* Posts by Graham Marsden

6868 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: We need to start again

Pulling down the building you're living in with some vague hope that, somehow, after you do, a bright, shiny new one will magically appear in its place seems a rather short-sighted strategy...

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

Politicial union or a "United States of Europe" is one of those bogeymen that the Out campaign like to trot out to try to scare people into supporting them, just like the £350million figure (or 30 pence a day) or the millions of cheap workers who are going to flood in when countries like Turkey join the EU (well, if they ever do, given they are at least 20 years away from qualifying for membership if they ever manage to do that at all).

The fact is that there is a *LOT* of resistance to further union, even (or especially) in places like Germany and France and even if there was more than a vague statement of "ever closer union", consider that it took the USA over 100 years to achieve its complete union, so the idea that we'll suddenly have this foisted on us is nonsense.

To use this as a reason to vote Out is to throw the baby out with the bathwater and grandiose claims of "taking back control" (to give to whom? Boris, Nigel, Michael and Rupert Murdoch?) or some putative new "golden age of prosperity" (sterling will tank, the markets will probably take a massive hit, exports will become more expensive so our trade will drop and we'll have to renegotiate lots of trade deals which will *not* be to our benefit) or cutting down on immigration (which is about 0.5% of our total population) are all very well, but not backed up by facts.

This entire referendum is an internal squabble in the Tory Party which has somehow managed to suck the whole country into taking sides and Leaving in the hope of some pie-in-the-sky better future would be economic suicide.

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Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

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But how long...

... Before they start having to pay the Congestion Charge?

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Welcome to America...

... home of "I'm alright, Jack, screw the little people..."

Of course it's always *their* fault that they're poor, look at people like JP Morgan and Carnegie and Rockefeller, *they* all managed to become massively rich so why can't everyone else?

Well, apart from the fact that they (and others like them) only became massively rich by screwing their workers with crap wages, trying to ensure that that labour couldn't organise and form Unions and, of course, using any and every "legal" or underhand method to bankrupt any possible competitors to preserve their monopoly positions which would allow them to charge as much as they wanted for their products and services...

God Bless Help America!

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Snoopers' Charter 'goes too far' says retired Met assistant commish

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Ironic, isn't it...?

That some people are shouting about the "undemocratic" EU (it isn't, unless all those MEPs are doing nothing), but we have to rely on the unelected House of Lords to do something to protect our privacy before it's sacrificed on the altar of security (which probably won't make us any more secure...)

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

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Re: Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

"If it stops working, try turning it off and back on again..."

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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"revenue from any taxes levied...

"...should go toward helping low-income families: for example, by subsidizing healthy foods, since low-income families will be most hurt by the tax."

But won't, because ,according to the Tories, nobody is poor. (At least nobody worth speaking of)

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Dyfed-Powys Police fined for publicising pervs' particulars

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Aaron Aardvark...

Was his name originally Eric Plunkett?

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

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Re: It seems

> the consortium that decided otherwise should be put up against a wall and shot.

A bunch of mindless jerks who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes... ;-)

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Facebook: 'We don't listen'

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Permissions should be granular...

... and allowed on a case-by-case (or situation-by-situation) basis rather than a blanket "If you want to use this app you have to let it have access to this list whether you think it needs it or not..."

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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"Microsoft should also hand over a big donation...

"... for inconveniencing and potentially endangering the group."

"We have these Windows phones we'd like to give you..."

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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My favourite Asimov quote...

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"

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UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition

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The devil, as always, is in the details...

Call me cynical, but it often seems that bills like this have some blatantly controversial measures in them which get all the attention and protests. The government then oh-so-graciously listens to the protests and waters them down a bit, meanwhile, down in the depths of the bill, a few lines have been added which do the *real* work of taking away our liberties...

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Trouble originating between chair and keyboard caused most UK breaches

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And this will KEEP happening...

... until responsibility for data security starts right at the very TOP of the organisation.

Only when the bosses end up carrying the can will they start taking this seriously.

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ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged

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"First pop"?

I hope not!

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Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Referendum

Which would have the Daily Mail et al demanding that it be used to monitor immigrants and dole scroungers and Muslims potential terrorists...

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Are EU having a laugh? Europe passes hopeless cyber-commerce rules

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"You're not allowed to ship leather goods to Italy last time I checked"

Really? I've shipped my "leather goods" (well, that's what I put on the Customs label ;-) ) to Italy more than a few times without problems.

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BBC post-Savile culture change means staff can 'speak truth to power'

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staff won't be punished for "speaking truth to power"

Yeah, right. They won't be punished, but if you say things that are inconvenient for those at the top, what's the betting that your life suddenly becomes bloody miserable, you get put on crap projects or shuffled sideways into departments that are dysfunctional or given jobs that are doomed to fail until eventually you have to quit for the sake of your own dignity or sanity?

Shooting the messenger never goes out of fashion...

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Bearded Baron Shugs hired by Gov.uk to get down with the kids

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Baron who...?

... gets down to the end of the piece...

... Oh, *him*...

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Pastejack attack turns your clipboard into a threat

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If you worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster...

... would that be PastaJacking?

(Mines the coat and the colander...)

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British cops to film you with 59k body-worn cameras by end of year

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@Vimes

> access to a solicitor & legal advice? How would that be maintained on the street?

Ah, but you see, the copper just says "All I need you to do is answer a few questions and then you can be on your way, isn't that better than me having to take you down to the Station and then wait for ages for the Solicitor to turn up?"

Joe Public thinks "Oh, he's being friendly and helpful", answers the questions and then finds that they've managed to accidentally say something incriminating and they're nicked anyway.

If a copper wants to "ask you a few questions", the correct answer is "NO COMMENT".

DO NOT say *ANYTHING* without legal advice because they just want you to open your mouth and put your foot in it as that makes their job so much easier.

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Geniuses at HMRC sack too many staff! Nope, can't do it online. FAIL

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Well, what a surprise!

We wouldn't have expected that, would we, girls and boys, after all, we all know that downsizing and austerity and cost-cutting lead to better services, don't we...?

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Insure against a cyberwhat now? How the heck do we crunch those numbers?

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Insurers are struggling to access premiums

Assuming that's actually supposed to be "assess", they'll do it by the usual method of "how much do you think we can gouge out of the punters for this".

Of course they'll then bump the premiums up about 25% on renewal, hoping the hike will go through on the nod, but if people complain, suddenly the insurers will find they can give you a "special discount"...

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G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

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“There is no place...

"...for any organisation which behaves in this way"

FTFY

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Safety, pah! Digital Dukes of Hazzard have robot cars powersliding

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But...

... they don't go "YeeeeHawwww!" or have horns that play the opening bars of Dixie...

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Bold stance: Microsoft says terrorism is bad

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@AC - Re: I've got a little list...

Nope, it sounds great, but I'm the Graham Marsden at Affordable Leather Products :-)

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I've got a little list...

... which is only going to get longer and longer...

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The underbelly of simulation science: replicating the results

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Can I just say...

... Flying snakes?

Fucking FLYING SNAKES...?!

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Don't "renew" your licence...

... report it as "Lost or Stolen" and get the DVLA to send you a replacement.

If they screw up and miss off half your qualifications, well suddenly you "find" the old licence again...

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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

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Re: OTT TV

OTT was the "Adult version of Tiswas" presented by Chris Tarrant and Lenny Henry ;-)

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

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Well...

... clearly the authorities are going to try to ban this forthwith since it could stop the Security Services from spying on protecting everyone!

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: What about the Time Flies by... by Half Man, Half Biscuit?

s/carog/cargo :-(

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What about the Time Flies by... by Half Man, Half Biscuit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpx7uM-5Y3Q

"Time flies by when you're the driver of a train.

"Steaming into Trumpton with a carog of cocaine."

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Spied upon by GCHQ? You'll need proof before a court will hear you...

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No, what the court is saying is that they don't want to have to deal with these cases, full stop and they're going to do their damndest to ensure that none is ever heard.

If you look at the history of their actions, this is nothing new.

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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If censorship is the answer...

... it was a stupid question.

Some people are going to believe whatever they read, no matter how "hateful" or ludicrous it is, trying to suppress it will only make matters worse since clearly we are "scared" of the "truth" of it.

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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Haumea, as you can see in the above graphic, is a 1,920 by 990km space sausage.

Given its shape, are you sure it's not Terminal?

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Ransomware grifters offer to donate proceeds of crime to charity

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"That the proceeds of crime might be turned towards philanthropy...

"...does not belong the realms of possibility"

I suggest you ask some of the American Robber Barons of the late 19th century who were quite happy to screw the little people in all sorts of ways that were questionably legal at best, then put the proceeds towards philanthropic projects to salve their consciences.

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Robot surgeon outperforms human doctor with porcine patients

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Just wait...

... until it leaves a couple of gears inside someone...

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Greenpeace leaks TTIP texts, reveals strained negotiations

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@ToddR - Re: Good old EU

> free trade is one of the Tory Parties 4 pillars/beliefs

Yes, free of all those tiresome restrictions on environmental damage and consumer protections and corporate responsibility and anything else that would get in the way of the owners making lots more money by screwing the rest of us.

> Freedom of Speech

ITYM "Freedom to say and do things that we approve of, but not otherwise".

Remember this quote from David Cameron: "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone"...?

> The Union

But not the Trade Union, unless you think that it's reasonable for strike ballots to consider that every person who didn't vote is a vote against strike action. (What percentage of the electorate *didn't* vote for the Tories...?)

> Small government

A "small government" which has voted itself a big pay rise whilst forcing austerity on the rest of us? One that is pi$$ing away huge amounts of public money on failing projects like Universal Credit? One that has flogged off the family silver and is now getting rid of the furniture in a desperate attempt to reduce the huge amount it's having to borrow, even though they claimed they'd have got rid of the deficit by last year?

Oh, BTW, I'm not anti-Tory, I'm anti- any entitled political idiots who desperately cling to failed policies whilst blaming the poorest in society for said failures.

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Re: Good old EU

> Looks like trade deals will be much quicker once we're out.

Of course, because the Tories will say "Yes, we'd love to dismantle all our environmental and consumer and worker protection regulations, which will make us all richer (after all, nobody will be poor, or, at least, nobody worth speaking of) since there's no pesky EU to stop us from doing it any more. Then we dump the Human Rights Act and make sure that the only people have Rights and Liberties are the ones we like... Trebles all round!"

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UK.gov refuses to give surveillance commish enforcement powers

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Does not compute (in Government circles...)

"He says he doesn't want any more powers."

"Why not?"

"He says he doesn't need them."

"Then why did he take the job in the first place...?"

"Buggered if I know..."

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Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

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Re: Ultra-cool dwarf star?

Not the "Fonzie" system?

Mine's the leather jacket...

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Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

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"In the UK...

"...for example, there are strict spending limits on each candidate during an election campaign"

And nobody would *ever* think of fiddling these by failing to declare spending would they...

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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How about, instead...

... passing a law that prosecutes dumb executives for putting flashy bells and whistles and other nonsense, such as allowing your car's software to be altered remotely, over simple basic bloody security?!

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Q. What's the difference between smartphones and that fad diet you all got bored of? A. Nothing

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Re: 2 words

Two more words:

The cost!

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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@MrDamage - Re: Because El Reg refuses to use standard units.

My calculator makes it 58008618

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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> until some hacker opens the doors whilst I'm on the motorway withe the kids in the back.

So there are some positive benefits, then...?

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

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Re: @codejunky - RE: Brexit is all a sham like the Scotland referendum.

> Ah you think there were only 2 parties to choose from?

No, I think that if one party gets 37% of the votes, it means that 63% of the voters DID NOT want that party in power.

In other words, a MAJORITY of people didn't vote for them, so how did they get over 50% of the seats?

I hope this helps you understand how fundamentally broken our system is.

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Re: @codejunky - RE: Brexit is all a sham like the Scotland referendum.

>> "I'm sorry - but 37% is not a majority."

> Yes it is.

This is obviously some strange definition of the word "majority" that I wasn't previously aware of, so perhaps you could do some more "simple math" and explain to us how 37% of the votes gets over 50% (a "majority") of the seats?

At least Euro MPs are voted in by a proportional system such that they get a number of seats which is representative of the the number of people who actually support them.

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China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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> Second pic, after Servlan

I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed...

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