* Posts by seanj

229 posts • joined 7 Aug 2009

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

seanj

In a world where 'Goat Simulator' is a thing, this doesn't seem overly far-fetched...

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Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

seanj

Re: HSBC =

Holy Shit, Borked Cron

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

seanj

Re: "where life is at immediate risk"

... Yeah, I can see the local council cogs turning there...

"That wheelie bin is just out there on the pavement waiting for someone to trip over it and die. We need to look at all the comms from that house as a matter of emergency to make sure this isn't a terrorist wheelie-bin threat!"

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

seanj

Unlikely to be the real culprit.

If Talk Talk received the email today, it was probably a ransom demand for the previous breach...

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seanj

Re: Ransom demand

Well, if as she says, she is a Talk Talk user too, then the rest are probably still lost in the intertubes somewhere and should arrive tomorrow sometime.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

seanj

TalkTalk's CIO decides it might be best to take his chances on The Grid...

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Lancashire Police warn of malware email impersonation scam

seanj
Devil

I like how everyone commenting so far was checking the technical details of the email. I saw an email from 'Lancashire police' with a subject of 'Invoice attached' (or whatever it said) and just deleted it whether it was spam or not...

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

seanj

"Ok Google, find me the nearest Starbucks..."

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UK MPs have right old whinge about ‘defunct’ Wilson Doctrine

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Go

"If I can't be above the law...

... then why the hell did I become an MP?!"

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

seanj

Bezos Spin Team hard at work interpreting the 'Staff Satisfaction' data trends...

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Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

seanj

For TV? Yes. I'm quite partial to Black Sails, personally. I'm also quite looking forward to finding time to watch Hand of God, too.

For film, however... only on my darkest, most desperate, US Netflix-can't-provide-and-out-of-sheer-desperation-maybe-Amazon-has-something-to-offer days.

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Attempted bank robber demands cash transfer ... to his own account

seanj

Re: @msknight

Indeed, if Kent is the Garden of England, the Medway Towns are the compost heap.

(Source: lived in Gillingham for two years)

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Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall

seanj
Alien

Re: "Paramount promises [...] a few new surprises."

A nice thought, but I wonder how many people would actually open that fourth box to find the apology in the first place....

If you've seen the movie, you'll understand the extraterrestrial connection. If you haven't seen it - don't bother. Really, don't.

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Doctors sick of anonymous-coward NHS feedback commentards

seanj

What the NHS Choices forum really needs....

... is more Sarah Bee. If people think that responses to trolling have been abusive already, they ain't seen nothin' until they've seen the (ex-) moderatrix in action.

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BT reveals ultra-fast cable blowing plan for homes, biz

seanj
Joke

Bloody Druidian....

Everyone knows that after that comes Ludicrous Speed....

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Ofcom: UK broadband speed on the up as punters' packages swell

seanj

Interesting....

My connection (with BT as my provider) dropped over the weekend from around 5-6Mb/s to about 2-2.5Mb/s... I may be being unneccesarily cynical when I wonder if it's at all related to the fact that "superfast" BT Infinity will be available at the end of the month ....

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Netflix vs Lovefilm

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Netflix + PS3 + DNS tweak...

I've signed up to the Netflix trial, and like many others found their offering pretty poor for the UK market - this could be down to the fact that it's a new service, it could be down to digital boundary enforcement by dumb-ass distributors.

I heard about a quick DNS change in my PS3's network settings, which has now given me full access to the US catalogue, and it's now totally worth the £6 a month. I've no idea (not being a networky techie) if the dns change will affect my online gaming or PSN Store offerings - not that I use either very much, but for the sake of a dead quick amendment to the network settings (which could also be applied at router level to affect every machine on your network), it's opened up a whole raft of movie and tv choices...

Anyway, that's my experience and if it helps anyone else, then best of luck to you.

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Darth Vader mounts defence of doomed empire

seanj
Megaphone

Darth Vader? PC World?

Nooooooooooooooooooo!!

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

seanj
Go

IT Pro's know this to be true....

... but try getting that past the HR fucknuts who seem to think a degree is required to take a shit unsupervised...

Not having a degree has put me out of the running for so many jobs, despite having the ability to do them blindfolded and with one hand tied behind my back.

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First smut site erected on .xxx address

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WTF?

Re: soiled.

Erm, are you actually berating the morality and unrealistic aspect of the porn industry?

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Union talks up offshoring dangers to UK economy

seanj

Re: Private Sector strikes.

Don't you see how private sector strike action is totally self-defeating?! Private sector companies work on the premise of making profit. If they stop providing a service due to industrial action, customers go elsewhere, profits drop, and a round of redundancies follows shortly thereafter - BA being a prime example - do you think the union cancelled strike action because they achieved their aims? No, they cancelled it because the terms they were fighting for would be academic if the company went bust!.

In the private sector there's competition - the choice of the consumer to use another provider if one can't live up to your expectations. If my house catches fire while the local fire brigade is on strike because the toilet paper in the station house is just a little too scratchy for their poor bums, short of starting up my own rival fire brigade service, what can I do but burn?

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seanj
WTF?

@Michelle Knight.

"So let me ask you a question .... how would you handle this if you were our side of the fence; having to contribute more money to your pension, working longer for it, having it be worth less at the end and also having it rise at a rate which is slower than inflation; seeing you descend in to poverty with each ongoing year?"

If you add to that the constant threat of redundancy/company administration, no pay rises for years, actual real-terms pay cuts to keep companies afloat - never mind mere "below inflation" pay rises which are constantly propagandised as "pay cuts", and no ability to strike, you have what the private sector have been facing for years

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seanj
Stop

Unions/Labour.

Funny how offshoring is suddenly a bad thing when it's public sector jobs being offshored, but when my private sector job was being offshored a few years ago I was told that it allowed "increased competition" and it was a "very good thing".

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Ghost of 'ACS:Law' threatens alleged Greek filesharers

seanj
Facepalm

Story update...

From the BBC:

"Andrew Crossley told the BBC that e-mails sent out in the name of ACS:Law were a scam and nothing to do with him."

Now, which emails is he talking about? The recent ones, or the original ones? Perhaps he's trying the Murdoch approach - "yeah, people were apparently extorting money with threats in my name, but I didn't know about any of it...."

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MPs probe science behind bogus gov booze guidelines

seanj
Headmaster

<title>

"Governments sponsor academics to produce "science" of dubious quality to support conclusions reached in advance, what you might call "evidence-based policy-making". We recounted one example of that here related to minimum pricing for alcohol."

Surely you mean policy-based evidence-making"?

A good article, and it'll be a nice step forward if it were to ever come to anything - no government wants to be in the position of making policy based on sound science, surely...

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

seanj
Stop

Don't go! They'll double your pay!

Title says it all - if "they" say they won't, there's an army of commentards who'll storm Vulture Central and open filing cabinet drawers and leave them in a dangerous, open position for unsuspecting hacks to bash shins, elbows and foreheads on, fling stacks of papers recklessly and without care to the floor, stuff plasticine down the vending machine coin slot and add itching powder to the coffee granules...

But, just slightly more seriously (about as serious as you are about missing the place), all the best, your distinctive style of loving^H^H^H^H^H^H abusive moderation will leave a constant pang of emptiness for all who post shit in future.....

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Commons hit by rash of laptop thefts

seanj
Go

Re: What do you expect?

... especially when you take away a large portion of their "salary", which they usually steal in the form of expenses...

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Attorney General threatens Twitter injunction-busters

seanj
Facepalm

Re: But they don't get a say

I did suspect after I posted that may be the case...

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seanj
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Or possibly...

... because the CPS would (if they show any sort of consistency in their decisions whatsoever - so don't rely on that!) not deem the case to be in the public interest to prosecute, making the AG look like the biggest, most useless twat this side of the other big, useless twat who's been shagging his brother's missus....

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Skype hangs up on users yet again

seanj
Trollface

Re: Alternative

I suspect Microsoft would like everyone to use MSN - perhaps it's part of an elaborate ploy....

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Vatican crackdown at Rome's Playboy Mansion-style monastery

seanj
Coat

Down with this sort of thing!

Careful now!

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Service Birmingham offshores IT jobs

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Thumb Down

"Overseas expertise"

Cheap labour, you mean.

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Reg ed rattles the Red-Headed League

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Joke

Vital Organs...

Taking a kidney. Not a big deal.

Steve

Sent from my iPad

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ACS:Law fined for data breach

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Terrorists stamp on Indy's Kate Middleton jelly bean

seanj
Coffee/keyboard

a title.

My favourite is actually the keyword tag at the bottom of the article:

"# Depiction Of Future Royals In The Medium Of Confectionery"

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WTF is... 4K x 2K?

seanj
Stop

Re: Blu-ray?

Perhaps if you hadn't posted as an Anonymous Coward, then the Reg could have run any future articles by you to ensure they are of interest - I mean, heaven forbid that you be disinterested by an article (though clearly not disinterested enough to keep your yap shut and not moan about it!), even if it may be of interest to the vast majority of the millions (thousands? hundreds?) of people who read this site.

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Halifax cuts investment accounts off from the web until April 2012

seanj
Pint

Re: Anyone who banks online...

I was getting ready to call you all kinds of names, downvote your post, everything, until I continued past the first paragraph and caught the sarcasm...

Instead of name-calling, have a beer.

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Steven Moffat promises 'darker' Doctor Who

seanj

Re: The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Blink is indeed boss, but that next story with the Weeping Angels was terrible... Angel Bob? Smeg off!

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Duke Nukem Forever DELAYED

seanj
Unhappy

The importance of punctuation.

Headline should probably read "Duke Nukem, Forever DELAYED".

Been looking forward to this since it re-emerged from oblivion as something that might actually be released, but this last minute delay is making me wonder if it's all worth it... I have BulletStorm now anyway.

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BT, TalkTalk in court seeking axe for Digital Economy Act

seanj
FAIL

From the BBC article...

'John McVay, chief executive of PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and TV), who will represent the UK's creative industries at the judicial review, defended the act.

"The Digital Economy Act is the result of many years of consultation and presents a reasonable and balanced solution," he said.'

Really? Many years? Not a hastily cobbled bunch of crap thrown together after a "chance" meeting between "Lord" Peter Mandelson and David Geffen on a free holiday in Corfu, rushed through into law before Mandelson lost all power and influence when Labour lost the election?

Do you really think you're fooling anyone with your shit, mate? Behave yourself...

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Beeb reworks Wuthering Frikkin' Heights

seanj

Re: Super-AIDS...

"Are they going to have Catherine die of Super-AIDS?"

Nope, she'll go into hospital to be treated with that two-week course of antibiotics, but die of MRSA...

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Watchdog disses City of Medway

seanj

Medway Towns...

I lived in the Medway Towns (Gillingham) for a couple of years.

If Kent is the Garden of England, the Medway Towns are the compost heap.

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NASA aims for space tests of Mars-in-a-month plasma drive

seanj
Coffee/keyboard

@Martin Lyne

"The calculations are for 50% acceleration, 50% deceleration. Leaving you with net 0 celeries. But at Mars!"

Net 0 celeries. Love it. Thank you for brightening up my Friday morning - but you still owe me for the keyboard...

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Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn

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Flame

Smith...

Jaqcui Smith is a nobody, a has-been - a barely has-been at that. Why anyone would give airtime to this hypocritical, thieving waste of taxpayer's money (not to mention waste of air, carbon and space) is beyond me.

Flames - fire pits are what's needed, fire pits with heat exchangers that will keep children from disadvantaged families warm in winter. She always harped on about "thinking of the children", well now she can make a real difference.

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Gov will pay £2.25m compo to ID card suppliers

seanj
Pint

Re: I need say nothing.

Thank you. I was going to post another comment about the frantic renegotiations in the last days of Labour leading to this cost of compensation, but like you say, it applies equally here.

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'Vacuous' - Twitterati hail Eric Schmidt's midnight tweet

seanj
Coat

When Eric was in Egypt's land....

... let my people tweet.

Coat, nothing more need be said....

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UK.gov shreds last ID scheme hard drives

seanj
Pint

Which old witch?

Did they throw Jacqui Smith in the shredder too then? If so, drinks are on me!

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Council dives into crematorium-heated pool

seanj
Go

Don't understand the fuss...

These crematoriums are gas-powered, right? It's not like they're flicking a lighter under a corpse and letting it burn itself out, throwing another one on top if the temperature of the pool drops a little low..

To me it makes sense to make use of the excess heat, rather than just let it go up a chimney as waste.

Also, can someone let me know why Unison are even involved? Are they now hoping to claim union dues from the recently deceased, or are they "representing" the views of the funeral directors and crematorium staff?

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PSP playing boy plunges onto railway

seanj
Headmaster

Erm...

Tunnel vision, perhaps?

I know, not grammar nazi as such, but still thought it was befitting the comment....

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NASA hails 'amazing' exoplanetary system

seanj
Coat

Unobtainium...

Why go so far for your Unobtanium? Louis Gossett Jr was able to manufacture enough of it in an abandoned aircraft hangar in the Utah desert here on Earth to build a large underground train-looking thing in "The Core*".

*Yes, I know general feeling towards this film is negative, I don't care, it's still more fun to watch than 2012....

\Mine's the one with the copy of The Day After Tomorrow in the pocket...

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