* Posts by Tim

15 posts • joined 18 Jul 2007

Dawkins' atheist ad campaign hits fundraising target

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The Christian and the atheist

A Christian and an atheist were having a discussion.

The Christian says “You know, I feel that an atheist is like a man in a blacked out room looking for a black cat that is not there.”

The atheist replies, “I feel the same about Christians, the only difference being that the Christian thinks he has found the cat”

(Inspired by Dave Allen)

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How an Italian judge made the internet illegal

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Italy is contriving The European Convention on Human Rights

This is clearly in contravention of Article 10 of The European Convention on Human Rights.

ARTICLE 10

1) Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. this right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

2) The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or the rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

In this case I do not think Italy can use clause 2 as a defence. Is Italy going to withdraw from the EU?

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Illuminati spook fails to disarm Soviet cow nuke

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@Been there, done that

So have I. No you don't need a wall.

Abseiling = Rapelling two words mean the same thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rappelling

photos of Abseiling some without a wall.

http://www.egos.co.za/scripts/prodview.asp?idproduct=18

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IBM explores 67.1m-core computer for running entire internet

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@Kevin Kitts

Calm down dear and read the article again….

The Register has unearthed a research paper that shows IBM working on a computing system capable "of hosting the entire internet as an application."

NOTE the word of importance here “capable”

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Text-to-pee service launched

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Hanging about for the text to go through…..

Have you ever sent a text to someone and the message has not arrived for a couple of hours? Text is not reliable enough for me to trust this.

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Computer maker to focus on computers

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Belgium

Belgium, if you don’t know, is considered to be the most foul and disgusting curse word in the Universe. It is banned all over the Universe, except in one part, in which they couldn’t possibly know what it meant, and therefore decided to have a country named Belgium.

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Bobby Fischer checkmated at 64

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@Colin MacLean

As I can never forgive her for what she did to this country, forget about the problems Blair and Brown have caused us they pale into insignificance when compared to what the Evil Iron Lady did to us, so please pick up Thatcher’s biography next then we can all dance on her grave.

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The Dark Knight - 2008's biggest movie?

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The Watchmen

http://watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com/

Now that should really be in the list

(need blood on the smiley icon)

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Nigerian firm demands $20m from OLPC

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re:Let them know what you think of them

The reply I got.....

from LANCOR <Info@lancorltd.com>

subject RE: Patent Troll Blocks Distribution of Free Laptops to Poor Nigerian Children

Dear Tim,

We can feel your passion, but again your anger is misdirected... don’t believe everything you read online.

We are sure OLPC has very capable lawyers that will make their case for them in court and not in the media or online blog.

Further, we are sure that the rule of law will be upheld “even in the Nigerian Court.”

These things don’t always seem the same when the facts are actually sorted out in Court.

Again thanks for your mail, just sit back and let the lawyers sort it out.

Yours,

LANCOR

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re:Let them know what you think of them

I sent the following to all the contacts I could find for Lancors clients:

[email addresses excised by Reg moderator.]

cc Info@lancorltd.com

date 4 Jan 2008 19:53

subject Patent Troll Blocks Distribution of Free Laptops to Poor Nigerian Children

Are you happy to do business with this creeps?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/03/lancor_demands_20_mil/

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I got this responce:

Dear Tim,

We thank you for your mail.

We are a little miffed at your message, but then we guess in your neck of the woods, wherever that may be, it is OK to steal your neighbor’s property as long as you are donating the stolen property to “Poor Nigerian Children”

Yours,

LANCOR

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To which I responded with a view of the comments from here:

to LANCOR <Info@lancorltd.com>

[Email addresses excised.]

date 4 Jan 2008 20:47

subject Re: Patent Troll Blocks Distribution of Free Laptops to Poor Nigerian Children

Do you really have a case, I think not...

The differences were more evident than the similarities once you got beyond the fact that they are both keyboards. It also had the text of the suit, and basically, it looked to *all* the commenters like they were:

a) claiming similarities in the most general of terms that *even so* were tenuous

b) claiming infringement of features which LANCOR did not invent.

Not everyone thinks that charity means stealing is okay; if you could get a free laptop, why would you buy one? But even then, once the OLPC scheme has raised the computer literacy of LANCOR's target market, that market will be a boom one for them. An enlightened (or even canny, presuming they really do want to make money out of regionalised keyboards) corp would grant OLPC a free licence and make a big song and dance about it for free publicity.

OLPC is not the only PC sold in Nigeria. What keymaps other PCs use and why for example Windows 2003 is not slapped with the same lawsuit?

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Let them know what you think of them

Info@lancorltd.com

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UK.gov New Year resolution: must build nuke powerplants

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Problems of Nuclear

Just a few points but they are BIG ones:

Length of time the waste is a hazard.

50 years supply of fuel.

Cost of decommissioning reactors not taken into account when costing.

While there have not been many accidents that we KNOW about, but it only takes one to mess up a huge area

I don’t claim to have the answer to our energy needs but I am sure Nuclear is not one of them.

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Japan confirms world's fastest maglev plan

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Proud to be British

We gave the world the railway.

In the late 1940s, professor Eric Laithwaite of Imperial College in London developed the first full-size working model of the linear motor.

Anyone travelled on GNER recently?

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Miss America calls for mandatory internet safety classes

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Not a childs fault it has crap parents

Yes this is the responsibility of the parents, but if some parents are failing their children and do not care should not society do something to help these children or do we just condemn them through no fault of their own they have crap parents?

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LG Touch Me FM37 MP3 player

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@Steve

Steve how do you get "Take on Me" from 'Touch Me'?

Surely it refers to Sam Fox, who still had more than one hit unfortunately.

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