"Even domain name overseer ICANN...
"...which has profited to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to fees that it set by itself, warned that it has to reduce its budget expectations in the face of poor sales."
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> Ofcom is just another empire building scheme,
Ah, but then it would be "independent" (well, under different control) and would provide an excuse to start cutting BBC services and selling them off to the highest bidder such that eventually we'd have *no* broadcaster which isn't sucking the Corporate Tit*
* Mentioning no names as to *who* the Corporate Tit may be...
"It is difficult for users to understand and assess the scope of the agreement accepted by them. There is considerable doubt as to the admissibility of this procedure, in particular under applicable national data protection law."
"But they agreed to it! And they can always stop using Facebook if they want! And anyway, we're not based in your country so you can't touch us!"
(Just setting up a few squares for a new game of Bull$hit Bingo!)
It's not as far as I'm concerned.
When I was (much) younger, the road outside our house was due to be resurfaced, so there were big No Parking signs and cones all along one side, but this didn't stop some idiot from parking their car in the way.
I watched the workmen "bounce" the car across the road, do their resurfacing and then, later on, bounce it back, but they turned it so it was facing the opposite direction!
The confusion on the driver's face when he came back was most amusing...
> I always tell the nosey cow that it is a dildo
The ladies at my local Post Office already know that I sell Leather BDSM gear and sex toys, so they don't even bother asking :-)
(If I ever go to another Post Office I just pre-empt the question by saying "It doesn't contain batteries, perfumes, aerosols or anything explosive or illegal...)
Concorde had the famous "Droop snoot" which allowed the nose to hinge downwards to enable the pilots to see to land. Unless this has cameras in the nose, that snoot would have to be *very* droopy to let this happen.
PS Concorde: The only operational civilian passenger aeroplane with afterburners!
Mostly these hearings are about those asking the questions making sure they look good for the cameras and, if possible, getting a good soundbite on the news so they can say to their voters "Look, see, I'm doing stuff for you!"
Often it seems they spend so much time making speeches that they have bugger all time left to ask questions at all!
Very very rarely I will switch off my ad blocker if there's a site I *need* to use and can't access it without, but more often I switch to another browser that doesn't block, but which clears history, cache, cookies and so on as soon as I exit.
> perhaps you missed the proposals to opt out of the European Convention on Human Rights
Ironically, Cameron is campaigning to stay In, even though this would actually make it *more* difficult for him to dump the ECHR and introduce his "You have the Rights we *say* you can have, provided they're not too inconvenient for us" British Bill of Rights.
*Provided* the ads aren't irritating and intrusive, I would generally agree.
However when it's flashing "You have ONE new message!" or "Your Phone May Be Infected, Scan Now!" in an extremely annoying manner, you'll find that this user prefers to uninstall that app and find one that doesn't piss him off!
If you are doing something which is visible from the public highway then there is *nothing* that says that someone cannot take a photograph of you.
If they are on private land, then you are entitled to ask them to stop taking photographs and leave, but if you are not taking reasonable steps to preserve your privacy (cf the aforementioned "curtains") then you can complain all you like, but they are not breaking the law.
Yes, photographers should be reasonable in their actions, personally I dislike the Papparazzi using mega long lenses to take photos of "celebrities" on boats or from boats to the beach etc, but they are not committing an offence.
In any case, this is well away from the point, unless you think that the photographer was invading the privacy of the PoT!
> What offence has been committed?
Common Assault, contrary to section 39 Criminal Justice Act 1988
An offence of Common Assault is committed when a person either assaults another person or commits a battery.
An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force.
A battery is committed when a person intentionally and recklessly applies unlawful force to another.
> smoke and mirrors do the work of the former shadows...
They're saying "Look, see all this? Look how open and transparent we're being! Oh don't worry about the man behind the curtain or the person looking over your shoulder or picking your pocket or spying through your window or listening to your phone calls, they're not important because we're being open, honest...!"
Until Wikileaks published the a partial draft text of the TPP, it would have been a bit difficult for anyone not involved to even be aware of this!
...that the best way of getting a good deal for customers is to allow Big Business to write the rules for themselves and arrange nice oligarchic deals to make sure that they pay lip service to the idea of "competition" to keep the regulators happy, whilst not rocking the boat too much which would reduce profits...
"In his student days, he had won several retrieval championships, racing against the clock while digging out obscure items of information on lists prepared by ingeniously sadistic judges. ("What was the rainfall in the capital of the world's smallest national state on the day when the second largest number of home runs was scored in college baseball?" was one that he recalled with particular affection.)"
- The Fountains of Paradise
... however a look at the ideology of the Alternative for Germany party, they're centre-right Conservatives, oppose gay marriage and have been accused of using language that is very similar to that of the far-right.
So it seems that he's another "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrite.
Oh and a couple of little corrections for Kieren McCarthy: BDSM is comes from Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and submission and Sadism and Masochism and as for "Basically, if you're watching someone in leather tied up and being sexually humiliated, you've found BDSM", that's a very narrow generalisation of what is an incredibly broad topic which involves a lot more than just leather or sexual humiliation.
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