And some of you may ask: 'Is there any value to privacy?'Powerful stuff. A strong argument against my view that privacy can be abandoned. My response is that 'peace and reflection' requires preventing write access, not read access to one's brain. It's true that the more people know about us, the easier it is to manipulate us. But it's at manipulation itself that we should draw the line, not the ability to manipulate.
All new ideas are dependent on some kind of mental privacy - the potential for peace and reflection. The Vast Machine provides information about us and gives the authorities a wide variety of ways to manipulate our thoughts with a subtle power. Everything we hear and see can be shaped to create certain prejudices. Free will - that is, our ability to make real choices about significant issues - becomes an illusion. Gradually, we are surrounded by targeted messages that destroy the opportunity to make our own decisions.
He's reading Balzac, knocking back ProzacEugenie Grandet is my first Balzac and I very much enjoyed it. He has fairly long descriptions, but they aren't tedious! EG is set in the Loire Valley, where Balzac was born / brought up I believe. I spent a holiday in the Loire Valley last year, and it made a great impression on me. I'd like to go back. It sounds incredible, but it hasn't changed all that much since Balzac described it at the beginning (?) of the 19th century.
It's a helping hand that makes you feel wonderfully bland
Oh it's the centuries remedy
For the faint at heart, a new start
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The campaign is asking people to sign the following letter:
To Commissioner Damanaki, Members of the European Parliament and all member state governments,I have signed the letter, but it doesn't provide any solutions. I think a first step would be stop the EU fishing subsidies. From 2000 to 2006 the EU fishing subsidy was 6bn EUR.
I have seen images of dead and dying fish discarded in European waters.
I understand that the current Common Fisheries Policy leads to discarding on a vast scale; for example, half of all fish caught in the North Sea are being discarded because of the current quota system imposed by the CFP.
I want this senseless waste of food to end. I want you to use your influence to stop this unacceptable and shameful practice.
I am supporting the Fish Fight campaign to help bring about this vital change in our seas.
http://imprimatur.sourceforge.net/imprimatur-008.dtdis returning the wrong content type. IIRC it used to be
text/plain, but then it must have somehow changed to
text/html, I've now changed it to
application/xml-dtdwhich I believe is correct.
Mr Osborne could have [...] raised a similar amount, £1.1bn - by simply taxing child benefit.This would have meant that:
- The benefit would still be universal, and money wouldn't be wasted on means testing.
- The higher your income before tax, the higher your income after tax. In other words, you're never penalised for earning more. There must be a special phrase for this, like there is for regressive / progressive tax or flat tax. Can someone tell me what it is please?
And some shots looking out from the bay:
1. The requirement that embedded generators on the distribution network recordsub-hourly metered generation data and make this freely available to the regulator, Ofgem, who should in turn put this into the public domain. At present this information is not collected.
2. Free public release of sub-hourly metered generation output data for each and every individual electricity generator in the United Kingdom, whether subsidized or unsubsidized. Currently, only part of this information is collected, and what exists is only available on subscription and for restricted and confidential use.
3. Full, free, and public disclosure of data relating to the Balancing Mechanism, including all participants in the market, and their utilization by National Grid. Thismaterial is not at present available to the public, and since costs in this area are set to rise significantly, in large part due to the Government’s renewables policy, there is a pressing need to improve public scrutiny.
To be called one thing and christened another is actually very confusing and annoying. It's one of the most irritating things that my parents did to me....My real name is Anthony (or Tony for short), but my family call me Andy, and always have done. I'm not sure what I think about that.
Toby, remember our heading a football bet?Toby replied:
New evidence coming in (I know this is American football, but it applies to all head injuries)...
2010/jul-aug/18-brain-what- happens-to-a-linebackers- neurons/
A couple of points;
American Football is a lot more heavy hitting than football; http://www.newscientist.com/
article/dn4534-american- footballers-endure-car-crash- blows.html
Why isn’t boxing banned? Or contact in ice hockey, rugby, football, judo, karate, wrestling, etc. It isn’t to do with lack of education re head injuries.
Banning heading in football is the equivalent to banning football as we know it. It will become a different game. The sport is so popular and the head injuries so mild compared with many other sports that it will never be banned!
Some are like water, some are like the heatI think the line: 'I don't want to perish like a fading horse' can be improved. I've tried to think of a better line myself but can't come up with anything. Do you have any suggestions?
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later they all will be gone
Why don't they stay young
It's so hard to get old without a cause
I don't want to perish like a fading horse
Youth is like diamonds in the sun
And diamonds are forever
So many adventures couldn't happen today
So many songs we forgot to play
So many dreams are swinging out of the blue
We let them come true
I moved to Blogger so that I could have my own domain name. I liked the old blog though. It had a cool background image of the shell of my friend's iMac in his garden with plants growing out of it. I'm also nostalgic for my first ever posts. Some time ago Yahoo! deleted my blog, presumably because I'd stopped using Yahoo! email. I'm angry with Yahoo! for forsaking me and destroying my history.
They found that ivy acted as a thermal blanket, warming up walls by an average of 15 per cent in cold weather and cooling the surface temperature of the wall in hot weather by an average of 36 per cent.Excellent! That's the reason I'm growing it on the walls of my house.
The ivy was also found to absorb some of the harmful pollutants in the atmosphere.I'm not keen on that bit.
Walls where ivy was growing were less prone to the damaging effects of freezing temperatures, temperature fluctuations, pollution and salts than exposed walls without ivy.Well that's just a bonus!
@t_locke Do you ever worry that advertising your location might encourage burglers?and @rdzien wrote:
t_locke check out: http://pleaserobme.com/People do ask me if I'm worried about telling everyone where I am, and I give a few responses:
1. There are two other people living in my house, which makes it harder to find a time when nobody's in.
2. I don't have anything worth stealing. Everything's worth a lot less these days due to cheap Chinese manufacturing.
schemeattribute, which has a default of
http, but can also be set to
schemeattribute can be used in the same elements as the
hostnameattributes can be used, eg.
request. I've updated the documentation to give an example.
Pamela Flitton is doing the best. The only problem is that I have to keep cutting it back to prevent her from encroaching on my neighbour's part of the wall. The other only problem is that she's started to grow onto the patio door, so I've had to cut her back.
Lord Widmerpool is also doing really well. He's starting to grow on the door. Should I continue to allow that?
Ted Jeavons grows against the back of the garage wall. Getting along nicely, but won't really help in insulating the house.
I haven't shown you Jessica Biel before, but she's the most important ivy. Unfortunately she's not doing well. Why? What nutrients does ivy need to thrive? Btw, after months of sunshine my lawn is looking like it's in a very sorry state :-(
globalkeyword led me to think how I'd like scoping to work. Some languages have lexical scoping, some dynamic scoping and some a mixture of two. I think scoping should be entirely lexical. My language (let's call it Klop) is dynamically typed, and variables are declared the first time they are assigned, so if you wrote:
x = 0Calling
x = 1
g()would return 1. In most languages with lexical scoping you can declare a variable with the same name, at a more local scope. With Klop you can't, and I think that this would make programs more readable.
He told me that after thinking long and hard about the problem caused by the one-way street, he came to the conclusion that the only solution was to have a lop-sided roundabout. So he drew it up and showed it to his team leader. The team leader saw how unusual it looked and made to explain how it should be improved, but then stopped because he couldn't actually think of a better way of doing it. So the team leader passed it on to his boss Brian Raistrick.
I read it this afternoon, sitting in the garden. It has that Japanese device of repetition, which Baricco uses to brilliant effect. Each of the descriptions of Herve's journeys mention the local name for a lake. It's always different, 'the sea', 'the last', 'the demon', 'the holy' (from memory).
It's like the lyrics to Don Henley's Boys Of Summer, the verse always starts with:
And i can see youthen continues with these three different endings:
your brown skin shining in the sun
you got your hair combed back
sunglasses on baby
you know you're walking real slow
smiling at everyone
you got your top pulled down,I laughed when Herve asks:
radio on baby
"Do you know why Jean Berbeck stopped talking?"and Baldabiou replies:
"That's one of the many things he never said."
The plot is highly complex. I'm not good at following plots. Raymond Chandler is great to read, but utterly impossible to follow. I'm sure there are people out there that can follow every swerve and loop in Rainbows End, but I'm not one of them.
I'll continue to look out for Vinge's work.
There's a lot of irony in the book. You have to be cleverer than I am to pick it all up. I don't yet have a settled view of the protagonist. He was intelligent, but gullible and naive and given to flights of fancy. People say you shouldn't let life destroy your dreams, but that's rubbish, and this book proves it.
Entitled 'Electoral dysfunction: Why democracy is always unfair', it argues that due to Arrow's Impossibility Theorem, you can never have a perfect voting system. The problem with this argument is that Arrow's Theorem only applies to voting systems where the candidates are put into an ordered list.
Gordon Brown has made it clear that to get Britain's economy on its feet he'd continue wildly taxing and spending. I disagree with Brown, and agree with the Conservatives that we need to pay off our debt. I think this is such an important difference that I find myself unable to vote Labour.
I think it's fantastic that they're against raising the National Insurance tax, I'm all for stopping taxing the poor. I also support their economic policy of cutting public spending, and reducing the debt as quickly as possible. I'm appalled by the Tory EU euro-phobia. Why can't they all be like Ken Clarke?
I really like the Lib Dem policy of raising income tax threshold. I wish they'd go further and stop taxing the poor entirely. Electoral reform is a key aim of the Lib Dems, as it is for me. I'm in favour of range voting. I'm a euro-federalist, I want a united states of Europe as a step on the way to a world government!
Labour: Fiscal incontinence. Conservatives: First past the post europhobes. Lib Dems: Better tax system, electoral reform, europhiles.
So on Thursday I'll be voting Liberal Democrat.
I did have a look at your reasons for leaving Greenpeace and found themThat's a good point about research, if Greenpeace don't do the research it won't be there to be read on the net. I'm not sure my reasons for leaving are entirely cogent, but I feel better for it!
You say that "One of the best things about them was that they provided
information. Now with the internet I can do all that myself". This is
true to an extent, but a lot of the campaigning work that we do is based
on original research that we have undertaken - for example our research
and exposes on the palm oil trade in Southeast Asia
media/reports/caught-red-and cattle ranching in the Amazon handed-nestl%C3%A9
or our work on decentralised energy
media/reports/powering-london-- information and campaigning that you wouldn't find on the into-the-21st
internet unless we'd put it there!
Your say "Also, I don't think they like the same political ideas as me".
I followed your link and found the manifesto link that covered items
such as banning guns and legalizing prostitution, both of which are
outside of our environmental remit. The only items on the list that
were vaguely relevant to us were free market energy and free trade? We
do work with privatised energy companies, for example the green energy
scheme Juice that we set up with Npower, though we might argue that it's
harder to enforce energy efficiency measures or investment in renewables
with disparate private contractors focused on short term profit, rather
than a centralized nationalised energy provider. There is loads of
information on the pitfalls and challenges of free trade at
Lastly you say that "I'm concerned that Greenpeace is more like a
proprietary software company but I'd like it to be more like an
OpenSource project" Unfortunately I have no idea what you mean by this.
We very openly share information and campaign skills via our web sites,
local groups and campaign co-operations with numerous other NGOs and
However, in her piece on the Liberal Democrats' plan of raising the income tax threshold to £10,000, I felt she missed the point.
I think that the main point of the policy is to remove the benefit trap. At the moment it's financially beneficial for a lot of people to stay on benefits rather than get a job, because any job they could hope to get wouldn't give them an income greater than their benefits. If the income from a job isn't taxed so heavily though, it means that the benefit trap is removed.
I'd encourage the Liberal Democrats to go further, and stop taxing the poor altogether.
But this book is about more than the undying. Coalescences are a recurring theme. This is where humans take the same evolutionary route as ants and wasps etc. They have a single breeding queen, and all the others work for the hive, in the knowledge that the hive shares the same genes as them. Perhaps we can see this happening in our society. Eggs are routinely frozen, stored and implanted into other women, so matriarchs can have babies that are genetically theirs without having to bear them. Housing is controlled by the older generation, so they can persuade their daughters to look after their siblings instead of having children themselves.
If all suffering, pain and all wrongs are to be wiped away, then ultimately that means that humanity, life and so the universe itself must not exist. In other words a perfect world is a word where nothing exists. In the end the protagonist, Michael Poole has this question put to him and comes to the same conclusion as me, he opts for life and an imperfect world.
One of the best things about them was that they provided information. Now with the internet I can do all that myself. Also, I don't think they like the same political ideas as me. Another thing is that I'm concerned that Greenpeace is more like a proprietary software company but I'd like it to be more like an OpenSource project.
I complained about First Great Western, and here's their reply:
Dear Mr LockeI'm pleased that FGW appear to take this seriously. What I'd really like though is a separate railway line from Trowbridge to Bath, and then there'd be proper choice and competition! In the absence of that, we have to rely on the regulator to apply pseudo-competitive pressure. How can they do that if complaints go first to the operator, and may not get seen by the regulator?
Your letters to the ORR and the DfT have been drawn to my attention. We did run additional special trains for the Bath Half Marathon. Three extra services ran in the morning, one from Swindon, one from Bristol and one from Westbury.
These extra trains were to be boosted by running the 1009 from Bradford on Avon as a four car unit. This did not happen. This was not due to a lack of planning by the Special Events team, but was due to an error made by our Control team. They misread the unit allocation and brought a two-car unit out instead of a four car. This is not acceptable and is being addressed.
I can fully appreciate your annoyance and disappointment. This was not the service we planned and I apologise.
First Great Western have made significant progress in improving our customers’ experience on our trains. Performance is at record levels and we have been able to improve capacity and comfort on the West of England trains. This makes this sort of mistake even more galling.
I am determined that we do better and you have my assurance that this mistake is one that will not happen again.
FIRST GREAT WESTERN
I'm afraid I haven't received a reply from First Great Western about the Bath Half-Marathon train debacle I wrote to you about some time ago.
Also, I've got another complaint about FGW. As I write this I'm on the 10:14 from Trowbridge to Bath Spa, and the train was so full that some people couldn't get on at Trowbridge or Bath. Can you give the franchise to someone else please?
Rather than go over the specifics yet again I'll look at the general argument. Your viewpoint seems to be that government should not intervene and should let markets look after themselves, with regulators regulating where necessary.I'm doubtful whether increased public spending of any sort helps the economy, as it increases the national debt, which increases the ongoing burden of interest payments.
Fair enough, though I don't share your enthusiasm for Ofsted. Of course there are dangers as you've pointed out, but the alternative to action is inaction and if you leave a depressed economy to cure itself that can take a long time. Yes the government sometimes gets ripped off by private sector contractors and it's important to watch that closely. We're proposing a policy that stimulates employment, keeps money circulating in the real economy, and achieves environmental objectives.
Hi, I intend to grow vegetables in my garden, but I want to make sureIncidentally, I'm writing this using the Google Chrome browser.
that the soil is safe first. Is this something you can help with?