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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

BoldMan

Re: " toughest substance in the known universe"

Lego from 50 years ago? Pah a mere stripling... Meccano is still compatible with the first edition put out by Frank Hornby "Mechanics Made Easy" in 1898! In my collection I've got plates and girders going back to the 20s and 30s that still look superb.

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

BoldMan

Re: Oil?

and the answer is for us to do our own sodding fracking and tell the treehuggers to bugger of to Russia and hug some Siberian trees!

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

BoldMan

Re: Deiberately missing the point???

You have GOT to be kidding me:

"As an example, the Welfare State is supposed to protect the poor. But one of the activities intended to do this involves giving money to the Duke of Westminster in rent support. That's right; we have evolved a system in which we are taxed to give money to the ultra-rich, and we call it welfare."

This is such a ridiculous statement - the "welfare state" IS "protecting the poor" by paying their rent to their Landlord. Who that Landlord may be is totally irrelevant to that requirement.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

BoldMan

Re: The News

Welcome to the world of sensationalist infotainment that is modern day "news" reporting...

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

BoldMan

Its a floating bordello for Google execs, its obvious!

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

BoldMan

> Up until now, there had been only one MMO in my life...

How about finding a reviewer who's played more MMOs than just WoW so they can do a proper comparison to other games such as Neverwinter, The Secret World, LOTRO... you know some of the games that are innovative and well designed (well okay I did mention Neverwinter there but you know what I mean).

Reviewing an MMO with the only previous experience being WoW is pretty pointless really.

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

BoldMan
Joke

Re: NOT Thoroughly discredited.

Not everything in business is some sort of conspiracy to pull the wool over consumers eyes....

(just most of it!)

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

BoldMan

That is a truly awful video - the player controls cover the bit that we are interested in so that all you see are the bloody logos painted on the moon surface. Could this have been presented any more ineptly?

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

BoldMan

Re: Yeah, right

and then some bugger turns the map upside down...

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KA-BLAM!! Marvel Comics opens super-powered data API to web devs

BoldMan

I think you'll find that "Ka-Blam" is trademarked DC Comics...

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

BoldMan

Of course it is.

I only upgraded to a Sony Experia last week from my £10 Samsung phone after I discovered a good reason for having a camera phone when I had a car crash earlier in January. What was most amusing was the Insurance Company's phone operator was baffled that I my phone couldn't take photos, she just didn't understand that there ARE phones that don't take photos haha!

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

BoldMan

Lego is a toy! Meccano is proper engineering!

"the company's plastic block kits are credited with inspiring an entire generation of engineers who have shown their appreciation by building massive monuments and complex structures entirely from Lego bricks."

Whereas Meccano encouraged SEVERAL generations of engineers who built or worked out how to do useful things (such as blowing up German dams, plotting the energy output of atomic bombs, building curling footbridges...)

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NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 10 years on Mars with a FILTHY selfie

BoldMan

Re: Never mind the rock

dun dun dun da da da dun

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Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint

BoldMan

Good joke but I suspect this is a crowd sourcing joke rather than Bing maps being totally useless. Yes there is a nursery on the Thames Valley Park site but it isn't the Microsoft office as it is labelled

Made me smile anyway!

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

BoldMan

Trust me - it IS deliberate obfuscation...

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

BoldMan

Damn them "pedofiles" they are just too cunning!

So when you sign up for an ISP account, you have to answer an "Are you a 'pedofile'?" question so that your ISP can block the people who answer "Yes"...

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Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

BoldMan

Not as impressive as the Meccano Motorbike and sidecar built for James May this year and soon to be seen going round the Isle of Man TT course...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-23898497

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Cambs prof scoops $3m Fundamental Physics prize

BoldMan

Nice to hear Mike Green, my old Prof from Queen Mary College is getting the recognition he deserves! I was always annoyed that his Quantum Mechanics course was the only one I didn't pass while at Uni, more to my inability to work out wtf you do with a Delta function and more importantly WHY do do things with a Detla function :D

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

BoldMan

Re: Doctor Who stopped with Sylvester Mccoy

With lot of running down corridors to pad the time ;)

What you mean is a good 4 parter like Day of the Daleks, The Dadly Assassin or Robots of Death

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Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

BoldMan

Much love to Delia, excellent article - that original theme music still gives me the shivers!

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The ZOD FILES: Climate documents from 2007 'must stay SECRET'

BoldMan

Re: Such scientific discussion ..

The important part wasn't the leaked emails it was the leaked software code and supporting documents. Analysis of that - which was NEVER covered properly by the meedja - showed what a complete fuck up "Climate Science" was. Software that had undocumented fudge factors in place, no proper documentation, no proper data integrity (raw data had been overwritten by processed data and no backup copies of the raw data made) and generally what I would call totally amateur software engineering. Then again this is what you get when you allow scientists to write software. I've got plenty of experience of this, having been employed in the past to take code written by scientists and turning it into "properly" engineered software, with proper documenation, source code control, data control etc etc...

Scientists by and large are not good software engineers...

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

BoldMan

Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy

The age of consent in the UK is 16 but you'll still get done for child porn if you (as a 17 yr old husband) take a photo of your 17 yr old wife in her birthday suit as the law says you are a "child" until 18.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

BoldMan

Re: Biomass != fossil fuel

So what - its still releasing CO2 and thats supposed to be evil!!! Or is it only evil when idiot greens say its evil?

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

BoldMan

Solar output has dropped since 1950? References please...

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

BoldMan

Re: As an English Taxpayer

Only a portion of North Sea oil is in what would become Scottish Territorial waters. You don't just draw a straight line east-west on the map, you follow the border as it intersects with the coastline and the border at Berwick is essentially North East

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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

BoldMan

Re: wasn't there a dystopian film

oook!

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

BoldMan

Lol guess which game I'm currently playing :)

Still annoys the **** out of me when an Etheriel takes over one of my team and proceeds to blow the rest away!!

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

BoldMan

Re: I'm sure that there'l be a variety of amusing commentary here ...

Do I need to say this again? Science isn't a democracy or a popularity contest! Science is about understanding reality and if reality doesn't match your theories, it doesn't matter HOW many say black is white, black will still be black!

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Firefox takes top marks in browser stability tests

BoldMan
FAIL

Its not over when millions of people are still using old versions of IE and MS will only release the latest versions on Win 8. We have clients who are locked into using IE6 FFS (major telephone company from Britian, I'm looking at you!) so we STILL have to support that red-headed bastard child of complete and utter morons over a decade later than we should be!

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

BoldMan
Megaphone

Re: So no-one else is wondering

Black Market Halon doesn't come cheap... ahem so I've been told!

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Behold, replica Nazi-code-cracking Colossus computer IN LEGO FORM

BoldMan

Does it work?

At least with Meccano you can build machines that actually WORK:

Meccano Difference Engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6i9Ckm2Z5E

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

BoldMan

Re: BBC PR = news

News isn't news anymore... an old drunk who used to be a good footballer arriving at the court for hit trial for assault isn't "news" but Sky News this morning had a "Breaking News - News Alert: Paul Gascoigne arrives at court" headline interrupting their "normal" "news" coverage...

Meh

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Europe: OK, we'll 'backload' carbon emissions - but we'd better not lose big biz

BoldMan

Science is NOT a democracy.

It doesn't matter how many people BELIEVE something that doesn't make it true. For hundreds of years people believed the Sun orbited the Earth, but that wasn't true and eventually a minority of Scientists fought for better understanding, suffering persecution until their view was accepted as "the truth".

The problem is Science does not give TRUTH it gives "the best answer we have so far to fit the evidence we have available". So the science can NEVER be "settled".

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

BoldMan

I remember back in the mid 90s when I was working as tech support for a defence contractor (based in new Malden) that was a Mac shop being asked why I had a set of biro pen lids in the toolkit. I then showed that person how to clean the accumulated crap off the mouse rollers in his mouse using the pen top as a scraper...

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

BoldMan

Re: I was strongly reminded of World of Warcraft

Which just goes to show that there is next to nothing original in WoW

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

BoldMan

Re: But, but, but....

Well you obviously aren't thinking of the children unless you want them to grow up in a mediaeval-likeage where power is so expensive it has to be rationed!

I say again, using this gas won't INCREASE our CO2 output, it will just REPLACE the very expensive gas supplies that we currently export. Why don't you people ever seem to understand that?

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BoldMan

Re: Pass the pack ice mother ...

You think this will increase our CO2 output? Think again! This is a REPLACEMENT STRATEGY!!! We will still burn this amount of fuel if we don't exploit these deposits but we'll just be paying for it through the nose from importers...

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Finance CIOs sweat as regulators prepare to probe aging mainframes

BoldMan
FAIL

Re: Falling for the old "bait and switch"

Sadly that really is what this sounds like

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

BoldMan

Re: Have to agree with them

Then don't pay 10 times - nobody is FORCING you to keep buying the same album on different formats - you are choosing to do that because it is convenient for you.

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That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

BoldMan

If I were Starbucks shareholders I'd now be looking into a class action against them for giving money away rather than funnelling it back into shareholder profit!

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Oracle's Ellison outlines plans for Hawaiian Electriclarryland

BoldMan

Larry wants to be Tony Stark, hence the cringworthy Oracle product placements in the Iron Man movies... "We searched the Oracle Cloud and found this..." <silence>

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

BoldMan

Re: So whos going to do business in England?

point 4 is irrelevant because the UK is a large enough market that they would hurt their own business by pulling out. This excuse has been used before by the City to try to justify leaving their enormous bonuses untapped, but its a straw horse as there are plenty of other reasons why the companies and people CHOOSE to stay in the UK even if they have to pay more tax.

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

BoldMan

Re: Agree on pre-degree IT exams

> proving that one can write Fortran in any language

My 30 year career in IT contains an element of proof for this assertion!

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

BoldMan

Re: Thanks to the intrepid Reg reporter..

But not TOO detailed please...

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

BoldMan

Re: Time warp ..

John Hurt isn't the "next" Doctor - he's a previous one who "broke the promise". Current speculation is that he's actually the 9th Doctor between Paul McGann and Chris Ecclestone and was the one who "did" the Time War stuff,

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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

BoldMan

RIP indeed - spent many years working on VAX/VMS systems of all flavours in many jobs from the early 80s onwards. Anyone else remember VaxNotes - a bulletin board system that ran on the VAX? Any ex-BPers out there? :)

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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

BoldMan

Re: Taxes strangling the high street

THis makes absolute sense to me and I might add a 3rd:

3. Cap greedy landlords rent increases

You constantly hear of shops closing because their lease comes up for renewal and the landlord hikes the rent by 30% or more.

Oh and another:

4. Enforce planning rules to stop the giant retail businesses (Tesco etc) swamping the town with their shops, driving up prices and driving out local small competitors who can't subsidize loss-making pricing models.

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

BoldMan

Please include Theresa May, Ed Milliband and Boris Johnson oh hell and most of the other parasitical politicians who also jumped on the bandwagon taking "advantage of moments of fear and terror to spread hatred and animosity"' by promoting the snoopers charter in response...

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

BoldMan

Thats exactly what needs to be done - along with fixing the tax loopholes in the first place.

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