* Posts by BoldMan

540 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

BoldMan

Re: Nah! What we really need is...

Ahh Gabrielle Drake and silver mini skirts...

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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

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Another pointless waste of cash that should be going to employing proper troops.... oh well its a new toy for the Whitehall boys to play with...

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: "Anthill inside"

and don't forget Twoflower's introduction of the concept of "reflected sound of underground spirits" :)

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Witches Abroad is also the book with the marvellous "Glod" footnote. Remember reading that in Selfridges bookstore before I bought it and burst out laughing in the middle of a busy shop!

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I remember Tom Paulin reviewing Terry Pratchett on The Review Show many years ago:

A complete amateur... doesn't even write in chapters.

which has since appeared on many Discworld covers :)

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

BoldMan

Bugrit - Millennium hand and shrimp!

Will miss his particular brand of humanitarian whimsy and humour. I met him twice and he was genuinely funny and friendly. First time was at a writer's convention/workshop in the late 80s where he was very encouraging to me personally - he'd actually read some of my work on the old CiX message board and was very complimentary. Met him for a second time about 10 years later and although he was much more famous by then he remembered me and appeared actually interested in what I'd been doing.

First time I met him he was wearing this (http://www.zazzle.co.uk/and_god_said_integral_form_of_maxwells_equations_tshirt-235196737374054138) t-shirt and I almost wet myself...

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Here you go... (probably NSFW)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AXU5QYtOQc

Nice, but I can see the ASA's point...

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

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Re: ESPecial Field Ops Sector ... Memorandum of Understanding for 77th Brigade Type Orgs. [FOUO]

At last! Someone talking sense!

Welcome back oh great Martian!

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: Basically...

3a) Insist on running the project using "Agile" without properly understand the concept and thinking it means "make things up as we go along", then actually using it as a Blame Management Framework(tm) when all the different suppliers are trying to pass the buck.

Sound familiar?

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

BoldMan

Re: Am I winning?

Except I CAN stop the data harvesting (or at least reduce it) simply by installing Ghostery or other apps that block the trackers.If a device won't allow me to do that (iPad I'm looking at you) I don't use it that much. I do value my provate data and have taken steps to minimise its collection by these corporations.

That said I still use Facebook as it provides a service that allows me to connect with family and friends around the world to a level that would not be possible otherwise. I know it harvests data on me, but I'll only tell it things I am happy to share. I won't install its apps on my phone, or let it see my address/contact book.

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Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

BoldMan

Re: They did bring it back at the 5.25% rate

But those shareholders are things like your pension fund as well as rich bastards, so don't be too negative about shareholders!

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

BoldMan

Re: "gaze on the lovely Ms Knightley"

Has she learned to act with any part of her body other than her chin and lower lip?

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ICANN CEO criticizes domain 'hoggers'

BoldMan

Re: There is a solution

Your .com costs x3 your .co.uk? You need to use a different domain registrar!!!!

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

BoldMan

Re: PERSONAL computer!

Whoosh... that was the sound of the point missing you by a significant distance...

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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>I'm willing to pay £x amount to rent this house. That's the market price or whatever. Now government

> taxes that house. I'm not willing to pay more to rent it. Thus it's the landlord that pays that tax.

Surely you mean "Thus, the landlord refuses to renew the lease because there is always someone else with more money willing to pay the higher amount"

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

BoldMan

Re: Great article

Someone said it right at the beginning - Economics needs to be taught the fundamental principle that

correlation != causality

Proper sciences understand this, but most of the "modern" (pseudo) sciences such as Economics and Climate Change don't seem to get this so keep repeating mantras that are obviously false to anyone with half a working brain.

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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No mention of Arkham Horror or for a fun card game, Cards against Humanity?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Adblock filters to make the site work better

Try adding these filters to your Adblock - gets rid of the floating nav bar, the "Don't miss" block and the idiotically large top image on the front page

theregister.co.uk###site_nav

www.theregister.co.uk##.dont_miss.dcl

www.theregister.co.uk###top_tease

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If you are running Adblock plus (and if not WHY not?) just add this to the custom filters to eliminate the annoying nav bar

theregister.co.uk###site_nav

Sorry ElReg this redesign is a disaster. I'm sorry for the guys who worked on it for them to get so much negative feedback, but this is an awful design. You've completely lost the idea of who your audience is - this isn't a bunch of media-luvvie Twitterati who gush over "modern", this is a tech savvy, traditionalist audience who additionally KNOW HOW THIS SHIT WORKS and can see bad design when it slaps them in the face with soiled Y-fronts!!!

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

BoldMan

Re: Worst thing they did. I can't find any decent MP3 players with more than 64 Gb

I'm not the OP but yes I do like to be able to carry my entire music collection (about 70GB) with me so I can choose what I want to listen to at any time. Thus my 80GB iPod classic is perfect for this.

You sir, are a judgemental tosser.

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Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

BoldMan

Can you detect the gesture I'm making now?

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NASA revisits Europa with modern image-processing software

BoldMan

Beware black monoliths!

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

BoldMan

Re: An actual outcome of this...

But also with more wildfires there will be more dust and soot in the atmosphere to block out the sunlight...

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

BoldMan

Re: didn't we have a Steve Jobs biopic already?

>With Ashton Kutcher?

>Noah Wyle, surely.

There is a difference?

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

BoldMan

He aten't dead yet

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

BoldMan

Re: From an insider

"we know what caused this particular megadisaster, and it wasn't a senior manager; as mentioned in the article, it was an inexperienced member of IT staff screwing up a batch job."

It was caused by the decision to contract out the IT support to the lowest bid and get rid of the experienced staff that had dealt with similar problems in the past and knew what to do so that nobody experienced this sort of outage previously.

This was a failure of management pure and simple and the management should suffer the consequences, but most likely won't.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

BoldMan

Re: Want more surveillance?

Neville Chaimberlain's "peace in our time" did one thing that was much more useful than any warmongering would have done - it gave us one more year to prepare for a war the British Empire in 1938 was totally unprepared for.

Your arguments a facile and ignorant. You sir are a Troll and I claim my five billy goats!

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European SPACEMAN exposes EERIE snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

BoldMan

UTC = GMT for most practical discussions so what is your point?

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

BoldMan

Hence why they are now FORCING it down consumer's throats rather than give them a choice and have to admit they fucked it up big time.

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

BoldMan

Re: Spitfire vs Hurricane

> I also seem to recall that the main duty of the Spits was to deal with the Luftwaffe fighter escorts and then the Hurricanes were free to clean up the unprotected bombers.

This is a myth that is oft repeated but it just wasn't true.

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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

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Cloud - isn't that the new name for "client-server"?

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

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I first encountered Netscape on Macs for a job with a defence contractor in New Malden back in 1996. They had their own "intranet" as they were not allowed to be connected to the outside world. I was doing tech support on Macs at the time but nobody really knew anything about this new fangled HTML stuff so I took it upon myself to learn and 18 years later I'm still doing it...

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

BoldMan

Re: Capaldi cannot be the worst Doctor

Nope Colin Baker was worse, Sylvester at least had some decent stories (eg Curse of Fenric)

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

BoldMan

Re: "Plenty of other users don't feel comfortable giving the firm their personal information"

Define "real people"?

Is Michael Caine any less real than Maurice Micklewhite? Which is the "real person"?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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> so questions have to be asked about why the GOV.UK team waved the wobbly beta website through.

Because they are a bunch of morons with no clue how to do the internet?

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

BoldMan

Peter F Hamilton has a particular cinematic panache when it comes to action scenes, and apart from the compulsory nymphomaniac but independent and strong female characters he likes so much, he's pretty good at doing character too.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

BoldMan

Re: I'm Tony Paulazzo and I approve this message.

+1 for the use of "gorram" :)

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Windows

"old" iPad 2?

Ahh great it won't touch my even older iPad 1 which is still on - um - whatever iOS version still had Google maps instead of Apple maps... iOS 5 was it? If it ever gets connected to iTunes (for uploading music or photos etc), all software updating is disabled...

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

BoldMan

Re: hmm

So you advocate a race to the bottom where nobody pays tax anywhere?

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

BoldMan

Antique? Antique??

1997 Antique? Damn I must be getting old!

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

BoldMan

Re: Sorry Tom

if its unwritten how can that be enforceable?

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'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert

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"However, copyright infringement does mean that the owner of the work can't make (as much) money from that work. You can say 'so what' or 'they are rich anyway' 'till you are blue in the face, but that is the fact of the matter and that is what copyright protects."

Except the people to whom copyright infringement REALLY affects aren't rich. A huge amount of copyright infringement isn't AGANST big media businesses like BBC etc, its done BY them. Every time the BBC erases the metadata of an uploaded photo taken by a member of the public, they are enabling copyright infringement. The people who are affected by copyright infringement are freelance photographers as well as you and me who would have a perfect right to ask for compensation for use of our copyright material, except the big media companies would parade an army of lawyers against us to defend their infringement.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Looking forward to seeing these ladies at Dunsfold over the bank holiday weekend!

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

BoldMan

Re: Of course, had we not abandoned the Apollo project...

They'd be wearing purple wigs and silver mini-skirts!

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

BoldMan

Re: New Government Slogan

You honestly think the other lot will behave any different? National ID cards ring a bell?

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Played all versions of D&D & AD&D and my current game group settled on 4th ed by default when we started up again a few years back. To be honest the game system is irrelevant to us - its just an excuse to get together every 3 weeks and take the piss out of each other, have a laugh and an enjoyable evening. Having a "game" to play just makes the social aspect more regular, otherwise there would always be some reason to miss this get together...

We've taken a rest form D&D lately and are currently playing a Chill-based modern horror (think Charles Stoss Laundry...)

"I rolled Double zero... is that good?"

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

BoldMan

Awww Diddums(tm)

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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When Barclaycard foisted a contactless card onto me a couple of years ago I phoned them up and asked for one that didn't open up my wallet to thieves who could nick £10 from my by just walking past. Their response was that market research showed that the public liked having their money stolen invisibly and they would offer me no alternative to offering up my nuggets to random passers by.

Yes there is I said, I stop using your card to buy anything. So now it sits at home in the drawer and I only use the account to take advantage of their interest free balance transfer options.

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

BoldMan

Re: Google "Normandy landing" pages....

I think you meant to say that British and Commonweath troops were the majority participants in D-Day?

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

BoldMan

Re: Stingray?

Damn, beat me to it!

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