* Posts by Peter R.

34 posts • joined 18 Apr 2008

Wiltshire welcomes clutch of Great Bustards

Peter R.

Hmmmpf ?

Have any of the green wellied bird brigade actually wondered WHY a bird that builds nests on the open ground in an otherwise emptyish plain has become rare ?

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Jobs bloodbath at Brit, Danish wind turbine factories

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Strong Language Ahead !

I apologise. I really do. Up front. But I've been reading about these kinds of moves so many times in the last months that it's all become a bit to much. So here it goes...

Hey, Mr. Vestas ! If you want to go produce your f*ck*ing windmills in China, why don't you go sell them in f*ck*ng China. That's right, take your f*ck*ng factories, your f*ck*ng shareholders, and your f*ck*ng windmills and f*ck off !

You want our f*ck*ng governments to give you our f*ck*ing tax dollars (and euro's) to buy your product, bu you won't allow our workers to make a cent on producing them ? Fine @ Then you can go f*ck*ing peddle them f*ck*ng elsewhere as well !!!

So there. I'm sorry if I offended anyone but Mr. Vestas. But I'm getting sick of these 'businessmen' stealing our money.

Peter R.

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Pirate Bay loses trial: defendants face prison time, hefty fines

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Metaphore....

For he sake of argument...and just to diffuse the 'brick through the window and nick cd' argument.

If I hear a song I like on the radio, and decided to check out the cd, I can go to a good store and they will let me listen to it on headphones.

On the net I am afforded no such luxury. Sometimes you can hear 2 or 3 snippets in low fi, and the rest is blind trust.

Would you accept that, if youbought a new car and asked to test drive it, you would be able to test, say, the indicators and the horn for 30 seconds and then have to decide to buy it or not ?

So, what is wrong with listening to a cd from a torrent before you decide to buy it. ?

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There is a difference...

Between justice and the law. Apparently the court has decided the law was broken. The fact that other companies also break the law but have hitherto remained unprosecuted is largely irrelevant.

However, a case on the principle of unequality before the law may prove succesful. This, however, has no bearing on the defence in this case.

This may be a more suitable path out of this mess. Not to appeal the verdict but to bring a case before the prime legislative court on the basis if said inequality before the law.

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Failed Nork rocket bits straddle Japan

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I say !

Completely unacceptable eh ! Cor blimey ! That'll scare them off good !

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National Express to 'ban' trainspotting

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Lord Adonis ???

You jest, surely ?

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Apple Mac-sprucing bores fanbois

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Jobs Horns

I'm not buying one...

I was actually looking forward to the new Mini. It showed up on the local Apple store, and I configured one to my liking. It was over 1.000 Euros. That's what ? 1300 USD ?

It's geting silly. 1300 USD for a 2.26 Core 2 wit 4 Gig of ram and a paltry 320 GB HD ? I

Next time someone does one of these 'Macs aren't more expensive than PC's' articles...I hope Cupertino is paying you enough !

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Obama says his new chopper is 'procurement gone amuck'

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Oh no, not again...

This is going the way of the F35C, isn't it ? If you load it up you can't get it off the deck. Or back on it, for that matter.

Peter R.

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Judge strips MS 'Vista Capable' lawsuit of class action status

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Bought and paid for....

M$ lawyers can be proud of themselves...

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Copyright cops launch MS-happy software compliance tool

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Black Helicopters

Bollocks !

"We don’t sell software, we don’t sell training - we sell a membership and we have a range of consulting and professional services," he explained.

No you don't You sell air. And you don't even bother to heat it up.

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Joker must retire, insist Heath Ledger fans

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Coat

Huh ?

Does al this mean that the Joker is gay, and who the **** is Heath Ledger

Mine's the one with the assorted Stetson

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Texas lawyer sues Citibank over fake cheque scam

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If I understand this correctly...

Howell claims that an employee of his firm "telephoned Citibank and verified that check number 310096829 in the amount of $367,500 was paid".

So (for the time assuming Citi was indeed contacted on this matter) he checked with the issuer of said check and got the OK.

I have no trouble believing this actually happened. Citi is in the news every month over here, and it always involves feeding false info to clients, charging extornionate interest, misleading customers about the guarantees on 'savings accounts' (which turn out to be Lehman guaranteed investment products) and so on and so forth.

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Parallel importer jailed for up to nine months in Microsoft case

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Funny...

How 'Free trade' zealots suddenly don't believe in free trade and 'the global marketplace' anymore when it concerns their own stuff.

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EU says Microsoft violated law with IE on Windows

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I'm sick and tired...

Of the EU wasting my tax-euro's with this cr*p. I'm seriously considering filing an official complaint against the EU for misappropriation of taxes and wasting resources, while ignoring serious matters vital to the constituants of the EU.

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Walmart's Jesus Phone no better, no worse

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I bought a new phone last Friday...

It's not an iPhone. I looked at it.

But 700$ for the phone and 55$ month for the carrier that comes with it is a bit rich for someone that only spends 15-20$ a month on calls and internet access.

Peter R.

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Junk science and booze tax - a study in spin

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Duh !

Doubling the price of cars will reduce the number of road accidents because no one will be able to afford a vehicle.

Conversely, increasing the price of electricity and heating fuel will increase pollution and ruin the environment because everyone will be chopping down trees and burning them to keep warm.

Where can I pick up my honorary Ph.D. ?

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RISC daddy conjures Moore's Lawless parallel universe

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I do not agree...

I think Mr. Patterson's logic is the consumer logic they use to sell us ever bigger TV's, more powerful engines, larger fridges and iPods.

Since they can not increase the speed of the stuff we use, they develop in a way that they can develop, notably more cores, and then try to convince us to use new applications that do not improve or lives but makes the new developement look good.

Do you WANT software to decide if someone that walks up to you if they are worth talking to ? Do I want a sound system with 32 tweeters in my living room ?

Not really. I want to write useless comments on this board, balance my wallet with excel (and fail miserably), play a movie on my desktop and listen to a song on my mp3.

Undoubtedly there are great opportunities for parallellism in all kinds of computer applications (think Pixar). But on my desktop ? Not really.

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Tiny MyCar named electric vehicle of the year

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They're serious, aren't they ?

9000 quid for a plastic go cart with a lead acid battery that runs for 40 miles and takes 9 hours to recharge, and it wins a green prize ?

Apparently a blood alcohol level of over 0.5% is rquired to serve on the panel.

Mine's the one that says '98 Octane' on the back.

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Custom-car creator preps electric Porsche

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TUF ? Never heard of 'em

TUF or RUF ? Who's it gonna be lads ?

Peter R.

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Ballmer on banking crisis: No one is safe

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The way things are looking

The Europeans are being 'more intelligent around that' than the US. At least that's what I think he means.

Maybe M$ should try and be more intelligent around him. Although I must admit the berth may be quite extensive.

Peter R.

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Kentucky commandeers world's most popular gambling sites

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Plan !

Transfer the website title to the good judge but keep operating it. He can go prosecute himself, keeping all this lark safely locked away in the land of the fried chicken and not bother us folks with it.

Peter R.

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Marketing body condemns 'draconian' Olympic law

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I don't think so....

The Olympic games have been around for a slightly longer time than the marketing twats hogging the lingo.

THEY should pay the Greeks. They invented the bloody thing.

Peter R.

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Royal Society says goodbye to creationism row vicar

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What is it with these religious zealots ?

I'm with Ash on this one. The amount of people that believe in a crackpot idea can't be a yardstick for determining if it should be included in a curriculum. It's a crackpot idea, no mather how many people believe in it.

'Believe' being the operative word.

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Eye-o-Sauron™ poked out by Great Wall of America

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Does it work both ways ?

If McCain gets elected a lot of traffic will possibly be going the other way.

Come to think of it, this may also happen when Obama takes the chair.

Peter R.

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China readies Blu-Ray competitor

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W00t ???

Is this serious ? I mean the Chinese in vesting in copy protection ? This must surely be a larf ! Next thing you know the RIAC will be targetting us !

Peter R.

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Doctors: Third babies are the same as patio heaters

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Wel well....

So all you brilliant reg readers seem to be in agreement that the planet can support unlimited population growth ? Or is this one of these 'it's all THEIR fault' threads...?

Peter R.

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Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple

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I'm terribly sorry...

I completely misunderstood the problem. It's not the things I mentioned before ! Well, not all of them anyway...

It's the zealots that keep ignoring users and maintaining that everything works right away in Linux, and that all software is easily available, and on and on.

Listen up, wise men of the Penguin ! I tried a new install of buntu a few weeks ago. I even dedicated a machine to it. And then I tried to plug in all the silly stuff I own into it. Oh, and the first Linux I installed was Suse 6. I still have the box.So I'm not a complete newbie.

And things are NOT as keep shouting. After a lot of work I did get a few things working...for a while. But 'normal' users would have thrown the distro in the bin long before I switched off. Oh, and I do the experiment every time new major releases appear. And always I hope for the best. And everytime I'm disappointed. Not because I can't get it going. But because I know that, again, the bulk of the general public wil be reverting to windows. After about 15 minutes.

But hey, never mind me. It's just me. Please ignore me, it's not important. But if you are serious about wanting to make Linux a serious alternative for the non-geek you beter start sitting up and taking notes.

Peter R.

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I maintain...

That one of nux' deadliest shortcomings is that nothing yo buy in a box comes woith software for it. People spend fortunes on camera's, mp3 players, phones, organizers, blackberries, printer multifuctionals anf GPS'. Pretty soon you'll be finding a driver disk with your fridge !

And NEVER is any 'nux stuff included. End EVERY time Linux supporters jump up and down that stuff can easily be found on the net, and there's wine etc.

People want a CD in the box with the stuff they just bought, one you chuck into your pc and it installs.

Als long as the 'nuxers refuse to see an OS as a means instead of an end it'll never happen. Pretty or not.

Peter R.

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Dell hit by class action over unpaid overtime

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Farm it out boys !

I'm sure the Dell management will, in the near future, decide the people of Myanmar (or equivalent) are a lot more flexible in achieving the corporate goals and have more compliant work ethics

The good inhabitants of Oregon better start updating their CV's.

Peer R,

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Busts 4 Justice battles Bulgarian airbag tax

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Paris Hilton

Think before you speak...

This is really one of these emotional things again isn't it ? Like the anti 4x4 stuff, or prejudice against people because of their skin colour ?

Does anyone actually think about this ?

The material cost in this issue is marginal at best. What DOES affect the price however is that extra moulds, templates and calipers are required to make a bigger size. The cost of this investment has to be offset against the number of items made. If fewer are made it's going to be more expensive per item It's called honest accounting.

Peter R.

Paris. because she hasn't a clue either.

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Are the ice caps melting?

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It's simple economics...

Al them doctors need funding. This funding is largely handed out by politicians.

Let's say you wish to study the mating habits of South American frogs. You'd be hard pressed to get money for that. It does not generate votes. But you're a smart egg, so you propose a study on The Influence of Global Warming On The Mating Habits Of South American Frogs. Hey presto, cash rolls in.

Just hang out in a bar close to a big university for a few nights and pour some beer into the good researchers...you'd be surprised.

If you'd happen to pick The Unseen University you'd be even more surprised.

Oook...

Peter R.

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Apple blocks cheaper UK iPod sales

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same ole same ole...

Yet again it seems the 'free trade' all these US companies are so big on is NOT for consumers.

Peter R.

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Ballmer bitch slaps Vista

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It's really my fault...

You know, I'm an idiot. I'm one of those people that actually BUYS software. Yes, I actually own valid licenses for the computers I own.

So I did pay a few hundred for the 'next gen' OS. So now Mr. Ballmer has confirmed I've been had.

So what are they going to do about it ? Exactly...nothing...in a year or two the're going to come out with the next next gen OS, which they can declare a heap after a year or so, but promise they'll fix it next time. Oh, and would I fork over some more filthy lucre...

So what do I do ? Refuse to pay ? Ask for my money back ? Sue them ? Nah...I write a silly comment on this website and just poney up again...

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This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours

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Paris Hilton

Great, more garbage !

If all these boffins spent as much brainpower to come up with ways to actually SAVE precious materials and energy as they do on creating more disposable crap, te world could actually be a better place.

Paris, because equally she doesn't have a clue...although none of the folk in thes picures actually have.

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