Evidence Based Policy Making
"No, not heard of that."
1114 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014
"No, not heard of that."
"Don't ask me what happens at the merger ... "
Easy, Cadbury's Cream Eggs are rubbish.
If I have no over-riding reason to use a crypto currency (I'm not a drug lord for instance) then I have a choice. I know that the odds are stacked against me in a casino or other gambling, I do not know enough about the stock market, so why not replace my bingo with buying a few bitcoin?
The argument is that £350M will be returned to "UK control". I think that is true but the estimate (guess, lie etc) of actual addition to money spent in the UK seems to be between about £250M and zero.
Bring back Michael Miles and take your pick. I doubt we will really have a rigorous answer until 2030 or so.
"Two plus two does equal four."
Only for sufficiently average values of "two" and sufficiently average values of "four".
"So ignorance was followed by cover-up.
From what I have seen so far, that's generally SOP ... "
No, ignorance is followed by denial in the standard model.
"Everybody knows that higher ups in the chain are immune from child porn charges."
Tell that to Lady Brittan and Lord Bramall.
And that Zulu I met in South Africa, an African American African.
"What has a conviction got to do with it?"
Get convicted and you are a proven criminal. Thus your photo is retained on the criminal database.
You may or may not think this is reasonable or that some form of time limit should be applied.
"They pulled a blinder ... "
They actually pulled a dazzler and thus remained within the Laws of War.
Identical twins come in two varieties, some are mirror images of each other, the rest are not. (Depends when in gestation the zygote splits.)
Some evil twins are going to need a shiny object.
Cry "Havoc" and let slip the pedants of El Reg!
"He knew Motorola had been the best phones for his lads ... "
At least one radio was preferred by "the lads" because it was inside a substantial metal case. Draw your truncheon and there were several forms to complete and a record that could (possibly) be used against you. Hit a scrote with your radio and no one noticed and nothing was recorded.
Yes, its all those fans.
Remember the AMD processors that were sold with 4 cores but, if you were lucky, actually had 6 cores. Activating the extra cores was a risk because the Chip had failed some test to a greater (bad) or lesser (good) degree.
Still don't know it this was just an internet story or actual fact. My 4 core very much stayed at 4.
By restricting the battery capacity there is a reduced possibility of battery failure, hence reduced warranty liability. I know this because I am an experienced engineer. Tesler should just be upfront about reasons behind the extra cost for extra capacity (may be they are?).
" ... so I know all about space."
What, like its big, really big?
Ah, the Viserys Targaryen and Khal Drogo solution, only not so expensive.
"Never liked the TV adaptations."
We'll get a good video (TV/Film) of Discworld when we get a good video of Dune - probably never.
Any teeth (more like gums) that the ASA has rely on the press. If they issue the famous "this advert shall ... " etc and it is ignored then, if the company involved issues substantially the same advert they lay themselves open to a savaging in the press - Nissan Ignore ASA!
Of course there is the adage that no publicity is bad publicity and there could be an element of collusion; the newspaper/TV Station driving viewers up whilst increasing the name recognition of the offending company. Perhaps a dangerous game for the company because the campaign started by the newspaper could just become a Mumsnet blog and then all bets are off and the company pressman may get sacked.
"why do I get the wavy red underline of disapproval for my spelling of behaviour?"
Because they spell "behaviour" incorrectly in the USA.
I don't know about the USA but it is an offence for any part of the vehicle to cross the stop line when an amber light is showing in the UK. There is a statutory defence that it was unsafe to stop (when the amber light is on). Thankfully enforcement is more relaxed.
"In the US there is also such a thing as plea bargaining.
I believe there was an offer on the table that would have been a slap on the wrist, yet it would have meant he couldn't use a computer (including a smart phone) again."
1. I didn't say there was a plea bargaining system in the US courts.
2. An offer was made, even if the alternative was a pat on the back and an upgrade on the flight home, that quacks like a plea bargain.
In the UK there is an element of plea bargaining, for instance the prosecution may accept a guilty plea to manslaughter to avoid a lengthy murder trial that may just result in the same verdict. We also have a system of fixed penalties for minor criminal offences such as speeding (but not too fast).
What we don't have is a way to offer a very low level punishment for a guilty plea against the possibility of 50-150 years imprisonment for an unsuccessful not guilty plea. The nominal discount for an early guilty plea is one third off the sentence. This case will be difficult to explain to a jury, the judge may not understand and the jury may just want to set him free because he "saved the NHS." The trial will take a long time and may not result in a conviction. However the US court system seems to think that, in order to get around this awkward situation, it is acceptable in a mature, liberal democracy to make on offer you can't refuse.
"Wales is not part of England."
Correct, it was the first part of the English Empire.
"... and on to more recent events ... "
Close, but no Godwin.
" ... it'd still be cheaper than having to duplicate everything locally."
What on Earth makes you think that we want to duplicate everything associated with that benighted and undemocratic monument to self perpetuating inefficiency, graft and pork barrels that is the EU?
" ... democracy is hard to live with at times ... "
Cameron said "Let the people speak!"
They have spoken.
"if the tobacco companies got you smoking by age 18, they had you for life"
A merry life, but a short one.
"Arguments with extremists rarely convince them to change their ways."
Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.
George Carlin 1937 - 2008
I think the fine is tied to income so, as a doctor, you would pay more.
More importantly the victims can make out a civil case for misuse of data. Current payment seems to be between £250 and £750 for non-pecuniary damages - £7-20k or there abouts.
There was a report (sadly probably apocryphal) of a member of The Expeditionary Forces' Institute hefting a NAAFI pork pie at an Argy jet over San Carlos Water.
" ... party leader promoted to the Lords if their rotten borough should fail to do the right thing."
Precisely the opposite: Alec Douglas-Home
"I suggest you fool them and buy an anvil."
Now you’re part of a conspiracy, no need to buy an anvil to be convicted.
Isaac Asimov (1919-1992)
When the indicator on a BMW is flashing, what may you infer?
The bulb is working.
Playing Devil's Advocate:
If there’s a record of easily decrypted messages then when I report John Smith as a possible terrorist the authorities can easily check the real situation.
I think that is rubbish. There is plenty of information given to the police about terrorists before the event. More information is not more intelligence, let alone evidence.
No mention of the possibility, that in Marketo's case, the protocol was non-standard for what ever reason.
" ... Hopkins made a run for it. Deyo then reportedly shot him twice before calling the police ... "
"Iowa, unlike other US states, doesn't allow a self-defence defense for shooting fleeing intruders in the back."
Thank you for that irrelevant information.
"Whatever happened to creating nice, well rounded people ?"
This is against government policy. Check out the wars on fat and sugar.
Chance of what?
Sell crazy somewhere else.
(Melvin: As Good as it Gets)
"This is not to suggest that Devon and Cornwall Police takes the same cavalier attitude towards obeying the law that their colleagues in the Big Smoke do."
"discriminate between "events"
I read somewhere that the emergency calling was linked to air bag deployment. Seems sensible (and no reference to Bulgaria).
Buy spectrum, they're not making it any more.
Every time I get professional advice or make a financial transaction some one pays, sometimes it is me. I am a technophile, I hang around on the Register and other tech forums. I know the pit falls of acting as a conduit for someone else’s money.
However if I wanted money, or needed it because I was poor with children say, an offer to share the commission that would otherwise be paid to a rapacious bank may persuade me to help the "law abiding company".
Yes, if it is too good etc is a good maxim to assess any offer but those not equipped (knowledge, morals, intelligence) to do so may fall into a trap. I would like to say that banks have some responsibility here but nothing sets me off like my bank, after an over 45 year relationship, doing it best to stop me getting at my money because of money laundering rules.
I am one of the "peoples" and, knowing a very little bit of maths, do not have such an expectation.
= Not a hope of improving climate change models but I would like a research grant to check this.
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