Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon -- Not sure, but...
5236 posts • joined 29 May 2007
If the Police were clever about this, they would set up multiple open wi-fi access points or bluetooth readers around the area along with camera's.
If the perp has his phone set to look for open wi-fi/left bluetooth on, then they might get him in passing, or if not then he might just use one of their hotspots and catch him in the act.
Whilst Amazon and other online retailers have certainly had their impact, in the UK at least I would definitely blame 50% of this on local councils ripping people off to park in town, and hiking the business rates up so high that shops are no longer profitable.
I've never quite understood how an empty premises brings in more rent money than an occupied one - but what do I know? If only I had the brains of some of the people in these council offices I might be able to ignore all this shit and pretend it doesn't matter!
Is a proper engineering solution to get you to your goal as quickly as possible.
Often the threat of a scream test is enough to get people thinking about the issue at hand which they would otherwise ignore.
Glad to hear someone still employs them when required (I don't think of them as the first tool in the box to use, but you should certainly have it in there somewhere to pull out when all else fails - mainly because it works when other methods are hamstrung by politics).
Oh, and he didn't swear? Are you sure this was Linus?
Apparently they had one of their sign-posts removed from the .net equivalent of a hamlet in Dorset.
Idiots who went to said hamlet to try and find PirateBay realised that because they couldn't see it, it must have been banned.
This whole age-verification system thing has all the hallmarks of a similar genius behind the scenes doing the thinking.
The reason I downvoted your post was because regardless of the sentiment behind this idea, it simply isn't a realistic solution to the problem.
In fact, it will simply switch more people (and not just kids) on to full vpn encryption etc., see :Law of Unintended Consequences
"IT is many things, but it's rarely boring."
Since you've been around the block a bit I'm finding this statement to be a bit difficult to swallow, mainly because the number of fuckwits *in charge* of IT teams are boringly predictable in their never ending quest to do the wrong thing and ignore all advice to the contrary because they apparently can't read an email explanation that contains more than one concept.
"getting tired of this rag inserting itself and taking shots at MY President"
Have you ever read the bit just under the banner on this site? Don't think YOUR President is anything special, El Reg and the Commentards will take the piss out of *anyone*.
Here --> Have a proper beer and chill out. Oh, and learn to spell 'ARSE' correctly whilst you're at it.
"And apparently enough Brits and USians liked the lies from putin's puppets to vote to wreck their countries."
What?? You really think that highlighting a few contentious issues is enough to sway people's votes to a greater degree than the daily brainwashing from the local news?
"WELL DONE YOU."
That seems a bit harsh. I don't believe my one little vote can be conflated to me being responsible for the mess the politicians have made of the situation any more than your vote could be considered a failure to stop it.
You raise some valid points, but I certainly don't agree with all of them. At this point perhaps we should agree to disagree? I see no reason to sour the forum by continuing to dissect this particular beast, we're not going to change each others mind and it won't achieve anything substantial imo.
Putting aside differences and making the best of the situation seems to mean the other side should like it or lump it, and that's not going to happen. This is going to run and hamstring the UK for decades.
Unfortunately I'm going to have to agree with you there.
Just out of curiosity, if the Remain vote had won, do you think the Leave voters would have been expected to 'like it or lump it'?
So you and your pals thought you'd conduct a social experiment with the entire future of the UK's relationship with the rest of the world.
That's one way of looking at it, although I certainly took it a tad more seriously than you are implying - I'm not treating this as a game. From my point of view I was standing up for what I believe in.
Hoping for a revival of the "Dunkirque spirit" were you?
Guilty as charged.
How do you think that's worked out? 50% success rate? More? Less?
I will admit that I'm disappointed in the result. Whilst there was a slight majority vote in favour of leaving, it's hard to argue that there isn't an element of xenophobia there, rather than the positive viewpoint I had hoped would emerge. So I have to go with less than 50%.
I'll leave you to guess how well I think it's worked out.
I'm sure I have no need to guess, John. Any more than you need to guess that I was hopelessly idealistic in my faith that, when it comes to the crunch, people would pull together and show some solidarity.
I won't apologise for standing up for what I believe in, and I voted to leave because I genuinely believed that remaining in the EU would lead us down a path with fewer options later on, when an additional option or two could make all the difference.
It's just unfortunate that our political 'leaders' are so spineless and self-serving.
Lest we forget, the people of this country might have voted to join the EEC (an economic agreement) they didn't get a vote on handing over our national sovereignty. The very first time we had a chance to vote on that particular nugget was the Brexit referendum. Over 50% of the voters wanted to leave, and if you believe the pollsters the main differentiator appears to be age, i.e. the older people were more likely to vote to leave.
This has led to accusations of the older generation selling out the younger etc., yet you could also look at it as the older (more experienced) voters looking out for the younger generation (which are their children and future, remember).
Partisan lines have been drawn up along the most bizarre basis at times, but for me it's about the ability to stand up to the power brokers who see the little people as nothing more than cash cows to be milked and discarded, and I honestly believe we would have less power to do so within the EU.
"Not really seeing where your belief it'll achieve that result has sprung from."
Fair point, but it was only one of the reasons, and certainly not the main one.
If this country had been exposed to European culture (as opposed to almost entirely US culture) then Brits might *feel* European. As it is I don't feel connected with Europe, so the idea of decisions being made in Brussels outside of my ability to influence (by voting) doesn't sit well with me.
I was also rather hoping that this country would re-discover its collective backbone before it was too late and that once a decision was made that people would put aside their differences and make the best of the situation. Naive, I know, but without trying we would never know.
As it is, the remainers (who lost the vote by the way) have done everything they can to undermine the process and spread FUD across the land. Bloody annoying.
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