4740 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
@I ain't Spartacus - Re: Where's my tinfoil hat...
What kind of sucker do you think I am...
Where's my tinfoil hat...
... my kettle is spying on me and I'm sure it's telling the toster and the microwave my secrets too...!!!
Here we go again...
The fact is that, for most people, Google is not just *a* search engine, it is *the* search engine. Do you "search" for something online or do you "google" it?
When a company is in such a market dominating position as Google is, it is no longer sufficient to say "well people can go somewhere else" because most people don't even know that there is anywhere else to go in the first place.
So they go to Google, expecting to get at least a semblence of impartiality in their search results, but, instead, get Google's preferred service at the top and others relegated to lower position *even if* those others might actually have had higher organic result rankings and that is an abuse of a monopoly position, just as it was when Microsoft restricted the browser choice market.
The fact of the matter is that monopolies are generally very bad for consumers because they end up restricting choice and that is the point at which regulators need to step in.
And I thought...
... this was going to be about a bunch of Sheilas in furry bikinis...
"it will come with a mono ear-bud...
"...to better plug folk into the company's ad-backed internet systems"
Wasn't there a Doctor Who episode like that?
(Ok, I know it was really two ear buds with glowing blue lights...)
@NomNomNom - Re: Finally
You are free to have as many Commandments as you want. You are free to obey as many of them as you want. I respect your (and their) right to do this.
All I, and others who think like me, would like is that *YOU* respect *OUR* right to have different beliefs and not have you and your ilk telling us that we can't do something because you don't like it.
W... T... F....???
So is it that the petitioners are so incapable of controlling themselves and their browsing habits that they want the Government to block this site because they fear that if they accidentally visit it, they'll instantly be sucked into a world of infidelity?
Or is it that *they* are Paragons of Moral Virtue but fear that their partners are not (or, at least, don't trust them or are incredibly insecure about the strength of their relationships) that they want it banned Just In Case someone else is corrupted by its seductive message...?
Or maybe it's just another example of "Please ban this to stop someone else from doing something which *I* know they shouldn't be doing"?
"The CEO at scandal-hit outsourcing monster Serco has quit..."
... with nothing more than a £1.1 million pay-off, about £5 million in shares and a £2.2 million pension pot.
My heart bleeds for him.
"Cameron's Conservative party have promised...
"...to hold a referendum on Britain's relationship with the EU after the general election of 2015, if they're elected with a majority"... in a desperate attempt to claw back the right wing extremist voters who are defecting to UKIP...
Re: It's sorta working
How about the upvote registering without the page re-setting to put the message at the top of the page?
... get the winning bidder, stick him, unarmed, in the middle of the savannah and then give everyone else the chance to shoot at him...!
Re: Sorry, could you repeat that story?
Well I think that...
... hang on, let me just check this incoming text...
Send a copy to Lewis...
(We still need that Popcorn icon!)
Just because you can spy on everyone...
... doesn't mean that you should.
The problem is that the Security Services see their job as "protecting the country" and they'll protect it so much that whatever made it worth living here in the first place gets trampled underfoot in the process.
Meanwhile they're telling the government "Look, X, Y and Z happened (or could have happened) because we weren't able to read everyone's mail/ monitor everyone's phone calls/ check what website people are visiting/ see who's talking to whom etc etc" and claming that the only way they can prevent terrorist attacks is to be allowed to do anything they want and trough huge amounts of information on everyone in the hope that, by making a bigger haystack they can find some more needles and, regrettably, our governments keep falling for this.
Fortunately for us, the little people, there are a few people who actually have a conscience and believe that the right of Freedom of Expression and the right not to have the State snoop on everything people are doing is more important than preventing "terrorist atrocities" which are actually less likely to kill you than you being struck by lightning.
@Evil Auditor - Re: Great news!
"what's the point of spreading our life beyond earth?"
"Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans."
- Douglas Adams - The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
"[T]here's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes, and - all of this - all of this - was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars."
- Commander Sinclair - Babylon 5
But what happens...
... if we suddenly find out that "That's no moon" and it start shooting back at us...?
... if someone refers to themselves as a "Gangsta"...?
Re: Phillips monitor
It's when it starts adding "And brush your hair", "don't pick your nose" or "that tie doesn't go with that shirt" for example that defenestration is imminent...
@AC Re: it was "irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos"
The point is that David Cameron wants to pass laws based on his inadequate and incomplete knowledge of how something works.
As many have already pointed out in other discussions, his idea of "mandatory filters" that we would have to opt-out of will do virtually nothing to protect anyone (they would almost certainly not have stopped anyone seeing this particular video clip), yet, despite this, he no doubt still thinks it's a good idea.
If he doesn't understand a subject, he should get proper information from those as to whether his proposals are sensible or not, rather than jump on an emotion-laden band-wagon in the desperate attempt to show that he "cares" when the evidence shows that he doesn't actually seem to give a damn about anyone who isn't rich.
it was "irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos"
And once again Call me David reveals that he's utterly clueless about how the internet works.
But I have little doubt that he will use this as just another justification for his mandatory porn (and anything else he doesn't like) filters...
Re: Human rights
Paragraph 2 of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights says:
2. Everyone who is arrested shall be informed promptly, in a language which he understands, of the reasons for his arrest and of any charge against him.
This is re-iterated in Paragraph 3 of Article 6:
3.Everyone charged with a criminal offence has the following minimum rights:
(a) to be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him;
Additionally Article 4 of Protocol 7 prohibits the re-trial of anyone who has already been finally acquitted or convicted of a particular offence.
So, it doesn't matter whether you struggle to comprehend these rights or not, they are what he is entitled to.
Nice products you've got there, Squire...
... be a shame if anything happened to them, know what I mean?
Now if you were to sign up for our very affordable on-going insurance policy...
... not least because someone from El Reg asked me to stop plugging Ad Blockers in my comments because "we have to make a living"...
Re: Surely ...
Lol! That's a good one, tell us another...!
Sounds like Bullz to me...
Re: Their next move...
The enemy of our enemy...
... is just someone we haven't sued yet!
(*Well, recently, anyway...)
“To what extent should a Web search engine be held to 'cause' infringement"
But they do! In the same way that cars cause speeding and knives cause stabbings and guns cause shootings and...
Re: FELT TIP
Painted Aerial Navigator Tones In Expressive Scheme
@HMB - Re: Hahaha, Oh wait, they're serious.
Well I've just downvoted you because whilst you may "believe" that "a lot of people are working hard to keep us safe and have almost certainly averted some major disasters", it's actually up to you to demonstrate the validity of this belief, not up to anyone else to show that you are wrong. (BTW I have a magic stone that protects me against alligator bites. It must work, because I've never been bitten by an alligator...)
... see Superman III for details.
(Actually, don't, it's a pretty crap film!)
Re: Urban dictionary has it about right @ Ben Rosenthal
Dogs come when called.
Cats have answerphones.
That's a bird...
... that's a horse with a hat on.
- William Shatner in Airplane II
Re: Marsbarbrain Personally...
Oh dear, Matt, most people got over the fact that the first four letters of my surname are the same as the first four letters of a popular chocolate product back in school.
As for the rest of your post, please, get yourself a sense of humour.
... I'd love to arrange with theatrical and model hire agencies for a large number of tall, thin, blond guys to wander in and out of the Ecuadorian Embassy all day and all night, just so the Met Police can feel like they're actually *doing* something by stopping them all and checking that it's not JA trying to sneak out..
"Hollywood could slash piracy rates...
"...by simply making its content easily and legally available,"
See icon for details.
Re: So, the BBC CAN still sink lower
It's no myth... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OvefhhMbbg
"The feature is completely opt-in"...
... at present!
@Vociferous - Re: I take it we're talking pedos trading CP here?
Ah, yes. Those wonderful laws that are designed to "protect" children by criminalising them...
... is only interested in helping line the pockets of his rich mates whilst everyone else gets screwed. Hence why small investors only got a fraction of the shares they wanted in his massively underpriced Post Office sell-off, whilst the big institutions got all the shares they wanted and a tidy profit as the price rocketted!
PS interesting factoid: A professional dominatrix is about to publish a book which features George Osborne. A few days ago, out of the blue, she was raided by the Drugs Squad. Odd co-incidence, that...
See http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/13/natalie-rowe-mistress-pain-george-osborne_n_4093138.html fpr details.
@handle - Re: "discretely"
As someone pointed out to me after I asked the same question, it's now at the top of the Comments page right next to Post Your Comment and House Rules :-)
Of course you realise...
... that if press releases had to be biometrically confirmed...
"It is possible some of the messages...
"...sent to the probe by radio hams here on Earth may have caused the original problems with the probe."
Did someone discover a buffer overflow error...?
... sorry, Sucker and his money soon are parted...!
Correct me if my recollection of o-level physics is wrong, but I thought a standing wave is one that oscillates in place, ie the peak of the wave remains in the location.
A Mexican Wave AIUI is a transverse wave where the oscillation is at 90 degrees to the direction of travel of the peak as it moves around the stadium...
"The business was built on copyright theft"
Yes, keep trotting out the Big Media Party Line...
Re: *Blue Danube starts playing*
Personally I always found the run between Qutiri and Isinor to be the best to start off with.
Reasonable tech levels so not too many pirates and you could run Computers one way and Liquor and Furs the other to start building up enough credit to get some decent equipment :-)
"an ancient African tradiation of animals"
Tradiation? What happened to the "send corrections" button? (Or weren't enough people using it??)
Re: Marsbarbrain Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning
Lol! Matt, I am well aware of the futility of trying to have a reasonable discussion with you. I will, occasionally, post a comment or two for the amusement of watching you doing your utmost to avoid conceding even the slightest point, but this is not one of those occasions.
As always, I'll leave the last word to you...
@AC - Well said!
I agree. Yes, the BBC produces some rubbish, but it also produces some excellent dramas too and documentaries as well.
How many "commercial" channels would dare to produce the sorts of fascinating documentaries and similar factual programming that appears on BBC 4?
Their attitude would be "oh no, too niche, too obscure, we wouldn't get enough people watching to cover the costs and get advertising in. A series on Australian art? Too boring. Medieval Lives? Who would want to watch that? "Pain, pus and poisons" Eww! No way!!
Or what about "Only Connect"? No whooping audience (hell, no audience at all!), no big prizes, no flashy graphics or flashing lights, just some seriously brain-teasing puzzles.
Sure, programmes like these aren't to everyone's taste, but at least such programming *is* available, rather than endless variations on Britain's Got Strictly Big Brother through a Hole in the Wall on Ice...
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