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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

mrbester Re:Ummm (256 comments)

Ever notice how when there's some story from somewhere obscure in US a whole bunch of arseholes jump in with "is that a real place, lol"? No, me neither, because as residents of other countries we aren't brought up to be arrogant parochial dickheads.

2 days ago

Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

mrbester Re:Possibly Worse Than That (214 comments)

Try that shit in UK, with our contract laws and consumer rights and see how far you get.

2 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

mrbester Re:Rewarding the bullies... (791 comments)

I remember the last line (and have it as well as Rage on my bookshelf) from another short story Stephen King wrote about going postal (Cain Rose Up, in Skeleton Crew): '"Good God, let's eat", he said, and started squeezing the trigger again.'

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

mrbester Re:Mechanical Computers (733 comments)

You only need a stick and to know which direction south is (for Northern hemisphere) to tell the time during the day. Trust an engineer to over complicate things.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

mrbester Re:Hunter - Gatherers (733 comments)

Oh well, you can always eat the rats that outnumber the population in cities by about three to one...

The reason there was a massive reduction in the number of farm animals and viable crops during the Black Death is because it killed those who farmed them. Seems like your studies weren't that extensive if you didn't pick up that major point.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

mrbester Re:Soldier (733 comments)

This is one of the few comments to mention animal husbandry, and even then obliquely. The only farming mentioned is arable, and just go out and shoot stuff you want to eat something that can run away from you. Maybe it's an artifact of having the right to bear arms ingrained in the psyche that encourages the "well, if we want meat, we'll hunt it", but it comes across as trigger happy weapon obsession by a bunch of city slickers that would only lead to massive wastage of the finite resources.

We already have cattle that near enough *do* come up to humans saying "eat me". What we don't have - certainly in this discussion - are sufficient people stating they are capable of keeping them alive instead of going "ooh, steak!", blazing away and then wondering what to do next with half a ton of dead creature.

about a week ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

mrbester Re:Justice (447 comments)

The "only following orders" defence was invalid 70 years ago. Why do you think it is valid now?

about a week ago

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

mrbester Re:Constitutional Court (141 comments)

Then they'd be asking themselves and marking their own homework. Isn't Obama a lawyer who specialised in the Constitution? That's worked out well.

about two weeks ago

To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

mrbester Re:Can I just drink it? (179 comments)

You *douse* the meat with beer should it catch fire. If it doesn't then you souse yourself with it instead.

about two weeks ago

Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

mrbester Re:Getting blocked? (218 comments)

"I've been on the internet since roughly 1998, and it's relatively challenging to find information on me from that far back."

You're doing it wrong. I've been on the internet since 1994 and it's relatively challenging to find information on me from last Tuesday.

about two weeks ago

Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

mrbester Re:But it's fit for Google? (218 comments)

What does a plane have to do with it? Iron Maiden have one, too.

about two weeks ago

British Domain Registrar Offers 'No Transfer Fees,' Charges Transfer Fee

mrbester Re:While the behaviour is illegal (77 comments)

Bzzzt. Wrong. It breaches contract law and your consumer rights and they take precedence. Even if you "agree" your rights are still in place as not even you can sign them away. The option to "shop elsewhere" is irrelevant.

As to your strikeouts, who cares? Those were unenforceable clauses in the first place and thus automatically null and void. If they get pissy about it the *entire contract* can be rendered null and void, meaning they would have to refund any and all monies already paid to them.

about two weeks ago

TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

mrbester Re:Reverse the hack (149 comments)

[Citation needed]

Not that I don't believe you but there's a lot of assholes on the net nowadays.

about two weeks ago

Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

mrbester Re:Op Out Knowledge? (157 comments)

Given the amount of laws on the books you've probably broken three of them without knowing it just by making that post. But that's OK, apparently.

"Ignorance of the law is not an excuse" is an excuse in itself used to oppress as the assumption is made that you *did* know a certain action was illegal, did it anyway and feigned ignorance. In other words, you're a liar too. Just for that you can have another six months in chokey.

about three weeks ago

New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass

mrbester Re:not private (128 comments)

I see the last moments of my victims every time I close my eyes. Keeps me warm at night.

about three weeks ago

UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

mrbester Re:Woot! (92 comments)

The 85% who thought it wasn't illegal to make a backup were correct as it isn't illegal to do so. However, it was a copyright infringement to do so. So you have something you are entitled to do that is also illegal. Since your consumer rights trump a civil misdemeanour (never tested, but your rights are inviolable) no one wanted the hassle of upholdng that law.

about three weeks ago

Klingon Beer

mrbester Proper beer (learn from a Brit) (100 comments)

Seriously, cutting back on the hops and using wheat is just plain wrong, no Brit would call lager beer.

Then again a whole generation has had John Smiths Smooth at knockdown prices in university so when they don't know what real beer is. Bloody yuppie kids.

I'm more of a mead guy, myself.

about three weeks ago

Klingon Beer

mrbester Re:the prime directive (100 comments)

Methinks GP is possibly a UK real ale drinker. However as this new brew is supposed to be a Dunkelweizen he may be pleasantly surprised. It all depends on how heavy they are with the gruit.

about three weeks ago

Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

mrbester Re:Joyous upturn of hope! (94 comments)

Not until they'd finished the scouring of the Shire it wasn't. The Party Tree had been felled and the Gaffer was in lock-up (though some privately thought that was the best place for him).

about a month ago



Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies

mrbester mrbester writes  |  about 1 month ago

mrbester (200927) writes "BBC News reports:

The former leader of a US church that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said. The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, died on Wednesday evening at 84. The church, made up mostly of his family, rose to international notoriety with its practice of picketing funerals of fallen US troops. It claimed their deaths were punishment for America's tolerance of gays.

Can we have a resounding "hallelujah"?"
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