Feeds

* Posts by Graham Marsden

5135 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Reboot key Brit 'ready to save internet'

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

"Fellowship of the Ring for the internet age"

Nonsense, this is just an updating of the Seven Swords of Wayland!

http://www.robinofsherwood.org/swords.html

0
0

UK.gov's phone and net snooping hits record high

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Stop

"I cannot give a precise reason for this..."

"but there is evidence that more and more police forces have to engage in fishing expeditions on anyone they like in the hope that they might be able to link them to an actual crime."

There, fixed it for you.

Of course he could have just said "I cannot give a precise reason for this, but THINK OF THE CHILDREN, OMG!!!!1111oneoneeleventyone!!"

2
0

Chilean tarantulas menace Bolton

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Yes...

... but only just!

0
0

Police chief: Yes, my plods sometimes forget photo laws

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

'a small minority of officers see the law as being "what they say it is"'

'these officers are quite prepared to take their chances, on the basis that the number of times they will be caught out by being recorded is likely to be few and far between'

And even if they are caught out, very probably nothing will done about it or they will only be given a smack on the wrist and told not to do it again by their bosses.

This is why I fully support the idea of Police being made to have cameras attached to their person whenever they are dealing with the public because they will know that *WE* are watching *THEM*!

1
0

Cutbacks strip speed cameras from Blighty's roads

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

"we would really be risking people's lives"

Or, more importantly, it would be risking the Safety Camera Partnership's Boss' livelihoods...

Unfortunately I can't find a reference for it at the moment, but I'm pretty sure I've seen a report saying that those Radar Controlled signs that flash 30mph if you approach them too fast are, apparently, more effective than Cameras for actually getting people to slow down because they're not an attempt to raise revenue, so they get more respect from road users.

0
0

NHS spunks £7.5k on porn room

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

The matron...

... was contracted out to the Private Sector and now is doing the same job for £150 a hour for "tired city gents"...

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Joke

"a friend of mine..."

Ah, right, yes, a *friend*, of course... ;-)

0
0

Firefox update fixes plug-in snafu

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

In the past few days...

... I've noticed a sudden increase in messages that "A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding ..." so it seems that it's still rather over-sensitive to pages that take a little while to load.

0
0

NASA unveils global Martian map

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

The chances of that...

... are a million to one...!

1
0

TalkTalk turns StalkStalk to build malware blocker

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
WTF?

"We are not interested in who has visited which site"...

... but you can bet that The Authorities would love to get their hands on this information (of course, as with Talk Talk's plans, it's for our own good!)

2
0

Voting reform finally on the agenda

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
FAIL

Labour is complaining...

... about things being rushed through Parliament and "lack of transparency"?

Oh the IRONY!!!

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@Dave 142

"They're going to be based on the number of people who registered for the previous election, not the actual number of people in a constituency."

Erm, in case you're not aware, it is a criminal offence not to complete and return the annual voter registration form.

0
0

Zuckerberg: I'm 'quite sure' I own Facebook

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

I wonder if Zuckerberg has a Panic Button...

... he can press to summon the lawyers...?

0
0

MPs call for crackdown on pre-paid credit cards

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Megaphone

Have these people not HEARD of Operation Ore?

You know, the one where a lot of innocent people were charged by Jim Gamble and co with downloading CP because they had been the victims of *CREDIT CARD THEFT*??

Yes, that's right their card details had been *stolen*, just like many other people's card details are stolen every year.

So what's to stop someone *stealing* someone's pre-paid credit card and using that to download CP?

Oh, that's right, *nothing*.

Facepalm.

3
0

Hitachi hides Magic Wand vibrator under a bushel

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Purple wand?

Are you sure you don't mean a Violet Wand? (Or were you merely using a euphemism for the male appendage?)

1
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge

To hit the g-spot...

.. you can buy an attachment which fits over the vibrating head which has a soft plastic "extension" allow for for penetration and g-spot stimulation.

And really they're not that noisy, they're only loud in comparison to some other vibrators.

0
0

Airline ejects passenger for being hungry

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

Ah but...

... don't forget you'd be arrested for using un-approved electronic equipment...

0
0

Cops taser Somerset chap's nether regions

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Troll

Well...

... thank you for that intelligent comment detailing the fact that your Human Rights and Civil Liberties in this country now mean diddly-squat and the Police have the right to shoot, beat you or Taser you at their discretion.

Bravo! Now excuse me whilst I trit-trot along here...

0
0

The Register comment guidelines 2010

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

It's good to see El Reg post these guidelines, but may I make a few suggestions:

1) The author of an article should have no ability to moderate (or edit) comments. If allowed, this simply leads to a blatant conflict of interest. Also the decision to allow/ not allow comments on an article should be down to El Reg's Editorial or Moderation team, not the individual author.

2) If an article is based on the author's opinion of a published work etc, it should be clearly marked as such. Occasionally some articles have appeared in El Reg which are extraordinarily one-sided yet not marked as "Comment" or "Opinion".

3) It would be useful if, in the "My Posts" section, there was an indication of whether someone else had replied to your comment (eg a line saying "2 replies") to save having to check each one to see if someone has responded.

4) Since you can tick a box to post anonymously, why not have a box to tick that comes up with [NO TITLE], or if you reply to someone else's post without including a title of your own, have the forum system stick in Re: [previous title]

1
0

Vatican Google-bombed over weekend

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Big Brother

"appeared to be unavailable from the UK today."

Which is a good thing because if Jim Gamble has anything to say about it, you should be arrested for simply *looking* at that site because it *might* hold CP and that is proof enough of guilt for him...

1
0

UK.gov may cut BBC licence fee in 2012

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Well now they've sacked Ross...

... they're saving a bunch of money, so if they ditch a few more "big names" they could actually start making some quality programmes again instead of rubbish like 101 Ways to Strictly Come through a Hole in the Wall...

3
0

BT hikes call charges

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
FAIL

So more customers for...

call1899.co.uk or call18866.co.uk or ratebuster.co.uk or...

0
0

MS confirms Windows shortcut zero-day flaw

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
WTF?

"targets industrial and power plant control systems"?

"executes automatically if an infected USB stick is accessed in Windows Explorer."??

Why the HELL would anyone be putting USB sticks into machines that run these sort of system in the first place???

1
0

Council wins motorbike charges case

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
FAIL

PS To those saying "It's only one pound a day"

I suggest you read this article:

http://ukfrancebikers.com/2010/07/04/its-only-1-a-day/

In 1980 parking charges were £1 a day.

In 1990 that became £1 per hour

In 1995 that became £2 per hour

In 2000 that became £4 per hour

Now in 2010 it's £5 an hour!

What more, exactly are you getting for that £5 an hour?

What is WC Council getting? Well, they're getting a way to pay down their £22 *million* overspend see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8470804.stm

1
1
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Stop

But it's "In the Public Interest" says Westminster Council...

... yet all they are doing is introducing a £1 charge for parking bays that were, previously, free. There is absolutely *NO* benefit to bikers, no extra security features, no extra parking spaces, nothing that justifies this charge other than it makes money.

Yet somehow this is "in the public interest".

Presumably that "public interest" is that the WC Council doesn't have to make savings elsewhere because they can tax bikers...

1
1

Job sites slam domain name land grab

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

How about...

... mc.jobs

stuffyour.jobs

amonkeycoulddothese.jobs

1
0

Government begins RIPA review

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

The point you're missing...

... is that, as with many other New Labour laws, the RIPA is vague and ill-defined and pretty much as soon as it was brought in, started experiencing major function creep as, for instance Local Councils etc suddenly realised that "hey, we can spy on people to check they live in the right place to send their kid to this school, the law says we can!".

The aim of the review is to ensure that Investigatory Powers are *properly* regulated and targetted to where they are needed, rather than to where they are wanted.

9
0

Blighty's stealth robojet rolls out a year late

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Welcome

All it needs...

... is a red light strobing across the front...

May I be the first to welcome our Cylon Overlords!

4
0

Cockeyed 'Knob Face' confusion masks real malware threat

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

This is not a virus...

... tell all your friends!!!!!

1
0

I own Facebook, claims New York fuel salesman

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Badgers

I own Facebook...

... and the Brooklyn Bridge, because someone sold it to me and wrote the bill of sale on the back of a post card of it!!

0
0

Abu Hamza ruling clarifies McKinnon case

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: Polanski

Polanski's "much more serious crime" was not at issue, what was the issue was that a deal was struck that would have involved him not being jailed after the girl's parents agreed that he should not be imprisoned.

What he then did was to leave the USA after it was suggested that the Judge was going to jail him anyway, which is an entirely different matter.

The girl involved has subsequently said that she has forgiven him and doesn't want him to be jailed either.

It seems that, unlike the UK, at least the Swiss aren't willing to turn someone over to the USA without better grounds for extradition that "we want him, hand him over".

4
1

Hillier appeals to transgender community to save ID cards

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Apparent sex?

I agree with you that the idea of specifying gender (which is not a binary condition) on identity documents is dodgy given that it's by no means a binary condition in all cases.

But there is one point I have to question where you say "a person's apparent sex is something that even the dopiest witness can occasionally remember."

I could introduce you to people whose apparent sex is by no means obvious, either through genetics or personal choice of dress and personal appearance.

0
0

Ireland to block EU-Israel data hoover

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

So when are the Israelis...

... Going to pass all their data over to the EU?

(I hope that it will include details of all their people's passports...!)

0
0

Gulf spill to annihilate all earthlings, says seer

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Alert

Will it ever run out of whackos?

Not whilst they can't even do some basic searches to discover that British Petroleum merged with America's Amoco (formerly Standard Oil) back in 1998.

Or that the biggest shareholder (and thus, technial owner) of BP is the American JP Morgan Chase with 28.34% of the shares.

Or that the that exploded was owned and operated by an American firm, Transocean and that only about 8 people on there were BP employees and BP only had a 65% share in the well.

Or that the failed 'blow out preventer' was made by another American firm - Cameron.

Nope, it's all the fault of the Brits...!

20
1

P2P judge trims student's fine by 90 per cent

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
WTF?

@Robert Hill

Are you *seriously* trying to justify your arguments by saying that "Well 12 American Jurists agreed with this, so it's ok"??? They probably thought they were being reasonable because the record companies original intent was to sue him for $4,500,000!

But still, in all your ranting and name calling and silly analogies and shouting "FAIL!" as if it was a valid argument in itself, you don't answer my question: HOW MUCH of that money is going to go to the ARTISTS?

Oh, and just to clarify, I have no problems with artists signing deals with corporations, provided those deals give reasonable recompense to the artists for their work, instead of much of it being creamed off by those who do nothing in the creative process, ok?

0
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

@Robert Hill: Failure of Understanding

You claim that I am supporting or condoning theft and that I am not "sticking up for the little guy" which only goes to show how little you comprehend.

Let's take the analogy posted by Anonymous Coward @ Sunday 11th July 2010 19:18 GMT where he says "obtaining an item whilst depriving the provider of that item of their desired/expected recompense".

Now, being a small businessman, I am ALL FOR allowing the provider of that item with recompense, but imagine what would be the state of affairs if I made an item for a cost to me of eg £5 and then had to sell it to a Tescos/ other big store/ distributor/ whatever for £6 only to see them retail it for £20. I make £1, they make £14, so do you consider that to be reasonable?

The point is that that is how the record industry used to work. An artist gets a pittance of the final sale value of their work and *THAT* is the obsolete revenue model that the Recording Industries want to protect and preserve and they will use every case of file sharing to justify this position by claiming ridiculous "losses" they incur and even when someone gets the amount of damages they have to pay "reduced" from $675,000 to $67,000, the Recording Industry is still onto a winner since there's no way most people could pay that and even if they could, exactly *how much* of that amount would go back to the original artist...?

3
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Ignored the...

... profound economic and artistic harm to the recording industry' executives pay packets and bonuses that occurs when people realise that they no longer have to put up with an obsolete revenue model...

There, fixed it for you.

11
1

Apple bars radiation nanny from App Store

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
WTF?

FUD?

There's an app for that!

2
0

New dinosaur dubbed 'Mojoceratops' - 'over a few beers'

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Pint

Pity they weren't drinking Rum highballs...

... then it could have been a Mojitoceratops!

0
0

Wikileaks US Army mole Manning charged

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

"the information could cause injury to the United States"

Or, at least, show them up for the bunch of trigger-happy, gung-ho, "shoot first and ask questions later", idiots that they are...

0
0

Academics challenge moral consensus on sex and the net

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

EDUCATE, DON'T LEGISLATE!

If someone *really* wants to "think of the children" they should provide them with the information they need, rather than trying to keep them in the dark in the hope that "well, if they don't hear about it, they won't do it".

The latter statement has been the justification of every bit of censorship from the Extreme Porn legislation and the Dangerous Drawings law back to when Socrates was sentenced to death for "Corrupting the youth of Athens".

Information will always get out one way or another, trying to deny children information just means they will get it from other (unreliable) sources and nobody benefits except the "Moral Crusaders" who feel smug that everyone is benefitting from their repressive attitudes.

8
1
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

See the group...

... Feminists Against Censorship for more details

http://www.fiawol.demon.co.uk/FAC/

3
0

Confusion over 'secret code' in US military Cyberforce crest

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

merely an MD5 hash...

... or is that what they *want* you to think...?

1
0

NSA setting up secret 'Perfect Citizen' spy system

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Happy

@Lee Dowling

Welcome to the wonderful world of amanfrommars1. Nobody knows who (or what) he is or whether he's just a failed attempt at AI.

Most regular El Reg readers know that whilst, occasionally, he comes out with something that is actually comprehensible, generally it's best to just skip over his posts and save yourself the time...

0
0

Online trading not anti-competitive for small biz

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Worldpay...

... is all very well provided you're not dealing in "adult" products, in which case, as happened to someone I know, they suddenly found themselves being informed that Worldpay would forthwith no longer provide services to their (entirely legal) business.

For an SME, having to change payment providers at no notice is a serious problem.

0
0

Professor warns Aus firewall is undemocratic

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

I agree too...

When the Extreme Porn legislation was first suggested in this country one point that those of us who objected to was the fact that, as with your cousin, it would make important safety information more difficult (if not potentially illegal) to access and thus lead to more such avoidable tragedies.

PS One side note: the CB2000 has been discontinued and replaced with the CB6000-s ;-)

1
0

Scotland allows collection of children's DNA

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Ok, so...

... fix the problem with the Children's Hearings (I agree that legal representation should be available), but that's not an argument against what is a sensible and proportionate use of DNA.

0
0

New 3D displays use falling water drops as 'voxels'

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Yep...

... and Angela in Bones had a similar setup too.

0
0

Blizzard exposes real names on WoW forums

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Pirate

And...

... so is your wife!

3
0

Fusion reactor eats Euro science budgets

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

Many of the world's problems...

... could be solved or mitigated by the availability of truly cheap power, so whilst it's a shame that other research projects may have to be put on hold, I think that putting the money into fusion is worthwhile.

3
0