Feeds

* Posts by Graham Marsden

5144 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Judge orders search giants: Delist Chanel rip-off merchants

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

"this request from this judge"

It's not a request, it's an order: "the US district court for Nevada ordered the offending sites be: "De-indexed and/or removed from any search results pages …"

If you really are someone who works with Search Engines, I suggest you list the ones that you work for so people can ensure that you are actually obeying the law, rather than saying "OMG this Judge says we have to de-list them, so we must do that immediately, regardless of due process or any other such legal niceties."

0
0

Hollywood siren invented key phone tech TRUE

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@bolccg

As the article says, the torpedoes would be dropped by aircraft and since they only need to hit a ship below the waterline, they don't need to run very deep.

3
0

Man uses CAT scanner to copy Stradivarius

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Happy

I've got a Stradivarius and a Rembrandt...

... trouble is Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter.

- Tommy Cooper - RIP

5
0

The TARDIS through the ages

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

In the 2007 Children In Need...

... Doctor Who special (The one with Peter Davidson and David Tenant), Davidson's incarnation comments "You've changed the Desktop Theme [...] What is is one? Coral?" :-)

1
0

ESA tests greenhouse gas-measuring lasers

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Alien

"a laser tracking system for greenhouse gases"

Well, that's what they *say* it's for...!

0
0

Siri gets Android rival as Cluzee goes live

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Stop

Cui bono?

"We just need the right information at the right time, which Cluzee intelligently provides"

So their application "intelligently" decides what the "right" information is.

But is that what you *need* to know or what their sponsors and advertising partners decide would be most beneficial to them for you to know...?

1
0

Samsung gets a win in Oz patent battle

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
FAIL

I hope...

... they bankrupt each other with these constant stupid and petty patent squabbles.

Maybe then we'll see some sanity return to the world as the next generation realise that their predecessors completely broke the system with their greed and work out something sensible.

3
7

Revealed: Full specs on Mars rover's nuclear laser heat ray

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

"the Martian explorer's beam...

"...can be sustained only for tiny instants of time"

Ah, so it's a 1MW Pulse Laser.

They need to hyperspace to a system with a higher Tech Level and sell off a cargo at a decent profit to at least upgrade to a Beam Laser.

Mine's the one with the "Right on, Commander!" badge...

3
0

Best Buy fires parting shot at Dixons with closing down sale

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@So...

... Just make sure that a) the purchase value is over £100 and b) you use a credit card (not a debit card) to buy the goods.

That way, under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act the card company is jointly and severally liable for the transaction, so if anything goes wrong and Best Buy don't want to play, you can tell your card company to sort it or give you your money back :-)

1
0

Manning to get day in court

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Matt Bryant

Taxi! Follow those goalposts...

You said "For all you know, he could have got an uninterrupted eight hours every night", but when I cite proof that he did not, you dodge the issue and try to ignore it claiming that I have "debunked" myself. As for it not being sleep deprivation, let me wake you "several times during the night" and we'll see how non-sleep-deprived you feel the next morning (and the next when I do it again...)

You said "I think you'll find the logs were made available to the prosecution", but I can't find any proof of that other than your claim. You could have backed this up with a cite, but instead you again dodge the issue saying "Anything made available to the prosecution is made available to the defence" (I could point to numerous cases of miscarriages of justice where this has not happened, but I expect you to ignore that too)

As for Manning not being taken off suicide watch, your argument appears to be that you consider "cover your ass" to be more important than respecting someone's rights.

Oh and finally I have severe astigmatism. My eyes are -10 dioptres on the right and -11 on the left which technically means I am classed as "partially sighted". Yet I am sitting here, typing this with my glasses on and able to see perfectly clearly, however were I to take my glasses off I would be unable to see anything clearly more than about three inches away.

So again when you claim "there is NO WAY they coulf have lifted his vision to the point where it was acceptable " you demonstrate that you have no idea what you're talking about.

And finally you seem to think that an accusation of treason is sufficient to justify pre-emptively punishing someone before any conviction has been made by a court of law.

As with the other thread, feel free to have the last word.

1
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Matt Bryant

I can see now that it is utterly pointless trying to have a reasonable debate with you. Anything that doesn't fit in with your preconceived ideas is either dismissed or ridiculed with childish comments about "bleaters" or nonsensical assumptions about other posters' motivations.

You ignore anything that you don't agree with and when someone demonstrates you are mistaken you try to shift the goal posts and then claim that you have "proved" that the other person is wrong.

Your argument above about the RoE is a perfect example, how exactly was shooting up people (including children) trying to help wounded "protecting" the soldiers on the ground? How exactly were they "threatening" to their comrades' safety? They weren't of course, but that's not your problem, is it?

And as for I "don't just hold the lives of armed militia as more value than those of the US soldiers on the ground" the Rules of Warfare don't make anyone standing nearby someone who may be carrying a weapon a fair target, unless, of course, you're in the US and can use the words "Collateral Damage" to mean "murdering innocent people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Please feel free to get the last word in this thread, I've wasted enough time on someone who isn't willing to listen to any other opinion than his own.

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

Re: RE: @Matt Bryant

No, I can't say *exactly* how many times he was woken, however quoting from the New Statesman:

"At night, Manning is stripped to his underwear and has to sleep under blankets that he says give him carpet burn. He is usually woken several times throughout the night by guards."

Now are you saying that the New Statesman Magazine is just another "bleater"?

You claim that "I think you'll find the logs were made available to the prosecution", yet despite searching, I can't find any factual basis for this and, in any case, why would the *prosecution* want to see the logs? It's is the *defence* who need them!

What I have found, however, is that "A Freedom of Information Act request for documents on accused whistleblower to WikiLeaks Pfc. Bradley Manning’s treatment at Quantico Marine brig, filed by POLITICO, reveals on multiple occasions Manning was recommended for removal from “prevention of injury” (POI) status by psychiatrists and psychologists but was not removed."

http://my.firedoglake.com/kgosztola/2011/07/14/quantico-brig-staff-mostly-ignored-recommendations-medical-staff-made-on-bradley-manning/

So medical officers and doctors said that Manning wasn't a suicide risk, yet those who were holding him decided to keep him on that status anyway.

Oh and as regards "If his vision was that bad without glasses he would never have been accepted for service!" a little bit of searching has found that bad eyesight does not preclude someone from joining the US Army as long as their *corrected* vision with glasses passes the required standard. But let me guess, you don't need glasses, because if you did you'd understand what it's like to have everything more than a short distance in front of you rendered as a vague blur.

And finally as for "HIS ACTIONS PUT HIM WHERE HE IS NOW", might I remind you of the principle of presumption of innocence?

1
1
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

Oh deary, deary me, Matt Bryant.

Please do a little more thinking before going off on another of your little tirades.

There is a *big* difference between the "we were only obeying orders when we tortured detainess" defence and the "we were following the Rules of Engagement, honest!" defence.

Trying to equate the two to justify the US Military's exoneration of the Apache helicopter crew for murdering innocent people (including those trying to assist the killed and wounded who were clearly *not* a threat) is simply ridiculous.

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: RE: Only following orders?

So the US Military investigates the actions of the US Military and one part of the US Military decides that the other part of the US Military hasn't committed a war crime!

I hope that Manning's lawyers are sharper than you in spotting a blatant conflict of interest.

1
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Matt Bryant

My mistake, it wasn't every fifteen minutes, it was every *five* minutes that the guards were supposed to check on him and they were authorised to wake him to check he was ok any time at which they couldn't see his face.

You can find this information here: http://www.bradleymanning.org/news/manning-removed-from-two-day-suicide-watch-attorney-files-complaint-calls-action-punitive

1
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

@Matt Bryant

Are you suicidal? No? Ok.

(Waits 15 minutes...)

Are you suicidal now? No? Ok.

(Waits another 15 minutes...)

Are you suicidal yet?

(Waits another 15 minutes...)

Now imagine keeping that up for a day, two days, three days...

If you weren't suicidal at the start, you'd sure as hell be thinking about it after a few days.

0
2
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

And about time too!

The military have played all their little mind games, trying to break him down with ridiculous "suicide watch" behaviour etc, now it's time to find out how weak their case really is.

(PS to the El Reg Mods: The first post in this thread has presumably been marked for deletion so I can't downvote it or reply to it, but it still appears at the moment...)

12
3

Phobos-Grunt 'crippled by US aurora station', 'is a bio-weapon'

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Alien

And slowly...

... and surely, they drew their plans against us!

2
0

Biology miss punts homemade smut to pupils

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Happy

ITYM

Playmobil or...

3
0

Psst, kid... Wanna learn how to hack?

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

This reminds me of...

... the Acorn Microcomputer (AKA System 1) which I played about with in school learning a bit of 6502 machine code!

See http://speleotrove.com/acorn/ for details.

0
0

Stonehenge finds hint at rituals far more ancient than the stones

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

But have they found the Underhenge yet...

... and what about the Pandorica?

(PS: Yes, I know...!)

2
0

Anonymous: 'We hacked cybercop's email'

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Childcatcher

Ah...

... so you mean: "WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!"

4
0

We talk to Moon designer about ULTIMATE sci-fi ship

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

@Wombling_Free

The Liberator was the DSV 2 built by "The System"

(Yes, that's my anorak!)

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
WTF?

Erm, what?

"Star Trek: Voyager took ships into CG and they tended to take on a certain sleeker look over this period such as Babylon 5"

B5 predated Voyager and was using CGI ships with the rendering being done on Amigas!

3
0

Terry Pratchett computer sniper-scope: Spec-ops mini version

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Magnus_Pym

Or perhaps a Knife Missile?!

0
0

Spillover from 400lb man squeezed fellow flier into galley

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@MrCheese

You're probably looking for something broadcast by South Today as Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North raised this matter in Parliament regarding the seats in the 450 class as operated by South West trains which are ridiculously small (16.9 inches wide, ie smaller than my keyboard!)

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Flight Safety?

IIRC to get the requisite certificate to carry a set number of passengers, the manufacturers have to demonstrate that the aeroplane can be evacuated in 90 seconds.

Perhaps there should be a requirement that the passenger manifest should contain at least two lard-arses to block seat rows and aisles which should ensure that there's adequate space for everyone!

0
0

What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Engine on a stick

Yes, the Liberator was based on a cordless microphone, however originally it was intended to fly the opposite way ie with what became the "green bulb" engine at the front.

Fortunately Terry Nation decided it should go the other direction and thus created one of the most iconic ships ever.

2
0

Watch crim crackdowns on live Plod blog

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
WTF?

So, no longer Trial by Tabloid...

... now it will be Trial By Twitter.

PC 456 tweets: Spoke to man after complaints of someone hanging around near childrens' playground.

Daily Mail reader nearby re-tweets this and says "I saw the Policeman talking to Fred Bloggs from down the road, he must be a kiddy fiddler"!

The fact that Mr Bloggs was waiting for his ex-wife to deliver their kid because they have joint custody and the PC accepted this explanation doesn't get out there and Mr Bloggs now has his reputation besmirched.

0
0

NHS minister's bombshell: I get emails from dead people

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

@alexh20

"How *dare* these plebs think that they should have a say in the decision making process? They should enjoy the Bread and Circuses of the Dole and X-Factor and not worry their little heads about things that are above them...!"

Yes, writing to your MP might (depending on who they are) get a response, but why should it be necessary when all you want to say is "I agree with this"? Just because the web makes creating a petition and getting people to sign it easier doesn't make it any less valid than one signed by people in the street.

Of course the fact is that many Ministers like Simon Burns are so arrogant that they don't think they have to listen to the general public in the first place, so whatever sort of petition you raise, it will still be ignored.

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

@Billa Bong

I notice that your post above has three Upvotes, so that's three people who are basically agreeing with "Wot 'e said".

So please allow me to be the voice of dissent (or "Not wot 'e said") as I Downvote you.

0
0

Groupon BUSTED for bulging breasts bargain boob

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Version 1.0

There is a difference between elective surgery and that which is medially necessary. The former can be thought about, considered and then the patient can make a decision as to whether to go ahead with it or not, in the latter case a decision may have to be made quickly (either by the patient or an appropriate medical professional) to save someone's life.

Groupon shouldn't even be anywhere near either of these.

1
0

Genetically modified mutants 'safe for release' into the wild

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
FAIL

@jake

Please can you try to comprehend the difference between the selective breeding of plants and animals to reinforce (or remove) traits that are already present in that species and using recombinant DNA techniques to splice in gene sequences from entirely unrelated species.

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

Selective breeding...

... != Genetic Modification.

2
1

Erotica 2011 stands firm against rise of the sex machines

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

Re: "Being a dominatrix is, er, an acquired skill?"

Most definitely. Regrettably, due to the influence of bad films, bad TV and bad fiction, many "working ladies" seem to have the idea that all you need to do is put on a corset and a pair of thigh boots and stamp around shouting and hitting someone with a whip.

The actual professional ladies (many of whom are customers of mine!) deride these people for their lack of competence and also for them bringing the whole idea of Safe, Sane and Consensual Domination into disrepute.

4
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

What it's like now...

I stopped taking a stall at Erotica back in 2003 and I've never regretted it.

The organisers are simply interested in how much money they can get from stall holders and punters and they long ago priced almost all the niche suppliers out of exhibiting. Now what you have is a cross between a glorified Ann Summers shop and totally irrelevant stalls eg tooth-whitening products made an appearance again!

Oh and next year's show is going to be held in the smaller National Hall instead of Olympia 2 because there are simply no longer enough people willing to pay the exhorbitant prices that Erotica are asking and the owners of Olympia won't let them make the aisles any larger. (If you went up to the gallery level and looked down you could see huge areas of empty carpet which, in long-ago years would have been filled with stalls).

0
0

World population's appetite TO DOUBLE by 2050, boffin warns

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
FAIL

@AC

Oh dear, I suggest you re-read my post (especially that last part in brackets) with your Irony Detector switched on!

1
1
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

The solution...

... is not to increase food production, it is to *decrease* population growth!

Real world evidence has shown that improved education (especially of women) and making birth control easily available has had the clear and visible effect of stabilising populations, *that* is where the money should be focused.

(That and telling the Catholic Church to realise that when God said "Go forth and multiply and fill the Earth", he didn't say that a message would subsequently appear in the sky saying "The Earth is now full, please delete any unnecessary people..."!)

9
2

Poll: One in six interrupt bonking to answer mobile

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

"Benny Hill tune"

ITYM Yakety Sax, popularised by Boots Randolph.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnHmskwqCCQ

0
0

Council not fined after 7,200 sensitive files dumped in skip

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

The book which should have been stored in a locked cabinet...

... in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard"?

1
0

Russian Mars probe heads into space WITHOUT ENGINES

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Alien

This is the voice...

... of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us Earthmen.

Cease sending your spy probes to our planet or face our revenge!

Da-da dah da-da-da dum!

3
0

UK retailers launch pre-Xmas sales Yank style

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

"ape American traditions"

Try doing a bit more research.

Trick or Treating comes from the old tradition of "Guising" (as in disguise) which dates back to at least the end of the 19th century in Scotland and Ireland and versions are known from much earlier eg in the Middle Ages such as in the form of Christmas Wassailing.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick-or-treating for more details.

0
0

Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Terminator

But...

... will it display 6502 assembler like the T-800 did?

2
0

Robot ostrich spy outpaces world’s fastest sprinters

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

So is someone going to develop...

... a robot coyote to chase it?

Hmm, nah, it would be doomed to failure from the start, especially if it was built by Acme Corporation!

0
0

Japanese boffins demo sound-powered vibe lights

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

"a solution in search of a problem."

That's what they said about the laser...!

1
0

Women love phone cams, for snapping pics of cute babies

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Trollface

Calm down dear...

... it's only a survey...!

0
3

Ten... noise-cancelling headphones

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

If you just want peace and quiet...

... a set of Howard Leight foam earplugs give 30db noise reduction and cost a couple of quid from motorbike shops :-)

0
0

Clegg orders fresh review of UK extradition treaty

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

@kain preacher

Since McKinnon didn't cause the deaths of hundreds in the US, the question is irrelevant.

The Americans are being completely ridiculous, exaggerating the cost of fixing their own security holes so they can parlay that into charges under a law that are only justified if they make stupid claims on how much "damage" was caused and the demanding to extradite McKinnon to cover their own backsides based on a one-sided treaty that should be thrown out by our Government.

Anything else is just smoke and mirrors.

1
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@kain preacher

1) How many people died as a result of McKinnon's actions? How many died in Lockerbie as a result of the bomb? Do the words "sense of proportion" mean anything to you?

2) American law allows them to go into another country, commit a criminal act (kidnapping) and take someone back to America to be tried. The perpetrators of the kidnapping are not tried for any offence and the courts don't care *how* the suspect was brought there.

3) The current extradition treaty just requires *suspicion* from the US, but *proof* from the UK. Not exactly equitable, is it?

4) How would you like to be offered a "deal" where you're told "come and be tried in our country and plead guilty and we'll let you serve your sentence in your own country, refuse and if we get our hands on you we'll throw away the key"? Whatever happened to the concept of a fair trial or the presumption of innocence?

Now I'm going to downvote you.

7
1

Microsoft seeks patent on employee spy system

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Big Brother

And...

... the beatings will continue until morale improves...!

1
0