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So, once again...
... we see the tired old "it's a myth", "no it isn't" commetards crawling out of the woodwork.
Let me offer you all a simple solution:
How about we just try using energy MORE EFFICIENTLY?
That way whether man-made global warming is a myth or not we *still* get the net effect of lower CO2 emissions *AND* we save money!
If you text in the toilet...
... I hope you wash your hands afterwards...!
... Yeah Zax'in?
... You ever had the feeling that someone's watching you...?
"The Met wrote to The Times on 4 September 2007"
"The High Court has said that The Times could reasonably be expected to have received that letter on 5th September,"
Pardon my cynical laughter at the assumed efficiency of the Royal Mail which is currently, in competition with the unions, seeing who can slit their collective throats faster!
"The phrase 'hearts and minds' admits that people feel and think"
... but carries the underlying implication that their needs will be best served through changing they people think by imposing *our* views and attitudes upon them whether they want them or not.
Where does a 300lb gorilla sit...?
... Anywhere he wants to!
He also wouldn't just win an arm wrestling contest, if he wanted to he'd go home with your whole arm.
But, like this whole article, so what??
Remember that in Lewis Carrol's "Alice in Wonderland" Humpty Dumpty says:
"When I use a word it means exactly what I want it to mean, nothing more, nothing less"
Very appropriate, methinks!
Just in time...
... for Series 2 of Dollhouse...
... was this all just a publicity stunt for "Starsuckers"? http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/15/starsuckers-celebrity-surgery-tabloids
Let's hear it....
... for the Sex Party!
... is it less clumsy and random than a scalpel...?
@Re Give people a viable public transport
"Tried booking a train ticket 2 months ago was about £106 return."
Have a look at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-train-tickets and try "Split ticketing" :-)
I've done online versions of this test and I find I do best by simply "defocussing" so that I only really notice the colour, rather than the word that appears.
So I'm actually concentrating *less* to do better!
"The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy says that the odds of being rescued by a passing spacecraft whilst asphyxiating in deep space are approximately 2^267,709 : 1 against.
"By a curious co-incidence this was also the telephone number of an Islington flat where Arthur Dent went to a very good party and met a very nice girl whom he totally failed to get off with...."
(Quoted from memory!)
... what about two to the power of two hundred and sixty seven thousand, seven hundred and nine (minus one)?
Or is that just Infinitely Improbable?
Excuse me $deity...
... but is this your galaxy?
Would you please blow into this bag, Sir.
Possible soap opera plot lines...
Ok, how about someone spending the entire episode on hold trying to get through to their ISP's help desk. Will they get through? Dum, dum, dum-dum, da-da-dum...
Or maybe them getting through and then they and the call centre operator trying to convince each other that they're speaking the same language?
Or perhaps them getting a threatening letter from a law firm accusing them of illegally downloading hardcore porn...?
... once these systems are in place, there's a "good" argument for *leaving* them in place to ensure that everyone who visits the Olympics is properly identified. Naturally this will require the system to be extended to the entire population of London and then to anyone who visits London and then...
(I wonder if anyone's thought of the potential terrorist threat of them planting mines in Weymouth or Portland harbours to blow up boats in the sailing events? Oops, maybe I'm giving them ideas...!)
Hmm, so how many people are going to put their names forward and then find themselves being investigated and arrested for hacking?
Chairman Mao's "Hundred Flowers" campaign comes to mind where dissidents were encouraged to speak out against the Chinese Communist Regime and were then rounded up and sent to "re-education camps"...
...the Fast Track Amphibian?
I'd love one of these if they didn't cost about $250,000 at the moment :-(
Not really to do with this story...
... but in one online discussion I was participating in, someone managed to refer to the device in question as the "Large Hardon Collider"...!
... here in the UK the Independant Barring Board would be nodding their heads at the sagacity of the Swedish decision since, under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act if you have anything to do with pornography involving "violence against adults" (ie BDSM material that's entirely legal in Sweden) then you're obviously a dangerous individual who cannot be trusted to care for others...
... Al Qaeda has put in an order for a few million of these...
Phew, that's ok then.
Of course if it was only one-in-a-million we'd be screwed because we all know that one-in-a-million chances turn up nine times out of ten...
Dogbert had it right...
Caller: "Hello, I..."
Dogbert: "Shut up and reboot."
Caller: "Hey, it work..."
Dogbert "Shut up and hang up.
"Hmm, My average call time is improving."
10 bucks an episode???
Given that you can buy the entire boxed set of Torchwood Series 1 on Amazo brand new for £14.98 *and* keep it and watch it time and time again, I have to ask what planet this guy is living on...!!!
Come on, El Reg...
... we *NEED* that ursine creature defecating in an arboreal environment icon for stories like this!!
... There's no large black monolith on the bright side? (cf the novel of 2001 a Space Odyssey)
data sharing should happen not "because it can"...
... but only where it is wholly necessary.
FIne words, but will they keep to them? When "necessary" becomes "necessary to stop terrorism or crime or benefit fraud or uninsured drivers..." they'll be no better than the current idiots.
... a Chinese version of Wikipeidia which was the source of this report...?
IWF employees receive training in the law from police...
... and are presumed to be at least as competent as most police authorities in determining whether an image is likely to be indecent.
Hmm, so basically "if you think some nonce or kiddy fiddler might possibly get some jollies from looking at this picture, ban it!"
We're fighting crime and terrorism...
So exactly *how many* CCTV cameras are in "terrorism hotspots"? And if they are, why aren't they being monitored in the first place...?
And how long before someone gets a couple of mates to stage a violent crime in front of a camera (making sure, of course, that the "attacker" can't be identified) and then reports it to scoop the jackpot...?
If you want a picture of the future, imagine watching a CCTV image of a boot stamping on a human face - forever...
... what we'll get is yet more Tabloid Media inspired legislation as The Stun or the News of the Screws or whoever writes articles exhorting their readers to support their campaign to amend the legislation such that all paedophiles are publicly burned at the stake...
How to stop leaks...
... Rule 1: Don't leave your fucking laptops on the train!
Harriet gets it wrong, again...
What she should really making the headlines about is her own Government's Police and Crime Bill which, under the guise of "protecting" women, will actually make them *more* vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
Whilst the Goverment has rowed back on its plans to criminalise anyone who paid for sex by making it a "strict liabilty" issue, ie if the woman was "controlled for gain" it wouldn't matter if you didn't know that fact, you were still guilty, they still define "control for gain" so badly that anyone working of their own free will would also be caught.
Not only that, but it allows "brothel closure orders" which are effectively defined as "anything the Police think is a brothel" without the need for proof or evidence!
Also, and possibly worst of all the Police will have a financial interest in getting prosecutions under the Proceeds of Crime Act, ie they can sieze money from working women if they think it was obtained illegally!
All this will do is force women who work in the sex industry into greater isolation or into the hands of unscrupulous pimps. meaning that any "protection" this law gives will actually make them *more* vulnerable because the women will not dare to report assaults or other crimes committed against them for fear of being arrested themselves.
"once a book is downloaded from Amazon you should be able to rely on it not to change."
1) Download book from Amazon
2) Amazon screws up and deletes it
Numerous studies have proven...
... that pornographic, adult-rated material, when consumed by impressionable kids, can have untoward, sometimes dangerous behavioral consequences on researchers and members of the American Moral Minority who can't believe that you can look at this stuff *without* wanting to do bad things, even though this says more about them than it does about anyone else.
There, finished the sentence correctly for you :-)
Which law are their breaking...?
Oh, that's right, they aren't breaking *any* laws (the women or the PunterNet site)
Still, maybe Harriet Harperson will be able to cobble together some sort of nonsense and force it through Parliament before she and her cronies get the well deserved boot.
... did they make him leave behind the soda-syphon, the bucket full of white-wash (and the other one that's full of confetti) and the modelling balloons?
We need to know these things!
... have you ever heard of "education"?
PS That's the *proper* sort of education where people learn to *ASK QUESTIONS* instead of just being expected to believe whatever they're told...
@King Jack + Alastair McFarlane
The Extreme Pornography sections of Criminal Justice and Immigration Act don't deal with child porn. It's the proposed Coroners and Justice Bill which will make possession of "pornographic" drawings of children illegal when they're the product of nothing more than the artist's imagination (NB there is already an existing law which criminalises drawings copied or traced from *actual* child pornography)
Regarding bestiality images, however, what about Rebecca Loos who was given the job of masturbating a pig on the Channel 5 celebrity reality show "The Farm" and which was broadcast on national TV...?
A convicted fraudster and money launderer being asked to help sort out the Prison's budget and wages...??
Is this legislating against stupidity?
Or just stupid legislation?
(Is there a difference...?!)
DVLA was "urgently investigating"...
... how stupid it is to give this information out to all and sundry...
Paging the Paedofinder General...!
You're all potential kiddy fiddlers, you just haven't been caught yet!!
PS Wait until the Government's "joined up thinking" gets to the stage of "well, whilst we're vetting them, it would be a good idea to take their fingerprints and DNA and stick them on the database..."
Recognise your employee...?
What about "recognise your employer" or, even better "recognise your MP"? Or how about "recognise your Prime Minister"!
"Well, I'm sorry, but you just because you *look* like Gordon Brown doesn't prove that you *are* Gordon Brown, so I'm going to have to ask for your ID card and fingerprints before we let you come into the Labour Party Conference..."
PS @AC Monday 28th September 2009 11:41 GMT "Well considering you lot (UK people) voted in Nu Labour to power in the first place..."
I sure as hell didn't vote for this bunch of incompetant, power-hungry, nanny state control-freaks! And, for that matter, 65% of the people of this country didn't vote for them either, yet still they got a "majority"!
'you might as well just stick your finger in the air and think of a number'".
So, just like all other Government statistics, then...
the system "'understands' the meaning of text much the same as a human,"
Given that many young humans these days can't even *write* coherent text, I'd be very impressed if this actually worked!
"microfabricated polyimide stimulating electrode array with sputtered iridium oxide electrodes"
Can I get fries with that...?
Well at least it was quicker that Turings apology...
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