* Posts by Graham Marsden

5215 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Iranian coder faces execution 'for building smut websites'

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"beating televised confessions out of people"

No, the West prefers to do that in private in Guantanamo Bay or by shipping (sorry "Rendering") people off to countries who don't have problems with torturing suspects to extract confessions from them because we don't want to get our hands dirty...

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Re: "a politician is trying to hang someone

" (an innocent man at that) to boost his* campaign....."

Still, at least nothing like that would happen in a civilised country like America...

... erm...

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Facebook, MySpace, Twitter expose Google's 'evil'

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@johnny19

Except that, as that article points out, you have to go into the settings to make the change permanent instead of just having to select it once and that's it.

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Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

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@Martijn Bakker

"I never was a big fan of jury trials."

Really? So you prefer, instead, a kangaroo court or lynch mob where the defendant *may* get a chance to protest their innocence before they're "given a fair trial and then hanged"?

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@LordBrian

So you're in favour of scrapping the concept of Presumption of Innocence and instead going for a system of Guilt by Association??

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Dinosaurs were super mums, nest find proves

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How do you get down from a duck...?

... Why are you up on a duck in the first place?!

DARFC :-)

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What's that...

... in linguini?

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MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

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Thanks...

... to everyone who resisted the temptation to downvote me for the terrible grocers' apostrophe in that comment!

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Holmes

Shock horror...!!!

And I always thought the American definition of an Honest Politician was "one who stay's bought"...

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YouTube tops one hour of video uploads per second

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This just goes to show...

... the sheer futility of expecting content hosting services to screen uploads for copyright violation before they're put online.

Of course that won't stop the MPAA/ RIAA bought and paid for politicians from trying to push this nonsense...

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Redmond campaigns for gay marriage rights

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WTF is "gay marriage"?

[I forget where I saw this quote, but it runs something like...]

"I don't want "gay marriage" any more than I want gay people to wake up in their gay bed, have gay breakfast and drive their gay car to their gay work. I just want everyone to be able to wake up in bed, have breakfast and drive to work and, if they fall in love, to get married."

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Congress puts PIPA and SOPA on back burner

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Lamar Smith...

... should be more careful...!!

http://www.vice.com/read/lamar-smith-sopa-copyright-whoops

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Mars attacks! Morocco pelted with rocks from the Red Planet

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@kraz

ITYM it was unexpectedly swallowed by a small dog...

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Zombie Olympics ticket resale site resurrected TODAY

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@Winkypop

Yeah, but imagine the Zombie marathon! We'd still be waiting for them to finish by the 2016 games!

(Troll Icon because there's no Zombie one...)

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First ever private rocket to space station in launch delay

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Re: Cheese!

Cracking!

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Flog secondhand MP3s at your peril - law guru

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Alternatively...

... the media companies could just sell the product at a *reasonable* price in the first place such that a second hand market wouldn't be necessary as it would be just as cheap to buy an original.

(Yes, I know, it's a silly suggestion...)

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Angry Brides lob stilettos in dowry shakedown takedown

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@DragonKin37

"Why such a backwards system of treating women is allowed in this day and age is beyond me"

Usually such things persist due to lack of education where tradition ("well, that's we the way we've always done it!") trumps the law, especially where the "elders" make the decisions.

Such things can and do change, but it can take a couple of generations for it to happen.

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Pollution-gobbling molecules in global warming SMACKDOWN

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@TechnicianJack

Sure, we can then go back to squandering finite resources at our usual profligate rate instead of considering how we might use energy more efficiently which will have long-term benefits for everyone...

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UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling

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@InsaneGeek

"Please feel free to backup your statement with some actual documentation that it is *not* illegal"

Perhaps you've never heard of the expression "Presumed Innocent Unless Proven Guilty"...

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@AC

"extremely destructive and morally atrocious"? "large scale wrongs"? "Huge economic harm"?? "wreckers"?! "destroy industries"?!?!

Good grief, man, try stretching *your* brain around the concept of "sense of proportion"!

Yes, I "concede" that, "in the UK there would be a case were a civil suit filed against this person", so why do those who consider themselves wronged not avail themselves of UK law and *bring* that suit here instead of using a law designed to deal with *terrorist* suspects to try to extradite him to the US to bring *criminal* charges against him?

Your ludicrous hyperbole suggest you have no idea or what "justice" actually means, or you're just some sort of shill for the MPAA/ RIAA et al.

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Re: @JGH

Yes, but imagine what would happen if you show those DVDs to more than a few people or on an oil rig or in a prison or any of the other places where you're not allowed to play them!

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"Proper justice"???

Just because something might be a criminal offence in the US does not make it a criminal offence anywhere else in the world. What happened in this case, in this country, was, at best, a breach of civil law and is thus *not* a justification for extradition.

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X Prize: Build a Star Trek 'tricorder' and win $10m

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Simple solution...

... give the patient a kick, if they don't say "Ow", print up a message saying "He's dead, Jim!"

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Scammers punt bogus pink Facebook makeover

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I'm a pink facebook...

... you're a blue facebook...

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Billions of potentially populated planets in the galaxy

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@hi_robb

"You'll have had your tea, then?"

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

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@AndrueC

Does your Sat Nav not have the ability to set Waypoints so that you can *tell* it you want to go an alternative route??

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@SJRulez

"you still don't know where your f**king going!"

You clearly don't ride a motorcycle.

One of the best things about biking is getting off the beaten track and exploring some of the B and C roads, avoiding motorways and built-up areas, and finding there's actually still some beautiful countryside out there.

And if those roads happen to be nice and twisty too, so much the better!

Once finished having fun, just tell the Sat Nav "take me home" and you're sorted.

It's about the ride, not the destination.

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@Wize

It would help if people could put their brains into "On" mode and look at all those road signs saying "Low Bridge" or "Width Restriction" etc which the Highways Agency have kindly put there to warn them of potential problems ahead, instead of just blindly following the Sat Nav...

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Apple legal threat to Steve Jobs doll deemed 'bogus'

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@AC

Apart from the aforementioned Plan 9 there was also The Crow, for instance, where Brandon Lee's face was added by CGI onto the body of a stand in after Lee was accidentally shot.

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@Dave Bell

"There are actors who have died during the production of a film, and some ingenious work done to finish the film--voice imitations, careful use of long-shots, that sort of thing--and protecting a likeness does set out the basis for dealing with these things."

There was also Plan 9 From Outer Space...!

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Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits

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@Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Has anyone scientifically proved that posting to El Reg is completely safe...??

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Former coder, NASA 'naut to lead DARPA starship dream

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I've got a nice hot cup of tea here...

... anyone got a Bambleweeny 57 Sub-Meson Brain and an Atomic Vector Plotter...?

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And some said that...

... coming down from the trees was a big mistake!

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Boffins hack evolution, create SUPERSOLDIER ANTS

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Mushroom

I just want to say...

THEM!

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Amazon says soz for foisting mag sub onto Kindle-touchers

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WTF?

Optional...?

That word implies some sort of pre-medidated choice on the part of the *customer*, rather than a decision by the supplier to opt them in, hence why the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act in England makes such things illegal.

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Apple said to threaten legal action over Steve Jobs doll

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Well of course...

... after all, this doll is copying the look and feel of the real Steve Jobs...!

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Man convicted of murder gets retrial after virus eats transcripts

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@Andus McCoatover

Why do they rely on that archaic system? Because even if the electronic records get screwed up, there's still a hard copy back up, that's why!

Or did you not RTFA?

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Lunar mineral turns up in Oz

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They should have checked...

... that secret government hanger in the Nevada Desert...

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Study finds piracy withering against legal alternatives

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XKCD got it right...

http://xkcd.com/488/

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@Yet Another Anonymous coward

AIUI the thing about QI (especially the earlier series) is that at least some of the images they use on the big screens behind the panelists are not licenced for use outside the UK, consequently to distribute them in other countries would require paying expensive fees which would make the DVD not commercially viable, hence the edits.

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PayPal dispute ends in 'violin destruction'

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"I inherited a painting and a violin...

"... which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter."

- Tommy Cooper

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US military's non-lethal weapon plans revealed

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@Figgus

I'm glad to hear it, but as for the guy being "conservative", well when you've got a choice between voting for the Right Wing Candidate or the *really* Right Wing Candidate...!

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@laird cummings

Fuck Yeah!!

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@laird cummings

What I would prefer is for the US not to need such devices by realising that they're not Team America World Police and to stop trying to win "Hearts and Minds" by barging their way into a country and saying "We're going to liberate you so you can have a wonderful American style Democracy! (Whether you want it or not.)"

Mostly the only reason they need these devices to deal with crowds in the first place is because they're somewhere that they are *NOT WANTED* and the crowds just want them to get out of *their* country.

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"Non-Lethal Weapons"?

Or just "Not Very Lethal" with acceptable (to the US Military etc) levels of "Collateral Damage"?

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Exotic Russian rock CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

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Are they sure...

... it didn't come from an exploding planet?

Mine's the one with the big S on the front ;-)

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Cops get 3D laser scanners for motorway crash sites

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How much would it cost...

... to stop people driving like twunts on the motorway?

Perhaps if we dealt properly with middle lane Hogs, idiots yakking on their mobiles and not watching the road ahead, tailgaters, people who think that Lane 3 is the "fast lane", pillocks who think the safe stopping distance at 70mph is about 20 feet, morons who don't understand that when it's rainy your stopping distance increases, suicidal drivers who don't think that they should slow down in heavy rain or fog, prats who scythe across from lane 3 to lane 1 to take an exit which was clearly signposted a mile back, but they waited until the last minute to position for....

Accidents on motorways don't *just happen*, there's a reason for them and 99% of those are due to people driving stupidly.

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Rhino horn price spike drives record poaching

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I'm pleased to announce that...

... new research has shown that a daily dose of PTMP (or Powdered Traditional Medicine Practitioner) has been shown to cure impotence, HIV, cancer and being terminally stupid!

So don't delay, powerder a Traditional Medicine Practitioner today!

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Area 51 to host sci-fi knocking shop

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Total Recall...

... pinched the idea from the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy which had Eccentrica Gallumbits, the Triple Breasted Whore of Eroticon Six!

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