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@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.
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...
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