (eg regional codes on DVDs), using DRM or assuming that there's an exchange rate of £1 = $1
"The Virtue of Forgetting in a Digital Age"
Nice title, but a better one would be "The Virtue of Authorities Not Behaving Like a Bunch of Narrow-Minded Idiots in a Digital Age"!
That's an astonishingly precise figure, I wonder how it was acheived?
@Did I forget anything?
Yes, your Elder Sign.
A UK version...
A server at home?
Message from the Home Office:
It's covered by IMP
Thanks AVG, but...
... perhaps you'd now like to fix two major bugs in AVG 9.0 Free which
a) interfere with Zone Alarm (and perhaps other products) meaning that web pages don't load completely, but just hang or require refreshes half way through to complete and
b) which steal the focus every 30 minutes, meaning that in the middle of a game you're dumped back to desk top.
The only way to fix the first one is to switch of "Active Surf Shield" (making browsing less safe!) and there doesn't seem to be any permanent way to fix the second...
Not so impressive.
... what effect will this have on Downfall spoofs...?
"the lapse was due to human error..."
"... rather than procedural failures."
General Buck Turgidson: "Well I don't think it's quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip up" - From Doctor Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
@ Not how, but why?
"what persuaded him to keep his mouth shut?"
Possibly because he thinks that such things are nobody else's business, certainly not that of the muck-raking gutter press.
Exactly what "public interest" is served by a prurient, lip-smacking "expose" of this women in a rag like the Mail on Sunday? Answer: None.
It's nothing but salacious tittle-tattle designed to let middle England tut at the collapse in morals of our society and the fact that splashing someone's private life over its pages might ruin their (entirely unrelated) career doesn't matter to them in their quest to peddle more of their trash.
Forget the "Naughty Step"...
... that's *so* last year...!
@AC and dogged
I think it's you who have had the "reading comprehension fail" because it seems to me that Michelle Knight is suggesting that Intel leave Israel and set up in the UK instead.
Civil law becomes Criminal law...?
Illegal file-sharing, copyright infringement and so on are *civil* matters. If someone thinks you have infringed their rights, you *sue* them, you do not get the State to *prosecute* them!
... this Vampire Star is not in the constellation of the Southern Cross...?
Many of the measures appear to be...
... a desperate attempt by Labour towards conning the people it's been screwing for the last 12 years into thinking that a vote for them this time will actually make a damn bit of difference.
There, corrected it for you ;-)
More Empire building...
... from Jim Gamble.
It seems clear to me that what Jim Gamble is most interested in "protecting" is his own position and the power that his organisation holds. The more people he can get to buy into his "Won't Someone Think Of The Children!" arguments, the less likely it is that his self-serving Empire can be challenged because "If you don't like what we do you must be a paedo!"
You didn't mention Callan...
... one of the best UK dramas from the 1970s, where Woodward played the eponymous Callan who worked for "The Section", a seedy undercover Government intelligence department who would keep an eye on "undesirable elements" and, if necessary, blackmail, bankrupt or assassinate them.
Woodward was excellent in that role for the way he played Callan as all too human, with doubts and ethical questions about what he was doing, even while he was compelled to do his unpleasant duty.
Apologies to the Moderatrix...
... but surely a Bubba reference should be made at this point... ;-)
"The use of telephone communications data was essential to finding this man"
Unfortunately the Home Office couldn't find its own arse with both hands and an atlas...
"Codes of Conduct"...
... "which appear to be based on little more than a desire to stop any employee from doing anything that the management doesn't like."
There, corrected it for you.
See http://www2.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/researchHighlights/Law/privatelife.aspx for a couple of examples...
Not only do ISS astronauts...
... drink their own and their crewmates' recycled sweat, breath-moisture and urine - they also drink rat piss on occasion
You mean just like everyone who lives on the planet who are drinking water that's been through uncountable bodies over the millennia...
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000 ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad