... we have *always* been at war with Eastasia!
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... we have *always* been at war with Eastasia!
"abused by a socialist/dictator president"?
Because no right-wing capitalist dictator president would dream of abusing such a kill switch?
... that a site like the following (which gives excellent advice to parents and children about the importance of consent) will get blocked...?
This isn't just "don't get raped", it's "don't rape", full stop. Learn that "no" means "NO" and respect the rights of others. But it's about (gasp!) sex and we can't have impressionable minds seeing that sort of thing!!
Well *that's* obviously a really stupid thing to do...
... gods forbid that those "impressionable minds" get the idea that condoms are a good thing to use to avoid unwanted pregnancies and STDs...
Dah, dah-dah dah dah-dah dahhhhh....
They had one of the upright machines in the Portsmouth Polytechnic Students Union back when I was a student and one afternoon, for the hell of it, I completed it by *every* route and held all the places on the high score table :-)
Get your children to join your local Junior Anti-Sex League, proles!
> Can anyone point to a definitive study that shows harm being done?
No, because there isn't one. There's lots of anecdotal claims, but they're generally based on the idea that "they saw porn therefore they did XYZ" and ignoring any other influences that may have been around.
On the flip-side, however, is the work of, for example, Professor Milton Diamond PhD of the University of Hawai'i who studied the effects of the increased availability of porn in Japan and America and concluded:
" It is certainly clear from the data reviewed, and the new data and analysis presented, that a massive increase in available pornography in Japan, the United States and elsewhere has been correlated with a dramatic decrease in sexual crime"
Unfortunately that didn't stop the last government introducing their Thought Crime "Extreme Pornography" legislation, nor, I have little doubt, regrettably, will it stop David Cameron from introducing a law making possession of videos of "consenting non-consensual" porn (ie acted out scenes of "rape" by consenting adults) a criminal offence as well.
You can (for whatever good it will do) sign a petition to object to this here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/58255
Great, provided that the only text alert allowed is a silent-mode vibration.
I once had the misfortune to be in the Quiet Coach of a train with some idiot who, fine, wasn't *talking* on his phone, but his text alert was the Tarzan yell. After him getting about a dozen texts in five minutes I asked him politely to turn the bloody sound off to which he replied "Oh, sorry, I didn't know it was bothering anyone..."
> "the more common cowapult couldnt be used in many areas due to the local religious beliefs"
So there's no local equivalent of "Fetchez la vache"?
I was so confused by the headline that I clicked on this item just to find out what the hell was actually going on...!
> "Surely we all own the copyright to our faces...?"
Nope, anyone can take your photograph in a public place and even re-use it there's nothing you can do about it. The only thing that they can't (or shouldn't) do is to post something defamatory in relation to the picture because that's libel, but even then you'd have to sue them to get redress.
Does that include the Smog?
> "Hotel rooms usually include a safe, keeping the laptop (if it will fit) or the hard drive in there is better than carrying it around with you. For that matter, the hotel itself usually has a very secure safe"
Both of which are entirely vulnerable to corrupt staff since the room safe has a built in "back door" security code to unlock it and the hotel safe can be opened by whoever is duty manager at the time .
As such, all they give is a false sense of security.
Obvously they will need to build in an additction to pictures of Kitties!
... run their website (that is responsible for ensuring people who take credit cards over the internet are PCIDSS complaint) using that well known secure piece of software, Flash...
... if this was QI, klaxons would be going off and lights would be flashing, since the coldest place on Earth is actually in laboratories where scientists have reached temperatures only just above absolute zero (or possibly even below if you believe some claims!)
@AC If you're gullible enough to believe that bottled mineral water is "better" than tap water, I've got a great deal for you on Nelson's Column...
Just because you dress it up in big words doesn't meant that you're not (either intentionally or through ignorance) agreeing with the Daily Mail's default "Hang them and flog them" position of demanding harsh sentences because "that's the only way they'll learn their lesson and not do it again"
And they would, of course, also agree with you that "it is not the place of a business or organisation that has been on the wrong end of this kind of offensive behaviour to plea", but at the same time, they would no doubt consider that "victim impact statements" should be taken into consideration by the courts when determining the severity of the sentence.
"clemency will only encourage further offending"
The Daily Mail comments page is over there ->
... and kettles come to mind?
"We're only snooping on everything to make you safer..."
"We're only snooping on everything you do to target ads at you..."
(In chorus) "It's for your own good!"
... go to the new Dark Skies Park in Northumberland... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25260186
... spotted any Black Monoliths in the vicinity?
Only terrorism? Dear me, haven't the Chinese Government and media discovered the scare-value of child porn yet...?
... fail to
buy bribe offer campaign finance to the right people...?
So five downvotes to my post pointing out that a cyclist or motorcyclist doesn't have to put a foot down, but nobody has come up with anything to contradict that, apart from Steve Knox who asserts that "balancing a bicycle without rolling forward or backward is practically impossible" leading me to the conclusion that he doesn't ride a bicycle or motorcycle like myself and has never seen someone do (or done) exactly this.
To quote a document from the Insitute of Advanced Motorists:
"26. Misconception: At STOP lines the rider must place at least one foot onto
the road surface.
"There is no specific requirement for the rider to do so. The essential requirement is that a rider’s machine must come to a complete STOP."
I recommend that the downvoters take some Advanced Training (or they can just downvote me again to be petty...)
> Yup. STOP means STOP - worldwide As a cyclist that means "put your foot on the ground" - if you play that stupid game of wobbling and not quite stopping you can be ticketed
Really? I'd like to know where he got that idea from because the only requirement in the Road Traffic Act is that the vehicle comes to a complete stop before proceeding (ie the wheels stop rotating). There is nothing that says a cyclist or motorcyclist has to put a foot down.
... IDS is revealed to have lied to Parliament.
Naturally he will now resign his post in disgrace...
... and next week Satan will be ice-skating to work...
"...are not hit with shock bills through no fault of their own."
Err, excuse me, but exactly *what* relevance does how hard you work (or whether you're working or not) have to this?
Is she saying that if you're not (according to her) "hard working" that you have less entitlement to protection perchance???
... they ban searching for the websites...
... then they ban searching for workarounds...
... then they ban any search engines which won't comply with the ban...
... then all search terms have to be approved by a government flunky (your search results will be available in the next three days...)
Of course you could go for the ultimate in style and have a gold one like Tycho Brahe.
... pick your own...
... For the Heart of the Sun...
"could the arguement not be made that sexually graphic depicitions of minors in such media risks normallising the treatment of children as sexual objects?"
Sure, you can make that argument. Just like you can argue that GTA normalises beating people up and stealing their cars for fun...
> In my opinion, the British came to a big fork in the road where reality took a left but they hung a sharp right.
And David Cameron is now going even *further* to the Right because he wants to criminalise "Rape" Porn so that *anything* which appears to be non-consensual (even if it's simulated and acted) could get you up to three years in jail!
Bravo, Call Me David, another Thought Crime for the statute books!
Why do I keep reading that as "content free ad network"?
... exactly the sort of thing deserving of patent protection...
.... another of Google's great ideas goes pear shaped because they completely failed to take *people* into account.
Whoever would have expected it...?
Yes, who could use such as mis-begotten Americanism...
... Royal Mail Shipping Advisories and Barclays Transaction Notifications and Could Not Process your Online Submission from the Tax office and...
Of course if the default was that they were unzipped into a sandbox so they couldn't auto-run their payload...
... Lockheed Martin has form for dodgy behaviour before...
*cough* Starfighter *cough*
Whilst the story of Yvette Cloette has been blown out of all proportion, there was, much more recently, the case of Bijan Ebrahimi a mentally disabled man who was falsely accused of being a paedophile after taking pictures of local youths who had been destroying his flowers who was kicked unconscious and then burned to death!
> any hypocrisy they can find and reveal.
Given that our elected politicians seem to be able to successfully engage in mind-blowing hypocrisy and yet, often, still survive in office, I doubt any such campaign by the NSA would have much effect on the "true believers"!
The only winning move...
... is to cheat ;-)
> Board games used to be a family pursuit, until it was universally realised that the monkier was simply a mis-spelling of "bored".
That might have been true in the days when all the board games that were generally available were Monopoly, Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and the like which basically just involved rolling dice and moving a counter around a track.
These days there are games like Carcassonne, Alhambra, Settlers of Catan (now with a Star Trek themed variant!), Ticket to Ride, Discworld - Ankh Morpork, Stone Age and many more which are playable by the whole family and which are a lot more interesting and entertaining than the old Monopoly etc.
Go on to Board Game Geek, find a local gaming group or shop (or buy online) and try a few. You will discover that there's more to gaming than mashing buttons...
With the Right of Freedom of Expression comes the Responsibility to use it appropriately.
Would you use the same language you use in the company of your peers in front of your parents/ grandparents/ in a church/ on television/ in front of other people's children and, if someone objects, smugly claim that you're exercising your Right of Freedom of Expression?
The N Koreans replied "Sorry, who are you?"
... after all, to misquote Oscar Wilde: "The only thing worse than being listened in on is *not* being listened in on"...
... I loved the video :-)
> To them, the big barrier is getting weapons onboard, for which the "theatre" is very effective in stopping.
Obligatory video clip of Adam Savage relating how he walked through airport security carrying two 12" long industrial razor blades http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3yaqq9Jjb4
I don't believe that!