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Comment: Re: This problem needs a technical solution (Score 1) 267 267

Except you could only tell when the TV was switched on, irrespective of what (if anything) was being received. Plus the handheld wasn't directional to any degree of certainty unless you were using it near a house in the middle of nowhere, making it particularly useless for a block of flats. Which is why those weren't used either. They just said they did.

Comment: Re: This problem needs a technical solution (Score 1) 267 267

They don't even do that. There have been three vans in all history with TV Detector Van written on the side. None had any equipment in them, so couldn't detect anything and all but one were repurposed / sold / scrapped years ago (the one that remains is a relic / curio). People "remember" seeing them everywhere because they saw them on national TV (BBC News) and the one time that there was footage of an open one it contained random studio equipment that would normally have been in storage.

TL;DR Propaganda campaign. It was an effective one. So effective it entered pop culture as a subplot in an episode of The Young Ones in 1983.

Comment: Re:You aren't willing to post as yourself?... apk (Score 1) 289 289

When I joined /. all those eons ago (after lurking for years) it asked me for a username for login. As my university username was just an encoded course and student number (that, incidentally, was a bitch to remember) I saw no reason to put my real name in that box when a short name I didn't mind being referred to as existed. Same thing with IRC, although I used a different one (and the nature of IRC demands a nick - it's when called that - of 9 chars or less, which my real name wouldn't fit into). In any case, these names are something I choose to be referred by, because I can call myself anything I want.

For "official" purposes, like paying tax, those that need it have my "official" name. Everybody else gets to call me what I want because they aren't the arbiters of my identity.

You posted as AC, hypocrite. I have always posted under a specific name, meaning there is a verifiable trail.

APK /s

Comment: Prior art (Score 2) 141 141

ISTR a few years ago some other school tried this (for similar reasons: the kids won't get beat up for their lunch money if they aren't carrying any, "ease of use", blah blah). The parents told them to fuck off and spend the money on important shit like textbooks and classroom supplies.

Comment: Re:First they made food portions smaller (Score 1) 273 273

It's more than that. BA allows *two* bags. So you can have your larger-than-Ryanair-allows bag *and* a laptop. Or handbag (yes, that's right ladies, to have to put your handbag *inside* your carry-on if you fly with Ryanair or EasyJet). Or camera bag.

However, Ryanair allows you to have loads of bags filled with clanking duty free. But then so does everybody else.

Comment: Re:Why would the festival cooperate? (Score 1) 134 134

Except a) it's not their rules and b) this is to (ostensibly) flag up known criminals, not those who actually commit crimes at the festival. That you might have been done for nicking phones in the past does not equate you going to a music festival with the intent to continue to do so. But, hey, fuck you forever if you have a criminal record, right? Want a job? Fuck you. Want a loan? Fuck you. Want to go to a music festival? Definitely fuck you.

Much of the excitement we get out of our work is that we don't really know what we are doing. -- E. Dijkstra