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Re: CAR ANALOGY
As I've commented before, it's really like the government selling off a lane on the motorway to eg Ford to make it a "Ford Only" lane and which has a speed limit of 100mph whereas everyone else has to stick to 70mph (if they can achieve that speed on an increasingly overcrowded road as more traffic is forced into less space).
... this would have been of use to the customer of mine who, for the past week, has been ranting that his order hasn't arrived, only for me to get the parcel returned "Address incomplete" because apart from the first two letters, the Post Code he typed (on his iPad as it says at the bottom of his e-mails!) was one character transposed left or right or up.
So instead of XX3 1FH it came out as XX2 2DJ!
@AC - Re: Space junk
Apathetic bloody planet. I've no sympathy at all.
@Peter Clarke 1 - Re: Future Bans
Damn you, Sir, you just beat me to it!! ;-)
The DHS has told The Register it doesn't misuse the data...
@AC - Re: BBW advisory council
> moved to a country where freedom of expression is constitutionally protected, with no ifs or buts.
Presuming you're referring to the USA, that "protection" isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Look at the fate of Insex who closed down after Dubya decided to get his Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to start harassing such sites. An anonymous FBI Agent commented "We must have won the War on Terror if we can afford to use our manpower for this."
Re: BBW advisory council
You may think you're joking, but after the Dangerous Pictures Act and the Dangerous Drawings Act, they're now after anything that *looks* as if it might be rape (even if consensual or a staged picture) because that's *really* going to help protect women...
@Busby - Re: "A teardown report on Google Glass"
Well at least you were good enough to apologise.
Unfortunately it seems that several other people need to buy new Irony Detectors...
"A teardown report on Google Glass"
Oh come on! Are you seriously telling me that they sold these things without making people sign a licence agreement (probably in blood) that they wouldn't try to take the things apart or examine them or attempt to decompile the code or do *anything* that the Chocolate Factory wouldn't approve of...?!
Warn: There is another system
Colossus to Guardian: 1 + 1 = 2
@ h4rm0ny Re: GOOD.
... needs a glowing Frisbee on the back...
--- End of Line ---
@Uncle Ron - Re: Targeted Advertising?
So because (you think) *you*have nothing to hide, we should all be ok with it?
@Roger Stenning - Re: Wot, no comments...
> I'd have thought congratulations were in order for a large multinational corp actually contributing to society for a change by paying tax
So that's *some* of the money they should have paid in tax.
What about the rest?
@Irongut - Re: I should stay in more.
> I'm not saying it was actually funny but you should have heard of it.
You're right, on both counts!
"Disrupting" cyber criminals...
... and of course that will in no way impinge on the activities of the rest of us who are (at the moment) legally and lawfully using the interwebs, will it, boys and girls...
> this rather scuppers the typical comments every time self-driving cars come up in the news "sure it can handle a boring empty road but what about city driving".
Sure, nice, reasonably ordered US cities.
Now try checking out some of the video clips of driving in Russia or, even better, what about this traffic in India. How do you think it will cope with that?!
@Buzzword - Re: Congestion
If only someone could come up with some sort of vehicle which you hire or get access to for a fee for a short period during the day which would have someone else doing the driving and which would transport you to your place of work and then go off and provide the same service to another person so it didn't need to be parked in the city all day doing nothing useful...
@diodesign Re: 24 Years - Nah!
Well if Terry 6 hadn't posted it, I was about to.
It's a meaningless piece of Tabloid-esque BS and whilst the Daily Fail might be happy to engage in such things because it allows middle-englanders to think "Hah! Justice has been done!" we might at least hope for an attempt at accurate reporting from El Reg.
Or if not, perhaps we could at least introduce an El Reg Standard Unit of Time since there doesn't seem to be one.
I'd suggest the basic unit to be the "pub lunch" (or, say, two hours), then there could be the "Eich" for longer durations (ie a period of ten days) and followed by the "Fiorina" or six years.
As such, the whole gang was convicted with sentences amounting to four Fiorinas...
"If it were ever proven, we would lose 65 per cent of our business overnight."
I wonder how they came up with that figure...?
"the US still believes it can complete an agreement by the end of 2014."
No doubt by using subtle methods of persuasion, for instance suggesting that trade with the other countries might suffer if they didn't sign up...
"Nice trade balance you have there, squire. Be a shame if anything happened to it, know what I mean?"
The sound you hear...
... is David Cameron taking notes for the run-up to the next election...
The voice of experience??
... even more churnalism...
"Just what constitutes commercially unreasonable behavior...
"...will be decided on a campaign contribution by campaign contribution basis"
... large sunglasses and face masks and baseball caps will become illegal because they might be used by terrorists to hide their identity...
Re: A Very Strong Stink of Corruption
'"commercially reasonable" terms'
Those "commercially reasonable" terms being determined by the size of the political contributions made to appropriate people...
@MacroRodent - Re: It looks suspiciously like an AE-35 unit
> I have always wondered why the AE35 had to be in a location reachable only by a spacewalk,
JOOI, in "The Lost Worlds of 2001" one of the proposed plot-lines which wasn't used was that HAL tries to kill all the Discovery's crew by opening both inner and outer airlock doors simultaneously.
The hibernating astronauts are killed, but Bowman manages to get to an emergency on-board survival shelter with its own independent oxygen supply.
Having them need to do a spacewalk instead was more dramatic and allowed Kubrick and Clarke to set-up the situation where Frank Poole repeats the spacewalk and is then killed by the Pod.
"leaked from China...
"...and presumably were shot by a component supplier"
Or leaked by Apple themselves to get some pre-launch publicity buzz...
(Pardon my cynicism)
"Russia has no mass telephone and internet surveillance programs...
"....to compare with those in the United States."
Said Putin, who then muttered under his breath: "More's the pity".
How dare you...
... jeopardise our profits!
That's Un-American, you know...!
> make, in theory at least, the world's finest golf driver.
Which still won't stop you slicing it into the rough...
@Alan Brown Re: useless
> Not if they're Ryanair, because they'll be hiding in their office, refusing to come out and face passengers
Ah, but that's because you didn't pay the £50 extra charge for actually being able to *talk* to someone...
"the facial recognition system...
"... is intended to be used only as an investigative lead and will be restricted to use by authorized law enforcement agencies"
And we all believe them, don't we, boys and girls?
Re: Don't Jail Them, Burn them at the Stake while video'd online!!
I didn't realise El Reg and the Daily Heil were sharing comments pages now...
So, once again...
... in the online world, the Dollar and Sterling have achieved parity...
Just as long as the inhabitants don't have to wear flared trousers...
I hope they come with programable voices...
Just think what fun you could have...
"OK, Robot, get me a cup of coffee"
"By your command."
"Share and enjoy!"
"I'll be back..."
Named after the fictional organisation created by Arthur C Clarke in Rendezvous with Rama.
@AC - "Voted very strongly for..."
Go to http://www.theyworkforyou.com and you can see an MPs voting record on a whole range of issues.
@ Baron Ebaneezer Wanktrollop III
Well, as the caption on the picture says: "Tory MP Sajid Javid, pictured far right"...
What a great idea!
Hopefully it will also encourage more venues to actually *think* about what provision they make for the disabled rather than just a token "well, we've got a couple of ramps and we'll talk slowly if you're deaf"...
Nah, it ain't worth spit!
Re: Good boy, now fetch....
"any extent which could reasonably be regarded as significant"
If they are looking at *anyone's* e-mails or phone communications or whatever for *ANY* other reason other than legally approved and justified surveillance of individuals who may be a threat to the security of this country and the safety of its people then that is BLOODY SIGNIFICANT!
So don't pat us on the head and say "don't you worry your little selves about it" and expect us to say "oh, well that's alright then" because we are not going to believe you!
GCHQ are colluding with the NSA in a massive dragnet fishing expedition, trawling through anything and everything they can get their hands on, whether it's justified or not.
Until that is changed, our rights and liberties are being wilfully infriged.
Re: "UKIP are the only real option in the next elections"?? UKidding?
UKIP are only an option if you want a party that's even further to the Right than Thatcher!
And they have lots of gradiose plans, but no idea how to implement them (or even how much they will cost) for instance they want to massively increase defence spending whilst, at the same time, introducing a Flat Tax that will save money for those who fall below its level and those who earn large amounts whilst leaveing those in the middle stuck with the bill.
@AC = Re: I think people here are missing the point
> I came across one of the research papers cited in the justification for the UK's "extreme porn" legislation. [...] it looked like exactly the same phenomenon - annoy people (in that case by showing them things they find offensive) and they tend to get violent.
Was this Malamuth and Donnerstein 1982?
See the bottom of this page: http://libertus.net/censor/rdocs/xrhoax7.html
""anything that increases the heart rate or skin temperature may create this 'aggression' response; in Edward Donnerstein's words: 'And yes, there are studies where males bicycle ride and then are more aggressive when they are angered.'" (Carol, 1994, p.63). "
Hmm, I want to try an experiment...
... I'll take the researchers and slap them around the head a few times before they start their study and see how if affects their results...
Or Business Oriented Language
On Computers, Keyboards and Screens as we used to refer to it...
@The BigYin - Re: What has the EU been smoking?
VAT is regressive because everyone gets taxed at the same rate, but the poorest have to pay a bigger proportion of their income and are thus left with less left over.
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