You mean Chuck Yeager, the guy who fell out of the sky with his head on fire?
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Well, Wikileaks' late scurrilous behavior doesn't detract my appreciation for what seemed some responsible, well-done and well-needed leaks a few years back, and still suspect the funny sex charges were a setup. Perhaps isolation *has* made Julian go a bit bonkers these days, or it's the vengeful fuck in him he gets to focus on at the moment. Anyway, leaking commoners' phone #, email, SSN, card numbers, etc. doesn't qualify as news or " responsible" anymore.
Uh, the W's thing was a prank, a joke son, as Foghorn Leghorn would put it. Fewer keyboards than initially claimed, and a better joke than invading a country looking for WMD keys you know don't exist. Even Blair was in on that prank, which was even worse than Boris Johnson's recent skit (well, we shall see - if it leads to the EU breaking up and European wars again, the new Foreign Secretary may have the last laugh). Well done, lads.
Living here in Rumsfeld's "New Europe", I don't find the EU project "crashing" at all. It could be better, I suppose, if there weren't so much euroskepticism, but then again, it's that freedom to be luke-warm and whining that probably makes it acceptable even if not all it could be with enthusiastic participation.
Still, all the bit about immigration flabbergasts me - there's not terribly much - certainly not by American standards - and most of the racism is homegrown towards locals. And I thought that UK had exceptions to most anyone coming in anyway, while Germany et al. tightened up the rules during the worst of the Syrian boat crisis. Was that tough?
The supposed Nazi laws from Brussels are overall not terribly odious - I think they had us slow our escalators down a bit and helped clean up some pollution, but I'd have been quite happy for them to be *stricter* in getting rid of corruption. But that's a sop to self-determinism as well.
In short, most of the problems I see are by design to keep from being too controlling. Should the UK want more efficiency, they can pitch in and make the agreement more rigorous. Otherwise, I think the convenience of Brits living in Malaga, trashing the countryside on the way to Paris matches or holding wicked bachelors weekends in Prague, along with ahem the simplicity of doing business across 25 aligned EU markets well make up the price of EU entrance and any kind of inconvenience you've suffered because.
And for us, the SmartWings/EasyJet over has us feeling rather close (my daughter's touring London with her class as I type, and I'm pretty sure they're not on GCHQ's watchlist nor causing havoc at the local mall aside from spending too much of my converted money). Should UK exit, I imagine there will some small tip in preference to holidays in Spain or Holland - mostly psychological, but that's what most of this is about anyway.
Anyway, here's hoping for some Remaining clarity before we take Leave of our senses.
You're obviously confusing a lap dance with down-on-all-fours-lapping-like-a-dog, the position Apple prefers its customers. Yes, you're there for *their* gratification.
Obviously most of us can't afford this hardcore dominatrix stuff - that's why they call it "Pro" - so make do with the hands-&-tongues-free version.
As long as they don't regulate vampires, the vapers can f*** off. I just need a pint of blood a day, not too much to ask, and not nearly as filthy as that liquid these e-fag smokers inhale. No tar, no nicotine, just a pure haemoglobin rush (and a bit of alcohol if you pinch someone coming home from teh pub - oh well, 2-for-1 special I suppose). Hit 'em in the jugular - they deserve it anyway.
When gravity waves, it's just waving goodbye.
I'm afraid we must part with particles,
Einstein's beach has very minor ripples.
(wasn't that a cheap booze we used to imbibe?)
If we catch that wave, can we hang ten by dint?
(or just find a toehold, too small to mount)
I've seen things that some of you people'd astound, like
Gravity's Rainbow off Orion (if you really really squint)
Clearly the chance of 2 confirmed groupies comparing notes and getting jealous and reporting stuff done with only 2 people alone leads to arbitrary assignation of guilt and a real opportunity for legal abuse.
There is no fucking mechanism whereby we can tell whether he intentionally or not kept going after a condom may or may not have come off - they were alone, and having just had consensual sex, no semen tests or vaginal bruising or any typical rape metrics can be used. It's pure he said/she said, and if she's pissed at him *OR* if she's a CIA/NSA plant, there's plenty of motive to file a frivolous baseless charge. Him being a well-known public figure only ups the ante.
So leave the faux feminism in the cloakroom with all the other cheap furs.
Wow, what a disapproving bunch - thought all the Bowie retrospectives would have at least got people waxing nostalgic for the age of free love and its mate, irresponsible sex, and alternate meanings of of "Red Head". What happened to Anarchy in the UK or the Blockheads? all in a nursing home I s'pose.
Stop using the bullshit rape word. He didn't rip her clothes off, he didn't violently take her, it's 1) a question about whether he continued after a condom broke and 2) whether he entered one girl again after she fell asleep. Both are he said-she said stories that the girls reported after everything seemed ok the next day until the 2 girls traded stories. There's nothing that a court or prosecutor could dig out of this bullshit case, but fortunately thousands of hours of expert musing at The Reg will rectify this moral dilemma. Meanwhile dozens die every day in Iraq, but we've solve the enigma of the half-used condom and the sleepy encounter. A beer for all - twaddle on home.
No idea what chemtrails is. Don't much trust pharmaceutical companies nor Dick Cheney. Do you? But in any case, I hope you're not a My Lai and Abu Ghraib denier - those are historically documented events. Nice try at deflection though - you earn the twat-of-the-day award.
What did that spokesbod say about spying on Merkel, intercepting as many EU phonecalls as passed through Blighty, or Hussein's 45 minutes over winterland capabilities? Or was that "spokespod"?
Anyway, must be a truly serious matter they're chasing Julian for, one that millions of males would be guilty of - overeager careless attitudes towards sex with a stranger, including gasp with alcohol, maybe even spleef. The 60's & 70's have officially left the building. Hell, even the rave years are distant memories now.
That's why they set him up this way - they get lots of support from the "law and order" crowd cursing the bloody anarchist hippies. Helps to have reflexive allies, no? In the US they just talk about building a wall and fret about police being able to do their job post-Ferguson, and supportive fans pop out of the woodwork.
The fact that Eric Snowden releases exposed the far reach of the NSA, such as spying on Merkel for years or smuggling weapons from Benghazi to Syria, gives us pretty clear understanding that Assange wasn't just paranoid. The treatment of Bradley/Courtney Manning, including debasing 24 hour strip confinement & punitive "suicide" watch only strengthens the argument.
A setup over an exploding condom should have been enough Monty Python for Islanders to appreciate. Sadly you blokes seem to trust government much more than you did in the 70's punk era - guess that's how you ended up carrying Bush's luggage on the way into Iraq. Pretty flat learning curve here.
Assange reasonably assumed these bastards were out to get him, setting him up with groupies and bogus charges, which of course is classic takedown - could have set him up with kiddie porn or if Russian put radioactive tabs in his coffee - makes little difference - discredited is defanged, and the US didn't want any more videos of soldiers killing civilians - My Lai & Abu Ghraib got way too much TV time. But at this point, Assange is as forgotten as Michael "Dude, where's my country" Moore - score another 1 for the military complex.
Either that or he continues his work at Wikileaks and documents how the US + UK bollocksed their way to the rise of ISIS and the EU's refugee crisis - that report would be worth 12.5m quid in bobby fees all by its lonesome. The story behind a decade of groundless attacks against Iran would be bonus.
I think he used the asylum process exactly as he should have.
Yes, he's more important than most citizens in that he released videos of war crimes by the world's greatest military power. Perhaps you can discern distinctions, but I can.
That he was taken down by groupies with "exploding condoms" are the only inverted commas I need to see.
The later revelations about the NSA & Britain's own spook service (GCHK?) only increase his importance - he inspired Eric Snowden.
To pull a Godwin, technically Anne Frank broke the law and was guilty of crimes far past her self-imposed detention. Shame on her, eh? But she could have surrendered at any time to face her charges, yet chose not to do it, instead resorting to self-aggrandizing by writing a sensational little memoir. Talk about egotistical martyr syndrome.
The US managed to put Assange on ice for 3 years, effectively ending his exposure of things like our strafing civilians, our Arab buddies' misadventures, and probably a banking scandal (Bank of America?) that got hushed up.
Assange on the other hand was spared the Bradley Manning 23-hours naked, wake every hour "suicide" watch, and the typical American gang-rape cell, and the possibility like prisoners in Guantanamo he would simply be held forever without charge.
Roman Polanski's still welcome in France, and that's after drugging and anally raping a 13-year-old, so I wish people would stop talking about Assange's imputed "bad behavior".
"dero", like in "truth or dare?"
Looked again - "...pursuit of fame, power, wealth, or status..." - power or wealth? hard to see a big bank account or more than easy dibs on table at Tiffiany's. (worn out) Welcome at certain embassies I guess.
Fame or status, I suppose, but less complicated & dangerous paths than pissing off America's spooks and war machine.
@Helpmann And it would deliver a debilitating blow to your ego if you ever realized that the excesses Assange was reporting was what led to the cockup in Libya where we unleashed militias everywhere, and the one smuggling weapons into Syria where instead of rebel-love regime change we got ISIS.
All Assange got was a free AirBnB. The rest of us - especially the Levant and Tripoli and the ones who get to sort out a million refugees - got shafted. But sure, laugh at Assange, because he has blond hair or something.
Yeah, it's a confirmed path to riches posting videos of US flyboys strafing civilians, because Americans always care about appearance of injustice. Assange was just in it for the money and the CIA-provided poontang. If it hadn't been for the incredible exploding condom and a well-timed tandem Norse groupie remorse, he would have been playing Mike Myers in the Spy Who Shagged Me II.
Jobs' biological father also headed a society in Syria that was disbanded due to its violent protests. Not sure Banksy was alluding to that - oh wait, he wasn't - or Jubs' subsequent Calvinist upbringing with his stepfather a repo man.
Nor was Banksy using this bit about Apple's taxes to allude to the amount of money Apple underpays worldwide with lawsuits in several unhappy countries.
Glib street art is sometimes a bit *too* glib.
MSSQL? Xbox? SharePoint & Dynamics? even Azure appears to be doing quite well, say #2 in a tough hosted cloud industry. Ballmer blew mobile phones, but so did Motorola, Blackberry & Nokia - fine company. The bigger point is Ballmer did better on Business software than he did on consumer.
For New Zealand they can do @KimDotCom - for most others @DearGreatLeader will suffice.
For US, they can get a headstart with @SomeGOPWingnut.
For all humanity, try @DollyLama [@DollyLlama in Peru]
But for the largest source of intergalactic influence try @TaylorSwift
And for raw naked power, @SmileySirius
Bob said, "You talkin' to me? there's about a geelion fuckin' actors here and youze a nobody - you talkin' to me? I dont even know who the fuck you are"
And with that he snorted another line of coke off his Breguet watch, and looks at the crowd... "Whaaatt? watcha lookin at? My name is Rupert Pupkin and I've been lookin' for this theater all night - I asked my mom how to get here from Jersey, and she said 'practice practice practice'.... I sez, 'Ma, that's terrible - they told that joke in the 30's'. 'she says, "and what? you're over 30"
Really, Butterfield was lucky he didn't get whacked - you don't fuck around with the mob - look at that greaser in Goodfellas - had a temper like a firecracker. Should have asked De Niro about his plumbing - that movie (Brazil) was at least a comedy. Kinda.
Oh please, Phil Collins stepped out from behind the drumseat of a rather talented band, for a while filled Peter Gabriel's vocal and writing boots quite admirably, and then lost it on Motown re-tread, schlock easy listening snoozers, and bouncy annoying junk that would make Billy Joel cringe. He was like a little boy, glurging over his over-excited pre-pubescent tastes with no self-restraint. I had a girlfriend at the time who wanted me to appreciate his sensitive side. Instead I grabbed my backpack and hit the road. 30 years later, you should too - just move on. As for the UN peacekeepers put in place to keep him in retirement, I suggest hazardous duty pay.
Folks, whoever sent in the "rape" groupies and the incredible exploding condom managed to derail Wikileaks for the last 3-4 years - the US doesn't care anymore. Certainly drone strikes can continue unabated, the Halliburton hit squads have successfully rebranded, and there's no more talk about "Arab Spring" outside of bath soap.
I just wish Sweden could have proffered at least one fish charge like the famous red snapper from the Vanilla Fudge.
Pretty silly - Exalead got bought off the market by Dassault about the same time as Microsoft bought Fast & bundled with Bing & Sharepoint. But Google had a search appliance out at the same time too, and typically people would just buy it because they weren't that interested in evaluating the difference between Autonomy, Exalead, Fast or Google - they took the perceived market leader at a much cheaper price point than the others (ok, not sure about Fast), or they moved to OpenSource Lucene/Solr or its more trendy upstart competitor ElasticSearch. I don't bet that either of the latter is doing that well with support contracts.
In short, Search went commodity and no one wanted to pay for it. VCs should definitely beware. Not because of HP, but because of lack of paying customers and competing against Google. But sure, Mike Lynch is the AntiChrist & HP wuz robbed. Feel better?
Well, you're the auld dinosaure, ain't ya?
I'm supposed to text or email the dozens of people I communicate wtih regularly just to see if they're about and something important, rather than the easy ping that Skype supplies?
Or I use a different IM and convince hundreds of contacts that they should join a new service?
Let me guess, Google+? or a more stable Tinder based on AWS service? (oops)
It would be more consistent to not trust the scientific establishment on global warming *AND* vaccines/disease control, *OR* believe in them both.
The scientific and PR methods in both are similar - why should 1 be sound & the other flawed?
Unless there's a huge money motive to gin up one and not the other - but from where I sit, there's lots of cash to be made in both expanded vaccines & mitigating warming.
Google is moving from Java to native code because its attempt to use someone else's work for free wasn't quite the slam dunk they wanted.
[rolling over billionaires isn't as simple as tossing a few bitcoins to the typical garage hacker]
But when Google open sources those search algorithms and stops complicating life for Android forkers, I'll make up all kissy-kissy.