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Continuing our in-depth coverage of the Transformers t-shirt incident, we sourced an exclusive photo of the carnage as the sartorial scoundrel attempted to force his taste in cartoon robots onto horrified passengers. He was duly apprehended by courageous flatfoots, who had yet to notice Optimus Prime himself gearing up for some fun of his own.

Three carry on bags, I would have bust their ass!

Coat is on just leaving

iSuff44


Could've been better if you had mentioned that the woman being ordered to the floor had been seen with a 101ml container of water.

Would've totally completed the awesome pic ... it would be even funnier if it didn't ring home quite so loudly :/

AC


Never ceases to amaze me how every time someone screws up spectacularly and reveals their stupidity to the World, El Reg has a photographer on the spot to capture the moment.

How DO you guys ('n' gals) do it?

Frigging amazing!

Jon Tocker

Haven't you heard? We run the CCTV network. It's all for your entertainment and our salaries.


I once went through Heathrow and had to take my jacket off to go through security. I didn't realise until I took it off that I was wearing a red t-shirt with "CRIMINAL" written across my chest and back in large clear letters. An offense in itself. Security staff however didn't bat an eye.

I think this backs up the Transformers story quite well. Completely illiterate, but they can spot a transformer picture from 50 yards.

Neil


Some bright sparks have noticed that Google's privacy policy is not linked on the search giant's home page and kicked up a fuss. You were somewhat dismissive of the importance of the issue:

I think the more imporant question is why these people have the time to scour websites to make sure every single link is of legal visibility and size... Dont they have any real productive work to do?

Chad H.


OK, so if you connect to their home page, they've already logged your IP address, let's get beyond that. According to Google, this is acceptable because the privacy policy can be found by using the product. Isn't that like packaged products where the in-the-box license states "By opening this box, you agree to this license"? By performing a search for the privacy policy, you have no way to review it and determine if you want to accept the risks or not (aside from having your IP address logged).

And why is it that people always say how innovative Google is? I admit, they *ARE* innovative in one way -- they find new and innovative ways to bother us with advertisements. Make that two ways -- they always found a way to make people like it. I'll grant you that they provide a number of services on a cash-free basis (paid for by advertising). But seriously, which of their products is innovative? I just looked at their list of services and tools, and did not see one thing which could be labeled as "innovative". Products which are *NOT* innovative include: email, maps, satellite imagery (it didn't used to be free, but it was still available to those willing to pay for it), spreadsheets, word processors, translators, file indexing, file/video sharing, IM, etc. Oh yeah, and search. There is absolutely nothing innovative about searching the web. It was around long before Google. The word "innovative" has become so overused it has become meaningless.

Chris C


Who gives a toss? Those who know that there should be a link will be well aware of google's casual attitude to our privacy*. Those that don't are either unaware of how we are tracked on the internet, or don't care. These last two groups are the vast majority, so Google will keep on getting away with their nefarious practices, in much the way Microsoft did, until the media realise what's happening (as with this article) and start publicising it. Unfortunately, since google now control our access to (or discovery of) most online information, how much good this will do is now questionable.

*Except google don't have a casual attitude to our privacy - they have a deeply ingrained interest into how to destroy it as quickly as possible under the guise of being nice, sorry, doing no evil.

http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm ftw.....

Eddie

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