... this will also stop bigotted African Bishops claiming that condoms don't prevent HIV!
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Erm, excuse me, but during a dive in the Mediterranean, Jacques Cousteau and his crew found a *two thousand* year old amphora of wine that was intact. Thinking there would be others, they drank it (and found it tasted terrible!)
IIRC, however, they never found another one...
> at least they have a quiet coach on long runs
And we all know that *nobody* ignores the signs saying "don't use mobiles" on those. And the Guard is *always* walking through the train, so if they find someone using a mobile they tell them to stop and move and....
... Doesn't he know that spamming everyone with crap is *our* job!
Of course maybe if we changed it so that users had the choice of whether a page can get access to their friends list, likes and shoe size rather than just saying "if you want to look at this, you've got to give us access to all your data..."
Nah, that's crazy talk.
... someone wants to do some research for an article they're writing on, well, an online tech newspaper, let's call it The Restiger.
The article is about the prevalence of child abuse images around the world and the number of people convicted for possession of such images.
So they enter a search term like "statistics for online child pornography arrests" and, oops, "Sorry, that search term is blocked, what you're looking for is illegal, don't worry about seeking help, we've got your IP address and we'll be knocking on your door in 30 minutes..."
Nope, can't see anything going wrong with *this* brilliant piece of pandering to the tabloids from Cameron...
"...provided it can persuade a judge the evidence is strong enough. Lord Justice Arnold agreed the sites have the effect of making unauthorised stuff available."
Pity there isn't an additional clause saying that, in order to have a site blocked, the stuff that it's made available should, instead, be made available by the rights-owner at a fair and reasonable price...
Hmm, an Anonymous Coward who refers to me as "Marsden"? Now who do I know who does that...?
And as for "Even with the many rip offs of the old music business you could still earn a living", there's a difference between making a living and being paid fairly for what you do. I recall a documentary about Queen and Brian May commenting that he was still living in a bedsit whilst their manager had just bought a new Rolls Royce.
Still, I'm sure he was happy just "earning a living"...
And' don't forget that whilst they're "teaching youngsters about the perils of internet piracy", they're not teaching them how to avoid dodgy managers and rip-off contracts with big media companies which mean that they end up with most of the money whilst the artist ends up with a pittanance...
... what about The Pandorica Opens? "Hello Stonehenge! [...] All of you shut up because *I AM SPEAKING*!"
Silence in the Library? The wonderful first appearance of River Song.
The Name of the Doctor? With the flashbacks to other Doctors and other companions?
IMO All of these deserve to be in the Top 10 list.
Except you can get what is, IIRC, known as the Tyrrany of the Minority. This is where you get a small but vocal group (think the Mary Whitehouse Brigade) who want something banned, the politicians figure it's a good bandwagon to jump on and the majority who are either indifferent or in favour but don't dare to speak out because of embarrassment or social pressure, keep quiet.
So I have to wonder how many people in Singapore *actually* wanted this site banned.
I have to agree. The full PCI-DSS compliance requirements are ridiculously over-complex for a small business.
The first time I tried to register, I went through their "helpful" questionnaire which then reckoned I needed to do the whole rigmarole and, despite being pretty tech savvy, I ended up going "WTF is *that* all about?"
Fortunately, after phoning up their help line and speaking to someone who actually knew the system, I found that I didn't need to do all that and could skip about 90% of the process.
"How the fuck do these people sleep at night...."
They just tell themselves they're keeping America safe for Truth, Justice and Mom's Apple Pie! (And if they have to piss all over the Constitution and every Right their people have in order to do it, well, that's just the Price of Freedom...
But road accidents are a *lot* more likely than aircraft accidents, so expecting everyone to have to prove who they are just in the *extremely* unlikely event that they are involved in an air crash is really grasping at straws.
And whilst, yes, countries require you to disclose your identity when crossing their borders, why should such proof be necessary for *internal* flights which are the (safer!) equivalent of catching a bus?
"I was a policeman in the West of England many years ago"
Reading what you wrote after this, I have to say I'm damned glad you're no longer a policeman in this country because your attitude is what brings the Police Service into disrepute (just like the behaviour of some of your colleagues in the Plebgate Affair and many others)
I'm sure you did catch "an awful lot" of people. I'm also equally sure that you harassed a whole lot more people who were completely innocent of any crime, but had their Rights and Civil Liberties violated by some arrogant Jobsworth who liked throwing his weight around and abusing his power.
Arguing that we should all have ID cards to save *our* time when *you* and yours illegally hassle us for the sort of "crimes" that Constable Savage would have been concerned about is ludicrous and to compound that by suggesting that we should be able to "show evidence of who we are" the next time someone decides to engage in a bit of Security Theatre demonstrates that you were quite happy to piss all over the Rights and Liberties which you were supposed to be *protecting* just because you could.
Driving a car is a privilege, not a right and you accept that as part of that privilege you are required to 1) Pass a Test to demonstrate you have, at least, achieved the minimum level of skill to be allowed out on the road, 2) Make sure your vehicle has an MOT (and thus is safe to be on the road) and 3) Insure the vehicle to protect others if you behave irresponsibly and damage them, their vehicles or their property. None of these are requirements to be allowed to walk down the street.
Your references to gasment, electric meter readers and students/ lecturers are irrelevant to the situation under discussion.
If you have no problem with me (or anyone else) having to prove who I am to get on a plane with you, what about a bus? What's to stop me forcing the driver out of his seat and then running a load of people over? (GT Omnibus!)
Finally, I find it odd that you *do* object to the "other horseshit" involved in flying. Why is it that you object to all the other bits of Security Theatre (removal of shoes, limits on drinks, restrictions on what you can carry etc) but think that having an ID card to prove who you to be allowed on the flight is acceptable?
"They slow down the traffic and create empty gaps"
You get a higher throughflow of traffic at slower speeds because you don't get the bunching caused by people "driving on their brakes" as they zoom up to the next vehicle/ pedestrian crossing/ traffic lights then slam on the anchors creating an extremely inefficient(!) stop-start situation as they waste momentum turning it into heat (in their brakes) and then have to expend fuel accelerating again.
The empty gaps left when two-wheel users filter can be used for efficient driving by simply going a bit slower and allowing elasticity in the system. (Look up Hypermiling for more details).
And London isn't representative of the whole country. Having travelled on two wheels in that city and others, it seems that the vast majority London road users, no matter how many wheels they are on, are bloody terrible!
" the bicycle uses the roads highly inefficiently and aggravates traffic congestion in the cities"
When transport congestion is modelled, two-wheel users are a positive benefit because whilst they might take up the same sort of space as cars etc whilst traffic is moving, as soon as things slow down, they start filtering between the gaps, thus *reducing* the amount of road space used and thus the congestion caused.
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