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June 25, 2008

Parking Fail

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7472490.stm

How on Earth does this happen!?

Parking Fail. Photo by Ronan O'Kane


June 04, 2008

I'm With Stupid →

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/7435752.stm

It's embarassing to think I share a country with ignorant pricks like these...


May 31, 2008

World No Tobacco Day

Follow-up to Looks like the Government finally did something right… from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

Apparently today is World No Tobacco Day.

So "Yay!" to no smoking.

World No Tobacco Day

Remember, if you smoke you're a damned fool.

Coincidentally, if you're interested, richardwinskill.co.uk has other themed headers. I particularly like 21st April because I think the colours are beautiful.


May 20, 2008

'Phone calls database considered'

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7409593.stm

Oh for the love of all that's sane. Where to begin? No...all right? Just "No".

This kind of shit is why I have less than no faith in politics.

It was a stupid idea before, it's still a stupid idea, it won't work, it'll be too easily abused, and I seriously doubt it'll catch any real dingleberries.

Whatever happened to privacy?

Whatever happened to this being a free country?

What makes the government think they can protect this data? They don't exactly have a good track record...


April 12, 2008

It's a bypass… gotta build bypasses…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7344045.stm

I wholeheartedly support Mrs Reid's actions; I find it absolutely disgusting that houses are still demolished to make way for building projects, and I can think of no better way to get that point across.

It is an archaic and irrational process, and I seriously worry about the mental state of anyone who thinks it's a good idea to demolish someone's home for something as frivolous as fucking football or a damned supermarket.


April 08, 2008

If backpack bombs actually looked like bombs, then they'd be useless…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/7336740.stm

A BBC radio reporter was held to the ground and searched by police under the Terrorism Act after his transmitter equipment was mistaken for a bomb.

I have several issues with this. Firstly, the equipment apparently looks like this:

Radio transmitter backpack

Admittedly, as well as a radio transmitter, I will accept that this could look like a bomb, but that is precisely the problem: backpack bombs look like backpacks; if they looked like bombs then the bombers would never be able to get near their target...

Secondly, it is worth pointing out the sentence Mr Khan's backpack contained equipment that is regularly used to allow reporters to broadcast from locations around the city centre. Did you notice the important word? It's "regularly". This equipment is regularly used around the city. It is not a rare occurrence for this equipment to be chosen; it is used regularly.

Thirdly, apparently Police were told an "Arabic-looking man was acting suspiciously" outside a shopping centre. Surely all that matters was that a man was acting suspiciously; or even "someone" was acting suspiciously. What difference does it make if he looks like an Arab or not? Have people forgotten that just the other decade stupid people would have been informing the police of "green-clad suspicious people with shamrocks" or some other appropriate stupid stereotype. "Arab" does not equal "terrorist", and "terrorist" does not equal "Arab"; any Arab terrorists just happen to be Arabs and terrorists for completely separate reasons.

Finally, Chief Superintendent Jane Sawyers said I am pleased with the positive and professional way the officers dealt with the incident. I'm sorry! Forcing a professional radio reporter to the ground because some people decide to make bombs that, apparently, resemble radio transmitting equipment is now considered professional!? What's wrong with "We fucked up, big time" or "Epic Fail", or "Keeping the peace; we're doing it wrong"?


April 05, 2008

Mobile Phones on a Plane

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7330850.stm

Apparently, early last week, Ofcom okayed the use of mobile phones on airliners at any height above 3km. This has confused me and leads me to the following points:

  • What happened to the belief that electronic devices emit harmful pilot killer rays? I always doubted there would be any issues (given the high amount of shielding on the cables), but Health & Safety are usually much harder to convince...
  • If mobile phones are capable of transmitting signals between 1.8 miles (3km) and 6.6 miles (cruising altitude of 747, apparently) why do I always have so few bars for the signal strength?
  • Isn't the real reason for the ban on mobile phones supposed to be that it encourages people to use the airline's ridiculously expensive built-in phones? Surely, therefore, mobiles are still going to be prohibited...
  • Also, why only above 3000m? Why is it dangerous (presumably) below 3km, but perfectly safe above?

March 12, 2008

Do it yourself you lazy sod

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7291382.stm

I've just come across this BBC News article which says that apparently Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales has been accused of agreeing to edit a page on the online encyclopaedia in exchange for a donation.

Obviously he denies it, and I wholeheartedly believe him; he of all people should know that the lazy donor could just edit the damn thing himself.


March 11, 2008

I cry the tears of utter despair…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7287984.stm

Apparently school-leavers should be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen and country, says a report commissioned by Gordon Brown on British citizenship.

I imaging it would go something like this:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and to the Parliamentary Democracy & Constitutional Monarchy for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

For crying out loud, we are not America. We should embrace this and be proud of it.


March 04, 2008

Better Luck Next Time, Kiddo

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7277061.stm

This kid appears to have gone on what the movie advertisers call "A Roaring Rampage of Revenge". He roared, and he rampaged, and he got bloody satisfaction... or he would have done if the police hadn't caught him.


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