Ever wondered why this pisses people off? Charlie Stross posts an excellent rant on the subject. Go and read it, particularly if you don’t understand why sending emails in html is for fuckwits.
A friend just sent me a brief email:
Hi. Went to local shop on way home from station last night, total amount
of goods £6.66p, got in car, hit a stupid bollard thing and ripped a hole
in one of my tyres which deflated instantly, he is among us.
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A problem is becoming aparent. The front of my face is getting v.brown, however the 2 sides (covered by the helmet) are pure white, it looks as if someone has brushed a stripe of ronseal down the front. This is prompting remarks in restaraunts, at least I think that’s what thet are referring to…merde face?
(NB: the date seems to be a bit screwed – he didn’t post this on 9th April. And -surprise! – the permalinks are fucked. Am I glad I never bothered with blogger!)
European Union governments last week agreed to embed computer chips containing biometric data in passports.… A European Commission official told the paper that EU governments are bound by a timetable set out by the US government after September 11. Under the US Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, countries whose citizens enjoy visa-free travel to the United States “must issue passports with biometric identifiers no later than Oct. 26, 2004,” the IHT reports. … Meanwhile there’s no talk yet about any insistence about biometric passports for Americans travelling to Europe. Funny that.
The UK Government has finally admitted that the public are overwhelmingly opposed to the idea of a national ID card.
In response to a parliamentary question from MP Anne McIntosh, Home Office minister Beverley Hughes has confirmed that over 5,000 of the 7,000 responses to a public consultation on the issue were opposed to the scheme.
“5,031 emails have been received via the Stand website. 4,856 expressed views against an entitlement card scheme, 44 expressed views in favour,” she said.
A further 131 responses contained false information such as made-up addresses she said.
An additional 2,000 responses received by the Home Office showed two-thirds in favour of an ID card and one third opposed.
Scientists have created the ultimate pet: genetically modified fish that glow in the dark. In future, there will be no need for aquarium lights – fluorescent fish will provide their own illumination.
Glowing GM animals aren’t a new phenomenon (see here for a few images), but apparantly these are on sale in Taiwan already, and will soon be available in the US. So unfortunately for the fish, GM or not, the cat is already out of the bag.
If the widely reported allegations by Clare Short and Robin Cook have even the slightest grain of truth to them, they should have potentially devastating consequences for Tony Blair, but one can’t help but wonder if he is infected by the same arrogance that his American counterparts seems to feel when confronted with the non-existent WMD issue.