* Posts by Graham Marsden

5191 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Japanese car nuts build racecars powered by shouting 'Brrrm! Brrrrrm!'

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How about....

... if you yell "Go SPEED!"

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Re: How About Dog-Fights?

ITYM "Eeeeoooow dakka-dakka-dakka!"

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Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away

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"the dangerous Bandersnatch"

I think you mean "Frumious Bandersnatch"!

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Wave of the Future? Smartphone NFC used to buy stuff ONLINE

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"The critical question now is...

"...if handset-secured payments will incur the lower "card present" charge, which would certainly result in very rapid adoption by retailers."

And reduce the Card Handling Companies' profits. So somehow I doubt this will happen...

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Widow lost savings in Facebook stock, sues all concerned for $1.9m

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The value of your investment...

... can go down as well as seriously down!

Any financial advisor would have told her that putting all of your eggs in one basket is not a good idea, that's why you keep a diversified portfolio so if one part of it takes a dive the rest of it is still there.

Maybe there was sharp practice, maybe it was illegal, but what she did was *certainly* stupid.

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Bird of Prey: 1980s IT on on the small screen

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This was an excellent show!

No beeping noises as a screen prints out characters at the speed of a teletype, no "Enhance!", no derring do and gunfights, just an ordinary bloke who gets caught up in extraordinary events and decides that he's not going to be pushed around or act as one of the "little people"...

"Hibou et Minou allèrent à la mer.

"Dans une barque peinte en jaune-canari..."

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Who needs flying cars when we can robotically sort Skittles?

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"If you insist to The Reg...

"...that you've never separated a bag of Skittles – or, for that matter, their chocolaty analog, M&M's – into piles segregated by their purple, green, orange, red, and yellow hues, well, we simply won't believe you."

Well I haven't, mostly because they don't taste as nice as Smarties! (Which I may have sorted into colours, but that's my business...)

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

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Re: The POWER of The Reg

"Did anyone here genuinely make it all the way to Elite?"

Yes, but only because of the bug in the original BBC Micro version where you would get ranking for shooting up Police ships!

So I'd sit outside a space station, give it a zap with my military laser, then blast loads of Vipers as they came out :-)

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Ok, great, but...

... please make sure there's plenty of things to do after you've done all the trading and taxi runs to get your "Iron Ass", photographed enemy bases (or blown them up) and done the assassination missions etc.

What Elite always lacked was long-term goals apart from getting to Elite, there should be more extended missions like the original Constrictor and Thargoid ones, otherwise boredom will set in again...

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Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

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What about Maze...

... from Acornsoft on the BBC Micro in 1982?

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Welsh council's unused mountain of 2,400 laptops

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Re: lets see someone sacked for this.

Lol! That's a good one...!

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Re: I'll take em off their hands...

I'll split them with you 50/50 :-)

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Verizon staff arrested for stealing customer's nude pics

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WTF?

@Rampant Spaniel

It never ceases to amaze me how little respect some people have for others' privacy.

If you were helping a friend move house would you have a good rummage through their stuff whilst doing so? No? So would you do it to a complete stranger? Would you then tell take copies or tell other people about it?

Just because you can does *NOT* mean you should.

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MIT boffin's algorithm foresees Twitter's trendy future

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How about...

... #whogivesashit?

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Gamma ray telescope uses 'blazars' to map GLOWING COSMIC FOG

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Alien

"This might be one of the reasons no extraterrestrials have yet dropped round for a chat."

Apart from those bloody teasers...

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We don’t talk any more... on the commute

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Re: Nicely put

Go into a shop that sells motorbike equipment and buy yourself a decent set of earplugs! :-)

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Greek journo who published list of Swiss bank account holders cleared

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Tex evasion?

Sure thing, pardner!

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Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!

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Re: Sir

Ditto and ditto!

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African kids learn to read, hack Android on OLPC fondleslab

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What's the Ethiopian equivalent...

... of a 419 Scam...?

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Russia launches internet blacklist to protect the kiddies

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Big Brother

Well there's a surprise...

... NOT!

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ISS 'nauts pop out to fix a radiator... in SPACE

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"In Space"...?

No, really? And I thought they'd left the ISS to fix one just down the road from me...

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5 Tokyo devs cuffed over 'The Movie' Android app scam

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"Gullible idiots...

"...The Movie!"

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SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS

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WTF?

So...

... this has nothing to do with the lamentable state of sex education in the USA and the influence of the Moral Minority who think that promoting abstinence whilst ensuring ignorance is actually a good way of preventing teen pregnancies...

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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Ok, very nice but...

... how long before some idiot starts flashing one of these at passing cars/ aeroplanes/ whatever?

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Hurricane Sandy: Where are all the cynical online scams?

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@Stratman Re: Never mind 'where are the scams?...'

Ask Joss Whedon... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TiXUF9xbTo

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Hackers deface 'sinful' French Euromillions site

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Re: @Evil Auditor @Jim Booth

> It means stop pandering to them *in your own country*.

Yes, because Freedom of Expression only applies to people who have views we like...

> In point of fact, there actually wouldn't even *be* as many hardline muslim countries without the West (i'm thinking Egypt and Libya here) - the overthrow of their governments was done with the help of the West, after the incumbent populations started the ball rolling."

And I'm thinking of eg Iran where the West colluded to overthrow the Shah (and then *got* a hardline Muslim country!)

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@Evil Auditor Re: @Jim Booth

See Jim Booth's comment " We pussy foot around them, pander to them and then let them shit on us. Maybe, just maybe we need to start growing a pair" for details.

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Re: @Jim Booth

"I merely point out that leave us alone and we will leave you alone. Clearly, this is too much to ask to some people."

And have you ever considered that *THEY* might be saying exactly the same thing???

Imagine someone started interfering in your country's political affairs? Imagine if they invaded your part of the world because they thought they knew best about how things should be run? What would you do?

Do you think you might say to them "leave us alone and we will leave you alone"?

Still, clearly, this is too much to ask to some people...

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Oh you believers...

... you are free to believe what you want.

Just remember that so are we.

Thanks.

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@Jim Booth

I was going to upvote you until you got to your intolerant last couple of sentences which appear to suggest that you want *us* to impose *our* way of life on them (or shoot them if they don't like it) which is probably the cause of these problems in the first place.

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First eyes EVER SEEN (by definition) appeared 700 million years ago

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Re: The Holy Jellyfish?

Hail Cthulhu!

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Apple turns off Siri’s potty mouth

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Re: "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"

/me dials MYCROFTXXX :-)

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@Robert Carnegie

"Has everybody read the classic science fiction story, [A Logic Named Joe]?"

I hadn't, but I have now. It's a very interesting and thought provoking little story, so thanks for the pointer :-)

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@Chris W

Here's a search for you to try: "Siri, what is a Straw Man argument"?

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Hitachi buys Horizon to save UK's nuclear future

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"While some will no doubt point to Fukushima...

"...as a sign the UK should be looking to scale down its reliance on nuclear"

Yes, because it's only been around 400 years since we had a Tsunami in this country...

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Freesat downs own website after Downton quickie

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@Mystic Megabyte

Presumably, then, they didn't have a Sky+ box.

The only thing I watch "live" (ie as it's broadcast) is the News. Everything else is stacked up on Sky+ waiting to be watched at my convenience and the ads get fast-forwarded through.

I pay £20 a month for Sky which gives me Discovery, History, National Geographic, Sky 1, Atlantic, SyFy, Watch etc etc plus all the Freeview channels which is well worth the money to me.

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

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So...

... You're sitting on the loo, minding your own business and one of your "mates", for a laugh, kicks a ball under the loo door...!!!

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Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

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Re: Really?

@ the second AC

I don't know where you live, but it's pretty clear that the first AC lives in the USA. Now I don't know what their Data Protection legislation is like, but in the UK you actually have some pretty good rights under the Data Protection Act to get it corrected, so perhaps it was easier for you than for him.

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Bond's Walther PPK goes digital: A civilized gun updated

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"the small and rather underpowered PPK"

"really would have been an unlikely choice for an undercover service to be issuing to its assassins"

Really?

An assassin doesn't want to have a face to face shoot-out with his target, he doesn't want to talk to him or make a witty comment, he wants to get the job done as quickly and safely as possible.

The .25 Beretta would be fine for this: Walk up behind the target, a single swift shot into the back of the head which probably won't even penetrate out the front of the skull, and while anyone nearby is wondering what that "crack" sound was and why some bloke has fallen down, the assassin is walking away, job done.

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

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Ghostery + Adblock

+ Refcontrol

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"it does not accurately reflect user intent"

So how do they expect users to express their intent??

If I decide I want a browser that has DNT on by default or if I switch it on, how is Yahoo going to know the difference?

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US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

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"Wireless Association, formerly the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA)"

Defined by the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy as "Another bunch of mindless jerks who'll be second against the wall when the revolution comes..."

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Mysterious galactic glow caused by Hitchhikers' Krikkit style stars

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"For a while...

"... they flew on, motionless against the starry sweep of the Galaxy, itself motionless against the infinite sweep of the Universe. And then they turned round.

``It'll have to go,'' the men of Krikkit said"

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Facebook's stock rally may be shortlived: Small advertisers enraged

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I bought a product a few weeks ago...

... and was offered a £5 discount by the company if I clicked their Facebook Like button.

So I clicked the button, took the discount, bought the product and then Unliked the company!

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Hero police robot back on duty after 'unstable man' blasts it with shotgun

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"Dead or alive...

"...you're coming with me!"

(Ok, that was Robocop not The Terminator, but WTH!)

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Natwest biz banking service goes titsup overnight

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It's been up and down like a yo-yo...

I've been trying to check if I've received a payment, but it keeps telling me there's a problem and to try a different browser!

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Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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Re: Translation

The bottom one is the EULA.

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Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter's Kindle

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WTF?

DRM = Draconian Rights Management

We're right, you're wrong.

We can take away the stuff on your Kindle because you don't own it, you only have a licence to read it and we can revoke that at any time without needing to provide any justification or real explanation for our actions.

It's great to be us and it sucks to be you!

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Skype for Windows 8 is coming: Always on, always in your contacts

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Great!

You can spend *ALL DAY* being pestered by people who want an *INSTANT* response from you!

No more them sending an e-mail and having to *wait* for you to reply! No, now they just go on Skype and keep hassling you until you reply just to get them to SHUT UP!

Who could fail to love such a setup???

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European Space Agency to launch exoplanet-spotter

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Cheops?

Was the award for the project or the most contrived name...?

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