"This might be one of the reasons no extraterrestrials have yet dropped round for a chat."
Apart from those bloody teasers...
6927 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
> It means stop pandering to them *in your own country*.
Yes, because Freedom of Expression only applies to people who have views we like...
> In point of fact, there actually wouldn't even *be* as many hardline muslim countries without the West (i'm thinking Egypt and Libya here) - the overthrow of their governments was done with the help of the West, after the incumbent populations started the ball rolling."
And I'm thinking of eg Iran where the West colluded to overthrow the Shah (and then *got* a hardline Muslim country!)
"I merely point out that leave us alone and we will leave you alone. Clearly, this is too much to ask to some people."
And have you ever considered that *THEY* might be saying exactly the same thing???
Imagine someone started interfering in your country's political affairs? Imagine if they invaded your part of the world because they thought they knew best about how things should be run? What would you do?
Do you think you might say to them "leave us alone and we will leave you alone"?
Still, clearly, this is too much to ask to some people...
Presumably, then, they didn't have a Sky+ box.
The only thing I watch "live" (ie as it's broadcast) is the News. Everything else is stacked up on Sky+ waiting to be watched at my convenience and the ads get fast-forwarded through.
I pay £20 a month for Sky which gives me Discovery, History, National Geographic, Sky 1, Atlantic, SyFy, Watch etc etc plus all the Freeview channels which is well worth the money to me.
@ the second AC
I don't know where you live, but it's pretty clear that the first AC lives in the USA. Now I don't know what their Data Protection legislation is like, but in the UK you actually have some pretty good rights under the Data Protection Act to get it corrected, so perhaps it was easier for you than for him.
"really would have been an unlikely choice for an undercover service to be issuing to its assassins"
An assassin doesn't want to have a face to face shoot-out with his target, he doesn't want to talk to him or make a witty comment, he wants to get the job done as quickly and safely as possible.
The .25 Beretta would be fine for this: Walk up behind the target, a single swift shot into the back of the head which probably won't even penetrate out the front of the skull, and while anyone nearby is wondering what that "crack" sound was and why some bloke has fallen down, the assassin is walking away, job done.
We're right, you're wrong.
We can take away the stuff on your Kindle because you don't own it, you only have a licence to read it and we can revoke that at any time without needing to provide any justification or real explanation for our actions.
It's great to be us and it sucks to be you!
You can spend *ALL DAY* being pestered by people who want an *INSTANT* response from you!
No more them sending an e-mail and having to *wait* for you to reply! No, now they just go on Skype and keep hassling you until you reply just to get them to SHUT UP!
Who could fail to love such a setup???
>> and don't get me started on the f*ckwits at night without lights.
> Well, I agree with you there.
Me too, especially all those drivers out there who are in control of unroadworthy vehicles.
To all drivers: A non-working headlight, rear light or brake light will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT test of roadworthiness, so try *checking* them every now and again!
Yes, cyclists have to obey the rules of the road like everyone else, but if they do something stupid in the vast majority of cases it's only themselves they put in jeopardy, unlike those who use mobiles whilst driving.
So, please, stop trying to obfuscate the situatino or move the goal posts, let's concentrate on *this* issue, thank you.
"Let's say you were stupid enough to go out and leave your house unlocked. I walk in and have a good old rummage through your smalls drawer...no crime there then?"
No, actually there is no crime. There is a civil offence of trespass, but that is *not* a criminal offence!
And were you to claim (as the US did) that adding extra locks on each of your doors would cost $5000 per lock (or whatever their made-up figure was) simply to get the offence to be serious enough to warrant extradition, you'd be laughed out of court.
You asked the same question in the El Reg forums on the Friday the 4th May 2012 at 13:22 GMT and I pointed out to you then that that did happen in the day of the old 0898 Adult Chat numbers.
Unsurprisingly perfectly legitimate and legal businesses suddenly found that nobody was calling their numbers because people didn't want to phone BT or whoever and say "Give me access to the porn, please".
" if you have a good product that answers the question the user asked, why not promote it?"
Because if you can put your product at the top of the search rankings it doesn't matter if it's a "good product" or not.
Why do you think some people are always trying to game their way up to the top of the google rankings? Answer: Because if you can get the first position (or be in the top three) you're *much* more likely to get someone clicking on your result. Of course if you get caught gaming the results, you'll get knocked down the rankings...
... unless, of course, you're Google...
Do a search for a map on Google which is still the most used search engine, you get a google map slap bang at the top of the page and most people won't look any further than that.
That has the effect of locking other mapping services out of the primary channel for their services and that is an abuse of a (near) monopoly situation, exactly in the same way that Microsoft did with IE.
Now MS have to offer a choice of browsers and Google should have to do the same, if you look for a map you should get an option of "these mapping services are available", not *USE OURS!"
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