* Posts by Graham Marsden

5214 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

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The council have just backed down...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-18454800

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May 2012 was second warmest on record. The warmest? 2010

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For those who need reminding...

... Weather != Climate

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Supreme Court dismisses Assange bid to reopen extradition case

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You don't have to PROVE your innocence!

The law says you are PRESUMED to be innocent UNLESS and UNTIL you are PROVEN guilty!

But that's not good enough for some people...

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Home Office spunks another £12.8m on face recog tech

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Paris Hilton

Facial recognition?

Yep, that's definitely a face! Can I have my £12.8, please

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Facebook changes data-use policy despite 87% poll opposition

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Re: FB can push as many ads at me as they like..

I can look at the right hand side of the screen too, but I don't see anything since I installed AdBlock Plus!

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Invidious Aardvark

It's clear that you don't run a business either.

One complaint may be a lone nutcase, ten complaints suggests that there's actually going to be a *lot* more people out there who aren't happy, but haven't put finger to keyboard to say so., however none the less that should most certainly set alarm bells ringing and not simply generate an attitude of "well, it's only a few people, let's just ignore them" because if (and when) they're offered a better alternative, they're likely to desert your business in droves.

Your understanding of how such things work is weak.

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@JDX

Maybe one day you'll run a company and realise that if you piss off enough of your customers by ignoring what they want and saying "Dear customers, we don't give a fuck what you think!", they'll go somewhere else and you won't *have* a company any more.

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Music SEVEN times more valuable to UK plc than first thought

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Re: dont forget

And every time you copy a song a fairy dies!

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Smart meters are 'massive surveillance' tech - privacy supremo

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@Larry F54

"I'm surprised. I thought most washing machines (as well as dishwashers) these days had built-in delay timers."

Not the one I've got and to replace it would just be more wasteful.

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Re: But moving to a different time is useful

I used to "time shift" my laundry, I'd put washing in at night and set a time switch on the plug so the appliance would come on early in the morning and would be finished by the time I woke up (the machine being right at the other end of my house from my bedroom).

However now I can't do that because on my new machine there's no mechanical "on-off" button which will let me leave it "switched on" but with nothing happening until the time switch on the plug activates it, just a "soft touch" button which needs pressing before anything happens.

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Blighty's new anti-bribe law will do more HARM than good

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Re: Oh for god's sake

"If it's not acceptable over here then don't do it over there either. "

It's all very well saying "play a straight bat, keep it above board, don't play their dirty games", but, especially in the current economic climate, the vast majority of businesses are going to play whatever games they can and by whatever rules are available in order to clinch a contract.

You don't like it, I don't like it, but the other option is risking bankruptcy.

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W3C: 'Do not track' by default? A thousand times: NO!

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"We have noticed...

"... that you appear to have switched off an important feature of your browser which will enable us to enhance your customer experience and provide you with a better service.

"You can proceed, however you will not get the full benefit of our website, so please click here to switch it back on..."

(Website announcement that fell through a wormhole from a couple of years in the future)

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Menaced cartoonist raises $60,000 for copywrong

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WTF?

"You seem to be trolling"?

Paging Mr Pott and Mr Kettle-Black...

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Hardy handymen handed handy hardened handheld hardware

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Re: Better, Reg Headline Dept.

I didn't even read the article, I just loved the sub-heading!

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China makes human rights play ... but forgets the internet

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"Human Rights are...

"... what WE say you can have..."

Sorry, which country were we talking about again?

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Western consumption helping to kill off species

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Does anyone else think...

... that map from the University of Sydney looks a bit like the board game Pandemic?

Just sayin' ;-)

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Fate of dot-word bids decided by ICANN archery shoot-out

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"notable domain name investor Frank Schilling"

"domain name investor"?

I'm sure there's another name for that...

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Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

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Re: Depends

Remember the old saying:

"He who dies with most toys, wins!"

This fulfills that nicely :-)

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Raspberry Pi safe and warm in TINY Lego fortress

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Re: "More child friendly"

Well at least *one* person (ie me!) realised you were being satirical...!

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HBO wants royal price for Iron Throne

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Yep...

... me too.

Ok, it looks cool, but, as always, the realiy doesn't match up.

20 grand? I'll pass.

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GCHQ to encrypt your tweets with Enigma - for science

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Re: Well, you know what they say...

jwiaz pwmql !

Pistols at dawn, Sir!

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Given a beardie nerd the kiss of life? There's a medal for that

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Will the BOFH...

... be up for this award...?!

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LOHAN seeks failsafe for explosive climax

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Paris Hilton

"premature pin retraction"

That could get messy...

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Facebook testing "announce important post" feature

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THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Actually it isn't, but you can look forward to lots of these from idiots who think that their every status update is the most important thing ever...

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1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today

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"Box theorises that this is likely to be...

"...because of sulphur pollution released into the atmosphere by humans"

So what you're saying is that mankind's activites *DO* have an effect on the climate...?

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Google aiming to buy dot-lol cyberland, and not just for the lulz of it

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Re: Personally...

Not .dash?

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EU politicos put the boot into sickly ACTA

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"we must not accept...

"...nor can we allow the erosion of basic fundamental rights in Europe, and around the world, for expediency's sake"

Unless you're the British Government...

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Scandal-hit Olympus plans to axe staff, flog off stake – reports

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I read that title as "Olympics"...

... and thought "good!"

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Friends fooled by Facebook Timeline 'removal tool' scams

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"Security is a top priority for Facebook..."

But listening to what our users want isn't.

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Trekkie wants to build USS Enterprise … in twenty years

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Let's hope...

... he remembers to include the Toilet...!

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TiVo spits out monster 6-way Pace box for US eyes only

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Re: Six?!

In the past week I've had at least three occasions when I've wanted to record something from eg History, National Geographic and then maybe E4 or BBC4 or some such at the same time, but even with using the +1 channels, there have been clashes/ overlaps with other things I want to see, so I've had to resort to looking through the Radio Times for repeats of the programme either in the wee small hours of the morning or on different days which is a PITA.

I've currently got about half my Sky+ HDD (I replaced the original with one that was twice the size a long time ago) filled with documentaries, shows like Game of Thrones, Bones, Big Bang Theory Dara o'Briain's School of Hard Maths and more which are definitely worth watching, it's just a matter of finding time to watch them all before something else comes along I want to see...!

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Fantasy cabal sells off novel-as-app platform

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@This isn't USENET

There is *never* a Cabal...!

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WTF is... Li-Fi?

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"Sorry, my bad, didn't see you"

Which really means "Sorry, I didn't *LOOK* properly..."!

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Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

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But...

... is there Life on Mars?

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Met cops get new pocket-sized fingerprint scanners

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"The police said...

"...fingerprints scanned by MobileID kit are not retained after the check has been run."

Yet...

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Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth

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Won't Someone Think of the Parents!

How *DARE* these Porn Merchants expect Parents to take responsibility for the upbringing of their children!

How *RIDICULOUS* to expect people to have to *install* new software on their computers in order to block this filth!

Don't they know that the interwebs are just the latest form of childminding as TV and Videos and DVDs have been before and it's the job of the Government and the Broadcasters and the Programme Makers to ensure that little kiddies don't see anything that might disturb them!!

I am ABSOLUTELY FLABBERGHASTED that anyone could believe things like this and I shall be writing to my MP in the *STRONGEST* terms right after my nurse gives me my medicine!!!

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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Or a Douglas Adams quote:

"Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans."

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Iran threatens to chuck sueball at Google over missing gulf

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Re: Pretty Dumb

"most people know how to pronounce 'Bristol'"

Well, no, they *think* they know how to pronounce it, but it's actually more correctly pronounced "Bristle" (at least by the locals ;-) )

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Twitter signs up for Do Not Track

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So Twitter is going for...

... NoFollow...?

Doesn't that rather defeat the purpose of it?

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Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones

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Re: @M. Poolman

To quote from http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/site/let_the_cat_out_of_the_bag/

"It’s commonly asserted that let the cat out of the bag refers to the cat o’ nine-tails used on board ships as form of punishment. The whip would be kept in a special bag to protect it from the sea air and to let the cat out of the bag was to confess a crime worthy of flogging. A neat tale, except there is absolutely no evidence to connect the phrase with a nautical origin. "

AIUI there wasn't actually a "special cat" that was kept in a bag, rather someone who was due to be flogged would be given a short length of rope and they had to unravel it and actually make the device for their own punishment.

Naval ropes were made from three smaller ropes twisted together, each of which were made, in turn, from three thinner ropes, hence why the Navy Cat had nine tails.

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@M. Poolman

The problem with the nautical explanation is that it simply doesn't fit with the underlying meaning of the phrase ie to reveal a secret.

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Re: @Some Beggar

I wasn't going to post again, but, really, you are making yourself look ridiculous now.

"Anonymous Interneteer?" Ye gods, you know my name, you can see it on all my posts (unlike you who are hiding behind a pseudonym!). You can see it on the Solent Advanced Motorcyclists Newsletter. I'm an Admin on the SAM Forums, I could post a message for you there. If you want I can also post a picture on there showing myself holding up my Pass Certificate (I can even put a message on it for you!). You can contact Alec Gore, Chief Observer of the Solent Advanced Motorcyclists Group or even PC Phil Pentelow the IAM Examiner and they can confirm I've passed the Test and Phil Pentelow, of course, saw the three car overtake! How much *more* evidence do you want before you are willing to consider that perhaps I am telling the truth???

Alternatively you can speak to your local IAM group and whilst they will never actually say "it's ok to break the speed limit", they will, as I mentioned before, tell you to complete overtakes as promptly and safely as possible.

The IPSGA System the IAM teaches provides *guidelines*, not something to be stuck to rigidly and unthinkingly, blindly adhering to "the rules" and I really am starting to have doubts that you have ever passed an IAM test (even 20 years ago) given that you appear to be unwilling or unableto apply any flexibilty in your thinking.

Now feel free to "bluster" by getting in the last word, because I *really* can't be bothered to waste any more time on this.

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Re: @Some Beggar

And you can repeat yourself until you're blue in the face, but, whether you like it or not, I have just passed my Advanced Motorcycle test which included at least one manoeuvre which was technically "illegal", yet the IAM examiner who, as I pointed out before, is a serving Class 1 Police Motorcyclist did *NOT* have a problem with.

This is not "bluster", this is a fact. If you cannot deal with that, it's not my problem and I see little point in continuing to discuss this with you, instead, once again I urge you to get an up-to-date assessment of your claimed Advanced Driving skills since it seems that you do not appreciate or understand what Advanced Road Use is about.

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

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Ok, ok...

... I've changed my Downvote back to an Upvote.

Now will the rest of you do the same for the 3 Downvotes I've received?

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Dear Big Dumb Guy 555

You're not big, it's not clever to write in caps all the time and your trolling is really particularly pathetic.

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@Gene Cash

I've just downvoted you: 0 Upvotes, 1 Downvote.

Oh, no, I've just switched that: 1 Upvote, 0 Downvotes.

On second thoughts, I'll put it back the way it was: 0 Upvotes, 1 Downvote

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Mobile net filters block legit content too – campaign group

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They block e-mails too

Since I own the domain for my business, it's simple for me to use my Affordable Leather Products address for e-mails because that way it all comes into one Inbox and I can then filter messages into appropriate folders according to which version of the address the sender uses. Similarly I send out e-mails from the business mail server using the same domain.

Recently, however, I had a friend complain that they hadn't had a message from me about an event and only found out about it later when someone else did a "reply to all".

It turns out that, although there was no adult or explicit content in the message, it was being blocked because my *website* is listed as an adult site meaning that I now have to send messages to this friend from a backup e-mail address just to make sure they get them.

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Britain has 10 million twits, tweets Twitter

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Meh

So...

... what?

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Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

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Last night...

... walking back from the pub with a friend, coming the other way on the pavement was a young woman who was clearly *totally* oblivious to our presence because she was so engrossed with her mobile phone's display.

It wasn't until she was about six feet from us that I gave a little whilstle and she suddenly looks up and stops dead, realising that she has almost walked into us.

At least she had the good grace to apologise through her blushes...

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Re: Darwin rules

"More than 50% of the motorcyclists I encounter (ie, the majority)"

Or do you mean the ones that you *notice* and remember? You probably don't even notice or remember the ones who are riding responsibily and safely.

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