* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Silicon Valley season closer: Would you like fried servers with that?

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I watched the start of the first episode of this "comedy"...

... and found the humour crass, the writing poor, the dialogue tedious and the characters unlovable.

Give me the Big Bang Theory any day!

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Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

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I bet they got the idea...

... from watching James Bond films...

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Grumpy EU ministers agree shaky pact on new data protection law

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@AC

I was just thinking the same thing.

It's in the business' “legitimate interest” to make profits. Whether them selling our data or doing anything else with it is in *our* “legitimate interest” is another matter entirely...

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Has anyone seen...

... any reports of the recent loss of all those Background check Vetting Forms on *any* other mass media apart from El Reg?

After a bit of searching I can only find it on the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian's pages. I wonder why...?

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Re: Prudish much?

Yep, you'll no doubt get many games which let you shoot, blow up or run down people in exquisitely rendered 3D graphic detail, but gods forbid you might get to see a pair of boobs...

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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As always....

... cui bono?

The Independent Living Fund, which helps around 18,000 disabled people work and live in the community, is being wound down.

The NAO has said that more than half of Britain's councils risk falling into serious financial crisis and may not be able to provide services they are legally obliged to offer.

Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), has said that 17 out of the 43 police forces may "struggle to sustain themselves in the medium term in light of continued austerity".

Cuts to Legal Aid mean that many less well-off people are now excluded from the system and cannot "afford" to get justice.

Meanwhile the richest get a £100,000 a year tax cut, banker's bonuses (you know, the people who helped cause the crisis and the ones who have been fixing LIBOR rates etc) have risen, George has not "eliminated the public sector deficit by 2015" as he claimed he could (in fact he hasn't even managed to cut it in half) and British workers have had the longest decline in average wages since records began whilst minimum wage jobs and zero-hours contracts have risen "reducing" unemployment with near poverty level labour.

Cui bono? As always, not us...

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@Chris Miller - Re: @Graham Marsden

Ah, there's nothing like reasoned and adult debate. Pity your post was nothing like reasoned and adult debate. Still, at least you don't call people by silly nicknames like Matt Bryant, so I suppose I should be thankful for small mercies.

As to the relevant parts of your post, yes, I'm aware that no voting system is ever going to completely and accurately reflect the wishes of *everyone*, but you appear to be arguing that since it's not possible we might as well stick with FPTP on the basis of "well, it is broke, but we can't find a perfect fix for it, so let's do nothing at all".

Naturally that suits the Tories and Labour fine because they know that they'll eventually get back in power by the principle of Buggin's Turn. Whether it's good for us, the people who they are supposed to be *serving* (not ruling) is another matter entirely.

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@Zog_but_not_the_first - Re: @BB- What the...?

No worries, Mate, but perhaps we can just call you Bruce?

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@Chris Miller - Re: @BB- What the...?

"Our 'broken' electoral system did exactly what it's meant to do [...] ensure that our two-party state system remains in place and ensures that people don't get a real choice"

FTFY.

> People who hate FPTP never seem to specify precisely which system they think would be an improvement

ORLY? I could have sworn I've seen many posts on exactly that, but perhaps some people just don't read them (or don't want to read them?)

Here, let me repeat mine (which I've posted before in these comments pages): Personally I think we should switch to a form of AV or STV system (like the one they use in Scotland!).

At the same time we switch to an elected House of Lords where the seats are apportioned to Parties according to the First Choice votes expressed by the electorate in the election of MPs.

That way we ensure that the MP in a constituency is actually chosen by a *majority* of the votes, rather than being the "least disliked" option, but the "revising house" represents the actual views of the population.

PS as I've said before (also in these pages) the AV Referendum was a complete stitch up. We did not get a *choice* of what FPTP was going to be replaced by, we were simply told "it's either FPTP or AV" which meant that those who wanted some form of Proportional system were forced to vote for either of two choices, neither of which they wanted.

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@BB- Re: What the...?

> England voted and chose steady hands

Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!

Do you know how many more votes the Tories got this time than last? 600,000. That's it. Thanks to our broken electoral system hat's all it took to give the Tories a "majority", even though they only got 37% of the votes.

Meanwhile the SNP got 4.7% of the votes and got 56 seats, but UKIP got 12.6% and the Greens got 3.8% yet each only got *one* seat, whilst the Lib Dems got 7.9% and 8 seats.

So, no, BB, England (or rather, the United Kingdom) did *NOT* vote for Call me David and Gideon, 60% of them voted for something else entirely, yet still we got this bunch of idiots who think that kicking the poorest in society and giving their rich mates all the money is going to make things better.

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Innocent Spaniards roasted by experimental napalm mead

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I thought the SPB were concocting their own rocket fuel for the LOHAN mission!

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Jurassic World: All the meaty ingredients for a summer blockbuster

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To quote from Mock the Week...

"The dinosaurs are killing everyone! WHY do we keep re-opening this park and WHO keeps giving us Public Liability insurance???"

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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@HildyJ - Re: That's not the point

I think your Irony Detector malfunctioned.

(At least I *hope* the OP was being ironic...)

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Use snooped data in court? Nah, says UK.gov - folk might be cleared

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@SVV - Re: Local Council Bin Inspectors

But the Government have gone through all the time and effort to get these powers implemented, so they *must* have intended them to be used and, by the gods, we're *going* to use them!!!

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Re: That video ....

And you'll have noticed that, as is usual for such things, the models are trying to look glamourous and sexy whilst standing on a freezing beach on a mostly over-cast day with a gale blowing, probably in the middle of winter :-(

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US Navy wants 0-day intelligence to develop weaponware

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0 day...?

So, El Reg, why use a picture that was taken over 50 years ago in 1964?

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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@David 138

Do you have curtains on your windows? Why? What have you got to hide...?

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Screw you, ISPs: Net neutrality switches on THIS FRIDAY – US court

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@AC - Re: Since when did ISPs own the Internet?

> You really don't help your cause by being a complete bell-end.

And you don't give your arguments any more validity by calling people names.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Re: Fightin' Man

> Probably saw and did things that were difficult to deal with.

Apparently Peter Jackson once said to him something on the lines of "Imagine what it sounds like when a man's been stabbed in the back" and Lee replied "I don't have to imagine it."

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

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"At worst, it could prove to be a costly failure"

What's this "at worst" business?

Given the number of other such epicly mis-managed government inspired boondoggles which have turned out to be catastrophic disasters, that should read "It WILL be a costly failure"!

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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@AC - Re: Signal to noise ratio

> , it is unlikely to see anything other than tarmac and a gravel drive.

Oh come on, now! I've seen plenty of Range Rovers being driven Off Road...

... and up on to pavements...!

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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@Sir Runcible Spoon - Re: Hmm let's think about this...

> If we raise and slaughter an animal for food, we at least owe it the respect to make use of every piece of it and not just dump it.

They're probably part of PETA who have the aim of converting the world to (at least) vegetarianism and (preferably) veganism.

One of their methods is to try to stop people using or wearing leather which is intended to make the beef industry less cost effective, pushing the price up and thereby forcing people to switch to veggie alternatives...

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Waiting for Matt...

... hang on, haven't we been here before...?

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NSA slapdown prompts Privacy Int'l to file new lawsuit against GCHQ

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Re: Marsbarbrain Gordon 10 Talking thru their arses

>> "And I can sell you this magic stone that stops you being bitten by crocodiles..."

> Going by the gullibility so evident in your posts I'm not at all surprised you baaaaahlieve in that stone.

WHOOOOOOSSSSSHHHHH!!!!!!

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Re: Marsbarbrain Waiting for Matt...

Oh deary, deary me.

And *still* Matt hasn't a clue about the concept of Presumption of Innocence, no, he'd far rather agree with GCHQ and the NSA that *everyone* should be considered guilty and should be monitored and tracked and recorded and scanned *just in case* they do something bad.

Of course he also has been unable to understand the fact that you don't find a needle in a haystack by adding many more haystacks in the vague hope that one of *them* might contain a needle.

Don't forget to check under your bed and in your wardrobe when you go to bed, Matt, there may be terrorists hiding there...

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Re: Gordon 10 Talking thru their arses

And I can sell you this magic stone that stops you being bitten by crocodiles...

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Re: Marsbarbrain Waiting for Matt...

ROFLALAL!

Hook, line *and* sinker!!

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Waiting for Matt...

... to come along and say that we're not important enough for them to bother looking at our data, so we shouldn't worry about this...

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Online identity woes can only be solved through the medium of GIF

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"a decentralised global framework"

Well that's going to be a non-starter from the word go, our "freedom loving" governments will never stand for it because they *know* that they're the only ones who can be trusted with all our information...

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: There is no such thing as "Road Tax"!

>> The Road Fund Licence ... was abolished in 1936!

> Well, no it wasn't,

The point is that, up until 1936 it was "hypothecated" (ie ring-fenced) so it could *only* be used for road building and maintenance.

After then, it simply went into the government's coffers along with all the other tax revenue and they could spend that money on anything they wanted.

So, yes, it was changed in a meaningful way because for the last 80 years nobody has "paid to use the roads", yet there's still a dangerous sense of entitlement from many drivers who believe that it gives them the right to behave like arseholes towards anyone who doesn't pay vehicle tax.

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There is no such thing as "Road Tax"!

The Road Fund Licence (ie a tax to pay for the building and upkeep of Britain's Roads) was abolished in 1936!

You pay Vehicle Excise Duty which is a tax on the ownership of a car or other such vehicle which you pay whether it's used or not unless declared SORN.

Yet still people claim that they "pay to use the roads" with the implicit or explicit assumption that this gives them more rights than those who don't...

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Facebook tosses creepy Place Tips beacons at stateside retailers

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The beacons don’t collect any information from people...

... yet...

... Bitch!

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: why?

One reason they moved from FM was that often Pirate Radio stations would be operating on the same or close frequencies and swamping the signals.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: What about the noise

> I believe that at the heart of it is a pretty standard microphone, and they can easily be swamped by the wideband noise in a passenger cabin.

Yes, which is why you have a *second* microphone which picks up ambient sound and then circuitry which inverts the waveform, thus cancelling out the background noise and making the voices much easier to hear.

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Russia copies EU commissars with own right to be forgotten law

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In West...

... you have Right to be Forgotten.

In Russia, we have Right to forget about you (in Siberia...)

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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@1980s_coder

> What are the chances of anyone ever finding the discs

It depends on whether it it is first encoutered by a vastly powerful alien race who sends it back to us or gets shot up by a trigger-happy Klingon Captain...

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Chips can kill: Official

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The chief cause of death in laboratory rats...

... is laboratory scientists...!

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Soon your car won't let you drink. But it won't care if you're on the phone

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Isn't this about Formula One?

Oh, sorry, that was the stock picture El Reg used last time...

PS As regards *this* story, how long before there are people outside pubs saying "give us a tenner and I'll blow into that tube so you can drive home..."?

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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@Paul 25 - Re: Tons of inflation

> The Mars bar was reduced in size in 2008,

So why has it now diminished from containing 230 calories to only 177 calories yet remained at the same price?

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The weapons pact threatening IT security research

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We must stop people from using this sort of thing!

(Unless it's us, of course...)

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Sacré bleu! Parking machine labels French mayor ‘thieving bastard'

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Re: ... Sadly twinned with both Reading and Basildon

Of course Wincanton has achieved the best (or possibly worst) example, being twinned with Ankh-Morpork!

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Re: The world needs more feux-français

Alas, since the death of Miles Kington, the world has been bereft of the gems from his column in Punch magazine called "Parlez vous Franglais?"

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Facebook Lite: Website strips off to lure in another billion users

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All the ads, hardly any content

FTFY

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Latest Snowden leak: NSA can snoop internet to catch 'hackers' – no warrants needed

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The data is kept for five years, or indefinitely if national security is involved.

So, that's pretty much "indefinitely" for all data, then, because you never know when National Security might be involved...

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Wikileaks publishes TiSA: A secret trade pact between US, Europe and others for big biz pals

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So this one...

... isn't actually very controversial at all, but, for some reason, our Lords and Masters seem to think that, even in this case, we can't be allowed to know what's being decided in our names just in case we get upset.

"Now don't worry your pretty little heads about it, just keep watching the TV and we'll take care of everything..."

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Passions run high in EU parliament debate over air passengers' privacy

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@Dan Paul - Re: The USA started all this crap ...

You sound like the sort of Merkin who argues against "Big Government" whilst *at the same time* supporting the idea of your Security Services being able to monitor everyone wherever they go and whatever they do and whoever they talk to and whatever websites they look at because that makes you feel "safer" from the big bad terrerrist bogeyman.

Are you feeling a touch of cognitive dissonance yet?

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: At 250K a pop.

And Karl Benz's first vehicles were only available to the "super rich" of the time...

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Second-hand IT alliance forms to combat 'bully' vendors

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Re: "Spaz"???

Well the image is gone now too, which is a good thing.

Now for all the rest of them...

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Re: "Spaz"???

A follow up: Apparently the Alt Text was put there by an American Staffer who didn't know that the word was offensive in the UK.

It has now been amended.

(But it's still a stupid and pointless image...)

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Half a billion for BLOODY BIG telescope in Chile

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Extremely Large Telescope? Giant Telescope...?

From the late, great Sir Pterry's works...

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