"it would harmonize national rules"
Translation: Drag our freedoms down to the lowest common denominator.
6901 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
Translation: Drag our freedoms down to the lowest common denominator.
I take it back, you're not Matt's sock puppet, because that's a good question you've asked him.
(Good luck on getting a reply, though...)
> there was just a news story where a criminal did attack someone with a pen stabbing her in the head...
Obviously, then, we should ban people from carrying pens...
"The NSA and GCHQ have not admitted to their acts.
"Those actions are criminal and they should be charged."
... embarrass the Government...
... for they are petty and full of malice...
And there's the rub. Any such "exceptions" will no doubt be surrounded by sufficient weasel phrases that any protections that these regulations offer will be ineffective because "national security".
How dare the workers ask for time off if they have children? Damnit, that gets in the way of this business making profits! If they want kids, they can do it in their *own* time.
"Future of the race?" Not my problem...
Why does the expression "Don't Ask, Don't Tell..." come to mind?
"And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans."
But now, no doubt, a whole bunch of others such as ftse.market and nyse.market will need to be defensively registered before the scammers go for those...
.... Kerching! Trebles all round, lads!
Hmm, how long ago was it that doctors were prescribing antibiotics for colds and other viral infections, even when they knew that they would have no beneficial effect, simply to get patients out of their waiting rooms? And what about parts of the world where you can buy antibiotics over the counter without prescription, take a few, feel better and not finish the course, thus helping resistant bacterial strains? And the only people objecting are those like the enviroMentalists (Oh, ho ho! Gosh, isn't that a clever name?) saying "Maybe this isn't a good idea", to which the pharmaceutical companies reply "whatever" and keep raking in the money?
As for Massive Debts, I'm sure we'll disagree on this, but personally I think the way to make a country's finances secure is not to keep building on the roof whilst undermining the foundations. Still, who cares when, to quote Douglas Adams, nobody is poor, at least nobody worth speaking of.
But the point is that these *weren't* problems until they got out of hand and then, suddely, the whole situation changed.
You may be happy to dismiss this as "ideology" (whilst merrily continuing with your own ideology), but some of us are not so casual as to say "hey, we've got plenty of energy, why should we worry?"
Oh, and, by the way, I do think that nuclear is a viable option, but you don't just wave a magic wand and have a nuclear power station appear, neither is it good for a country's finances when you get a foreign organisation (EDF) to build it for you with a dodgy deal that involves paying £90 billion to France and guaranteeing to pay double the price for the electricity it generates for 35 years!
PS WMDs? ROFL! You really are reaching now...
LucreLout: It seems to me that you're quite happy just to kick a problem down the road and say "Meh, I don't have to worry about it, let someone else deal with it whilst I concentrate on making money".
Fine, now have a nice deep breath of this concoction of Methane, Nitrous Oxide and Ozone...
Some interesting questions, I agree.
Now here's a couple for you: How much less fuel would the USA be using if their politicians hadn't caved to the automobile industry lobbying to define SUVs as light trucks, thus exempting them from fuel economy regulations?
How much less power would people be using if, instead of using AirCon or central heating, houses were better insulated which keeps temperatures more stable? (Of course this makes houses a bit more expensive to build...)
It is not simply a case of "getting more done with the same input", but also "getting the same done with less input". It's not either/ or, it can be both.
This morning's unprecedented solar eclipse is no cause for alarm...
The wise man changes his view depending on the facts. The fool changes the facts to fit his view.
In either case, as I've said before, I don't get involved in this increasingly silly and partisan argument, I'll just re-iterate the fact that we are using more energy than we ever have before and will keep on doing so, therefore we should use the energy we have more efficiently (note: this does not involve living in yurts or wearing hair shirts) that way we a) reduce emissions and b) buy ourselves sometime to get alternatives such as Fusion working.
Or the Daily Express whose headline writers have turned "This research won't lead directly to a cure for cancer" into them having found a cure for cancer...
+1 for the Snow Crash reference, but, just for interest, I did a search for CosaNostra Pizza and got a whole bunch of hits from *real* stores...!!
As I said "the "extremists" on both sides of the argument are known to do this!"
Ignoring the "Nar nar ne-nar nar" tone of the article, this is what science is all about: A set of facts do not agree with expectations, so established theories are re-examined and research is done to see whether it's a statistical fluke or there's something else at work.
We now know something that we didn't know before, we have more information which we can either ignore (the "extremists" on both sides of the argument are known to do this!) or apply it to the theories and improve them.
To quote Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" - Isaac Asimov
> "I’m told these are heavy metal acts that performed at the festival"
Not "Popular beat combos"?
Call me David will love this one...
If your moon has been damaged in an accident in the last billion years, you may be entitled to compensation.
Just call Xylpic, f!Tang and P+@#*$ for a No Win, No Fee quotation...
> What you need to understand is that psychopathy / sociopathy can not be cured.
I do understand that. I also understand that conditions like that can be treated and controlled and monitored, but simply locking someone up will do nothing to benefit the sufferer.
Still, that's not *your* problem is it...
And what criteria do you use to decide whether someone is "deserving" of your compassion?
Race? Colour? Creed? Sex? Country of birth? Employment status? Mental health? Money in the bank? Political views? Or just "Fuck you, I'm alright Jack!"?
Fortunately not all of us think like you.
> One of those cases where getting out more really would have been good advice?
And about as useful as telling someone who's depressed to "pull yourself together".
For some people "getting out" can be a terrifying experience, they simply cannot deal with the outside world, finding it an incomprehensible place beyond their control, so they retreat into a "safe" space where they can control what's happening.
People like that need help and understanding, not jail time.
There again, some people (see certain comments above) also need to learn compassion and not think that because they are ok, everyone else is ok too...
Dear me, LL, why are you so hung up about my A Levels?
In any case, perhaps you can tell me how much money Gideon has borrowed since the Tories came to power? How much *further* in debt has he put us?
At least I have learned the difference between a deficit and a debt...
Now what was it someone said...?
> If people would refrain from ripping off the state and not paying taxes that they should and using dubious avoidance schemes, then nobody would need to be investigated.
Oh, and I see you've now gone back to your traditional "blame Labour" arguments...
Oh dear, LL, *who* is blaming the wrong people...?
"The Department for Work and Pensions estimates that £1.2bn was lost to benefits fraud in 2013/14, or 0.7 per cent of total benefits spending.
"That’s the same amount as the year before, it’s a lot less than is lost in other developed countries – according to this study – and it’s less than the £1.5bn NOT paid out to people who are eligible for various benefits but don’t claim them.
"By contrast, HMRC’s most recent estimate of the annual “tax gap” – the money lost to the state through people not paying as much as they should – was £34bn."
And, of course, it was those pesky benefits claimaints who crashed the banking system and made us have to pay out £850 billion pounds to sort out that mess!
...the man whose department has instigated benefit sanctions against people who have been declared as "fit for work" and who then, inconveniently, died not long after.
And, of course, that same department who is now asking terminally ill people when the expect to die before they can claim the benefits they're due.
Clearly he is just improving the gene pool by eliminating the weakest in society...
"... and has to reguarly pay to renew, even though they don't do anything with them, in an effort to stop people profiting from its name"
... Which one is that?
The one that looks like a 3 1/2" floppy disk.
... What's one of those...?
If it's good enough for Iain Duncan Smith...
> We just need to leave all the politicians, bureaucrats, religion and lawyers behind when we do leave.
No, we need to tell them that the planet is going to be eaten by a gigantic mutant Star Goat, but, fortunately we've built three ships, three Arks in Space...
Damn, I'm really not "down wiv da yoof" am I?
... if there is a fire or similar emergency:
1) Get out of the building
2) Phone 999
3) THEN you can post it on social media...!
... that other politicians, when they are told about this...
... will immediately rush through a set of laws making what the White Hats did illegal!
> Err, Judean, surely?
Ah, the old "Don't bring me problems, bring me solutions!" BS from management.
The PHB says "I've told you engineers what the problem is, it's up to you to solve it" as if that sort of demand can change physical or mathematical laws...
BTW for fans..."Luther writer is bringing back Sapphire and Steel"
Ok, if it every happens, like other remakes it could turn out to be great (cf Battlestar Galactica) or dire (eg The Prisoner), but I'd certainly like to see more S&S :-)
They forgot to include paedophiles and drug dealers...
Of course! Twenty years in chokey will teach him the error of his ways and be a warning to anyone else that building systems with crap security and then blaming someone else for when it all goes tits-up isn't a crime...
"... all the crucifixes already?"
> you've obviously driven him to distraction.
Actually he drove me to type - site:theregister.co.uk "matt bryant" "lucrelout" - into a search engine to see if his claim of not having any idea who Matt is was credible, but, well, to him that's "disturbing stalking"...
And, to emphasise this, El Reg has a picture of someone, with a phone, eating pizza.
Right, so glad to get that sorted out...
Apparently (according to a friend of mine who is a total Star Wars geek and who has told me about this in excruciatingly tedious detail) Kessel is surrounded by a cluster of black holes and most ships have to take the "long way round" to avoid them, but the Falcon is such a nippy ship that it could dodge between them and shorten the route (or something like that, my brain may have switched off somewhere along the line...)
Or, of course, this could simply be RetCon because George Lucas didn't know that a parsec is a measure of distance, not time...
... the Government doesn't trust us, but they expect us to trust them...
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