* Posts by Graham Marsden

6611 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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@dogged - Re: @ Graham Marsden

Please, hyperbole much? The BNP or anyone other minority party won't be "ruling the country" but to suggest that some people "SHOULD NOT" be represented simply pisses all over the idea of a representative democracy (even more than FPTP does!) and ends up with the situation in certain parts of the world where only "approved" candidates are allowed to stand.

And if you think that the Lib Dems are the only ones who engaged in "nasty, power-grabbing politics and the dirtiest possible election campaigns", you really need to take a better look at electoral campaigns in the past (Hint: New Labour - New Danger for one)

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"Promises from Clegg? (oi, stop laughing)"

Promises from [Insert Party Leader's name here]? (oi, stop laughing)

FTFY.

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@dogged

What people are saying is that we want a government which represents how *we* voted, rather than the one that we get with our incredibly broken First Past The Post system.

I invite you to consider the Blair government that got a majority in Parliament despite only getting 34% of the votes. I then invite you to consider what it's like to live in a "safe seat" where Party X can parachute anyone they like in to be your MP knowing that the people there would vote for a donkey with the right coloured rosette on it and if you vote for someone else it's a waste of time. Finally try considering the fact that a lot of the electioneering at the moment has been on the lines of "if you vote for X, you'll get Y..."

It doesn't matter whether it's the Lib Dems, the Greens, the Monster Raving Loony Party or even (gods forbid!) UKIP, the fact is that if 10% of the population vote for them, that 10% should be represented in our Parliament or, if not, we could have the House of Lords elected on that proportional basis.

It is my hope that this election will be the last one which is carried out under a system which only benefits the Tories and Labour whilst ensuring that almost nobody else can get a look in and, instead, we get a Parliament which means that if a Party wants to pass the Snoopers Charter or the Bedroom Tax or any other such piece of nonsense, they'll actually have to *convince* others of the value and validity of such legislation, rather than simply bulldozing it through with a sneer because they have a "majority".

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European Parliament mulls law on use of blood metal in tech

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@Dan Paul - Re: When will people stop making @Graham Marsden

What a wonderful rant! Pity you miss the point entirely.

Consider this: If someone invaded your country (even, or especially, under the guise of "helping" you), tried to tell your countryfolk how to live their lives, elect their leaders (prefereably from their chosen shills candidates) and generally pissed all over your lifestyles and traditions, what would you do? Would you capitulate or fight back?

The answer to that is pretty obvious, of course, so now consider what would happen if the invaders started trying to kill off anyone who opposed them (with, of course, attendant "collateral damage") using drones to wipe out a whole area of housing just in case there was a terrorist there and having helicopter gunships shoot up people by mistake.

I think that, if that happened, even those who might have had more moderate, even (who knows) those bleeding heart liberals might consider taking up arms to fight off these interlopers etc.

Would you say that that would be a reasonable assessment of what would happen, yes?

SO WHY DO YOU THINK IT'S ANY FUCKING DIFFERENT FOR PEOPLE IN AFGHANISTAN OR THE MIDDLE EAST OR AFRICA OR ANY FUCKING OTHER PLACE IN THE FUCKING WORLD???

Shooting the shit out of anyone you don't like is NOT going to make the problem any better, it just drives more people into the arms of the militants and terrorists because the people see that as a better option than just capitulating. "They may be bastards, but at least they're *our* bastards"!

"Kill all the people who don't agree with us!" is the cry. But is that them or is that you?

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> the real task is to solve the unrest problems in Africa [...] The world would be a better place if groups like the Congolese rebels and Boko Haram were wiped from the earth.

What a *BRILLIANT* solution! Why on earth did nobody think of trying that sort of thing before in Iran or Iraq or Syria or Afghanistan or...

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Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

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Nice OS you've got there Squire...

... oh you know the rest...

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Nuclear fusion simulator among boffinry tools picked for monster Summit supercomputer

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At last!

Something that *can* run Crysis!

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IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

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Re: St Trinian's banned

Once again I give you the Paedofinder General!

"She's 43, she's from accounts..."

"She looks like 12 and that's what counts!"

:-(

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@h4arm0ny - Re: I was wrong.

> the tyrannical moral censor that I anticipated has failed to appear

Or has it simply not appeared in an obvious guise?

I fully accept that action needs to be taken against those who commit child abuse and who post such pictures online, but, as Larry F54 says, how many false positives were there?

Given the sort of Moral Panic that surrounds such things, I wouldn't doubt that there have been the equivalents of the album cover or pictures of children in the bath or on the beach which have been caught up in this, all of which have undoubtedly been included in that headline grabbing figure.

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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Re: @king of foo - Opt-In

> As for the "spoilt vote" idea, unfortunately there's no way to tell the difference between that and stupidity.

"Stupidity" is your word. I used the word "apathy".

There's a difference.

And even if there was a massive no-show (like when Blair got a "majority" with 34% of a 60% turnout) it wouldn't matter, because whoever got in would still declare that they had a mandate to do what they liked.

The only way to get their attention is to either a) spoil your paper or b) vote for a "minor" party (ie not LibLabCon) and demonstrate just how broken our First Past the Post system is.

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@king of foo - Re: Opt-In

> what if voting meant filling in a questionnaire covering lots of different (divisive) issues, and the results were mapped to the closest matching party?

That's what this site is for.

As for the "don't vote" idea, unfortunately there's no way to tell the difference between that and apathy. At the very least, show up to spoil your ballot paper to register your protest, otherwise you end up with the nonsense of the Police and Crime Commissioners' election where some got in with less than 15% of the votes.

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@skelband - Re: More anonymity for criminals and terrorists

> If I'm not interesting, why do they want to look at my stuff?

Well obviously the AC agrees with the Police and Security Services that you *might* do something, so it's far better to keep an eye on you "just in case" than risk missing spotting you being a naughty boy!

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Re: More anonymity for criminals and terrorists

Oh good grief, do people *still* believe this sort of nonsense?

Dear AC, you stand much more chance of being killed in a traffic accident or even getting out of bed than you do of ever being the victim of a terrorist attack. And we're all *so* glad that you have so little to hide that you are not only willing to forego *your* privacy, but everyone else's too!

Please try to understand that we (mostly) have *no* problem with the Security Services doing their job in a targeted manner, what we object to is them treating *everyone* as a potential suspect and acting as if they have a better chance of finding a needle in a haystack by making the haystack so much bigger.

PS If you "have nothing to hide" why are you posting anonymously...?

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And how long...

... before some NSA/ GCHQ shill proposes a law to make this illegal...?

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Verizon to world: STOP opening dodgy phishing emails, FOOLS

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@Ivan 4 - Re: Dear El Reg...

> You can always use AB+ to kill it.

Yes, I know, I did that for the incredibly stupid and annoying "dancing Jesus" one they came up with a while back, but the point is I shouldn't *need* to if El Reg bothered with making their site user friendly.

And that includes getting rid of the ridiculously massive image at the top of each page which often has virtually no relevance to the story it's referring to...

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Dear El Reg...

... It is possible to set .gif images to loop a set number of times eg 5 or 10 rather than just "loop forever".

Thank you.

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Aussie priest BLESSES an APP – and the sacred iPad it runs on

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If you use this App...

... God help you!

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HOT HOVERSHIP-ON-HOVERSHIP ACTION: SpaceX ready for barge boing

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@SteveK

Better than 10 Moby Dicks...

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Lib Dems wheel out Digital Rights Bill pledge as election sweetener

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@Crisp - Re: WTF is a digital sphere?

Not... *rounded* corners...?

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@AC - "I/we don't get to vote for a manifesto, but only an MP"

We are supposed to vote for someone to represent *us* in Parliament. Unfortunately we usually get someone who will just do what their Party Whips tell them to do :-(

But if you want to get an idea of which Party best respresents your views, try this short questionnaire.

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

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Re: The problem

Ah, but those nice Waltons have just generously increased the wages of the peons workers to bring them *above* the American Minimum Wage for the first time since the Banking Crisis.

The fact that that represents about 1% of their annual revenue (not the 1% that usually gets talked about!) and that, of course, during that time, the Waltons didn't have problems putting food on the table makes no odds...

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Well that sub-heading...

... went down like a Bomb!

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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Well...

... isn't THAT a surprise, boys and girls?!

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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@Eddy Ito - Re: Strike 1 of three? @chriswakey

> Basically it means being so drunk you're staggering about recklessly causing a hazard to yourself or the general public or passed out in the streets. No, can't say I've ever done that

There's an awful lot of Brits who (regrettably) have done so.

If the Police spent all their time nicking and charging them all they'd never catch any other criminals (there's some other cynical comments I could add here...!)

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@Loyal Commenter - Re: Prison is about 45% effective

> Compelling either party to engage against their will is only counterproductive.

Yes, I'm aware of that.

But it's better to at least try to do something like this which has a chance of making a difference, rather than the "lock them up and throw away the key" mentality which has been shown to be an utter failure.

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@Velv - Re: The punishment

> Well you don't tend to get repeat offenders...

An argument which ultimately leads to Judge Death from the Judge Dredd stories...

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Re: Prison is about 45% effective

Restorative Justice has been demonstrated to reduce re-offending rates by up to 27%

Much better than just locking them away with other criminals so they learn to be better at crime.

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Re: Strike 1 of three?

Ah, yes, the incredibly sensible Three Strikes law which ended up with one guy being sentenced to 25 years in jail for stealing a slice of pizza...

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Re: The punishment

Whilst we're at it, why don't we just bring back hanging for Robbery, Burglary, Shoplifting, Pick Pocketing etc as prescribed in The Bloody Code

After all, that worked so well in the past that it virtually completely eliminated crime when it was in operation, didn't it...?

"Those who do not learn from History are doomed to repeat it." - George Satayana.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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I reckon...

... it was Mondas...

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Facebook preps for class action lawsuit as angry EU mob lawyer up

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"Facebook’s opt-out system for advertising...

"... does not meet the requirements for legally valid consent,"

Really? But how can "If you use our system we can do what the hell we like" *ever* be considered to be unacceptable...?

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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@bpfh

Inflatable Ingrid!

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Curious, they've never complained to me...

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Oh no, Moto! Cable modem has hardcoded 'technician' backdoor

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Re: A hardcoded backdoor?

Hey, if it's good enough for the US Government...

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

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I'm sure that...

... the implementation will be one that we can all Share and Enjoy!

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

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"You appear to...

"... be having a wank.

"Would you like to buy a porn movie?"

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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Re: The greatest trick

The greatest trick the main two political parties pulled is convincing Corporate America that they are the only two options

FTFY!

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Well, yes. Because the ones with the brains and the ideas are not making it to the top and the ones at the top are too busy awarding themselves massive bonuses and getting their bought-and-paid-for cronies in Government to say "that's fine, because they're providing lots of (zero hours and minimum wage) jobs which make it look as if we're helping the country instead of ham-stringing it and besides, when we stop being MPs we're in line for a nice lucrative directorship..."

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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That security stuff...

... is just too much hassle to bother with, isn't it?

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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@boltar - Re: So....

People who are up to no good in their homes such as domestic abusers and child molesters do so with the curtains pulled.

Do you pull your curtains? Why? What have you got to hide???

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France accused of tabling 'Patriot Act' style surveillance law

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@Vimes - Re: hmm @codejunky

> This is a situation perpetuated by the agencies themselves

Well, yes. How many times in history has a security agency said "Ok, we've done our job, we're going to close the agency and take early retirement now"?

It is in their interest for there to be plots and if there aren't, they're sure going to find some...

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Je Suis...

... un Hypocrite!

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Choc Factory's king codec serves 25 BEELLION Tube hours

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Stop

"instant, high-quality, buffer-free videos"

Instant? Maybe

Buffer free? Perhaps.

High Quality? You can't polish a turd!

(Yes, ok, I know Mythbusters did, but WTH ;-) )

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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I wonder how they're going to know?

Perhaps they could come up with some way for gay people to be easily identifiable, say a pink triangle sewn on to the clothing?

(Can you pre-emptively Godwin an entire El Reg comments thread...? ;-) )

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Next week...

... How to nail jelly to the ceiling!

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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Well of course...

Shoving unwanted ads into people's browser windows is Google's job!

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Boris Johnson backs trade union campaign to ungag civil servants

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“Sunlight is the best disinfectant”

I'm sensing a certain irony here...

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Waste of Time on a Wednesday...

What a pointless article as TW again takes a trivial issue (not the nuclear spill, the organic kitty litter) and builds a mountain out of a molehill so he can have a go at lefties and hippies and organic products and anyone else who doesn't fit in with his idea of how the world should be run.

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Halifax's '24/7' online banking service is down YET AGAIN

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So what's new?

The Nat West (owned by RBOS) online banking and commercial cards sites claim to be available "Anywhere, anytime".

Well, yes, apart from when you get a message saying "there's been an error, try later". What it actually means is they're doing site updates or maintenance, but they don't tell you that.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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"the most dangerous people that are abusing the internet"

Yes, they have names like NSA, GCHQ and the like...

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