* Posts by Mycho

1497 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: breaking news : european dna

Mary had a little lamb.

She also had a duck...

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: Cause and effect

Close.

Cause:

Salmond repeatedly boasted in public that he would blackmail the labour party, insisting he would write both the queen's speech and their budget and give them no choice but to accept them.

Effect:

Thousands of Labour voters get scared by this strange scary man talking like a playground bully and they don't vote Labour, so the Tories get a majority.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Searching for "scum" still highlights one British university and one British gay bar. I presume this is the same problem.

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Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery

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"the tit with the pepper spray is arguably far more dangerous."

To whom?

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: It's almost like...

I hear Canada is quite nice, and only warm for a few weeks of the year. Anyone know more?

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

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Re: Aliens!

But why did they shoot down our balloon?

Also can we still get the bounty on thargons?

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Election Alternative ideas

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That does work better. Although I wonder if it needs more randomisation?

Every 1d6 months review 1d6 MPs and replace those necessary?

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Okay.

Another problem with one swap per month is this. If all 50 MPs become corrupt and we know it, then every month one new person goes into a corrupt environment, alone, and has to make do on their own for a month. How many of the newbies are not going to be corrupted by the time the next newbie comes along?

Instead I suggest that every five months we swap in a new five. As a round figure. Might even go for six every six months and up the number to 54 to keep things fair.

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I like the plan but the numbers are way off. One region per day would mean they have to contest every couple of years. One a month is essentially a job for life.

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Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

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Re: Microsoft, what challenge?

Overlaid Reality?

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Where's Johnny Marbles when you need him?

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Re: why, why, why... what is the point?

@John Brown

Since they changed the rules for speeding tickets. If a fixed camera issues you with a speeding ticket then they have to get the ticket to you within 14 days but assuming they do then you're expected by law to know who was driving at the time of the offence.

It's intended to close the loophole that got a lot of people off on speeding tickets because the police couldn't identify who was driving from the camera photo. If you can't prove who did the crime you can't prosecute.

Now, if you get a speeding ticket, you will notice new references that say that if you can't identify the driver then the owner is liable.

See point 1

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Re: why, why, why... what is the point?

"I have a friend who used to leave his garage unlocked and the keys to his bikes in the ignition, with the comment: "if you are in the area and want to go for a ride, just take a bike, just remember, you bend it, you mend it."

He never used to lock his patio door either.

He never had any problems."

Before the days when you were legally required to keep a record of who has driven your motor vehicle in the last 14 days, I take it?

Try that today and you're legally liable for any and all speeding tickets.

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Google Maps Doesn't Like Tottenham

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I think this is probably vandalism considering that "scum" takes you to an Edinburgh gay bar and certain racist slurs ... well, I think it's probably vandalism.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Brain damaged?

Just replying to myself to add that John Glenn made it into space at 77.

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Re: Brain damaged?

I will admit a certain curiosity as to whether a Russian matriarch can survive spaceflight after all these years. Though I'd not bet against it.

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Brain damaged?

You do know that several of the most awesome astronauts ever have volunteered to go, right? People who were willing to risk their lives going into space in the 60s are now realising that they're going to die soon anyway so why not be the first person to die on mars?

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Re: Pornography and minors

"Some single issue groups and State agencies want summary convictions because they "just know" that people are guilty of a thought crime."

Hmm...

Naah, I'm going to go with them trying to distract people from their own crimes.

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Re: Pornography and minors

You'd expect the word Knowingly in there, but increasingly British laws don't include it. Got to distract people from ... I mean got to keep children safe.

Vote 1d6.

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Mounties nab Canadian woman, 27, in webcam hack shenanigans bust

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Just a joke...

... yeah, that's what sex pests always say.

Just remember, consent is a magical thing. It turns theft into charity, assault occasioning actual bodily harm into a healthy sporting activity and this kind of thing into an expression of love. You might want to think about getting some consent next time.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: National Identity Card

More than anything it was the intent (confirmed at the time) that it would be illegal to go out without your wallet. Secondly was certain politicians insisting that despite this, no police officer would ever stoop so low as to exploit a law that allowed them to arrest a burglary victim for having their ID card stolen.

This was, you'll remember, before they started arresting photographers for being too tall.

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Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog

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Of course they're not.

Without privacy, no security.

Without security, no privacy.

This message brought to you by Duh, inc. Specialists in nothing anybody else doesn't already know.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: Armadillo!

Would you like to try a Dime Bar?

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Leave your front door open

Spooks want to hand all your data over to Al Quaeda the first time one of their own defects.

Idiots.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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If I were the suspicious sort (spoiler: I am) I would wonder if it was really the IT Manager each time. Happenning twice at the same location does seem like the connection is something to do with the location. Perhaps it's not that they treat their IT Managers badly enough for them both to take identical revenge, but rather that someone else on the staff is stealing their stuff and blaming recently fired personnel.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Re: No, its not the same

You don't think it's more a case of wanting an excuse to see them closer?

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Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

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Can we get more love for behind-neck headsets?

This message brought to you by the society of people with massive noggins.

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Yahoo! and! Microsoft! extend! tricky! search! deal! talks! by! 30! days!

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From a sample size of 1

When Yahoo offered a different search engine to the other two, I visited search.yahoo.com semi-regularly when looking for different results.

When they returned Bing's results, I just used Bing.

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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I am typing this on a proper clicky keyboard that is probably older than I am. From the days before AT became standard and long before it was re-ditched for PS/2.

I will change my personal keyboard when I get my modded keyboard finished. I am happy to report I seem to have finished all of the hacksawing. What I really need now is to get on and bag the arduino kit for the next stage...

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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.MD

.MD would be distinctly better but is sadly already taken by Moldova.

(My doctorate is in how many things they let you do doctorates in these days)

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

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Death bothers with everything.

Everyone and everything will come to an end eventually, and the oldest, kindest member of the Discworld cast will be there for them.

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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Good start.

Needs a mouse lock button and needs to be easily collapsible/ decollapsible. Then I'll buy.

Also magnets are evil. have a gripper option, I'll sacrifice a couple of millimeters of screen size to have it hold on properly.

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Is light a wave or a particle? Beaming boffins prove it's BOTH

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Re: Brilliant!

Until you come to labelling them wrongly.

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Reddit showers gold on drugs, hippies and Tor-rorists

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"More of an impact to some recipients than to others"

$82K will make almost no impact whatsoever on the $400M budget of Doctors Without Borders, but I don't think that anyone will call the few extra survivors a wasted effort.

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Re: Agreed

It does seem odd that the BOFH would be associated with a coffee mug that is taller than it is wide.

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Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

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"But if they've got nothing to hide..."

I'm just going to label this as a victory for privacy campaigners and move on, ta.

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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I wouldn't agree with you there, the campaigns against revenge porn have pretty well cemented the fact that the majority see privacy as an unquestionable right. The question is where does the line get drawn?

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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Well wouldn't you know it? He died trying.*

* Alan Matilla, Mechwarrior 3

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: And the IT angle

The problem of trust is already a problem for far more invasive medical procedures and men go through these anyway, because unwanted pregnancies are that bad.

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Dissidents and dealers rejoice! Droid app hides your stash in plain sight

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Re: They said black was chosen for the app's UI

I'm not the only one that finds this entire thing depressing, am I?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: nom nom nomenclature problem

Posh sorts will no doubt gravitate to the Chilli Chutney recipe on Jamie Oliver's website that comes up early in a web search.

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Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids

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Countdown to first cockup.

Facial recognition door locks are a BAD idea. Pretty soon someone will be let into the wrong room and the woman who they wake up will sue the hotelier for 70 squintillion in distress, half of which will go to her accomplice once his 3 month sentence for admitting being drunk and disorderly is over.

Or something.

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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

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Does US law have a definition of a "Criminal threat"?

Or does the law cover using surveillance to stop canadians walking on the grass?

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Lost SPACECRAFT believed FOUND ON COMET

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Pronouncing PNG

It sounds like Pee Engine, which is Bill Gates' next project.

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OH HAPPY DAY! Lawyers replaced by AI

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Billions out of work

99% of jobs have been rendered obsolete by technology already. Where is our 1% employment rate?

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

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Not a good effort

Assuming the PM's version is remotely true, the caller's first mistake was not knowing what time it was in Blighty. This fact was revealed in the first few seconds of the call.

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BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

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Re: Did the BOFH ever have an apprentice...?

Unless one of them is an incarnation.

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It's only illegal to take photos.

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Re: Data Aquisition

BT has Captain as a choice for your phone bill, but not any other rank.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: We will try!

If we want to blame a politician who gave us somebody else when we voted for them, we can bring this back to Tony. He insisted, repeatedly, that the warnings that "vote Blair get Brown" were entirely unfounded because there was no chance he would step down before the following election.

Five minutes in, he's gone and we've got Brown and things rapidly go so badly to shit that we vote in GlaDoS to stop Brown. Worried that GlaDoS might flood the country with neurotoxin we vote in a coalition, effectively attaching a "morality core" to stop GlaDoS from flooding the country with neurotoxin.

Now, with an election looming, GlaDoS is reminding us that, if voted in without a morality core after the election, GlaDoS is still going to flood the country with neurotoxin. So let's not do that, mmkay?

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