... The Big Bang Theory is still going strong.
Probably something to do with it actually being funny...
6927 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
... The Big Bang Theory is still going strong.
Probably something to do with it actually being funny...
Ah, now you're trying to use me as a scapegoat for your failure to understand what an ad hominem argument is.
Feel free to have the last word, I've wasted enough time on this.
Your whole post boils down to one single point: "if it addresses these attitudes [...] ‘pour encourager les autres’"
If you're not aware, the origin of that comment was in Voltaire's Candide and was in reference to the execution of Admiral John Byng for failing to relieve the beseiged British Garrison at Minorca
Byng was effectively made a scape-goat for the British Government and Admiralty's failure to do *their* job properly by a) not acting in time to deal with the expected French attack on Minorca and b) sending Byng out with ships that were undermanned and in a poor state of repair.
So you're looking to do pretty much the same, find a scapegoat to blame for *your* failures and if that requires locking them up for four years, well, that's not your problem, is it?
The fact that "make an example of them" sentences have been shown throughout history to be abject failures in dealing with the root causes of problems seems to be of no concern to you either.
Ah, right, so you're talking about a parenting failure.
Still, nice to see that, rather than learning from such mistakes (or, even better, teaching children a bit of common sense so they don't happen in the first place ) you're in favour of locking them up for four years instead.
How do you "inadvertently" have "a Face book inspire party" held in your house?
I suggest you might look at de-friending a few idiots rather than demanding they get four year jail sentences!
To paraphrase an old quote: "What if they gave a riot but nobody came?"
Not long after the recent riots, just down the road from me a party got out of hand with over 100 people turning up after word got out via Twatter etc.
The Police managed to herd them out of the side roads and contain them, but some drunken idiots "for a laugh" apparently started chanting "we're going to riot".
There was no riot, very little damage was caused, but should those idiots also get four year sentences?
"my job involves teaching students to become programmers."
Hey, I've had a great idea for solving your coursework problem, so I'm going to patent it, then if anyone else comes up with the same solution I can sue them and pay off my student loans with *their* money!!
... oh you know the rest.
... better than a personalised domain name!
'would you rather give people the power to have every post critical of, say, Orlowski removed from this site because it was "defamation"?'
Ah, but they never even get published in the first place if Andrew sees them first...!
(Bet this one won't either...)
Regrettably, now, under one of the Thought Crime laws that Blair's minions brought in, "two girls [...] dressed in school uniform and [...] about to kiss" could be classed as kiddie porn since they're in school uniform, so it's possible to assume that they're under age.
What this does to St Trinian's films I don't know, but it's probably not good.
... one of the things that helped Bletchley Park crack Enigma was when the Germans used three letter codes to initialise the rotor positions and often used HIT which was followed by, of course, LER for the encrypted message setting!
Even if you *KNOW* something has gone missing because you sent it, the Post Office will just say "Fill in this form, send it to us and eventually, after you've allowed three weeks for it to turn up, fob you off with a letter saying 'if it is important you should pay extra for Recorded or Special Delivery and there's nothing else we can do'".
Been there, done that...
Curses, that was going to be my comment! :-)
... who are claiming royalties from everyone for using the Gregorian Calendar...!
To quote from The Ballad of Halo Jones, I think you mean "Increased Leisure Citizens" :-)
If they have legitimate grounds for tracing a phone call, then, just as with land lines, they can get a warrant to do so. But "Because we want to" coupled with a decision by an ignorant Judge aren't legitimate grounds.
Just because the authorities *can* find the location of a phone in case of emergency, doesn't mean that they should automatically be allowed to do that with *any* phone at *any* time of their choosing without going through the required legal process.
Hasn't he heard of this clever modern invention called "wireless"?
”Golgafrincham Ark Fleet. Ship B. Hold Seven: Telephone Sanitizer, Second Class.” And a serial number!
”Telephone Sanitizer”? A dead telephone sanitizer?
... I was expecting them to say that they'd sighted a huge ship that was hiding in a pocket of hyperspace or maybe a suspicious looking extra moon...
And thus neatly demonstrated how stupid it is to post anything like this on a "social network".
"...takes between two hours and several weeks of research"
Or a few seconds to cut and paste from somewhere else and about five minutes to chuck in some extra comments...
... that certain Providers will add (if they don't have already) a clause in their T&Cs which states that only *YOU* have the right to listen to the music or read the books etc you've downloaded and that, on death, the ownership rights revert to the Provider, so passing on your password to your wife or children is breaking the law (or will be when they've finished lobbying for it!)
... this should be under ROtM?
"An r18 film is only allowed to be sold by a licensed sex shop."
True, for bricks and mortar shops, but it's also perfectly legal for you to buy such a film via the web from anywhere in Europe *except* the UK unless the UK seller has paid for a licence for their business to be classed as a sex shop even if it has no physical high-street presence!
Consequently you have UK suppliers who can legally make films which are not for sale in this country...
I suggest you consider these two sentences from your post again:
1) "they are not trying to foist their ideas on anyone else."
2) "a quick trip to a children's clothes shop where sexy underwear for 9 year olds is on display may result in anyone reasonably wondering whether this is appropriate, Christian or not."
The point is they are not simply "reasonably wondering" if this is appropriate and then, if they decide for themselves that it is not, they won't buy such things for their children, they have already decided that it *is* appropriate and now consider that it is their duty to lobby the Government to impose that decision on everyone else, just as they have done with their desire for "opt in" porn.
... someone said "Hey, how about we test if it can be picked up by lots of different virus scanners...!"
Bike haunts? What, you mean like Loomies at the Junction of the A272 and the A32?
Try standing outside there and watch who gets on their bike and then thrashes off down one of those roads like a complete idiot.
Speaking also as a "middle-aged biker" and one who only passed his Direct Access four years ago, I'd just like to say: Nonsense!
It's not the "middle aged" ones I see trying to get their knee down on the A272, nor are they the ones carving across lanes of traffic on the motorway or doing stupid overtakes on blind bends and crossing double white lines or treating the chevron-ed dividing gap between two-way traffic as a "bikers only" lane which they can blast along at stupid speeds blithely trusting that no cager is going to obstruct their path...
How about you try looking a word up in a dictionary before you start slagging off others?
For instance, from the Free Online Dictionary "1. To lurch or swerve while in motion" and I think there would be plenty of lurching and swerving when two black holes came close together...
Back in the 1980s, when the 0898 adult phone lines were in operation, it was decided to make access to those lines "opt in" so everyone, by default, was opted out and, if they wanted to phone those numbers, they had to contact BT and ask someone to switch on that feature.
Not surprisingly, the number of people phoning those number plummeted and the Operators of those legitimate businesses were almost driven to bankruptcy because of the censorship of their provision of perfectly legal content.
Fortunately sanity, at last, prevailed, and the default was switched to "opt out", but it's a salutary warning of what happens when Governments try to do something "For The Good Of the Children!"
"Ah - now, that's our speciality - covered with darkest creamy chocolate. When you pop it in your mouth steel bolts spring out and plunge straight through-both cheeks. "
Monty Python - Whizzo Chocolates sketch :-)
"[...] all the research was conducted on volunteers who were fully aware they were being watched."
So unless they're amazingly good actors the "Observer Paradox" comes into effect whereby the knowledge that you're being watched changes the way you behave, thus invalidating the results.
... for a candlestick?!
And you can't even use them as a cheese knife...!
I know exactly what you mean. So much of what appears on TV these days (especially what passes as "documentary") has images simply because, well, it's TV, you've got to have pictures, but they don't actually *add* anything to what you're hearing.
Oh, BTW, I'm writing this reply whilst "watching" (or listening to) Mock the Week on Sky+ :-)
... From Isaac Asimov:
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but rather, 'Hmm... that's funny...'"
"...wanted to give themselves a heart attack!"
There, fixed it!
... Parties traditionally hosted their conferences to give their members a couple of days at the seaside.
And, just the same, having mobile phone coverage is a convenience. You can go to somewhere where there is a landline or payphone if you want to call someone, there is no obligation for anyone to supply a signal for your convenience.
*Why* should it be a "legal requirement for the phone companies to provide 100% coverage"? That's like saying it should be a "legal requirement" for Company X to have a store in my town!
And if you're out in the middle of nowhere and need to call for help, would you suddenly decide that that £150m was money well spent...?
But they're glad I upvoted your post!
"Ship locked into stage computer A-OK. Stand by for Sun Dive."
Mine's the one with the Electronic sub-etha Thumb in the pocket...
Harder, yes, impossible no.
A little story: Many years ago I and friends used to crack copy protection on games on the BBC Micro so we could hack the code for infinite lives etc (not to actually *copy* the games of course, because that's *theft* doncherknow...!)
As time went on the protection got harder and more intricate, culminating in a version which Exclusive-Or-ed a bit-stream from the cassette (yes, games came on cassette tapes years ago, boys and girls!) against the timer such that any attempt to break into it would change the reading on the timer and thus render the code garbage and pressing the "Break" key would just wipe the memory.
Of course as soon as we realised this, we figured there was a simple bypass by taking out the chip with the OS on it (yes, a chip with the *whole* OS!) copying it and re-blowing it onto an EPROM but without the code that wiped the memory.
So we could then load the game, press Break and save the memory giving us full access to the code which we could hack to our hearts' content.
In other words we found a flaw in Security by Obscurity which, once breached, made all the Security completely redundant.
The moral of this story is that Security by Obscurity will make life harder for those who want to get their hands on the code, but unless you have something else in there as well, once it's breached, your code is wide open.
But she is not showing games "For Gain"! Now if she was charging an entry fee on the door, that would be "for gain", but she's offering them for *free* and anyone coming into the pub can buy a drink if they want, just as they could before, however that has nothing to do with the football.
As opposed to the Rights Holders who are attempting to fleece *everyone* to maximise their profits?
... Facebook is Watching You!
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