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* Posts by Andrew

19 posts • joined 19 Aug 2008

Jacqui Smith ecstatically ignores more scientific advice

Andrew

Horses

"Apparently riding horses kills about 100 people a year while taking ecstacy kills about 30.

But I guess that banning horse riding is not an option."

Ban horse riding? Don't you remember the fuss over banning people from riding round on horses killing things?!

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You're barcoded: The sneaky under-25 route to compulsory ID

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It doesn't work!

Sadly the policies are as effective as the muppets running the shop. I got hit with Winerack's challenge 21 a couple of months back.

It should be flattering, considering I'm pushing 30, but it turned into a complete piss take. Normally it's simple, tell them you're over 21 and they don't ask for ID. The idiot on the counter decided that she needed to see ID becuse I might be 21, so I duly produced a my paper driving license (issued before any of this new-fangled plastic stuff). She refused to accept it because it didn't have a photo. (Despite proving that I was over 21). To make things that bit worse, I happened to be there with my Dad, and she told him that he could buy it for me. I pointed out that this would be illegal, as she thought I was underage, so I'd be obliged to report her for it. That proved too much for her to understand, alhtough the woman standing behind me thought it was hillarious (before telling her that she didn't have any ID and walking out).

I figured I'd take it up with their head office, but all they said was the manager's decision is final and refused to look at clarifying the policy.

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China rattles sabre at Google

Andrew
Joke

Coming to a govenment near you

If you listen carefully, you can hear Jacqui Smith rubbing her hands in anticipation.

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UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content

Andrew

Screw this

Are people that scared of saying no to their hoody wearing, knife carrying children? Oh wait, that might mean actually having to speak to them...

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'Water bears' survive in outer space

Andrew
Alien

Experiments

Let's hope it wasn't trial and error. Launch puppy 2!

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Mills and Boon thrusts into pr0n market

Andrew
IT Angle

Dishwasher fixing

Is it obligatory? The balding, obese 40 year old bloke currently fixing ours really isn't my type...

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Amazon flash mob mauls Spore DRM

Andrew
Pirate

Self defeating

The crack's usually out before the game hits the shelves anyway, so all that happens is legit customers are screwed with half arsed copy protections. They just end up losing sales from people who actually pay for software.

Pirate flag, innit.

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Brit trio convicted for liquid bomb terror plot

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Coat

There goes you right to a fair trial...

And people wondered why Labour were so keen on abolishing trial by jury. They're lucky they're being tried in the UK. Seeing as US airlines and passengers might have been targeted, surely they should be getting a fair hearing in front of a military tribunal in the USA, obviously via small dark rooms in Egypt where they can discuss the confession they forgot to sign... [/sarcasm]

Can't help wondering how many of the confiscated items get disposed of carefully at home by highly trained security staff.

Never seen the jacket with the lucozade bottle in the pocket before in my life gov.

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Google's Austro-Hungarian ambitions laid bare

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Coat

It's worse than we thought...

V1-3 were all rockets. Clearly V8's a top secret chrome plated super rocket. I never did trust those Danes...

Me, getting my coat before I hide under the table.

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Google remodels top secret money machine

Andrew

@The Dark Lord

What about Goog£e?

Definitely right up there with Starbucks on the evil empires list!

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Erotic artist urges spanking for Jacqui Smith

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Paris Hilton

Freedom of expression?

Leave the definitions vague enough, and you can hit anybody and anything with it.

I can't see Brown doing anything about this - one tiny undemocratic change of leadership and the puritans are in through the back door (now there's an image).

Looks like we can kiss goodbye to freedom of expression while we're on...

Paris - if you have to ask you don't need to know...

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Portsmouth punts naval boy-on-boy to innocent kiddies

Andrew
Pirate

All together now...

In the navy yes, you can sail the seven seas

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DARPA in Tom'n'Jerry robo-brain quest

Andrew
Alien

Darwin

Ok, so the military isn't always the brightest, but do cats really come that much higher up the evolutionary ladder than Marines? I'm guessing the cat is calling the shots, anyway...

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Hackintosh maker bites back at Apple

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Go

Monopoly

An EULA is like any other pseudo-legal document. Some parts of it will be legally binding, others won't be. For instance, extreme sports companies often have a disclaimer for liability over death and serious injury. In reality it's unenforceable, regardless of whether you've agreed to it.

I'd imagine Psytar's claim will firstly be that Apple is monopolistic (it's arguable - they're preventing you running their software on anything but their hardware, and can set prices accordingly. You could make a similar argument about Itunes). I'm not that clued up on US competition law, but on the surface they'd actually have a reasonable claim there.

Secondly, they'll almost certainly argue that even if they're not anti-competitive, the EULA is unenforceable.

It'd definitely be interesting to head Apple arguing that they're not anti-competitive, given the circumstances...

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Philippine troops battle rampaging MILFs

Andrew
Coat

Make love not war?

Somebody had to say it...

Me, getting my coat

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Intel's Atom laptots 'are here'

Andrew
Gates Horns

Laptot = computer for children?

Or is that a Mac?

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Gag order lifted for students who hacked subway card

Andrew

Bury your heads

Surely good PR would dictate you openly work with them to fix the problem? Browny points all round. Burying your head in the sand just convinces the public that you either can't fix it, or can't be arsed to fix it.

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A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP

Andrew

Not so bad

I've been dual booting XP and Vista for over a year now. Once you get it to stop nagging, there's nothing wrong with Vista on a reasonable spec machine. It's no slower than XP, and actually more stable for me. Not to mention the relief of a GUI that doesn't look like it was made by Fisher Price.

I can see why it's not taken off outside the home market though. We're only just migrating from 2K to XP at work, and the oh so complicated new GUI nearly caused a mutiny. I definitely can't see them chucking around the kind of money to get the hardware up to Vista standards when XP does everything they want.

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UK.gov to spend hundreds of millions on snooping silo

Andrew

And presumably CCTV footage from schools too?

This is getting way out of hand. Considering what they've used anti-terrorism powers for, presumably any dissenters can expect their porn habbits to become public knowlegde...

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