Re: Check the angular vector of the moon!
This morning's unprecedented solar eclipse is no cause for alarm...
6882 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
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.
+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...!!
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"...
You know, LucreLout, I *really* wasn't going to post in this thread again, but then I read THIS
> Who on earth is Matt Bryant?
Seriously, LL? You've been posting on The Register since June 2014 and you have *NO* idea who Matt Bryant is?
Here, let me remind you of just some of the threads where you both commented, indeed, in some of them in the *same* sub-thread:
I don't use the Fail icon lightly (unlike some), but this in this case, LL, yep, Epic Fail.
PS Of course I have no doubt now LL is going to try to dig himself out of this hole by vociferously claiming that he was joking or being sarcastic or something else clever. Methinks he doth protest too much...
Have fun, LucreLout, I'm sure I'll see you in another thread soon.
You know, LucreLout, sometimes I have to wonder if you're a Matt Bryant Sock Puppet, since you and he have the same debating tactics of shifting the goalposts or insulting people's intelligence to avoid conceding a point.
Rowing boats? Yes, they fit in the same general classification of craft as Luxury Yachts, but I don't think the skills needed to build them are quite the same, are they?
"You're either ignorant of your own position or lack the vocabulary to express it coherently." Or perhaps you just don't want to listen to anything that doesn't fit in with your narrow mind-set.
> Political compass has the Conservatives being more authoritarian than labour, which is patently untrue.
Ah, now we see LucreLout's true colours (as if they weren't obvious). I have no love for Labour, but at least they didn't try to get rid of the Human Rights Act and replace it with an act which says "You get the rights *we* say you can have, provided you're someone we like"..A pox on both their houses.
> You seem not to understand that the Prince hasn't given the fortune to his staff via pay rises. In fact, as far as is publicly known information, he hasn't given them a payrise at all.
"The massive handout, estimated to total more than $32 billion, includes a two-month basic stipend for all state employees, soldiers, students, and pensioners, as well as generous grants to various professional associations, and literary and sports clubs."
Fine, if it makes you happy, it's a bonus, not a "pay rise". Feeling better now?
> Employees get paid at replacement level salaries. [...] you certainly seem to understand little of how capitalism functions in the real world.
No, LucreLout, I understand perfectly well how capitalism *can* function and does, indeed, function in the minds of those who think that labour is simply another resource which needs to be chiseled down to the lowest possible level to make it as cheap as it can be in order to maximise profits.
I'm simply saying that this is not actually an absolute necessity. I'm saying that those at the top who are paying themselves nice big salaries and bonuses shouldn't forget the ones at the bottom of the ladder who are actually doing the work that *earns* that money and that maybe paying them, at the least, a Living Wage instead of the government mandated Minimum Wage might actually make things better and, who knows, they might even work harder because you get more from loyalty than fear.
If you cannot understand this, then I pity you.
Now feel free to get the last word in, then you can go back to counting your money and seeing how good that makes you feel.
> Gathering all of that into one place is certainly a skill too, which is why the business owner gets rewarded. The employees are self evidently taking less risk with their capital
Neatly missing the point that, as said, it *takes* money to *make* money. If the employees *had* the money, they could start up on their own, but they haven't, so they can't.
> Well that certainly qualifies you to..... Well, I'm not sure what.
It doesn't "qualify" me to do anything. It just shows that your (not very implicit) sneer that I "understand the least about how the game is played" is wrong.
> And its worth bearing in mind that IT contracting isn't running a business in any real sense
Who is an IT Contractor? Not me, so another point fails.
> Equality of opportunity is what really matters, and you'll never get that between the only child of a millionaire [...] do we beat pretty people in the face to equalise their looks with those of us with a visage that appears to have been kicked by an epilleptic donkey
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Please, LucreLout, spare me the ridiculously silly Straw Man arguments. I've never said anything of the sort, nor would I, so please don't imply that I have because *you* are ignorant of my position.
> Why then are those of you on the left so obsessed with other peoples money?
Oops! LucreLout gets it wrong again. I am only on the "Left" from your point of view. On the scale of http://politicalcompass.org/ I come in at -0.3 on the Left/Right axis and -7.75 on the Authoritarian/ Libertarian axis, so I'm hardly some left-wing, pinko, bleeding-heart liberal who thinks that the only way to equalise opportunity is to tax the rich and give it all the the poor.
Have you seen the recent story about the Saudi Prince who has just given $32 billion to charities and government employees? Apparently that has inspired a number of other Saudi business leaders to give bonuses to their employees. Similarly Abramovich has decided that Chelsea is going to not just pay staff the Minimum Wage, but the Living Wage and other football clubs are doing the same.
Why? Perhaps it's because they've realised that they don't actually *need* many millions or even a few billion in the bank and that paying people what they're worth, rather than only what they *must* pay them is actually a better way of doing business.
So which is better, saying "Screw you workers, I'm alright Jack" or developing a conscience and not trying to hog it all for yourself?
> All the while the workers will be doing their damndest to ensure they get paid the absolute maximum for their effort in building the boat.
Except that, as has already been pointed out, unless there's a situation of almost full employment which forces employers to offer better wages, they can say "This is what we're paying, take it or leave it. If you don't take it, someone else will".
> I tend to find those that are the loudest critics of capitalism understand the least about how the game is played.
Really? Perhaps I should point out that I've been running my own business for over 20 years and got an A-Level in Economics many years ago...
But the fundamental point that *you* are discounting is that it *takes* money to make money. The first rule of the game is that you need a stake to get into the game.
What is stopping those workers setting up their own company? Answer: A big lump of capital to afford to buy premises, a boat yard, raw materials, pay labour, etc etc etc. And if you say "they can get a bank loan" I'll ask "who are the banks likely to loan to? The workers who have little in reserve or someone who's already got a few million in the bank?"
The fundamental issue with capitalism, socialism, communism or anything else is that they run into the problem known as "Human Nature" and unless you make sure that the game a) has rules and b) people are made to play *by* the rules, you will always end up with a situation of increasing inequality.
> If you read up a bit you'll see that that's the bit that I think that Marx got right.....
Yes, Tim, but again you ignore the elephant. You quote: "by their purchase of things to consume they do spread that income, that wealth around" and "that's what then raises wages. And that's the invisible hand that benefits."
Except that the wealth doesn't get spread around, does it? The wages don't go up, do they? Or, at least, only the barest minimum possible. Meanwhile the rest of the wealth gets concentrated upwards, so who *actually* really benefits?
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...
Are you after a job as an El Reg sub-editor?
The question is whether someone is *specifically* looking for an MTM watch or something that *looks* like a military design watch and there's really no way to tell that.
If there are lots of watches of similar design and someone has seen a friend/ review/ advert for MTM they might go into a shop and say "I want one of those MTM watches" but then find the price is too high or they don't quite like the look of what they're offered or, of course, that the shop doesn't stock that particular brand at which point the assistant can say "We also have these..."
As such, *provided* Amazon or whoever says something like "We cannot find any results that match what you're looking for, but we have these ones instead..." I would not have a problem.
If, on the other hand, they say "Here's what you're looking for" and it's necessary to waste time trying to refine your search enquiry or look through several pages to discover that they don't actually have that particular brand, then that would be a problem.
... security takes second place (or even lower) to marketing...
Preferably something that *isn't* Javas$$t!
Icon because... oh, you'll figure it out ;-)
> one of the early ideas mooted for the prototype was as a wearable
I don't think it will be long before someone comes up with a case that will allow you to substitute the 2xAAA batteries for a button cell and sell it as a Mod.
Does it run BBC Basic?
I don't know whether to downvote you for having done (or been made to do) such things or upvote you out of sympthy...
... so have a beer instead!
> You shouldn't be able to patent something that has been already patented, nor something that is already out there either.
FTFY! (Now let's fix the US Patent Office...)
... of those patents are actually original or inventive and aren't simply attempts to patent the wheel or something that someone else has already patented...?
... that our Government should tell us anything that would make us think that they can't be trusted with all our data...
Mine's the one in the secret extinct volcano lair...
Well they might find their phone service switched to another provider without their knowledge and end up with a massive bill...
Perhaps they just have better taste in Giant Robot movies...
"...when a lot of your audience is streaming, or has YouTube"
The same way you calculate how much "piracy" is costing the music industry: You make up a large figure, multiply it by another large monetary amount, then get the media to publish it unquestioningly...