* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

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Re: Pioneered in the USSR

@AC I think you're mixing up cataracts and corneas, there's an important difference...!

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Re: Pioneered in the USSR

@mtw

The Russians were pioneers of Radial Keratotomy, a precursor to laser treatment, whereby a series of spoke-like incisions were made around the iris.

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Well done that Judge!

If this had been allowed it would have let big companies silence people who had been the vicitims of alleged bad practice and effectively sweep such problems under the carpet.

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Exhibitionist Shamoon virus blows PCs' minds

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Or...

Er....

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eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

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"If three of eBay's top executives turn into newts in the next month...

"...then we can all accept that as proof of the real-world efficacy of magic, sorcery, and witchcraft."

But what if they get better?

Far better to see if the practitioner weighs the same as a duck...

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Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy

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Re: I've yet to meet a green protester

@Peter Gathercole:

Hello, I'm someone who thinks that a) our current levels of energy usage are unsustainable but that, b) does *not* fit your cliche'd stereotype "hair shirt" nonsense.

As I've posted on these forums before, what we need to do is to use energy in a *more efficient* manner and develop effective and sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. Of course when you continue to see Opinion Pieces written by axe-grinding authors spreading their own "misleading propaganda" any sensible arguments get lost in the mouth-frothing nonsense that follows.

As someone said: "No matter how much information you give people, if their minds are made up, their minds are made up". Ironic, isn't it...?

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Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes

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Re: Many a true word...

@a cynic writes

IIRC in the UK (or it may be only England and Wales) once an invention has been demonstrated in public or information about it has been published, it is no longer patentable, it doesn't matter if the publication is in Science magazine or the Beano.

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Well it's not exactly rocket science...

Many years ago I had a neat idea, but a trip down to my local library and a search through some patent records showed that it had already been thought of, a shame, but it saved me wasting time and money.

Still, perhaps it will stop all these BS patent trolls that are simply stifling innovation with their greed.

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RIP Harry Harrison: Stainless Steel Rat scurries no more

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A great talent...

I first discovered Harrison whilst I was waiting around and someone had left a copy of The Stainless Steel Rat lying on a table. I almost missed what I was waiting for because I got so engrossed in the book!

Ok, his later works involving Slippery Jim showed distinct signs of being churned out, but he left a great body of work (such as Invasion Earth which I only just recently picked up from a second hand stall) which was interesting and thought provoking.

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Cars, lorries stalked via GPS to create live traffic super-map

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@Bainshie Re: From the original article...

"Why are you so against the storing of things done in public?"

You're asking the wrong question. You should be thinking "Why should everything done in public be subject to monitoring and storage?"

I have the right to "Go about my lawful business without let or hindrance". I do not have to prove that I have done nothing wrong, nor does the state have the right to monitor my every movement and action *just in case* I might do something wrong, this is a fundamental freedom that I enjoy in this country (well, more or less, since successive governments have already started whittling away at these rights!)

You seem to want a system like in the old East Germany where half the country was spying on the other half. I don't.

By the way, please understand that there is a difference between Public Information about what the Government is doing (since they are actually supposed to work for us) and information about what a private individual is doing and when you say "I can store that information and do whatever I like with it.", I suggest you look at the stipulations of the Data Protection Act (not to mention the laws against Stalking) and you may just find that actually you cannot necessarily legally do this.

"So you're one of those 600cc+ idiots weaving in an out of traffic like a idiot? I say this as a motorbike rider myself."

No, I am the one of the ones who is Making Progress legally and safely. And if you haven't taken Advanced Training, I'd strongly recommend it as I would to any other biker so they can do the same and *not* "weave in and out of traffic like an idiot".

Finally, how would your Big Brother system for "convicting hit and run drivers" work with stolen cars? Hmm...

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Re: From the original article...

@Bainshie: You really seem to love the idea of Big Brother looking over your shoulder at everything you (and we) do, don't you? I bet you also think that "if you've done nothing wrong you've got nothing to hide" too.

Remember that the last Government wanted to put ANPR cameras at intersections on all major roads and then issue automatic speeding tickets to anyone who got from A to B quicker than they were supposed to. Of course this would also have allowed them to track exactly who goes where and when, but, hey, if these people have got nothing to hide, why should they worry?

As for your imagining of your putative interlocutors, I am a member of the IAM, I have passed my Advanced Motorcycle Test, I am neither fat, nor balding, nor drive a van, nor eat sandwiches, nor use mobile phones when moving, nor engage in any of the other ridiculous behaviours you wish to ascribe to me. In fact the only bit you did get right is that I'm white.

Not very successful imaginings, then and when you add in your belief that the system you support would eliminate hit-and-runs, tailgating and all the other nonsense, well, I can do you a good deal on Tower Bridge...

And telling people that don't agree with you that "you're an arse" doesn't add anything to the validity or credibility of your arguments either.

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From the original article...

"all the data is anonymised by the agency and that no individual, vehicle or device can be identified so that only data about traffic levels on a road is provided."

And how long will it be before Theresa May and her merry cohorts say "Hey, wouldn't it be useful to prevent terrorism/ protect children/ other spurious excuse if that data wasn't anonymised so much"...?

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Saudi royals seek ban on .virgin, .sex, .catholic, .wtf and 159 MORE

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@Titus Technophobe - Re: Objections

"I don't understand why the people in the societies that object to these Internet Domains don't just apply some self control."

Ah, but you see it's not *their* self-control that they're worried about, because they're all morally upright and pure-of-mind people, it's *our* self-control they are worried about because we are weak-willed and morally bankrupt and cannot be trusted to see/ read/ watch all of this corrupting material without wanting to go out and do bad things!

Oddly enough, the Government run by the Vicar of St Albions had similar views...

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@JDX - Re: remind me what "freedom of speech" is

"something which is decided on a nation by nation basis, not some world utopian ideal."

Ah, so you think Freedom of Speech means "you have the right to say things that *we*, the Government, agree with".

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@JDX - Re: "Many societies ... consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture [or] morality"

There's a difference between saying "I don't like this and I don't think you should do it" and "I don't like this, so I want a law to *stop* you from doing it".

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Brits obey mobile ads, says mobile ad biz

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So...

... a self-selected group (mobile phone users answering questions about mobile phone ads) being asked questions by a company that sells mobile phone ads say that mobile phone ads are a good thing.

Yep, that sounds like it's going to produce credible results to me...!

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Arctic ICE PANIC sparked by half-baked sat data

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@Lee Dowling - Re: ........

You make some good points and, yes, I agree we need more information, so its a shame that you then start claiming that "You'll basically go back to living in the Dark Ages, but with 100 times the population".

Emissions can be reduced by using resources in a more efficient way that we are doing at the moment, it won't be necessary to turn off all the power stations or stop using cars completely etc etc, there are also potential solutions such as Geoengineering techniques (some more feasible or sensible than others) which could be reduce the levelsof greenhouse gasses

Claiming it will be "back to the Dark Ages" is no more credible than basing a paper on only two years of data.

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Boffins create 100,000 DPI image

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Re: Honest question

The rise (snigger) in the popularity of the VCR and the internet (which, as we all know, is for porn) has been ascribed to making porn more accessible, so it's not surprising that it should drive (bigger snigger) other technologies too...

(Icon with glasses for obvious reasons...)

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First, Google goggles - now the world gets self-censoring specs

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Re: So..

Well you can get such things, and, yes, people do wear them voluntarily, but that's usually because they're into Pony Play fetish...!

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RIM: We can't flog phones, would you like our nuke plant OS instead?

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Please send a copy of your Nuclear Plant OS to...

Dr Twisted Brain

The Secret Underground Lair

Beneath the Volcano

Arctic Ocean

Thank you.

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Climate change blamed for rise of LIFE-DRAINING HORRORS*

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Re: @Aaron Em

"Conservative" and "Liberal" are such broad and sweeping generalisations of someone's political philosophy that any assumptions based on them are nothing more than just other broad and sweeping generalisations and using those as a basis "for the sake of argument" is why I suggested that you were simply trolling.

The fact that you then try (and fail) to score a cheap point by a sneering implication that I don't know what "arguendo" means (despite the fact that it was obvious from my reply that I do) appears to confirm this.

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@Aaron Em

"Assuming arguendo that that's true"?

Assuming that it's not true because you seem to have nothing to base such an assumption on other than opinion, what does that say about your motivations...?

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Patent troll Intellectual Ventures is more like a HYDRA

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"a more aggressive third party"

"Nice product you've inveted here, Squire. Be a shame if anything happened to it, know what I mean..."

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Privacy snafu as TOPLESS Mark Zuckerberg picture leaks online

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Aaaargh!

My eyes...!!!

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Acer dishing out 16,400 cheap OLYMPIC laptops to schools

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Anyone want to take bets...

... on some (or all) of them going out with un-wiped hard drives?

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NASA’s new lander CRASHES AND BURNS

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Morpheus, has crashed and burned...

... I blame Agent Smith myself...!

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Google updates Chrome Flash plugin for security, stability

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"Just when you thought Adobe Flash was close to dying out on the web"

"That is not dead which can eternal lie..."

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Doctor Who gets one-off special to mark Time Lord's 50th year on telly

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Re: Alan Rickman...

Sod that, Alan Rickman for the Roger Delgado incarnation of The Master!

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Hacker-smasher: White hats join forces to build bot-beating weapon

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@Rusty 1

Really would make a bad film if you know much about BDSM and understand that interest in it is not generally a result of childhood abuse (or that most people who are into it don't have mental health problems, see Secretary for details) and that a BDSM relationship needs communication and understanding of the participants limits and desires, let alone emphasis of the importance of safety and respect.

(Sorry about the hijack, but 50 Shades of Drivel is giving a lot of people the wrong idea about BDSM)

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Oi, missile boffins! Stop ogling web filth at work - Pentagon

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Re: I for one...

It's probably some Commie Plot to sap our Precious Bodily Fluids!

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India: We DO have the BlackBerry encryption keys

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Probably someone in the Indian Government thought "Well if we *say* that we have the encryption keys, maybe that will put people off using Blackberry which we can't monitor and get them using something we *can* monitor..."

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Facebook: 83 million IMPOSTERS stalk our network

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@Code Monkey

Yes, MZ, Bitch!

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SHEEP NEED TWITTER, insist my noble Lords

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"it represents the contours of a successful market"

ORLY?

So what's next? There aren't many people in the countryside, so let's discontinue the postal service, bus service, in fact let's not even bother with providing them with a phone service.

After all, it's only a few peasants and we can't make much money out of them, so why bother?

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@ZanzibarRastapopulous

If you live in the country you can get water from a borehole, electricity from generators, dump your sewerage in a cess pit and get gas delivered by tanker.

How do you suggest that those living in the country get their broadband delivered?

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If Hotmail was a person it could have kids now. But it would be a crime

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London CGI firm scores DON'T-HIT-the-PEDESTRIAN test contract

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@AC - Re: From my personal experience

"You're meant to click at each stage the hazard changes. One of those changes is the one they're monitoring for."

But if you click too often, you'll score zero because they think you're trying to fiddle the score...

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Re: From my personal experience

I had a similar problem when I took my motorbike test a few years ago and bought some practice CDs.

From many years of cycling, I'm very aware of watching for hazards (and, yes, I *know* some cyclists are numpties, but let's not get into that now, ok?) so I would click as soon as I saw something which could turn out to be hazardous.

But the Test wants you to spot a "Developing Hazard" ie you only click *after* something starts actually becoming a danger to you, so I had to slow down my responses in order to succeed!

There's also the problem that the Hazard Perception Test just shows a fixed view ahead, so, for example, there's no situation where the driver approach a T-Junction (from the minor road) and pulls out in front of a biker who they haven't seen because they didn't look properly...

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Neurotrash creativity 'expert' created Dylan quotes from thin air

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Re: Lobachevsky

If you copy from one source, that's plagiarism.

If you copy from three sources, that's research!

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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

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Chinese student's smut obsession lands 2,000 in JAIL

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@SuperTim - Re: @Vladimir Plouzhnikov

"t has already been studied and the findings were fairly clear."

No, it has been repeatedly studied and the findings have been incredibly equivocal at best with those who have a desire to ban pornography (or violent video games etc etc) skewing statistics and cherry-picking results which fit their personal biases.

And playing the "won't someone think of the children" card doesn't give any more credibility to your position.

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

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Great, but...

... meanwhile, in a different case, it's been ruled that private text chat on the internet can be subject to the Obscene Publications Act.

"According to the Court of Appeal’s Judgment in the recent case of R v GS [2012] private one to one text chat on the internet can be subject to the Obscene Publications Act 1959 (OPA)."

http://obscenitylawyer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/no-words-were-harmed-in-writing-this.html

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Court blocks 12 websites for 'misleading' Olympic ticket sales

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@Version 1.0 - Re: TOTAL POLICING

You mean like "Vote Fascist for a Third Glorious Decade of Total Law Enforcement"?

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Captain Cyborg accepts another degree from puny humans

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Re: University of Portsmouth?????

Or the Polyversity as it's still cynically referred to as by graduates such as myself...

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UK ISPs promise punters 'full' and 'open' internet 'access'

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Re: Mumsnet - Re: waitwaitwait

And as has been seen in other countries, eg Australia, which have tried this sort of nonsense, a whole bunch of other sites have "accidentally" been included in the ban list.

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Never mind Azure: They BROKE Twitter!

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So...

... whom will this actually inconvenience...?

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Neal Stephenson on swordplay, space and depressing SF

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Re: Age?

And whilst we're at it, why don't we update HG Wells...?!

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Old-timer Odyssey to babysit Curiosity's Mars landing

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Re: CST

I would have suggested Syria Planum, but then you'd know I was located at the secret Psi Corps base...

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Spy Hunter

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Re: I dropped many a quarter in Spy Hunter

Once upon a time I knew the route to get the Oil Slick virtually every time from the Weapons Truck.

Ah, many a wasted, err, enjoyed 10p...!

And, of course, unlike games today, it *was* a) 1 game for 10p and b) there was no "keep shovelling in the money until you complete it" option. You *had* to be good!

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Re: BIG HAPPY SMILE

Ah, Outrun! I remember one Saturday afternoon at the Students Union, just for the hell of it, I completed the game by *EVERY* possible route :-)

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Home Secretary to decide on McKinnon extradition by October

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Re: Anyone else....

Not to mention how much public money has been wasted on a ridiculous attempt at extradition.

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