* Posts by Graham Marsden

5527 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Murky online paedo retreat: The Nether explores the fantasy-reality divide

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@x 7

> This play tries to create a discussion where no discussion is needed.

Translation: This play tries to create a discussion where x 7 doesn't *want* a discussion to happen, so he goes for the simple categorical "won't someone think of the children" argument.

For his interest and edification, I give him the Paedofinder General...

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No doubt...

... this will have the Daily Mail brigade up in arms because, to them, there's no difference between fantasy and reality.

For the same reason, anyone who goes to see films from the Saw series is clearly a repressed psychopath and Agatha Christie was a potential mass murderer who lived out her fantasies in print.

And whilst we're at it, let's burn all copies of Viktor Nabakov's Lolita and...

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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"It's life, Jim...

"...but not as we know it."

Such a shame we've just lost Leonard Nimoy :-(

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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"it is very similar to Obamacare..."

We need a new form of Godwin's law...

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Don't! Forget!

Inserting! Exclamation! Marks! After! Every! Word! In! The! Headline! Of! Any! Story! That! Mentions! Yahoo!

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

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@ Michael Wojcik - Re: Do NOT Take Them Seriously

Trolling (in the fishing sense)

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@I aint' Spartacus - Re: @RyokuMas - "Good men"...

> I seem to recall that they initially released that to gold badge people, but then rolled it out to all badgers. And you obviously are a silver badger. Maybe they implemented it when they did the badges a few years ago, and forgot about it?

I have no idea. TBH I don't even notice the badges these days and they'll probably vanish sometime in the future when El Reg decides that the "flat" theme is passe'

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Re: @RyokuMas - "Good men"...

> El Reg do provide a block user facility. By every username on the forums is a stripy sad face. It's between their name, and their badge (if they have one). You simply click on that, and their posts disappear.

Erm, I've never seen that, in fact, just to check it wasn't getting blocked by something I'd added to Firefox, I've just tried logging in using Chrome and I still don't see it...

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@RyokuMas - Re: "Good men"...

Stopping Anonymous Coward posts on El Reg won't prevent this sort of thing because some of the worst (well, most tedious) trolls post under what is, presumably, a real name or a pseudonym (remember Eadon?!)

What would be useful is for El Reg to provide a "block user" facility, then you could ignore them completely.

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Re: Stop feeding the politicians

The problem is that the Media (gawdblessem) have jumped on this new word (like they did with "hacking") and have decided it's anything to do with saying nasty things to people online, which it isn't.

Trolling is what, for instance, Clarkson does. He says something inflammatory, then as people say "he shouldn't be allowed to say that" and others go "he's only joking/ got a right to express his opinions" etc, stands back and laughs smugly because he's got people to take his bait.

This is childish and petty, but it's not the sort of bullying/ stalking behaviour that's being referred to.

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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"El Reg wonders how much our current leaders' blood would be worth"

I can just see the Daily Mail headline now:

"Online news site's users out for blood!"

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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Re: @Graham

Dude, as I said, you repeated it.

And just because the people in charge of the people who want to spy on all of us "for our protection" say "oh yes, certainly, fine, that's all legal and dandy" doesn't justify it or make it right.

But never mind, keep the blinkers on and enjoy the Bread and Circuses, after all you have nothing to hide, do you? (I bet you don't even have curtains...)

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Re: @Graham

1) You may not have started the rumour, but you're happy to spread it without any evidence or proof.

2) I do understand that the "solution" that our Leaders have tried (repeatedly) is the wrong one. Just saying that something is "the lesser of two evils" is a cop-out. Bringing in the atomic bombs used on Japan is not relevant.

3) You are the one that doesn't get it. The snooping is not illegal because TPTB have written (or re-written) the laws to make it legal. That doesn't make it right.

Oh and 4) I don't accept freeware from Google. I use NoScript, I use AdBlock, I opt out of the NHS data grabs etc etc etc.

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> Rumor has it he was FSB.

Really? Got any evidence to back that up?

I've heard a rumour that he was FSM (praise his noodly appendages!)

> trouble is that Snowden like Manning don't understand why secrets are kept. In truth they are done to protect you. Yes, you.

Yes, IMG, keep drinking the Kool Aid. Remember the Government and the Security Services should have the right and the ability to snoop on everything you and we do and say and read and think because only then can we be protected from Terrorists and Drug Dealers and Paedophiles (oh my!)

And even better, such snooping should be opaque and hidden behind closed doors and not subject to any scrutiny or oversight by our elected representatives because only then can our rights and liberties be protected!!

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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Re: Democratic process is heavily democratic

US administration standard operating procedure.

FTFY

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Re: Fuck you Tom Wheel'man

See TTIP for the worst example of this so far...

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SkyProwler VTOL transformo-drone set to darken skies

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Re: Not coming to airspace near you

And, of course, paedophiles will use them for spying on kids' playgrounds and drug dealers will use them to deliver their packets of smack and...

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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In the words of Mitch Benn...

... I'm Proud of the BBC

Unless, of course, you want endless versions of Britain's Got the X Factor Strictly Coming Dancing Through a Hole in the Wall on Ice..

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@Ken Hagan - Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

> How else could you televise cricket?

IIRC Sky stick a single advert between overs.

Which is fine if you're listening to the FREE commentary on BBC's Test Match Special...

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Facebook sad-nav: How to put depressed chums on internet suicide watch

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Erm...

... isn't this the sort of thing that got The Samaritans into trouble not so long ago?

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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

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One Bank Research Agenda Discussion

Or "O Brad" for short...

... J.A.N.E.T I love you so!

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Alien

Any...

... rectangular Black Monoliths in the vicinity?

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EU's zombie data-grab plan climbs out of coffin

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Oh what a surprise...

... a tragedy happens and TPTB use it as an excuse to get even more powers to monitor what we do and what we say and where we go and who we talk to and tell us that "it's for your own protection".

Je suis Charlie? Je suis Hypocrite more like it.

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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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Meh

Clickbait.

See title for details.

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Tweak comms laws or Facebook 'n' Twitter folk will be treated like CRIMINALS

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" it is almost inevitable that...

"...there will be further individuals who are arrested, charged and prosecuted unnecessarily under these laws..."

"Oh goody", said Theresa May, the Police and the Security Services, "more laws we can abuse to give ourselves even greater control over the masses!"

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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"So it is with the football teams. Look at their wage bills"

Yes, Tim, why don't you look at their wage bills.

And I don't mean just the wages paid to a bunch of over-priced prima-donnas poncing around on a pitch once a week, then snorting coke, knocking back booze and shagging girls who may not have consented, but the wages paid to everyone else.

Or do you think, as Richard Scudamore (the chief of the Premier League) seems to think that it isn't the clubs’ responsibility to ensure that their staff are paid living wage despite them getting £5.14 BILLION from Sky and BT and that it should be up to the Government to raise the Minimum Wage instead?

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/11/richard-scudamore-premier-league-responsibility-living-wage

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@Sarah Balfour - Re: However

> Betty gets more than £1m A WEEK,

And the US Presidency costs their country over $1 BILLION a year!

How much would a President Tony or a President Maggie cost the country?

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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Wasn't it on Mock the Week that someone commented that Basil Brush was the only 70's childrens TV star that it was still safe to talk about?

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Re: And once it's in a suitable carrier

But what if someone uses it to write a virus...?

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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"Subscribers can appeal at this point if they feel any of the Notices were sent in error"

Well isn't that nice!

And if you don't appeal, they can presume that you're guilty!

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Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week

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"we have to protect that internet from evil dictators and authoritarian governments"

I'm sorry, I think another Irony Detector has just melted down...

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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@AC - Re: (disclosure: card-carrying member of the SNP writing here)

"Surely all MPs represent the area which voted for them"

That's a good one! Tell us another...

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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"it is difficult to justify an expiry date in the year 9,999...

"...for even the most innocent of purposes..."

But it's dead easy if you're a lazy programmer!

(Many years ago a girlfriend worked for a company where people had developed the habit of putting 9999 as the expiry date for a document. As the calendar ticked towards September 1999 there was a massive rush to check whether anything important was going to get automatically wiped!)

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So use something like CS Lite which allows you to permit cookies to exist only for the duration of the session and cleans them afterwards.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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WTF?

Re: Flares would have to be HUGE to be visualle impressive for Neanderthals

Apparently flares are coming back into fashion...!

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What the...

... smeg?!

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Meh

Mega Tsunami?

Or a storm in a teacup?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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@Tom Wood - Re: "while no one would go to prison for false VAT claims"

And that makes it ok???

The point is that there's a fundamental attitude which seems to be that it's ok for them to do this and get away with it, whilst we would end up in court and possibly prison (or, at least, face huge fines) for doing something like this.

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"while no one would go to prison for false VAT claims"

See icon for details.

One rule for them...

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: Yawn

And so AC sleep-walks into a total surveillance state...

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: How bad will the HC be on that?

It should be ready for you to jack in by 2.0.2.0

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Speak your brains on surveillance, despots. No we don't mean Five Eyes

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Re: But I assume it DOES include

But the USA are on *our* side!

(Of course whethet they think that we are on theirs...)

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

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"the tradition of mixing booze and business"

Is it Beer o'Clock in China yet?

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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@Vladimir Plouzhnikov - Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

The quote was in Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster: "Leaning back, he regarded the mist silently as his father's ancient weapon sucked power"

Of course Splinter... is an Expanded Universe story and they're not necessarily considered to be part of the Canon...

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Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

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WTF?

"a user risks serious damage to the system"

Erm, excuse me, but isn't that THE USER'S CHOICE?!

Tell them that it's dangerous to over-clock it and, if they do, it voids their warranty, but don't be so bloody arrogant as to say "we're going to stop you from doing this because it's bad for your computer"!

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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Terminator

So...

... how are we going to get the remotely piloted helicopters that Arnie flew in The 6th Day?

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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@Stef 4 - Re: Judge Caligula

Unfortunately Mr Aardvark was the first one chucked into the execution chamber by the Kleggs.

Now if he'd kept his name as Eric Plunkett he'd have survived a bit longer...

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: What is a market anyway?

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Money isn't everything, despite what TW seems to want to think.

Looking at things from a blinkered Smithian point of view might make you conclude that people doing things for themselves are"poorer" thereby, but him using this as an excuse to jump on his hobby horse and ride it around trumpetting the virtues of the Free Market whilst sneering at Greens with petty and childish comments about knitting yoghurt and organic lentils just doesn't wash.

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Accused Goldman Sachs code pilferer sues FBI for 'wrongful arrest'

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Re: The US - a corrupt police state

Au contraire, you get the Justice you can afford...

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Wink if you want to see more of me, say Swiss boffins

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A contact lens...

... which requires you to wear glasses?

So why not just put the eyelid tracking etc in the glasses in the first place?

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