Privacy or Pizza?

Funny in a wrapped, Orwellian way…

Privacy or Pizza?

Usually gyros are wrapped. Pizzas come in boxes.

From the ACLU. What do they know about protecting my rights?

Orwellian? totally within our capabilites right now.

Still need pizza.

Can we still eat pizzas in private? I like to have my alone time with my pies.

privacy: pie in the sky?

ACLU… pfft!



I think we ought to be allocated points, based on our lifestyle, so that an “appropriate” level of healthcare can be provided.
Let’s say a pizza is 10 points, meusli 1 point, a pack of cigarettes 100 points etc…
Then when we need medical treatment our points are taken into account. Those with the lowest number have the most.
That means that the old and those who live an unhealthy lifestyle will be spared the burden of their existence at an earlier stage.
Very egalitarian, I think.

Oh, I seem to be at the “Do not resucitate” stage at the moment :D


Just a note to Steve and any other Brits.

A “gyro” is exactly the same as a donner kebab.

Just like a “Bigmac” is exactly the same as a prime Aberdeen Angus steak! :laugh:

To paraphrase the late great dead Julia Childs…

“How can a country call itself great, when its donner kebabs are made from beef, and wrapped in something that looks like a soggy pancake, and tastes no better than it should!” :D

Just a note to Americans…

A pancake is what you call a “crepe”.

What you call a pancake, we call “a big thick soggy thing”.

It’s usually eaten on Shrove Tuesday, (AKA pancake day).

What we call Shrove Tuesday, you call Mardi Gras. (Well, if you can speak through a snorkel it’s called that anyway :( ).

A “shrove” is a small variety of goat, with some unusual personal habits.

I think. ??? :(


Just like a “Bigmac” is exactly the same as a prime Aberdeen Angus steak!

Wash your mouth out. “Big Mac” is not even food.

Big Mac’s are not even classified as “Food Substitute”… even for animals…


Big Macs are tasty though…

Crepes aren’t pancakes. Crepes are crepes and pancakes are pancakes. They resemble each other, but a crepe suzette is not at the same thing as an American pancake.

Now onto gyros… what are you trying to do man!!! Start World War III? Never ever call a gyro a doner kebab in front of a greek. They are not the same and to call something Turkish Greek is blasphemy in many circles. (My god, don’t you remember the ibrik versus briki incident of 1962 which almost erupted in a total nuclear incident!!! Might as well call it a cezves and start a real fight!) A gyro is souvlaki, not a doner kebab! A gyro is layered in its cooking form (like shishtaouk) where as doner is a single piece. Additionally, a gyro/souvlaki has tzitziki where as doner usually has plain yogurt. :)

More Orwell stuff:


Secret Code in Color Printers Lets Government Track You
Tiny Dots Show Where and When You Made Your Print

San Francisco - A research team led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently broke the code behind tiny tracking dots that some color laser printers secretly hide in every document.

The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly to identify counterfeiters. However, the nature of the private information encoded in each document was not previously known.

“We’ve found that the dots from at least one line of printers encode the date and time your document was printed, as well as the serial number of the printer,” said EFF Staff Technologist Seth David Schoen.

You can see the dots on color prints from machines made by Xerox, Canon, and other manufacturers (for a list of the printers we investigated so far, see: The dots are yellow, less than one millimeter in diameter, and are typically repeated over each page of a document. In order to see the pattern, you need a blue light, a magnifying glass, or a microscope (for instructions on how to see the dots, see:

EFF and its partners began its project to break the printer code with the Xerox DocuColor line. Researchers Schoen, EFF intern Robert Lee, and volunteers Patrick Murphy and Joel Alwen compared dots from test pages sent in by EFF supporters, noting similarities and differences in their arrangement, and then found a simple way to read the pattern.

“So far, we’ve only broken the code for Xerox DocuColor printers,” said Schoen. "But we believe that other models from other manufacturers include the same personally identifiable information in their tracking dots."

You can decode your own Xerox DocuColor prints using EFF’s automated program at

Xerox previously admitted that it provided these tracking dots to the government, but indicated that only the Secret Service had the ability to read the code. The Secret Service maintains that it only uses the information for criminal counterfeit investigations. However, there are no laws to prevent the government from abusing this information.

“Underground democracy movements that produce political or religious pamphlets and flyers, like the Russian samizdat of the 1980s, will always need the anonymity of simple paper documents, but this technology makes it easier for governments to find dissenters,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien. "Even worse, it shows how the government and private industry make backroom deals to weaken our privacy by compromising everyday equipment like printers. The logical next question is: what other deals have been or are being made to ensure that our technology rats on us?"

EFF is still working on cracking the codes from other printers and we need the public’s help. Find out how you can make your own test pages to be included in our research at


Seth Schoen
Staff Technologist
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Brilliant! I wonder if our Electronic Discovery team knows about this!