* Posts by gazthejourno

337 posts • joined 15 May 2013

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Git thee behind me, Git client bug!

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Talk about cr*p journalism

Actually that was me misreading someone's rant about this one sent to the corrections email address. I thought we'd misquoted the Git folks when that wasn't the case. Originally it was right, then it wasn't (which you spotted), now I've put it back to how it was.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

gazthejourno

Wot Peter2 said. I'm obviously so terrified of guns that I'd never dream of building my own... oh, wait.

What a clueless blowhard.

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gazthejourno

Re: Meh.

Oh, agreed - the real work was done by the gunsmith, who fabricated a thin bushing to get the barrel to time correctly, and headspacing it with a big tray of bolt heads and a set of go/no go gauges.

Mind you, given the space available there wasn't time to write about setting up the sights (ever tried to do that when the rearsight isn't true? Damn that axis pin - might have been bent as well as peened), the weeks of patient work it took to bed the thing properly, and my Heath Robinson solution to correcting the offset zero.

3MOA - worth bearing in mind factory reject standard for the No.4 was 4MOA. In addition, the bedding on this one could be a lot better and the barrel's an all-but-shot-out 1955 Mk.2 unit. With some proper attention I know I could easily add a minute to the accuracy, but for now it's fun and it's mine.

I don't have the money for an as-new original stock No.4 barrel (~£600+) and I certainly don't have the money to order a custom barrel, bearing in mind the condition of the receiver it's going onto. I'll keep that money for my target rifle!

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gazthejourno

Re: You did vary your certificate...

Read the bootnotes.

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Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Do only horny young boys write article titles for The Register?

Actually no, you're not getting the oxygen of publicity. Bye bye!

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The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Hahaa!

Some points:

a) "Feuer frei" is not a Nazi slogan. It's the German command for "fire at will" and is still used to this day by the Bundeswehr.

b) Rammstein are not Nazis. See the lyrics of "Links 2 3 4" (which, before you start babbling on, is the German equivalent of "left right left", as you might hear the Garrison Sergeant Major of London District bellowing during the Trooping of the Colour)

c) If you really want to listen to Nazi-inspired metal, look up Hansyl und Gretl.

d) Stop taking whatever it is that prompts you to write such complete and utter bilge. After ceasing, investigate the function of the enter key with regard to paragraphs.

Have a nice day.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

gazthejourno

Re: @John Brown advertising are getting increasingly peeved

It's worth feeding that back via Reg Forums. It's no guarantee we'll stop running those sorts of ads (hey, money's money and without it I'd have to get a proper job) but we take all feedback into account.

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gazthejourno

Re: advertising are getting increasingly peeved

Showing the ad, as far as I know, rather than clickthroughs - but then again I'm not on the commercial side of the house (ignorance is strength!) so I could be completely wrong there.

Quite a lot of our ads aren't Flash-dependent. Now I'm not saying disabling Flash doesn't mean we at Vulture Central eat fewer beans in the evenings, but...

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: advertising are getting increasingly peeved

If you like what you read here, we politely ask that you whitelist us from your ad-blocker. We're mostly supported by ads - if people don't see the ads, that's a hit we're taking.

By all means turn the adblockers up to max on all the other tech news sites, though.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

We had to refer it to the BBC PR and Compliance Department for their permission. I'm terribly sorry, but you must understand how these things work in the real media world.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

moderator note

Thanks to the 94,000,000 of you who wrote in to point out the origins of Only Connect, we think Yugguy's probably got the point now.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Garland of Flowers

There's a certain irony in having a pop at someone for an ad hominem argument by calling them a fuckwit.

Please cease and desist from this, amusing as it is for the rest of us.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: freeware?

Just because a handful of people want to change the meaning of basic English words doesn't make them right.

Hugs and kisses

Vulture Central Language Soviet

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Wikipedia RULES

Please, I implore you, post that somewhere publicly.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Rebecca Brooks

I am duty bound to point out here that Rebekah Brooks was charged, tried and found not guilty by a jury of her peers. The CPS has declined to appeal that not guilty verdict.

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Please wake and grow up.

A dinner, hosted by popular cheap taxi company Uber.

Thank you for your input. Please feel free to use the crayons in your nearest toilet stall next time you feel the urge to sound off without comprehending.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Who wears a watch these days?

Not sure what happened there. It's live now, anyway.

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Rand

I once read something which described Atlas Shrugged as Ayn Rand's overlong personal sexual fantasy about powerful businessmen. Sounded about right.

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Forget Paris: OpenStack is not a cheap alternative to VMware

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: VMware versus Hyper V.

I'll let this one through the "new commentard" net, along with a polite reminder that if you want to advertise your commercial conferences on the Register, you can pay for the opportunity to do so through our commercial team: ads@sitpub.com.

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

gazthejourno

Re: Hackery

You ever been to one of these central London protests? It's the same old procession of Socialist Worker placards, Palestine flags and weed-smoking trustafarians at all of them. Often the organisers are outnumbered by the rentamob eejits who love an excuse for a day out to "stick it to the man". The only ones which come to mind as being different are the static protests opposite Downing Street - but then those don't feature an option to cause traffic disruption, get on the news and spread litter around.

Bleat about bias all you like - I'll write it as I see it.

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El Reg's Facebook page

gazthejourno

El Reg's Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/VultureCentral/posts/872333122790917

If you're a regular Reg reader and use Facebook (yes, I know half of you lot treat the two as mutually exclusive but there's supposedly 8,000 of you on there as well as here), please come and tell us what (else) you want to see on there aside from the news feed. We're all about giving the people what they want here at Vulture Central.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

gazthejourno

Re: stop their Radar app from processing your tweets

Your correspondent does have some sympathy with the view that non-protected tweets are essentially public

Try reading the article before gobbing off, genius.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: This thread is being pre-modded.

It's more of a pre-emptive thing. I don't think very many comments at all have been pre-modded out of this thread at all, which rather restores my faith in humanity.

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Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: huh?

If you see factual cockups like this, please use the "send corrections link" at the bottom left of the article page. We'd rather edit it and have correct information up than duff info with everyone complaining about it underneath.

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Spot the difference

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Spot the difference

In fact neither of those was posted, looking through your comment history. One of them is sat in the pre-moderation queue, while the other simply seems not to exist.

Outrage level 1/10, show again spittle-flecked mouth.

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

gazthejourno

Re: Random Spot Checks

Did you read the headline and skip straight into the comments again? READ THE ARTICLE. Here, I'll even make it as easy for you to do that as I physically can: Page 2 of article with all the answers you want to hear.

Something tells me you're determined not to believe that the random spot check campaign is a random spot check campaign unless Chief Constable Marsh himself turns up on your doorstep and says those exact words to you in person. If that is the case, please just say so and stop asking questions that have already been conclusively answered.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

gazthejourno

Clay/rifle scores

With clays you're constantly on the move, whereas with rifle and pistol you're trying to stay as still as possible. I've seen the same thing happen to my own scores ... practice makes perfect I guess!

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gazthejourno

Re: Legal Guns

This didn't actually happen, did it Pinocchio? You're clearly a windup merchant. If this did happen somewhere other than your imagination you'd have called the police straightaway to report this "unlicensed" "high powered rifle".

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Biting the hand that feeds what?

It's in the Weekend Edition, El Reg's off-piste offering for the regular readership. Do you also post the same thing on the car reviews and the Dr Who punditry?

*sigh* why do I even bother engaging with this sort of thing...

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gazthejourno

I have a theory about how this can be turned into a legally defensible method of carrying out truly random spot-checks. It's to do with constant monitoring of FAC/SGC holders, unaudited local "intelligence" databases full of gossip and innuendo ("can't be too careful with gun owners, you know, especially after Cumbria") and no requirement to state the actual piece of intelligence which led to the visit when on the doorstep.

Put it another way. If this gives the police no extra powers at all, then why bother going to the effort of having FELWG put it through top-level stakeholder consultation and getting the minister to sign it off? Qui bono?

My reading of this is that uniformed coppers could rock up on your doorstep unannounced. To stay within the letter of the guidance Plod just needs to say "We have received intelligence that gives us cause for concern about your suitability to hold an FAC. Please will you allow us in now for a chat," while his mate double-checks his list of lawful powers with which to force entry. You know exactly what will happen if you say no in that scenario. What other choice do you have than to let them in? Having let them in voluntarily, many of your legal safeguards are not engaged as they would be if a statutory power or search warrant was used, meaning the two officers have carte blanche to poke around your home on a fishing expedition.

All Plod needs to say, when he stands up in court later, is that an anonymous caller to the new Crimestoppers hotline said they heard raised voices from your home and saw you stomping around the living room with your shotgun. The police are duty bound to act on intelligence received; to preserve the integrity of Crimestoppers the caller's identity and motive cannot be speculated upon.

If enough adverse rumour, gossip or hearsay could be collected on every FAC/SGC holder in the land, that would give the police defensible grounds to carry out spot checks on all of those unfortunates. Hence the new Crimestoppers number.

I want to think I'm wrong, but the more I see of detailed police procedure in this country the more I'm convinced the worst-case scenario is usually the truth.

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gazthejourno

Re: Non story

Everyone knows that the police have the power to turn up unannounced if there's an actual problem. As the shooting orgs say, this latest change doesn't appear, on the face of it, to give them any new powers. If they've got genuine suspicions, they have the power to revoke FACs and/or get an arrest warrant from a judge.

Yet it does seem the way this has been communicated to police forces by ACPO, away from the public eye, is "You now have the go-ahead for unannounced spot checks".

I am absolutely not cool with the police having official blessing to turn up on my doorstep and "persuade" me to open the door on pain of "consequences".

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gazthejourno

Re: Non story

Given the level of discussion these stories generate, quite a few do seem to be interested.

As for the off-topicness, read all about the Weekend Edition here. You'll note (with some rare exceptions) my firearms writings only tend to be published on weekends, when the whole of the Reg goes off-piste.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Non story

Alright, as I'm not really a gambling man (or a rich one - perhaps the two are linked?) I'll stake you a tenner that FAC fees will rise by December 31st this year. Winner collects at Bisley Camp. Deal?

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Non story

I hold an FAC and I wrote the column (we even put it in the URL for you, just to make it easy), so thanks for that.

Read the other stuff I've written - particularly on the licence fee going up at the instigation of the Association of Chief Police Officers starting last year - and then come back to me.

You've had your head in the sand if you truly think the police aren't driving any of this, or even that the Conservatives aren't interested in firearms legislation. Norman Baker's Tory predecessor, Damian Green, vetoed ACPO's demand to quadruple FAC fees, and various muckrakers claim Cameron himself vetoed it again after Green was shuffled out for Baker.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

gazthejourno

Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?

Today I have learned something that I did not know before.

Signed, Vulture Central backroom gremlin.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Penetration Testing the System .... Out of this World Style

amanfrommars' posts are perfectly logical and reasonable.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: interesting

If the platform's gone titsup, how do you think we're going to post it on there? *facepalm*

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

It got caught in the manual moderation filter. Something evidently tripped it off, possibly the length. Either way it should have appeared by now.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: A NEW HUDL2 HAS ONLY 9.25 GB AVAILABLE TO USE NOT THE 16GB TESCO CLAIM??

Please turn your capslock off. It's considered bad etiquette to have it on constantly.

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: confused report

When you say "there is a lot of confusion in this report", what you actually mean is "I read the headline and jumped straight into the comments without reading a word of the actual report which goes into depth about half-rate codecs and networks' misuse of a fallback option as the default setting for 4G customers".

Another day, another commentard.

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Julian Assange discovers Google's given MONEY to EFF

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Oddly enough, that exact scenario is dealt with by law already. It's the end of the day so I can't be bothered searching for the exact act and section, but teachers are entitled to automatic anonymity in respect of complaints made by school pupils - up to the point where the police persuade the CPS to make a formal charge.

Not much of a protection against false allegations (the police aren't interested in the truth, only probability of conviction) but it strikes the right balance between protection against immature children and open justice.

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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Insufferable Pothead Re: sisk

Folks, the case is still active and as El Reg is a British website you're bound by the Contempt of Court Act and the laws of defamation. Please familiarise yourselves with these post-haste.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Urrrggghhhh

Nah.

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Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: AC

I have accepted this comment purely to tell you, publicly, that this is not what the "report" button is provided for. Read the forum rules carefully, and pay particular attention to rule 14.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: AC @Matt Bryant

a) Usual weekend disclaimer applies to comments; sometimes they'll be bound over until Monday because we're all putting our feet up

b) Please avoid calling people cretins. Make your point civilly.

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Hmm

You got the meaning, though.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "NAE, Jimmy"?

Och aye the noo, etc.

Fair point.

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Aggressive HGST hurls flashy humdingers at online archiving

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Pedant/Correction Alert

Er, yes, about that. Brain/finger interface malfunction between ms and µs when abbrev'ing the units. Mea culpa.

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I saved Bitcoin and the PERFECT DRAFT OF HISTORY, says Assange

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

And your point, because I'm sure you have one?

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Apologies for not arguing at all

Actually no - we're not cool with people being personal about Reg scribes. Your previous comment was just over the line from fair comment into a personal jibe, which ain't cool.

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