Feeds

* Posts by Graham Marsden

5091 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

NASA releases stunning image of our universe's distant past

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@NukEvil - Re: Yes, feeling very small!

"Some could argue that they haven't really seen any intelligent life inside our solar system, either."

Grams - Monty Python : The Universe Song :-)

2
0

Curiosity rover blasts, grabs and fondles its first Martian rock

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: On behalf of the Matijevicians...

... but were unexpectedly swallowed by a small dog ;-)

1
0

Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

I think...

... someone's in line for an igNobel award...

2
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: Oxymoron?

And Arnold Rimmer found that in a past life he was Alexander the Great's Chief Eunuch...

0
0

Most biofuels fail green test: study

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

Y'know...

... you can use fuel and energy more efficiently *without* needing to put on a hair shirt and walk or cycle everywhere...

1
1

NZ spooks acted unlawfully in Megaupload wiretap

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Big Brother

But... but...

.... the Yanks *told* us to do it, so it *must* have been ok!!

8
1

French Skyper freed after accidentally hacking bank's phone system

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
FAIL

Remind me...

..to change the combination on my luggage!

0
0

Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Alien

O O "This is the voice of the Mysterons...

"...we know that you can hear us...

"OUCH!"

1
0

'People will give you their data if you don't do nobbish things with it!'

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

"It is not always appropriate...

"...for companies simply to offer consumers a choice between opting-in or opting-out of information sharing in its totality"

Absolutely correct, the DEFAULT should be "Opt out", offer me that and *then* I'll consider what benefits might be offered by opting in to e-mails, data sharing etc on an item by item basis!

0
0

Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

Meanwhile...

... I'm sure that lots of other actually exploitative ads still appear, but since they're nothing to do with sex, they're ok in the eyes of American politicians.

And of course the fact that many of the ads that are being banned are placed by women who can work independently *without* having to deal with pimps and thus are safer from exploitation etc is ignored...

19
1

Zuckerberg loses $8bn in Facebook IPO fiasco

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: I'd like to know why the price is rising

It's known as the "Dead Cat Bounce" (ie it's said that even a dead cat will bounce if it falls far enough)

There's always someone willing to look at the long term investment prospects and consider a share like that worth a punt even if it takes several years to recover its value.

0
0

Gigantic Roman bathtime-fun mosaic found under Turkish field

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Pirate

@Goldmember - Re: "Buried treasure, me hearties! Darr, there be no gold here"

Arrr, well that be because I'd not seen those when I'd posted me comment, me bucko!

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Pirate

"Buried treasure, me hearties! Darr, there be no gold here"

Is this merely a co-incidence or because today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties?

1
0

Governments block YouTube over that video

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: @AC He's not a deity...

If you'd try doing a bit more research and looking beyond the headlines you might find the answers you demand I present you (but do you *really* want to find them...?)

In any case, it's clear there's no point in carrying on trying to have a reasonable discussion with you on this, so feel free to declare victory and keep on enjoying your prejudices.

4
7
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

@AC Re: He's not a deity...

"Sadly the majority of muslims do behave like the person who killed the US diplomat"

Really?

Islam is estimated to have something over one and a half *BILLION* followers world wide, around a fifth of the world's population.

If the "majority" (defined as > 50%) of Muslims behaved the way you claim, I think we'd have noticed it a bit by now.

21
9
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

Re: He's not a deity...

Oh dear, and so we see the usuall trollish comments about Mohammed and Islam from ignorant idiots who believe what they read in the Tabloid Media without bothering to open their eyes (or minds) to any other point of view.

Can you not get it through your heads that a few fanatics are *NOT* representative of the whole religion of Islam any more than the idiots who made this film are representative of Christianity?

I have a Muslim family living next to me and I've not had problems with them diving over the wall wearing a Semtex waist coat and yelling "Allahu Akbar!" it's usually just their kids saying "can we get our ball back"...

27
21

NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Where can you get Exotic Matter from?

It's called Unobtainium :-)

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Happy

In the year of thirty-nine...

Assembled here the volunteers

In the days when lands were few

Here the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn

The sweetest sight ever seen

And the night followed day

And the story tellers say

That the score brave souls inside

For many a lonely day

Sailed across the milky seas

Ne'er looked back never feared never cried

Don't you hear my call

Though you're many years away

Don't you hear me calling you

Write your letters in the sand

For the day I'll take your hand

In the land that our grand-children knew

- Queen

2
0

Forty Canadian birds BONKING against windows EVERY MINUTE

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

When I was a kid...

... we used to live in a house with a big picture window facing west and at certain times of the year in the evening, birds would see the reflection of the sun in it and fly straight into it thinking they were going in the opposite direction.

I'm just wondering if the same sort of thing is happening in Canada.

0
0

Monster camera preps for dark energy search

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

"TARDIS-sized"?

Is that outside or inside?!

3
0

Users told: Get rid of Internet Explorer (again)

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Devil

Pardon me...

... but what is this "again" business you refer to...?

4
0

Microsoft bod dreams up 'Star Trek holodeck' games console

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

Prior art...

Sounds rather like a Camera Obscura which would project an image onto a surface.

They've been around for rather a long time...

2
0

Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Holmes

"For the first time...

"...we have evidence that blocking Pirate Bay had little effect on BitTorrent downloading"

And we've also found that the Pope is a Catholic...!

14
0

EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Unhappy

@Pylets - Re: taking the bike prevents the owner using it

"enables you to offer reasonable terms to obtain a share of the proceeds in order to keep the matter out of court"

How many people can afford to take on the sort of companies who want to abuse copyright by saying "well we looked (not very hard) couldn't find who owned the image, so we went ahead and used it"?

Unless you can get someone to take the case on a "no win, no fee" basis, you'll end up paying your legal representatives more money than you could ever gain from licensing your Intellectual Property even if you did win.

1
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Devil

Oh it makes it hard for document(ary?) makers, does it? Well Boo Hoo!

If they want to use something and they can't find any copyright data on it they should assume that it *IS* copyright, not least because anything that *has* been released into the Public Domain probably says so pretty bloody clearly!

5
2

Cambridge boffins: Chip and PIN cards CAN be cloned – here's how

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: There was another -hidden- reason for chip-and-PIN - and not in your favour

@AC - " there are plenty websites on the Net which demonstrate that practically nobody checked a signature"

I always used to and, in fact, I *still* check the signature strip even now.

I notice that a lot of US citizens who buy with a card in person don't bother to sign the card and automatically hand over another form of ID (eg Driver's Licence) even when it says "Not valid unless signed"!

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Devil

Re: 'We've never claimed chip-and-PIN is 100 per cent secure'

Welcome to "Chip and Spin"!

And, of course, if you're the victim of a fraudulent transaction, we're going to claim (illegally) that it was *your* fault, that *you* were careless with your PIN and *you* have to prove your innocence...

11
1

ESA preps space junk radar

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

@Alan Brown - Re: All very well tracking it

Good idea, you start - http://news.discovery.com/space/could-space-junk-leave-us-stranded-on-earth-110902.html

0
0

Congress report warns: drones will track faces from the sky

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Big Brother

Ah...

the "Spy in the Sky" mini-drones from Judge Dredd will soon be putting in an appearance...

0
0

LOHAN straps on satellite comms capability

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Elmer Phud - Re: "two-way chat"

"I'm trying to work out how that's possible"

With careful design ;-)

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

"two-way chat"

So it's a double-ended strap-on then...?

2
0

Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

It has to be pointed out...

... (although I'll probably be downvoted into oblivion for this) that it's not really a "car", more a giant rollerskate with a jet engine bolted on top of it!

The fastest car actually driven through its wheels is the Spirit of Rett which achieved an average speed of 414.5mph at Bonneville Salt Flats on September 21st 2010.

2
2

Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: Probably not such a great idea

"We are charged per bag os it's a cruder form of being charged per kilo but is much cheaper to implement."

I don't know whether my neighbours think we're charged by the bag or something, but frequently when I put my rubbish out at night I find a couple of bin bags stuck in front of my wall.

I don't give a damn at the moment because there's no charging for rubbish disposal, but if I end up paying for it I can see a game of "musical bin bags" in the future...

5
0

Thomas-Rasset faces $220,000 file-sharing bill after losing appeal

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
WTF?

"it points out that...

"...the maximum fine per track for willful copyright infringement established by Congress is $150,000"

And since she wasn't fined the maximum or anything near it, she should be a *happy* little pleb when she thinks about what they could have done to her!!

The fact that the punishment is totally disproportionate to the actual damage *caused* is, it seems, completely irrelevant.

3
0

What a card: Brit boffin Alan Turing stars in Monopoly tribute set

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: Other board games are available...!

I'm not sure if you're trying to be funny, but anyway...

Carcassonne is a tile and meeple (small figurines) placement game where you're trying to build walled cities (as the original city) and roads and then place your people to control them. There is a range of expansions, but you don't need any of these to play the basic game which is family friendly (it's from ages 8 upwards, but it's not a "kids game" by any means).

You can pick up a new copy for around £15 and it's well worth a look as a good "gateway game" to get people into the idea that there's more to gaming than "roll the dice and move a counter"!

See http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/822/carcassonne for some more details.

1
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Other board games are available...!

Unfortunately if you say "Board Games" to most people they'll think of Monopoly, Cluedo and... well, that's pretty much it.

Try Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Alhambra or Stone Age to mention but a few and you'll find that family board games can actually be enjoyable instead of being tedious and/ or ending in an argument! :-)

1
0

Want to avoid another cookie law mess? Talk to EU bods next time

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Bravo!

The cookie law is another example of well meaning but completely ignorant Eurocrats trying to pass a law to control something which they don't really have a clue about and then the British Government trying to gold-plate it and tell everyone "this is what you must do because we have to show the rest of the EU how it's done!"

Meanwhile, of course, much of the rest of the EU is looking at it and thinking "Sod that for a game of soldiers, ignore it if you like", so we end up wasting money whilst they just get on with business as usual.

5
0

Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Mike Hock - Re: It seems you can't apply common sense to Suicide decisions...

"little would be better than nothing"

Except that's often not the case because that's the argument used by politicians et al for the "Precautionary Principle", ie "well we don't *know* that this will do any good, but let's introduce this measure *anyway* just to be on the safe side".

The fact that said measure will probably infringe on the liberties and rights of many others never seems to concern them so much :-(

10
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Greg J Preece - Re: Bit of a pity...

The point is that the "opt in" should be "please censor me".

9
0

UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: And again...

The mods might object, but seek and ye shall find... :-)

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Trollface

@Penguin:

"Easy #FF7D40"

So no David Dickinson porn then? Phew!! http://www.colorhexa.com/ff7d40

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: The interesting part

"Given the tendency of automated filtering software to be overzealous in what it denies access to,"

What are the lyrics to the Theme Song from M*A*S*H "Suicide is Painless"?

BUZZZ!! That content is not available to you!!

1
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Childcatcher

And again...

... from a personal point of view, I have to comment that my perfectly legitimate and legal business selling affordable leather products to consenting adults who wish to engage in BDSM is liable to be caught up in this nonsense because potential customers are likely to find that they have to opt-in to access my UK based website which is already signed up to NetNanny, Cybersitter and has Adults Only warnings on the front page etc.

Meanwhile there are plenty of other such businesses who haven't bothered with such things and are thereby likely to slip past the filters...

Of course I'm not a parent, so I'm not supposed to respond to the consultation because I don't have a valid viewpoint!

11
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Filtering kids?

I'm glad you're giving your child an excellent opportunity to improve his IT skills!

(In my day it was cracking protection on games for infinite lives :-) )

3
0

NASA's spy sat snaps Curiosity rover burning tracks on Mars

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

Re: NASA - missing a trick here !

" draw you a pair of boobs on the Moon"

Nah, someone decided to see if the Lunar Rover could do doughnuts...

0
0

Hackers claim to have Mitt Romney's tax records

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Devil

Re: "PWC has said that as far as it is aware nothing is missing "

But, but... don't you know that copying like this is THEFT! So something *must* be missing...!!!

(Sorry, I seem to have been chanelling the MAFIAA there for a moment)

0
0

Google snags patent on price discrimination

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

Prior art...

So how does this ultimately differ from all those sofa shops and double glazing salesmen who offer you phony "discounts" (translation: just cutting their profit margins a bit) if you're wavering and they want to nail the sale??

0
0

ENCODE’s ‘junk DNA’ claims spark biological bunfight

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

As one DNA strand...

... said to the other DNA strand:

"Stop copying me!"

4
0

Boffins computerize giant cyborg cockroaches

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

May I be the first to welcome...

... erm, on the other hand, no, forget that!!

2
0

Dawn probe slips Vesta's grip, heads for icy dwarf planet

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Happy

Nice...

... but not a place you'd want to be marooned off...

4
0