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post Mar 3 2012, 02:22 PM
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Its been a while and cant remember if the UK had a version of Lone star but it looks like it might be on the way in the UK in real life

Police invite bids from private security firms
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post Mar 4 2012, 10:03 AM
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We clearly do live in interesting times...
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post Mar 4 2012, 02:20 PM
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This seems like a monumentally bad idea, somehow....
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post Mar 4 2012, 02:55 PM
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Never stopped the government before.

"Take time out from what you're doing to count paperclips to ensure they haven't been stolen. In order to reduce cost overruns." "Won't that cost more in manhours?" "COUNT THE DAMNED CLIPS!"
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post Mar 4 2012, 03:36 PM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 4 2012, 09:55 AM) *
Never stopped the government before.

"Take time out from what you're doing to count paperclips to ensure they haven't been stolen. In order to reduce cost overruns." "Won't that cost more in manhours?" "COUNT THE DAMNED CLIPS!"


Somehow this seems significantly worse than wasting man-hours...
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post Mar 4 2012, 05:20 PM
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QUOTE (ShadowDragon8685 @ Mar 4 2012, 11:36 AM) *
Somehow this seems significantly worse than wasting man-hours...
I'm just throwing an infamous example. I know it's a much more worse thing.
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post Mar 5 2012, 08:03 AM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 4 2012, 03:55 PM) *
Never stopped the government before.

"Take time out from what you're doing to count paperclips to ensure they haven't been stolen. In order to reduce cost overruns." "Won't that cost more in manhours?" "COUNT THE DAMNED CLIPS!"


Also completely stupid : pool 10 apperclips, measure the weight. Maybe even 100 if you want accuracy. Then gather the clips and weight that. You've vounted your paperclips in a fraction of the time.
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post Mar 5 2012, 08:26 PM
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QUOTE (duke @ Mar 3 2012, 06:22 AM) *
Its been a while and cant remember if the UK had a version of Lone star but it looks like it might be on the way in the UK in real life

Police invite bids from private security firms


Funnily enough, the UK in Shadowrun is all government. The coppers and the sherlocks do all the police duty.

Which actually makes modern Britain a tiny increment more Shadowrunny than Shadowrun Britain.
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post Mar 5 2012, 09:44 PM
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Not to mention more surveillance cameras than what was described in Nineteen-Eighty-Four's London.

You'd think they'd have known better?
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post Mar 6 2012, 06:15 AM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 5 2012, 04:44 PM) *
Not to mention more surveillance cameras than what was described in Nineteen-Eighty-Four's London.

You'd think they'd have known better?

You'd be surprised what you can get a nation to do if only you can convince them to be scared of somebody.


*hangs head* Well, OK, not surprised.
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post Mar 6 2012, 09:23 AM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 5 2012, 10:44 PM) *
Not to mention more surveillance cameras than what was described in Nineteen-Eighty-Four's London.

You'd think they'd have known better?

There are times i wonder if the high ups everywhere is using said book as a guide, not as a warning.
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post Mar 6 2012, 10:01 AM
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QUOTE (hobgoblin @ Mar 6 2012, 10:23 AM) *
There are times i wonder if the high ups everywhere is using said book as a guide, not as a warning.


I always considere Orwell a great writer of manuals and howtos (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) .
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post Mar 6 2012, 11:37 AM
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QUOTE (Chinane @ Mar 6 2012, 06:01 AM) *
I always considere Orwell a great writer of manuals and howtos (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) .
Sad part is, yeah... I was a cog in the wheel, and feel that we're driving towards a world where it's like the movie "Brazil", only without the satire.
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post Mar 6 2012, 08:19 PM
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Not very new. In the US private companies did this sort of thing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And as far as the UK haven't you guys heard of Sherlock Holmes?
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post Mar 6 2012, 09:58 PM
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QUOTE (Daylen @ Mar 6 2012, 04:19 PM) *
And as far as the UK haven't you guys heard of Sherlock Holmes?
Private Investigator, he wasn't a cop. He wasn't even really a PI, he was just a genius that wanted a challenge rather than live his life in a cocaine haze.
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post Mar 6 2012, 10:50 PM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 6 2012, 10:58 PM) *
Private Investigator, he wasn't a cop. He wasn't even really a PI, he was just a genius that wanted a challenge rather than live his life in a cocaine haze.

The article referenced in this thread said only investigations would be partially done by private companies. That means private investigators. Sherlock Holmes was hired on occasion by police.

And he didn't just live in a cocaine haze when not investigating, he also went for morphine, and other opiates from the local pharmacy.
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post Mar 6 2012, 11:13 PM
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Completely legal back then. Honestly, I think they're doing a fine job portraying him in the new movies, and giving Dr. Watson some extra character that Sir Doyle hadn't, and wasn't able to due to the good doctor being the voice, and not likely to focus on his own dark spots. His war wound, on the other hand, was a badge of honor.
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post Mar 7 2012, 01:28 AM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 6 2012, 11:13 PM) *
Completely legal back then. Honestly, I think they're doing a fine job portraying him in the new movies, and giving Dr. Watson some extra character that Sir Doyle hadn't, and wasn't able to due to the good doctor being the voice, and not likely to focus on his own dark spots. His war wound, on the other hand, was a badge of honor.

yes, before the moral guardians got innundated into government.
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