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@AC - Re: Remind me again:
"It's Communism, so in any practical implementation you've got a self-perpetuating State which acts soley in the best interest of whoever they feel like, normally themselves."
Isn't it great that we, in the West, live in a free society so we don't have the same problems with a small elite running the country to suit themselves and the vested interests of their mates and financial backers...
So lots of money for ICANN for the application process, now they can look forward to even more money as businesses have to defensively register their domains with another load of suffixes!
Trebles all round!
Thank you Mr Cameron!
Now we don't have to be corrupted by the eeeevilll porn and we can just enjoy the intelligent dialogue, magnificent acting and wonderful music without all the disgusting sex spoiling the fun!
(Icon because Cameron's ideas are a complete joke)
I only started reading Pohl recently...
... I picked up a copy of The Space Merchants in a charity shop and, whilst reading it, I had to flick back to the front to check what date it was actually written because it seemed so appropriate for today!
A sad loss :-(
Miniature In-flight Navigator Gadget Eliminator
Re: Never mind the physics
@YAC - I was just thinking that that building would make a great Secret Lair from where I could RULE THE WORLD!!!!!
(Mines the white canvas one with the long sleeves and extra straps...)
Re: Help me out here...!
Aha! No, it wasn't Heinlein's Waldo, but you just jogged a memory because the story does refer to the device as a "waldo".
It was "More than the Sum of His Parts" by Joe Haldeman from his short-story collection "Dealing in Futures".
Thanks for your help!
Help me out here...!
I was going to cite a sci-fi story as Prior Art, but I can't remember the name of it (or even who wrote it, but it might have been Philip K Dick or Roger Zelazny) and I've not found it by searching :-(
IIRC it concerns someone who has lost an arm and had a cybernetic replacement, however suffers what would later be described in the Cyberpunk RPG as "Humanity Loss". He tries to get the surgeons to replace the rest of his body but they refuse, so he locks himself in a room with a computerised surgical device intending to carry out the procedure on himself.
The scientists stop him by hooking a lab tech up to a device which remotely controls the arm to punch himself on the chin (decapitating him!) and the arm is then connected to a Doctor who ends by saying something like "What miracles I shall perform..."
So can anyone remind me what the story is and who wrote it?
Boffin is certainly not demeaning, it's a term of respect and endearment for those clever "Back-room Boys" who come up with wonderful inventions like Radar, the Bouncing Bomb and other such things which are of use to those who actually need them.
People like Barnes Wallis or even Q from the Bond Films are archetypal Boffins and they would be honoured to be described as such!
Have they found...
... a huge abandoned city of cubes and cones, though?
You mean the mail service that, by using, you automatically give Google permission to read all your mails?!
And of course...
... the first adopters of this will be those ladies who charge you several pounds a minute for a video chat.
... erm, at least that's what I've heard...
@Stratman - Re: My inner libertarian says
The reason there are those gangs "making a fortune out of smuggling cigarettes and alcohol" is because successive British governments have been stupidly greedy and keep putting up the tax on these products (IIRC something like 75% of the price of a pack of cigarettes is tax) to avoid having to put up other taxes.
@Goldmember - Re: So exactly...
You forgot to say the magic word...
Re: It's clear: Those mountains are hollow!
I blame the Sirens...
Are you sure...
.... it's not Howard Wolowitz with his "Hey, baby. How would you like to drive a car on Mars?" line...?
@Phil O'Sophical - Re: Your correspondent explains to some children how they ought to be doing it
"In my experience that message is more likely to be in the Child ->Adult direction, in a suitably exasperated 8-year-old voice."
That reminds me of the picture I saw of a small child on the telephone (with one hand doing a face-palm) and the caption "No, grandma, double-click on the Internet Explorer icon..."
"If you are really unhappy and would like an electric shock to be delivered to the operative"
... "Excuse me, I'd like to escalate my complaint..."
Can I just say....
... Oh ████!
@Ragarath - Re: The Smell!
A market I sell at used to be in a basement venue, the toilets of which emptied into a large tank that then pumped the effluent into the sewers. Unfortunately the day before the market the piping broke and the venue ended up ankle deep in....
They brought in a specialist cleaning company and by the next day you wouldn't even have known there was a problem except for the fact that the concrete floors were the cleanest they'd ever been!
Re: "money can't buy you taste..."
... it can't buy you sense either!
Unfortunately, unlike BDSM, you don't get the chance to say "No" and have your choice respected.
There again, the EDL also seem to be of the mindset that "You're free to say or do anything you want, provided we agree with it..."http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/unhappy_32.png
@AC - Re: Yeah, just because you disagree with someone..
"They are not welcome online, that's all."
Unlike all those nasty pornographic sites that the Government wants to block by default...?
"he may have been stopped even if he was carrying nothing but his phone"
I don't doubt he would. It seems this was as much about intimidation as a fishing expedition.
"the automatic blocking of pornography"
That sounds like a challenge...
@AC Re: At the risk of...
" it's easy to say "No concerns!" when you're not the one living there."
Meanwhile, thousands of people keep dying in road accidents or from lung cancer due to smoking or liver failure due to alcohol or...
... but they don't make for headlines which boost viewing/ reading figures.
Re: Don't really understand why this is surprising
That's exactly what I was thinking.
What is the difference between Jupiter and a Brown Dwarf? It's only the size of the original cloud of matter which would restrict the formation of a sun.
@mad_dr - Re: What will the American people do?
"what would you expect them to do if they DO strongly disagree with the sentence? Gather in a public place and wave placards in the air?"
Don't you know? This is what so many of them want to have guns for, to "protect" themselves from a government that can't be trusted!
(I'm not quite sure *when* they plan on starting the second American Civil War, but I'm sure it will be soon...)
@jonathanb - Re: Flying cars?
"If I'm able to have the car drop me off, and then send it away to a car park, or back home; and summon it back to me when I want to go home myself, then I will definitely buy one."
Which still means that for a huge amount of time, the car will not be doing anything apart from taking up space.
The sensible and efficient model would be a self-driving taxi that you hire to get you to where you want to go and then which can go and be used by someone else meaning less vehicles on the roads, less traffic and less congestion, not to mention less fuel being burned.
@Cliff - Re: Fascinating case, more on popehat
"Hard to believe pornographers would be so sleazy."
It's not pornographers, it's lawyers, the people who will not only screw you, but then sue you for allowing yourself to be screwed!
Re: "Legally and procedurally sound"
"Then it seems that we need to change the laws and procedures"
Which will do damn all good because the Government will simply retro-actively change any bloody laws they like to make sure they're not in the wrong!
"The chances are, however, that terrorism legislation was used simply because..."
... it was convenient and let them do pretty much whatever the hell they liked without having to worry about allowing him legal representation or any other semblence of proper process...
@jake - Re: Do not want.
I bet you would have said the same to Wilbur and Orville...
"As a college graduate with a blank resume"... your chances of actually *getting* that job are about the same as the proverbial snowball in hell.
@Destroy All Monsters - Re: Retarded. Where is the problem, again?
" If you are unskilled, working unpaid *can* be a plus."
"editorial and social chops and able to commit to a regular schedule through end of year. Design and web skills a plus!"
@Buzzword - Re: They do it on purpose
A very interesting (if depressing) read.
Another example might be the way that, now that EA Games has taken over the Gamehouse Scrabble Game on Facebook, you no longer get the "Number of tiles left in the bag" feature for free, so if you're getting to the end of the game you can't (easily) figure out what tiles your opponent may have, instead you have to pay "just" £9.99 to buy the feature.
(Although there's already an add on for Chrome written by game fans which does this for free!)
"Most were accidental mishaps"
Oh, well *that's* ok then.
It's not as if they were doing it deliberately...
@Rikkey - Re: Overcrowded housing
So do you live just around the corner from number 22 Acacia Avenue (home of Charlotte T Harlot)? ;-)
.... and this is *really* going to stop someone from using fake registration details unless they're also going to require you to provide credit card details and a copy of your passport and a DNA sample and...
... oh, hang on, *NOW* I see where this is going...
@Cliff - Re: Currencies need...
> bitcoins are valuable to number collectors, they have no real tangible value of course
You mean unlike other currencies?
> bitcoins are not stable
You mean unlike other currencies?
> being purely fiat they are built on trust alone
You mean unlike other currencies?
... I can envision some professional ladies introducing a new version of "Pay per Bonk"...
"while strictly guaranteeing security"
"Yes, we guarantee that when our Security Services monitor your calls, we won't give out that information to just anyone...!"
But think of all the thousands of pictures of teh kitties!!!
And I was expecting...
... a Neanderthal set of 6-way Revolving Punch Pliers...
@frank ly - Re: @Pete 3 Excellent re. Titus Andronicus
"I believe that sort of fiction is now illegal in the UK, or is it just pictorial representation (for the moment)?"
It was the Tory Baroness O'Cathain who actually *did* propose a "Dangerous Writings Act" to go along with the "Dangerous Pictures Act" which would have criminalised anything written that would have been classed as "Extreme Pornography"!
@Big Yin - Re: Why didn't he plug into ...
"The filtering happens at the network level."
But that *can't* go wrong. After all, it's the only thing that's going to protect our children from porn and eeeviilll paedoes and...
"The SF to LA route alone would cost only $6bn to build"
Unless you're talking about Government expenditure, since when did the words "only" and "six billion" ever go together...?
Be pure, be vigilant...
"such systems are unpopular with the slackers"
Ah, a variant on the "if you have nothing to hide..." argument, methinks.
After all, you shouldn't object to your employer tracking your every move and every stop to ensure that they're getting the maximum possible amount of work out of you (preferably for the minimum possible amount of money) should you?
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