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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.
If you sit too close to the screen...
... you'll get square eyes!
"...about NSA spying tactics are assisting authoritarian government..."
... which isn't ours.
@John Smith 19 - Re: Storing unencryped passwords or unsalted passwords
a) Too many people
b) Because they're too lazy or stupid to do anything about it.
And you forgot:
c) WHY are there *still* sites out there which, when you sign up, send your password to you in PLAIN TEXT???
@Mitoo Bobsworth - Re: The problem with Thermonuclear war..
Yeah, but at least you don't have lawyers getting rich off it...
Re: I read this as...
Personally I think the Judge should give them both a good slap upside their heads and send them to bed without any supper!
"...four games for free from Microsoft in recompense, along with a year's Xbox Live subscription and $50 (about 30 quid)"
Wow, their generosity is underwhelming...
Re: Signature Required for Delivery
"Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff" - Major T. J. "King" Kong
Marvel at our amazing new feature for your smoke alarm...
... a Snooze button!!
@R 11 - Re: Why would you make it convenient to turn off an alarm?
> Presumably you are not elderly and don't know anyone who is.
Well my grandmother was (unsurprisingly) elderly and used to keep her umbrella in the kitchen so if her smoke alarm was triggered accidentally she had a conveniently long item to hand to press the cancel button.
Perhaps you could learn something from her?
@boltar - Re: "simply market forces in action"
> money does tend to trickle down from employers to the community
Ah, sounds like the usual simplistic self-justifying, self-congratuatory, self-deluding right-wing politics in action to me.
"The peasants are getting the crumbs that drop from our tables, they should be happy with our generosity", you say, because it's easier than thinking about the people who are actually affected.
"simply market forces in action"
Ah, aka "Fuck you, poor people, I'm alright..."
"dark monsters, which can negatively affect the development of children"
And they should all learn to behave or SATAN WILL TAKE THEIR SOUL!!!!
What's that in Linguini?
... it will become self-aware and go on a killing spree amongst the crowd...
@Jad - Re: Serious point
Yep, that was exactly what I was thinking of when I started reading this :-)
@agricola - Re: Einstein's answer:
> Why does this question need investigating
There's this little thing called "Science" where even stuff that "everyone knows" is subject to investigation and re-evaluation because sometimes it turns out that what "everyone knows" isn't completely right.
And if it doesn't work...
... they can always raise money for their next project by mining Bitcoins...
... before we have the politicians (supported by the bankers) screaming about how this is helping to fund Islamic Paedo Terrerists and saying you can't use it for more than a tiny amount without registering your name, address, fingerprints, blood group and DNA...?
"robotic justice from America to the world"
Many a true word is spoken in jest...
... Fuck Yeah!
@Charles Manning - Re: How long before normal companies....
> ... say stuff it, no more tax for you!
Well the Amazons and Googles and Vodafones et al of this world don't need to say that, because they already have cozy deals with the taxman...
"There are hundreds of thousands of patents at work in mobile devices"
And how many of those are actually Original Inventive steps and not covered by Prior Art or obvious to anyone working in the industry???
Re: Good Grief
All I can say is...
Hello Mr Kettle...
... My name is Mr Pot.
Presumably the email also triggers some kind of audio alert.
I'd suggest the Star Trek Red Alert siren, but if someone uses that as their ringtone it could cause all sorts of panic...
Re: Walk the walk
What about people with signs on their backs saying "How am I walking? Phone..."
... some people are trying to cover their own backsides before the court cases start...
Re: Does not add up! @Eponymous Cowherd
So, as the Dutch realised a long time ago, the solution is to *EDUCATE* not to *LEGISLATE*!
Sex Education for Dutch children starts in primary school and results in much lower levels of teenage pregnancy and rape than countries such as the UK.
Of course the fact is that the Tabloids would explode with apoplexy were any UK government suggest such a thing here since teaching children about sex is obviously a Bad Thing and will only make them want to do it more...
Re: @Vociferous - Fuck you all.
You missed out "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear"...
Re: @Nick Ryan - @ bigtimehustler Taxing Income is Immoral and counter productive.
> VAT is not on food yet
ITYM "Not on *all* food yet" :-(
@Nick Ryan - Re: @ bigtimehustler Taxing Income is Immoral and counter productive.
> should the goods and services that a company produces not be taxable?
Originally the idea of VAT was that it would be a "luxury" tax. Unfortunately it's now become a tax added to virtually everything and which affects everyone, rich or poor. However, as with my example above, the poor end up paying a bigger proportion of their income on VAT.
@Tom 13 - Re: You are mistaking the *absolute*
Ah, the classic "I'm alright Jack" argument...
Let me put it another way. Imagine we all had to move a pile of bricks from one place to another by hand. Now imagine that I am six feet tall, well muscled, regularly go to the gym, am well fed etc whereas you are 5 feet tall, not in the best of health and poorly nourished.
Which is better: For the stronger person to carry more bricks or for him to say "No, since you can only carry two bricks, it's fair and just for me to only carry two bricks as well"? Should the burden be placed on those best capable of carrying it or distributed equally so that the stronger and the weaker carry the same amount?
(There's a certain irony that many on the Right Wing of politics are fundamentally opposed to equality, apart from when it benefits them...)
PS And I think you need to look up what a Straw Man argument is, because that other post was certainly not one.
@ bigtimehustler Re: Taxing Income is Immoral and counter productive.
> "The poor do the most consuming? What? How do these poor people afford to consume more than the rich?
You are mistaking the *absolute* amount spent for the *proportional* amount spent.
To pick some simple figures, if you and I both have monthly expenses of £1500, but you earn £1500 a month and I earn £3000 a month, you are consuming 100% of your income whereas I am only consuming 50% of mine and hence have money over to save and invest.
This is why consumption taxes like VAT are neither moral nor productive, but are, instead, regressive and unfair 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.
It's "a maker of exoskeleton suits” so I was thinking more of the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader that Ripley drove in Aliens.
So tell me...
... how much funding will be withdrawn and how does that compare to the commercial value of the data which could be extracted...?
... in the UK you just get threatened with jail for refusing to reveal your password on demand because obviously you are a paedoterrerist...
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