* Posts by Graham Marsden

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YouTube blurs faces to protect the innocent

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Re: Child Protection

"One of the main reasons photos of children are not published, particularly with accompanying names, is to protect children who have been removed from abusive families and relocated to safer places."

No, that's just the *excuse* that's given to justify a stupid and over-bearing "cover your arse" policy brought in by people frightened of being sued by No Win, No Fee lawyers.

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Humanity increasingly sitting on collective arse

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Re: Yup

See here for some perfect examples of useless cycle lanes...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2009/nov/05/readers-worst-cycle-lanes

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Compare the Market loses .XXX smut-squat appeal

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Holmes

And so...

... it seems that, as expected, the only winners from the .xxx domain sell off are Icann and the lawyers.

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We'll punish crims faster... with lots of shiny new tech - minister

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How about...

... instead of splurging a boat-load of tax-payers' money on something which is liable to turn into another IT vanity project catastrophe, we deal with those who have committed actual crimes faster by stopping creating new laws and wasting time and money on prosecuting people for trivial "offences"?

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Sky's TV-on-demand registers with regulator just hours before opening

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42 16 12 3

That's Numberwang!

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Nasa guides Mars Rover with Kinect

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Joke

"Do you want to drive a car on Mars...?"

Copyright Howard Wolowitz ;-)

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Boffins build eye-controlled interface out of game-console cams

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Re: Definitely misleading

@Ian Michael Gumby

So what you mean is that my mouse which cost £3.99 is actually a lot more expensive because it has to be tied into my computer which cost me £300 to build...

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Fake sandwich shop's big fake Likes leave Facebook looking flaky

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Just as clever headlines [...] and other journalistic tricks

Phew! It's a good job El Reg doesn't use that sort of thing...

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Native Americans arrived to find natives already there, fossil poo shows

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@edge_e

That joke is older than 6000 years...

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@Tel Starr

Eee, that's reet grand!

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Christians get God-optimized 'Edifi' Android fondleslab

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Surely there's prior art...

... with the Jesus Phone...

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WikiWin: Icelandic court orders Visa to process WikiLeaks $$$

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More proof...

...that some countries aren't willing to have the USA dictate laws to them.

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UK.gov's cost-cutting 'shared services' went £500m OVER BUDGET

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Re: Ministry of Administrative Affairs, anyone

Jim Hacker: "We’ll have to do a time and motion study to see who we can get rid of."

Sir Humphrey: "We did one of those last year – it transpired we needed another five hundred people."

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Expert: BA doesn't need permission to google your face

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Re: Can see it now

... and that's a charming tattoo you have, Mrs Smith.

Oh, you don't have any tattoos... erm...

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Top spook: ISP black boxes NOT key to UK's web-snoop plan

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Big Brother

"If you have the right kind of data...

"...issues of anonymisation cease to be a problem."

In other words, "Let us snoop *everything*"

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Gaping 'open data' loophole could leave your privates on display

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Yes, certainly, I'll co-operate...

... and since co-operation is a two-way street, I'm sure that you will allow me access to details of the Company Directors Remuneration and Bonus packages and details of any and all share options that they've been allocated...

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China's censors move to stamp out sex and violence online

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Well at least...

... they're not talking about making adults opt-in before they're permitted to access adult content.

No, that's an entirely different repressive regime...

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Atos IT workers threaten strike during Olympics over 'living wage'

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Re: I don't give ATOS

"those fucking annoying automated railway announcements"

I remember when those first started and you had a clearly automated announcer's voice telling you that your train was going to be delayed and then saying "I apologise for any inconvenience" which struck me as the height (or perhaps depths) of insincerity!

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50 years in SPAAAAACE: Telstar celebrates half-century since launch

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@Christoph

Great piece of music! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryrEPzsx1gQ

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KIT drives off with memory win: 1-bit-per-MOLECULE storage

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WTF?

"The idea is straight-out stupid."

Oh, well no point in trying to develop it further, then...

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Museum of Computing recognised as PROPER MUSEUM

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Re: Promoting safe computing?

Don't be silly, how can we protect kiddies from all the eeeeevilll paedos and criminals and terrorists out there without State control? (Signed T.May MP )

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Anonymous hack hands WikiLeaks TWO MILLION Syrian emails

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Re: Right then

Ah, but you see it's *different* when it happens to someone else...!

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

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Re: prescrption glasses

And what about those of us who have ditched glasses for contact lenses...?!

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Ten budget inkjet printers

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Re: prints black when colour out?

I use an Epson Photo Stylus D88 with a Chip re-setter.

I bought it because it was a cheap ink-jet and I've only ever printed in B&W on it, so every time the chip says the colour cartridges are empty, I just re-set them and get on with it. It may knacker the colour heads, but since I don't use them, I don't care.

(Oh, and buy compatible cartridges too, not the Epson ones where the ink is more expensive than vintage champagne!)

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Wish you were here? NASA rover beams postcard from Mars

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Re: Do my eyes deceive me, or...

I thought that was Elvis...

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Judge: Patent litigants behave like animals

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At last...

...a Judge who gets it!

This patent nonsense (pun intended!) is doing more to restrict development than anything else and the only people benefitting from it are the lawyers.

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

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I bet...

... the audience were thinking "Wow! If that's how it starts, what's the rest of it going to be like?! [Long pause] Err..."

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Ten... alien invasions

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Re: Try watching...

I was laughing so hard they just gave up in disappointment!

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Happy

Try watching...

... Independance Day and Mars Attacks back to back like I did...!

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BA staff to google for snaps, dirt on biz-class passengers

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Sounds more like...

... an exercise in arse kissing to me!

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Google Maps takes shelter from the British summer

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Re: How long

Exactly! The Oly^H^H^ Big Summer Event won't be uploading any floor plans because that will allow the EEEEVILLLL TERRRERRRRISTS to plan their attacks!!!

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Crafty cuttlefish mimics male and female – at the same time

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Tommy Cooper...

... used to do a comedy routine like that!

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Brit anti-terror hotline hacker teen pleads guilty

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Re: ..said to have prevented legitimate callers..

But there could have been people phoning about suspicious characters taking photographs of London landmarks or in Underground stations which obviously means they're planning a terrorist attack or maybe it was someone buying a suspiciously large number of Castor Oil beans (obviously going to make Ricin) or maybe...

... excuse me the Nurse says it's time for my medicine....

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ICANN's overlordship of the internet confirmed again by US gov

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"conflict-of-interest"

An American court says that an American company has the right to do what the American Government wants.

Wow, who'd have thunk it?!

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ISP CAN cut off pirates with 'three strike' rule, says Irish beak

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"customers suspected of illegal file-sharing"

And that's the problem, it's not *proven* to have been engaged in illegal file-sharing, but simply *suspected* of it.

Paragraph 2 of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights states "2. Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law", but it seems that Big Media doesn't need such stringent criteria and can just say "We think you dunnit, so we're cutting you off"!

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Google makes 'proposal' to Europe on antitrust concerns

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'what it described as a "proposal"'

Are you sure it wasn't "An offer they couldn't refuse"??

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Trio of 'nauts plonk down after six-month space station stint

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Recycled urine?

Because (almost*) all the water on Earth hasn't been through a set of kidneys in the past...

*For the pedants

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Join the gov consultation on net porn ... and have your identity revealed

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Re: So is the consultation over?

It was probably over before it began because it looks like they've already decided what answers they want and have "structured" the survey to generate those...

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Governments probe domain land-snatch: many.gTLDs.suck

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"Governments have started...

"...to put ICANN's massive top-level domain name expansion under scrutiny..."

Well, bravo, but it's a bit bloody late, isn't it? People were warning about the potential (probable) debacle this would turn into when it was first proposed, but only now the horse is well and truly over the horizon are the Governments thinking of bolting the stable door!

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Ministers consult public on 'opt in for smut' plans

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Re: Just the latest

Exactly, and what next? Requiring Government permission to buy my business' catalogue of bondage gear? Maybe I'll have to register with HM Inspector of Porn and get a licence?

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Brit global warming skeptics now outnumber believers

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"It would seem that...

"... the more people hear the arguments and study the policies, the less they like them."

Sure, because everyone in that survey has actually paid attention to the arguments and studied the policies and made a rational and sensible decision based on logic and facts.

Or maybe they've just seen so many "Tis!", "Tisn't!", "Tis so!" arguments (not to mention articles in various publications cherry picking data and skewing facts to fit the author's personal bias" that they really don't have a *clue* about the subject now.

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Mighty ROBOT achieves total SUPREMACY over feeble humans

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Paging Ullr...

So how would the robot fare against Ullr, Norse God of the Hunt and Games who always wins?

(See The Almighty Johnsons for details)

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Australia goes cold on ACTA

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Bonzer...

... mates!

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Patent trolling cost the US $29 BILLION in 2011

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In other news...

... err hang on, someone's just told me that they have a patent on that expression...!

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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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Alien

O O

This is the voice of the Mysterons...

We know that you can hear us.

Cease your intrusions onto our planet or face our wrath!

Da-da dah da-da dah DUM!

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MI5 boss: Cyber spies, web-enabled crooks threaten UK economy

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Re: One London listed business lost £800m

Perhaps we should put them on the B-Ark...

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Facebook replaces non-Facebook mail addresses on Timeline

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"Facebook is also attempting to retain its users on the site"

How? By pissing off a huge bunch of them so they go somewhere else?

Bravo, Bitch!

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UK net-biz cleanup squad plans to establish international operations

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"The vast majority...

"... more than 12,900, involved content hosted outside the UK"

Shh! Don't let Theresa May hear you saying that, she needs the "Paedos and Criminals and Terrorists Oh My" arguments to justify introducting more ridiculous laws to control the interwebs in this country...

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RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

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"how many of those customers are sufficiently pissed off to move?"

I've looked at this and, because of the way I organise my finances, there's really no benefit for me to move from Nat West to any other bank as there's nothing to stop them having a similar cock-up in the future.

Ok, it was a PITA when I only had £15 in my wallet and couldn't get any more cash out, but it wasn't an absolute disaster. Yes, I could set up a second, back-up, account and leave some money in there, but it would be doing sod all (and earning sod all interest!) and it's not worth doing just in case my main bank (whichever it may be) goes tits up again.

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Are you a hot BABE in heels and a short skirt? SCIENCE is for YOU

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"Everyone seems to be commenting on the intro clip...

"...and ignoring those showing the scientists, engineers, and students describing their work."

Probably because they're thinking "What a load of patronising BS" after watching the intro which makes them completely disinclined to look any further.

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