What a class act Linus is :-)
608 posts • joined 30 Oct 2007
Re: Not good, dude.
Of course we should have the freedom to walk the streets unmolested by twats. But
a) you know the law in the UK is never about the vic & never will be - the crime is against the Crown.
b) This is about the plod being bone idle, whatever bullshit excuse they trot out. They are the last people to give a toss about anyone's rights... except their rights of course(like if they trip over a kerb "investigating" a robbery )
They'd love to bring back backseat confessions & all that lovely 70's style nastiness in a flash. They're bound to interpret any kind of law to do with any human rights in the most stupid,sulky way as possible in the vain hope that said laws will look stupid & will be forgotten about & they can go back to nicking who they like.
"It's highly likely the tosser in question is well known to police"
Maybe, but 'orrible old junkies of my acquaintance who are the sort who do this stuff would have caned the ATM card from all directions then sold said laptop on very quickly, a new Mac would get you a lot of drugs. Sounds a bit opportunist, non pro to me, the sort who isn't well-known like a bloke I knew who only stole cars when he was very pissed - he was never arrested for anything. Straight-looking white blokes rarely are unless red-handed or grassed.
Re: Cops? Ha! I had an entire CAR stolen
Not that helpful really, because now he appears legit, so if you drove it off, you'd no longer appear to own it (?) although I suppose he isn't insured etc.
In fact, sooner or later its going to be impounded, I think when the insurance/MOT comes due, if its on the road - you bet they won't tell you if it has been impounded. The whole thing sounds like you have a civil case against the police, surely? Unless of course, they have some government-granted loophole.
Nothing shocks me about the filth's behaviour. What is really shocking is that not one of them has ever been successfully prosecuted for murder or manslaughter despite 1433 people dying since 1990 after "some contact" with police. I know they're not all dodgy but I don't think words are adequate to describe the horror that at least some of those must have experienced.
I've surprised myself TBH by how angry I am about that :-)
Re: Law is for the poor
Crime bosses tend to avoid leaving evidence of their instructions, or just employ people who when given high-level instructions to do something, accomplish it by the cheapest, i.e illegal means. They wouldn't be billionaires if their responsibility could be proven easily, would they?
Re: The ads don't work
Funnily enough, the products mentioned in the original song don't require any advertising to sell very well. With the probable exception of nicotine. No-one(unless already addicted) would buy that if it were made illegal - it doesn't do anything except addict you.
Re: @Magani - Audience or client?
Advertising is far more about brand awareness than it is about specific buying decisions. A lot of people will buy a product because they've "heard of the company" that makes it rather than one made by they haven't. Especially if price isn't a huge issue for them.
And if it is, then the ads probably weren't targeted at them anyway.
Retroactively inserting ads into old content is an obscene idea - I'd go totally apeshit if ads were inserted into the aforementioned Casablanca. I think it would bother me far more than, say, the Pope & the Queen being gang-raped by baboons on live TV as a comparison*
*In fact I'd probably pay to see that.
Re: "..the public health advocate behind the global push for ugly cigarette packets..."
I recently gave up smoking after 35 years. The sight of my flatmate(a smoker of similar vintage) coughing up mouthfuls of bright red blood was a reality check too far.
"cigarettes in the plain packages are less pleasant to consume" - obviously not properly addicted then. When I was on the dole I used to go out swooping. i.e. collecting dog-ends & re-rolling them out of desperation when I ran out of money. (Oh, its the life of Reilly on JSA, you know....)
Re: @Will Godfrey
Although I think the phrase is meant to refer to the "unknown unknowns" that are hard or impossible to spot. Its hard to predict, say, something catching on in a mass way, or being rejected in the same way for example. I don't know if its overstated, but wasn't mobile texting a bit of an afterthought that no-one expected to become so popular for example.
I do agree that its used as a cop-out to avoid being blamed for not thinking of the unintended but blindingly obvious consequences.
People stating "laws" like that is really annoying though - "the Law of Averages" being my favourite non-law. Almost as annoying as saying "its only a theory" when referring to say, evolution. </rant>
The essence of confidence trickery
For these things to work , you need suckers, i.e. people who regard themselves as law-abiding, but get a frisson of excitement from eg buying "dodgy" goods down the pub etc(that they think are stolen designer clothes that "fell off the back of a lorry", but really are legit counterfeit rubbish). Any sensible person knows you're unlikely something for nothing (or higher returns than you'd realistically expect) but suckers love to think they've got an inside track, even though for that to be true, it would have to be illegal or just completely made up. Just tap the side of your nose & they'll come running, the mugs.
Like the "victims" of Madoff, they really are asking for it - never give a sucker an even break :-)
There's definitely a Darwinian component in this sort of fiasco.
Re: Dyslexic analysis disorder
Also, in the mind of most journos(& everyone else) "statistics == data" is true, i.e. a statement like "8 out of 10 owners etc." is a pieces of statistical analysis as far as most are concerned.
Correlation, significance, probability, regression etc. are all completely meaningless to all journalists it would seem. The only stats measure ever used is the arithmetic mean, even when a median value would be far more informative(salaries for eg) and anything that indicates spread like standard deviation etc is never, ever mentioned on pain of death( apparently).
Re: Libre/Open Office?
The disturbing thing is they're probably doing it off their own bat, without any MS involvement whatsoever. Its like football fans who get into extreme fights with other teams' fans - no-one pays them to do that either, or Republican wingnuts in the US.You don't have to pay fanatics - real MS shills would be more pro-PR types than this bunch of knee-jerk nutcases.
Re: re "I don't want a gnome tablet"
I've been for Gnome all the way....until now. I've surprised myself by how upset I am over Gnome 3 - as @Karl H says "Oh why did they break it so badly ?"
Looks like as toss-up between an XFCE or similar or KDE...... Still sticking with the mighty Debian Testing though :-)).
PS Re:Userspace tools - Even if the C lib & shell is different, its probably got the same tools though, or they can be built....
Funny to read the Windows users "expert opinions" on Linux
Re: Starting figures are well out
"the private sector workers gave up trade union membership "
Indeed they did, and often for no bonus at all. The clever thing was convincing a huge slice of the working class that they were middle class, rather than the reverse which is the truth.
The question that is going to become louder & louder is "Whose benefit is the country run for?"
We should be like the French used to be & have revolutions every so often. The ruling class in the UK are far too "intensely relaxed".
Its an absolute fucking disgrace that male rape is considered legitimate punishment (only in the US) for ANY offence that merits jail time as well as the jail time. Its not even a crime in some states to rape a man or has only very recently been criminalised. They have zero right to call themselves a civilised modern democracy until they do something about this.
Re: A ridiculous quote
Surely none of the "10 years - good" armchair hanging judges really believe that you'd get 10 years in jail if it wasn't a sleb's tits. I'd like to see a girl from a more ordinary background go to the cop shop & tell them someone posted a pic of their tits online - especially in the US, where they don't even bother to investigate rape* half the time, and get any response at all.
This guy got 10 years for lèse majesté, slebs being US royalty
Re: Oh thank Jesus
Yes, you've highlighted the bizarre nature of the US prison system, where whatever crime you've committed, the punishment is your jail time plus being raped violently repeatedly, without the rapists being prosecuted for it.
It seems that Americans regard being raped in prison as part of the punishment you deserve. This doesn't happen in UK prisons because we live in a developed nation unlike the US, which cannot claim to be at all civilised until they do something about it. Plus there are 80,000 prisoners on any given day in solitary confinement.
In the UK for example, in 2004, there were 40 prisoners in solitary over the whole year.
Re: Quite scary really
"the merger of Big Business with Government"
As good a definition of Fascism as you'll ever hear. Anti-Semitism, skinheads siegheiling & silly 'taches have fuck all to do with it, but unfortunately the man in the street seems to think that if you're English then you can't be a fascist by definition
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Why oh why
did the author go out of his way to describe "bath salts" as "narcotic"? Do he even know what "narcosis" means? If not, look it up - you're meant to be a writer.
Certainly, "bath salts" isn't exactly well-known for its relaxing & sleep/unconsciousness-inducing properties, unless you find speed psychosis & screaming mania relaxing, of course.
Just because the Yanks constantly misuse the word, you don't have to.
Re: Jumpers for Goalposts
The answer to "how many monkeys does it take?" is obviously always infinity.
Err, any fraction of infinity, no matter how large the denominator, is still infinity. You seem to be suggesting that "a really big number" ~ ∞
I know you're joking, but its the sort of joke that arts-educated journos make & seeing that there's several billion of those versus the three that know what all the buttons do on their calculator, they need no help with writing nonsense about mathematics.
all that lovely libel tourism. Our libel laws are a huge embarrassment, & perhaps a bigger reason why so many wealthy foreigners, often with plenty of blood on their hands, flock to our courts to silence the truth. Rather than UK judges being so incorruptible and so on, although we do have some of the world's best liars, sorry, lawyers.
On the subject of bankers, are you sure that the ones who lost their jobs are the same ones who caused the credit crunch? I would think the ones who lied their heads off until the last moment will be seen as loyal employees - just like any large organisation, your first loyalty is to the business, anyone else can get fucked. No doubt all the real sociopaths have been promoted. Liar-in-chief Bob "Fake" Diamond for example - he'd still be there if no-one outside Barclays had rumbled him.
Re: Both products are a big fail.
Mind you, they're all as bad - & Amazon don't have the advantage of a dickhead HMRC boss giving away huge rebates like Vodafone do. The Vodafone episode made the UK look like mugs - Dave Hartnett the twat agreed an enormous tax break without any tax lawyers present .
Private Eye have done some excellent articles on the fiasco.
Re: Surprised Face
The Torygraph is probably the least unbiased source for info concerning the Guardian, as they are the Grauniad's direct competitor. Its hard to see how the Telegraph will fare any better than any other paper - did the article describe what the Telegraph's plan's were for coping with inevitably shrinking circulation?
When people like my 81 year old Dad(who isn't a neophile silver surfer by a long chalk) are stopping buying newspapers( the Torygraph, funnily enough) because, for example, he says, "I get all the news etc. I want from the TV & Internet so I'm not wasting money on a paper when I read less than half of it anyway" then they obviously need a strategy quickly.
It doesn't sound like a paywall is one of the viable ones either.
Don't know if its any better
but when we had Sky in the late 90's the picture used to intermittently go off in heavy rain or wind replaced by a "please wait" screen. Even NTL were better than that.
Got Virgin now, & I know some people have nightmares with them, but they've been 100% with us (probably down to luck) & they certainly keep boosting the net speed. Pay for Sky Sport still as there's a terminal football addict in the house, though I hate giving Murdoch anything. I wouldn't give him the steam off my piss if it was up to me.
Re: German humour
We were not much better when we had an empire - we just only did it to the "colonials", so no-one in the UK noticed. Its amazing how many Brits think the Empire was a paragon of ethics & brought wonderful British values to the rest of the world. We succeeded where the Nazis failed because we did it slow & clever rather than blitzkrieging all over the shop.
Thank fuck karma is an imaginary religious construct - if it wasn't we'd be bang in trouble now. Not for nothing does half the world think that the Illuminati are British :-)