@Jimmy2Cows - Re: Why *4*?
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(The 5th ring has a 2" internal diameter, so probably would be easily removable)
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Lego, of course!
But will it be 187.5% better?
... "We could, but we're not going to because it's too difficult and we *like* having lots of data about you..."
> One day, I might change my mind. Or I might not.
Let me guess, you have Nothing To Hide (tm)...
"Excuse me, Mr TRT, a vehicle with your number plate was spotted at XYZ location, right next to where a serious offence of child abduction was committed. Do you have anything to prove that you *weren't* there? What's that you say? It's 300 miles away from your home? Doesn't matter, you have no alibi, therefore you are under arrest and, as part of our evidence gathering we'll take your DNA, sieze your phone, your computer and interview your neighbours and your co-workers and boss and make sure they know why we arrested you..."
Read it in the toilet, then every time you finish a page...
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'..."Apple, Facebook, GitHub, Google, the Mozilla Foundation, Twitter and Yahoo," it notes that the city is "a natural jurisdiction to take the lead in developing and certifying an open voting system."'
Thank you for voting, would you like to take a quick survey?
She voted for candidate X, you'll never guess what happened next...
Click here to tweet how you voted...
Update your phone software now!
> Fell or pushed?
Those Soap Dishes can get really mean...
Naturally his next move will be to get the Government to ban security or encryption of such things or require businesses to install back doors...
... which was pulled out of someone's arse by a security company which wants to scare you into using their products...
You're missing my point: You're offering a False Dilemma where it's "either kill X or Y", I'm pointing out that most of the scenarios that claim such things are actually avoidable in the first place.
As for black ice, it's not difficult to have sensors measuring the temperature and slipperiness of the road surface and share that data with other vehicles, not to mention being able to independently control the power/ braking of each wheel to avoid loss of control.
I keep seeing these hypothetical scenarios (which tend to get more and more outlandish with stupid setups about train tracks with ten people on one side of the points and only one on the other) and my observation is "which idiot designed this system where such a thing could happen in the first place"?
I know someone who is a Police Motorcyclist and he comments about the number of times he's taken an accident report where someone says "suddenly" or "unexpectedly" or "out of the blue", which actually translates as "I wasn't paying enough attention".
Self-driving cars have 360 degree attention, so nothing short of an explosion will "surprise" them.
When you learn Advanced Driving or Riding, you learn about Riding/ Driving Plans where you are constantly evaluating everything that's going on around you and thinking "if that lorry suddenly swerves, where would I go?" or "If the car behind the one coming in the opposite direction starts to pull out, can I brake in time or, at least, sound my horn and flash my lights to make them aware of my presence so they back out?"
Sure, sometimes you will meet a suicidal or drunken idiot or that lorry's tyre will blow out and spread flying rubber all over the road, but there are so many of these scenarios which can be dealt with without needing to decide "who dies?"
> If you have autonomous cars interacting, this shouldn't happen
Getting more people on two wheels (bicycle or motorbike) would also stop a lot of that happening. Traffic flow algorithms clearly demonstrate that, whilst two-wheel users may take up a similar amount of space in freely moving traffic as cars etc, as soon as congestion starts, they "disappear" because they are filtering through the gaps instead of taking up space.
Also two wheel users take up a lot less parking space too.
Unfortunately you get greedy councils like Westminster who decide that charging motorbikes for parking is a sensible move :-(
The problems you list could all be fixed by, instead of "firing" the meatsack drivers, *educating* them properly.
The current Driving Test is only just fit for purpose, it only says that someone has achieved the bare minimum skill level to be allowed out in control of a vehicle, yet for most people they pass and think "I know everything about how to drive" before forgetting most of it and acting like an idiot.
If people would just learn a bit of sense and consideration, road use would be a much more pleasant experience for everyone.
... been involved in a collision?
You may be entitled to compensation!
> Facebook is not the only entity trying to help India who will be hurt by India's decision to can Free Basics;
Yes, there are other big businesses who are trying to get a hammerlock on a massive emerging market and block everyone else out before anyone realises that they've been screwed...
> Facebook will keep trying to help more people in India, and everywhere, get online because getting online brings prosperity;
Especially for Zuck!
> Facebook cares about you. Yes, even you. Which is why Facebook is going to ridiculous lengths to provide internet connections all over the planet and especially in its poor parts.
And no doubt they're Thinking About the Children too! (And how to monetise them...)
... or Trojan Horse?
And "Free Basics" sounds so much like Freebasing where, of course, the first hit is free, but then you're hooked and it starts to cost...
You open the gates, you let them in and suddenly you find that your people are hooked on something which doesn't benefit them so much as it benefits those advertisers and data merchants who are rubbing their hands with glee at the millions of extra sets of eyeballs which are now looking at *their* products and nobody else (not to mention the politicians et al who got tidy "campaign contributions" for their support).
Meanwhile your local industry finds itself blocked out of its own country because it can't afford to compete with the money that Zuck can throw at this (take a loss for five years simply to bankrupt the competition? No problems...)
The "racism" and "colonialism" angle is a complete red herring, does it matter *who* tells you the information provided you understand what is going on?
> ask yourselves whether you really want to go down as the imperialists of the 21st Century.
Hmm, nice False Analogy...
PS as for the "Are Indians too stupid...?" headline, I invite readers to familiarise themselves with Betteridge's Law of Headlines"
"On the back of us flogging everything we can to our mates in business"
"and because of our loathing of state-owned services and our values which say that healthcare can be run for profit"
... to get a well known phrase or saying:
Toss Couldn't A Give
In IVF treatment, more ova are fertilised than are actually implanted.
> Everyone needs an Igor to help make new friends.
(Well, the Troll icon looks like it could be an Igor...)
I presumed that was code for "Asked his mum" (presumably he still lives with her...)
> can i have my coffee back please? it's on the floor ...
Well at least you missed the keyboard and monitor!
> who is the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow? The chaps behind the curtain I think we know
Call me David, Gideon Osborne and Treasonous May, of course.
Pay no attention to NewsCrap, Greed4S, Screwco, Crapita et al lurking behind the curtain...
... the Government are still completely clueless about the whole issue, but they think that if they stamp their little feet and demand the moon on a stick, the service providers can somehow wave a magic want and make all their dreams come true...
(And, of course, the Government justifies all of this because of "Paedos and Terrorists and Drug Dealers, Oh my!")
> Also, they can unlock doors in the house to which you don't have the key
And come in when they feel like it, repaint the walls, move the furniture around and change the favourite channels on your TV...
... and if you don't like it, they say "fine, you can always move out..."
... your phone.
We are just kindly giving you permission to use it, but only in ways that *we* approve of...
> Replying to 300 or 400 emails at a time is easy if your software lets you do a select-all-and-reply-with-this-text to ensure everyone gets their own personal "your email is important to us" message.
Especially when the reply they send back simply parrots the Party Line which completely ignores all comments that anyone has made...
> The problem is that MP's (correctly) believe that they don't care enough to do anything more than tweet. Like vote against them.
No, the MPs (correctly) believe that it doesn't matter a damn how many people complain or write petitions or stage demonstrations because of the golden rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules...
> seemed worded to be slanted towards a particular outcome.
Of course it was, just like every other "consultation". Governments (of whatever stripe) know what response they want to get, so they write their consultation accordingly to get that response.
38 Degrees tried to spoil their game by pointing out the flaws and suggesting how people could reply to give the answers that the people wanted instead and the Government decided to pick up their ball and go home because we wouldn't play by their (biased) rules.
> all emails get blocked now so every future campaign will simply be invisible.
So even if all of those e-mails were from unique individuals and not simply an attempt to astroturf the voting, the attitude would be "you couldn't write something different, so fuck you, we're not going to pay any attention to you"?
Hmm, "Hands up everyone who disagrees with this... Ok you all put your hands up identically, so we'll ignore you and go ahead anyway."
"...scrapped the consultation, and has started it all over again."
And there we see the attitude of certain people (and our Government) writ large: If you hold a consultation and don't get the answer you want, just claim that the answers are "unrepresentative" and you can go back and try again until you *do* get an answer you like.
I was one of that 92% and the fact of the matter is that the Government's "consultation" on the BBC (like so many others) was (deliberately?!) badly written, misleading and rigged to try to steer people towards responding in a certain way.
The fact that people refused to respond as the Government wanted shows the power of organisations like 38 Degrees, but it seems that there are those who prefer to denigrate their efforts with sneering comments and misrepresentative implications, based simply on their personal opinions.
Clarke debunked that story personally in his book The Lost Worlds of 2001.
HAL stands for "Heuristically-programed ALgorithmic" computer. He also mentioned that they'd had a fair bit of help from IBM in the making of the film, so it's unlikely they'd be taking digs at them.
... to quote the penultimate line from Colossus: The Forbin Project where the US and the USSR both create super computers to defend their countries and prevent war.
It ends with the computers join forces to become "World Control" and obey their programing by taking over and thereby absolutely preventing war but, as World Control says, "freedom is just an illusion" and says how mankind will advance under its guidance
Forbin angrily replies "NEVER!"
So which would *you* have? Peace under computer control or war under human control...?
> Apparently some footage from "The Shining" made it into the U.S. theatrical cut. Who knew?!
I did, but I'm a major BR geek :-)
As to the nature of Deckard, Dave 126 points out, in the versions without the "happy ending" of them driving off into the sunset (and with the Unicorn Dream included), there's a big hint as Rachael walks into the lift. There are other hints in the film too.
Not to mention those spine-chilling lines "You've done a man's job, Sir" and "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does...?"
... no doubt "Lessons have been learned"...
And plenty of low-paid workers who can be easily replaced...
Which says (I quote)
"A director of a company must act in the way he considers, in good faith, would be most likely to promote the success of the company for the benefit of its members as a whole"
There is *nothing* there that or the following sections which says *anything* about "maximising profits". In fact maximising profits could well contravene some of the requirements that follow, for instance "(c) the need to foster the company's business relationships with suppliers, customers and others" and "(e) the desirability of the company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business conduct"
A perfect example of this is how Tesco have recently been fined for deliberately delaying payments to suppliers in order to make their figures look better.
> What you can't do is act to consciously diminish shareholder value in the pursuit of some other objective. Not without explicit shareholder approval anyway.
> surely it's even more mass to have to accelerate
Clarke fiddled this one a bit by having the ship's drive use "Zero Point" energy.
> hitting a thick surface like an ice shield would absorb much much more of its energy vaporising an area maybe 70 to 80 times its size and also creating a very large explosion from the resulting superheated steam rapidly expanding.
Ok, but explosions tend to take the path of least resistance, ie I'd think that the steam would expand forwards, rather than backwards and, of course, given the cold of deep space, it would probably then tend to freeze back onto the shield, with only some loss.
Well, not yet...
The Government are currently "Consulting" on Prostitution with the Terms of Reference which say:
"The Home Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into the way prostitution is treated in legislation. In particular, the inquiry will assess whether the balance in the burden of criminality should shift to those who pay for sex rather than those who sell it."
Note that last couple of lines. There is no "burden of criminality" simply for being a prostitute, just some stupid laws about a brothel involving more than one woman at an address or someone employed as security being counted as a pimp, but somehow this consultation is assuming (or implying) that there is or soon will be one...
There are innumerable other escort sites out there, all of which operate similar business models and all of which are easy to find with the most basic of searches, so *why* was this one singled out?
"...would be more compliant than that of their southern colleagues."
Hmm, it seems that these particular Custodes are Custodieting* themselves very well and acting in a sensible and responsible manner.
Obviously, therefore, they need "proper oversight" to ensure that they
keep doing this stop wasting a valuable resource in the fight against [Terrorists | Drug Dealers | Paedophiles]**
* Yes, so what...? ;-)
** Delete as appropriate for whatever press release is being issued.
... well, anything we like, basically, because it will probably all be done through Statutory Instruments which let us change the laws as we see fit without needing to tell anyone about the changes until they're done...
Way to totally miss the point.
There are people out there who want to produce films for niche markets, often in the adult fetish genres, but the cost of getting BBFC classification is so expensive and the market sufficiently small that it would be impossible to make a profit on these films.
Consequently you get the ridiculous situation of these films being available everywhere, *except* in the UK because of the "protection racket" that says "either you get BBFC classification or we prosecute you for selling uncertificated material".
But don't worry, they're thinking of the children by protecting them from buying this filth...
Oh great! Ruin the suspense for us all, won't you?
What on earth is the point of watching it now...???
"Yes. Well, everyone but *us*, of course..."