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* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Brit musos now trouser more crumpled fivers from online music than radio

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Re: Oh

Yes, they have been ever since the advent of the Cassette Tape prompted claims that "Home Taping is Killing Music!"

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Lasers capture 3D images from a kilometre away

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Looks like...

... The Stig could end up being targetted by this...!

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ICANN under fire as Verisign warns of rushed domain-name expansion

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Nice Brand you have there, Squire...

... Be a shame if anything happened to it, know what I mean?

Now all you need to do is sign up to our Protection Package and register twenty domain suffixes just to make sure that it stays pristine...

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Veiny green 'scum' meteorite may be first visitor from Mercury

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This meteorite...

... will be code-named "Andromeda"...

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Boffins probe into moons – and associated rings – 'beyond snow line'

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Is that...

... a Monolith I see...?

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Orange is the new TalkTalk of the broadband complaints league

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Just about to leave Orange...

They've decided to "simplify" my mobile charges which means that instead of a call to an Orange number being cheaper than one to another network and my getting free calls to my voicemail etc, *everything* is going to cost 25p a time which means that some things have effectively gone up in price by 500%!

Goodbye, greedy bastards.

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Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak

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No chronological order

I've just found a big problem with the new system: Comments no longer appear in chronological order.

So if A posts a comment, then B replies, but B's post gets more likes, it gets bumped up above A's post, but C's reply to B might appear below A's...

This makes any discussion style comments virtually incomprehensible.

Bravo Failbook!

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@heyrick Re: Commercial Nonsense

Like!

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Entire internet credits snapper for taking great pic while actually dead

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"It's illegal, but...

"...the authorities (as so often in copyright cases) are on the side of the offender, not the victim."

So it's ok to be a "Freetard" if you're a big company...?

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CERN re-opens 'Animal Shelter for Computer Mice'

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@A Known Coward - Re: Good one...

Thanks for posting the correction.

Under the Consumer Protection Regulations you can say "If you want you can collect your goods at your expensive and at my convenience, if you don't, I'll keep them, thank you".

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Re: Good one...

@frank ly

Why throw them away? Under the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act they can be treated as gifts and you could flog them out on eBay :-)

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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Reminds me...

... of when McDonalds threatened to sue the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for including "McJob"!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McJob

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Google improves Chrom’s spel checkr

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Dew knot putt...

... awl yore trussed inn spill chequers...

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West Virginia seeks Google Glass driving ban

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@Larry F54

"Where is the war on car traffic?"

A good question. I recall when there was the rail accidents at Potters Bar and people were saying "Ooh, I won't go on trains again", completely failing to realise that there was the equivalent of a Potters Bar *every two days* on the roads!

It's already been proven repeatedly that using a mobile device at the wheel is as dangerous as driving whilst at the legal blood alcohol limit, so, in this country at least, it should already be covered under existing legislation if only we had enough Police on the roads to actually *enforce* those laws...

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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@Thomas 4: Re: Umm, I'm not sure how cool I am with this

Why am I waiting for someone to day "But it's just a bit of fun!"

(PS it wasn't much fun from my POV at school either...)

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Chinese graves use quick response codes to recall the dead

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I tried one of these...

... but it just downloaded a Zombie Trojan...

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Schmidt calls China's attempts to take over internet 'egregious'

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@AC Re: Are any Reg readers also employees of Google?

There's always BeefTaco, Better Privacy, FlashBlock, Ghostery...

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Re: Are any Reg readers also employees of Google?

I'm not a Google employee and I don't know the answer to your question, but I don't worry either, because I use NoScript and block Google Analytics completely!

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Give Google a COLD HARD SLAP - web rivals' plea to Euro watchdog

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@AC Re: @Graham Marsden

So your argument is "Well every other search engine is also doing it, so that makes it ok"?

Now try going to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_map_services and see how many of those mapping services are likely to ever get a hit off *any* search engines...

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@Dave Dowell

Go to Google.

Put in a town or city name or post code.

What comes up? A bunch of links and, more importantly, a Google map.

There may be other mapping services available, but who's going to look at those when they can just click on the first offering available?

*That* is a clear abuse of Google's power to stifle the competition.

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Stop excluding vulnerable Brits from digital agenda - MPs

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Pensioners! Want to know more about getting online...?

Then visit this Government website...!

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Boffin road trip! The Reg presents Geek's Guide to Britain

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Re: Excellent

Well it lets you get revenge for all those shopping trips where you have to make a choice between the red outfit and the brown one (Who cares? Just pick one!) or trying not to get tripped up by "Does my bum look big in this?" questions.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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If he had done this in England...

... he could have been facing jail time...

Sexual Offences Act 2003 - Paragraph 67

(5) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/42/section/67

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Caught on camera: Fujitsu touts anti-terrorist pulse-taking tech

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Re: So, you can defeat this by being late?

"lets make it so that there are a 100 different things the terrorist has to get right every time in order to not be caught."

Please look up the following words: "False Positive".

How many people might also fall foul of those "100 different things"?

As for "unfounded distrust", perhaps you should look up "diminishing returns" too...

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Supreme Court silence seals Thomas-Rasset's file sharing fate

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What's next...?

... Are the RIAA and MAFIAA going to try to bring back Debtors' Prisons??

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Drones with freakin' CLAWS grab objects like eagles

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Grams...

... Ride of the Valkyrie...!

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Boeing outlines fix for 787 batteries

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So...

... actually it was just the Magic Blue Smoke (that all electronic equipment has inside) escaping...

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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@Steve 13 Re: Concentration

"automatic, unconscious competence is the highest level"

Yes, but that is *not* what the majority of road users have. They do things automatically right up until the point that something goes wrong, then they slam on the brakes or swerve or freeze up in panic because their skills are only good enough to let them cope with every day situations.

What they do *not* do is use good observation and planning to see a situation *before* it develops. They're mostly just watching the back of the car in front or giving a casual glance in their mirror if and when they think about it rather than considering what other vehicles may be doing.

Remember that the Driving Test only ensures that someone has the *bare minimum* of skills to be allowed out on the road in charge of a vehicle and once you've passed that Test you will almost never need to demonstrate that your skills are still up to scratch.

Unfortunately when youy couple that with being under the influence of alcohol (even if not above the legal limit) or being distracted by using a mobile phone on the move, what you get is a recipie for disaster...

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Paris Hilton

"Silly name"??

You'd prefer some ridiculously contrived acronym?

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EU mulls almost-anonymisation of folks' data to cut biz some slack

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WTF?

"allows the same individual...

"...to be assigned the same pseudonym across various data sets."

So if the pseudonym is compromised in one data set, then all the other data sets are compromised to.

Not exactly anonymous at all, then...

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: Moon

Whilst Moon was interesting to begin with and had excellent visuals (apart from people moving like they were in 1g when they were on the moon in 1/6th of a g!), IMO it explained itself too quickly and then ended in a fairly commonplace manner after a potentially good start.

[Possible spoilers in the next couple of paragraphs...]

I felt there could have been a lot more done with the "paranoia" aspect of "is this real or not" scenario and GERTY being helpful by giving Bell the password struck me as a convenient plot device which, given that it wouldn't answer his questions previously, didn't seem credible.

Also one thing that I didn't follow was that (presumably) the girl he hallucinates at the start is supposed to be the one who is now 15, but how did he know what she looked like as he wouldn't have had memories of her?

A nice idea, but flawed execution.

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Google's Wi-Fi sniffing to result in $7 million fine

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You have to wonder...

... how much the lobbying they undoubtedly engaged in cost in comparison to the fine...

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

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@Captain Underpants and moiety - Re: OK, case study....

Thanks guys! It was the techfleece one I was thinking of, but the XKCD one is equally valid!

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Remember, Kids: Home Taping is Killing Music...!

Ah, I recall those warnings from when I was at school in the 1970s and the Music Industry was decrying the creation of the compact cassette and the tape-to-tape recorder which let you get a copy of the album your mate bought.

So if all *that* piracy was "Killing Music", how come the same people and the same industry were whining about the same thing when the CD burner came along and then the DVD burner and now Torrent sites?

Frankly if this alleged 5% is such a threat to the profitability of their industry (and not just their bonuses), they really need to look at their business models a bit more closely.

Or they could just stop gouging their customers for stupidly (and unjustifiably) high prices for crap content laden with DRM and piracy warnings and offer a decent product at a reasonable price.

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Re: OK, case study....

"Today, you buy a DVD, to find there are adverts for other stuff, including other films, that you CANNOT skip over!!!"

I'm sure there was an XKCD or similar which made exactly this point, but I can't find it.

Can anyone point me to a link?

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Viv Reding attacks 'scaremongers' opposing her draft Data Protection bill

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I think...

... some people rather missed the point of my last comment.

Lobbying is *ANYONE* being able to have a say on what their government does, be it by contacting their MP, getting up a petition or whatever.

If as "Obviously!" wanted, *all* such lobbying was banned, we would have an even less representative government than we do now!

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"Reding is trying to protect us from the evil corporates who would screw us left and right if allowed too"

You mean as opposed to the evil governments who, if they couldn't be lobbied by anyone, would screw us left and right *even more* than they do right now?

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Re: Correct Horse Battery Staple

"Bacon is so much better than anchovies."

But it's *STILL* going to make you die early according to current news reports...!

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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

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Time Team...

... used a rather nice Delta-winged drone with a camera in a recent episode to do shots which they'd normally have used a much more expensive helicopter for.

It actually gave pretty good results.

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Canuck rumps resist Street View arsebusters

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Google have developed new Arse pixellating software...

... Apparently the Palace of Westminster has now been pixellated...!

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SimCity 3000

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I picked up a copy of this...

... in a charity shop for a quid last year and it's fun to just spend an evening building up Grahamville (hell, if Sheldon can have Sheldonopolis...!) and seeing, for instance, how much you can boost property values in an area by getting rid of noisome neighbours and building lots of parks and planting trees :-)

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Google to offer 'same-day delivery' Amazon Prime killer - report

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Same goes for the high street. Why do they open at 9am and close at 5.30pm?

Perhaps because people don't *want* to work all day and all night? Perhaps because the stores can't afford to employ the extra staff and pay for the extra lighting and heating that opening late would involve?

Perhaps people have *lives* they want to enjoy...

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Honk if the car in front is connected

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Re: I see some potential in this...

And what happens when some miscreant figures out how to hack into the system and shut down your car whilst you're driving along a deserted country road...?

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Another one for Tetris!

I've just read all the way through the comments and you seem to be the *only* person who's mentioned Tetris!!

A brilliantly simple but incredibly addictive game with nice touches like the little Russian figures in the windows who would applaud you when you completed a level.

They'd also do a little victory dance, but if you hit a button, a hook would come out from the side and snag them around the neck and drag them off! (If you timed it right, they'd duck it the first time, but get caught the second time :-) )

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Re: Early Vector Graphics Cabinet

Yep, Tail Gunner, with the proportional joystick, so it needed precise fingertip control rather than just "shove it all the way in the direction you want to go..."

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Re: Dragons Lair

The best part about Dragon's Lair was the glitch whereby if you played two-player and player two finished before player one, player one would then get infinite lives to complete the game.

I used to get extra game money by offering to do this for others in my local arcade :-)

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Re: Vanguard (loved the music)

Did you know that the music that played when you got the Power Up in Vanguard was the Hawkmen Attack Theme by Queen from the movie of Flash Gordon!

Gordon's ALIVE!! :-)

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Xevious

A game I loved, becasue if you knew where all the bonus life Flags were and the towers etc, you could (like I once did) play for 1 1/2 hours on one 10p :-)

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Re: Happy memories!

Outrun was great. One afternoon once, for the hell of it, I completed the game by every possible route and had all the high scores on the game in the Students' Union :-)

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Samsung's next smartphone to scroll by watching your eyes

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Wouldn't work for me...

When I'm reading on a screen (eg El Reg!) I use the scroll wheel so the text I'm actually looking at is in the section between 1/3rd and 2/3rds the way down the screen because that is most comfortable for me.

Something like this would just annoy the hell out of me and would be switched off PDQ.

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