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  1. They introduced VDSL here in May, and it is the same price as ADSL services were before the upgrade.
  2. For anyone with an interest in the subject Stanford University is offering their entire 'Introduction to Artificial Intelligence' course online and for free this autumn: http://www.ai-class.com/
  3. Belarus blocks social network sites on national holiday Some would be happy with a big military hat; some with a bushy little moustache. But to run an authoritarian state properly you need both! What a prick.
  4. Things are looking up here in Prague: VDSL has arrived!
  5. I had mine done (LASIK procedure) five years ago this autumn and would certainly recommend it. I used contact lenses for about seven years before that and glasses for another five years before that. The procedure was quick and just a little uncomfortable: no pain or complications. I was quite short-sighted, and went from -3.5/-2.75 to 0/0 (although they would only guarantee me to within +/- 1). I haven't had an eye examination since the last scheduled check-up (about six months after the procedure), but I haven't noticed any deterioration. Note that my prescription was fairly stable for years before the procedure and I'm still reasonably young
  6. Quite. I would be more impressed if he could speak Klingon. Would probably be more useful, too.
  7. Children speaking in a dialect among themselves is nothing new. Provided they know how to speak and write in a generic form of English when required I don't see it as a problem.
  8. The Czech Republic is worse for the pretentious use of titles. Below academic doctoral level they have the following titles: Bc. (Used by someone with a bachelor's degree) BcA. (Used by someone with a bachelor's degree in arts) Ing. (Used by someone with a master's degree in a technical subject) Ing. arch. (Used by someone with a master's degree in architecture) MUDr. (Used by someone with a master's degree in medicine) MVDr. (Used by someone with a master's degree in veterinary medicine) RNDr. (Used by someone with a master's degree in natural science) MgA. (Used by someone with a master's degree in arts) Mgr. (Used by someone with a master's degree not covered by the other titles) JUDr. (Used by someone with a master's degree in law and having passed additional tests in chosen field) Almost everybody uses such a title in a work context (in business most are Ing. or Mgr.), and many also use them in a personal context. I can understand using such a title in a work context for medical doctors, vets, lawyers, and architects, as the title is relevant to their ability to carry out their role, but for everyone else it's pure conceit. I consider it a step up from those who include letters after their names on business cards and correspondence. In my view qualifications should generally be limited to CVs. Yours faithfully Pragmatopian BSc (Hons), GDL, MSc, CFE, MBPsS, Swimming Badge (Bronze)
  9. An awesome shot of a very elegant aircraft. Hard to believe it's over 50 years old!
  10. Hope everyone has a great time and gets good weather: I rather wish I was over for the TT. Maybe next year...
  11. 'Deal Or No Deal' is one of the most tedious shows in the history of television. That is all.
  12. Parliament did nothing of the sort: There is still no free standing right to privacy under English law. The Human Rights Act falls a long way short of granting that and Parliament should have clamped down far earlier on the judiciary's overextension of the HRA. Arguably judges must legislate "interstitially" - cautiously filling in the gaps inevitably present in legislation according to their understanding of Parliament's intentions in order to resolve the cases before them - but in this area they have been far too bold. I think you do the British public a disservice: most would see a clear distinction between compromising the integrity of a criminal trial and airing the dirty laundry of a prominent footballer. No one would condone a juror publishing details of jury deliberations on a social networking site, but civil disobedience would seem a valid approach to highlight a ridiculous application of a daft law in a way which effectively seeks to regulate gossip about the rich and powerful.
  13. To be honest I have little sympathy for any supposed distress caused to either party: if you play with fire you're going to get burned. It's a shame that this issue has come up in the context of such a tawdry story, but I think its dangerous to make the courts an arbiter of what is worthy and what isn't. If something's true and their aren't compelling reasons for it to be suppressed then it should be publishable.
  14. I find it quite heartening that so many people still value the freedom of the press enough to put themselves in the firing line by reposting the name on Twitter or elsewhere (as long as they don't rope in sites like MF who don't have a dedicated legal department!). Those people have sent as clear a message as could be conceived to their elected representatives that they will not tolerate their courts being misused in this way by those rich enough to do so. Well done also to John Hemming who used parliamentary privilege to thumb his nose at the injunction and faced what I consider to be unwarranted censure from the Speaker: some rare positive news for the Lib Dems! As for the footballer concerned: as long as he sticks a few balls into Barcelona's net on Saturday I couldn't care less about where he's been sticking his todger, but however unedifying the subject matter may be in this case there's an important matter of principle at stake. The law in this area needs to be brought quickly into line with the expectations of the people.
  15. It was daft not to put it on in TT week and gear the acts to the biker crowd. I went to The Who when they put it on in Peel a few years ago during TT week and it was packed out despite the exorbidant ticket prices. The only way to get people to travel over specifically would be to put on something that they couldn't get anywhere else. A full length Pink Floyd reunion gig would be nice, for example
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