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Anyone wondering exactly what Nick Clegg has been up to since not being elected David Cameron's fag deputy need wonder no more - he's been busy setting up yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk. The site is supposedly an attempt to find out what useless and unnecessary laws the public would like to see removed from the statute book. Plenty of …
so has anyone suggested the two senisbly things to repeal (Extreme porn and Cartoon child porn?) or are people just using it to demand death to everyone they think is a bit funny?
I can't be bothered to look as I've lost all faith in the western world, I think the mother going on about peadophiles fapping to her childs bum on street view finished me off.
performance is horrific.
I wonder if they looked at TownHall from (shudder) Microsoft - http://mashable.com/2010/04/19/microsoft-townhall/ ... runs on Azure so it at least scales and is being used by the Republicans in the US for a similar lighning rod experiment http://www.americaspeakingout.com/ (see report at
re performance and scaling
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come on folks... if you can't scale at least put it into a read-only mode or something and make users who want to contribute go down a specific path. This isn't rocket science.
I wondered what had happened to Blair - I though he was busy sorting out the Middle East.
Last year it was Steven Spielberg
In 2000 it was Watson and Crick
Not certain how those two examples add up to dissemination of Liberty ( in terms of the Constitution), perhaps a Yank can tell explain it
- Goodbye perv scanners
- Goodbye IMP
- Goodbye many parts of DE, revise it to be that all the costs must be on the copyright holder, each copyright holder must have acquired the 'evidence' themselves rather than by hiring shady companies, the copyright holder cannot get your details until 2 weeks after you've been informed they want them, the copyright holder cannot get your details unless the case is reviewed by a judge and they conclusively prove beyond all doubt that you personally downloaded the files, etc etc.
The funny thing about being in opposition: you vote against all these bills, which presumably you think are a bad thing. However, when you gain power they magically become acceptable. To the point where no matter how vehemently you opposed them before and how much rhetoric you employed against them, you now keep them, embrace them as if they were your own. In almost every circumstance, the sins of the outgoing regime are tacitly blessed by the new.
Maybe what we need is not to repeal a few cherry-picked and harmless examples from the past 13 years, but to enact one single new law: that legislation that was opposed by a party becomes void when they win power. That way, we'll soon see where an opposition party's true values lie, since they wouldn't risk losing the benefits of laws they actually like, just to score a few brownie points over the incumbents.
The massive logical flaw in this proposition is, of course, that if Labour opposed this bill and got re-elected next time, that law itself would become its own, first, victim.
By the same token, of course, all the laws - bye-laws - orders-in-council etc, etc put in place by a government immediately become rubbish when that party moves into opposition!
Pity the current opposition cannot rescind the invasion of Iraq/Afghanistan - I'm sure they all disagree with those ventures. Of course it won't bring out dead soldiers back to life - might give even Gordo a frisson at the idea of Blair getting the Liberty Medal, though.
Might as well have called it icanhasdemocracy.gov.uk. At least then, we'd know we're /meant/ to laugh at it. I presume one of the nightly maintenance procedures goes something like this:
DELETE FROM idea WHERE idiocy_level > 0;
Still, if it stops the muppets directing their mindless drivel at MPs for a few minutes so they can get on with their real work (like working out how to get the expenses system back like it was without the nation noticing and getting better booze in the Commons bars) then that's good, I suppose.
<~~ Badger paws and all that.
OK so the performance is terrible but hopefully they can fix that soon enough.
The idea is a good one, even if most of the comments are ignored at least it allows real people to make a point directly, rather than through MPs who just ignore what their constituents tell them. This is surely exactly what many people here have been asking for so now that it's here how about actually using it rather than complaining.
(Big brother because it seems like everyone loves to whine about him but when they get a chance to actually make a point to anyone who matters they shut up. Typical English whine and no action mentality. This place is SO much like the DM sometimes that it's not even funny.)
As long as they don't get rid of the law that if you are in York you can kill a Scotsman with an arrow fired from a longbow - although I don't see why they don't allow it on Sunday as well.
I do think that the death sentence for treason, by putting a postage stamp on an envelope upside down is a bit extreme. As is 'the severest penalties' for letting your mutt shag the Queen's corgis.
To be fair, although I agree the man did make an arse of himself over all manner of issues from Iraq to rendition, Northern Ireland is now largely "fixed", and Blair & the first Labour administration get to take some credit for that.
People have short memories, but cast your mind back - 3500 people dies from 1969 to 2001*. Regardless of what else Blair got wrong, if he had any part in stopping that then fuck yes, give the man a medal.
* arguably making our current crop of fearless suicidal terrorist look like a bunch of pansy-ass fairy boys.
Wouldn't it be funny if the site were a trolling project being run by neo-fascists who wanted to prove, in humiliating fashion, that people are unfit to govern themselves (ergo that they must have laws made for them)?
What the site in question needs are well-reasoned comments which, by virtue of not being stupid, would not serve that end.
I think that the domain name hmg.gov.uk breaks Nominet's UK domain naming rules that "no second level domain may be used at the third level" (so .ac.gov.uk is disallowed as is .gov.co.uk etc). hmg as a domain name is the "correct" standard 2LD for government. So this domain name is effectively .gov.gov.uk.
...I have a quote here from a developer for a site. As well as the base CMS cost it includes nearly $9k for "functional development" and another $5.5k for plugins and core features.
Trebles all round. Ker-ching!
I nearly forgot the six free email addresses. That'll really add value to the several thousand already running on the domain.
"Blair won for his work in Northern Ireland"
It was Mo Molem who did all the hard work.
Blair just rode in at the last minute to steal the glory.
Molem was one of the few politicians who actually had that strangest of political qualities, Integrity.
Then Tony B Liar comes along and screws her over.
In between the dross about necro-bestiality and the rest, there was at least one very sensible suggestion for a law to repeal: European Communities Act 1972. Repeal that and all the EU interference and stupid laws can be tossed out in one fell swoop. Save us 6 billion quid a year to start with too. Somehow I can't see starry-eyed EU-fancier Clegg trying to actually get that repealed if it even gets noticed as a lone voice of sanity in all the clamouring :(
Move the British Isles!
At one point in my life I was absolutely convinced that 5% of the worlds population was completely crazy AND 99.9% of that 5% resided here in the USA. Now I'm not so sure. No disrespect to my brothern and sistern in the UK, but I'm pretty sure that number should be revised in that 99.85% of the worlds crazies are here in the US and 0.05 are in the UK and the remaining .10% scattered elsewhere.
I'm actually quite surprised that the current administration in the US hasn't implemented something similar. I mean it's obvious that the "Magic 8-ball", "flipping-the-coin" and "dartboard" methods of governing aren't the stunning successes thought to be. I mean seriously, what possible bad could come from what appears to be an unmoderated citizen iSuggestion box?
Although, the one entitled "UFO's and aliens" is pretty damn good too.
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