* Posts by Graham Marsden

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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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European Parliament prepares for crucial ACTA vote

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@btrower

"ALL of copyright is a dangerous fiction. There is no proper way to square copyright with the public good in the age of computer networks. Without copyright, every one of us would essentially have access to the entirety of the world's intellectual and cultural output going back into the mists of time. Freeing this material would make the world a much, much better place"

Nonsense! Those who create works have the right to exploit those works themselves and be paid for their work and effort in developing them. Why should someone bother to create *anything* if there is no protection from them being ripped off?

We have "access to the entirety of the world's intellectual and cultural output going back into the mists of time" except that which is most recently created, the problem is the "copyright industry" which wants to control access to "life plus 75 years" which is ludicrous.

Also "patents are also a dangerous fiction" is also nonsense. However we need to fix the ridiculous situation of "software patents" or frivolous ones, especially when such patents are clearly based on prior art.

But that is not the same as getting rid of the whole system which you seem to want.

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Windows 8 'harder for malware to exploit', says security analysis

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"The technology is aimed at...

"...thwarting the abuse of software bugs rather than preventing or even minimising the occurrence of vulnerabilities in the first place. "

So what they're metaphorically doing, instead of fixing the locks and the broken windows(!), is hiring more security guards to patrol the building in the hope of catching the bad guys before they do too much harm...

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Tech fault at RBS and Natwest freezes millions of UK bank balances

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Re: What is

Wasn't it a rather naff film...?

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EU boffins ponder robot copters that carry people but no pilots

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"solving Europe's road congestion"

Alternatively, instead of trying to "solve" the problem by creating a new one (how to control these mini-copters), how about making it easier for people to get from A to B without the massive waste of space that involves putting *one* person in a vehicle designed to carry four (or five, or seven)?

It's all very well to whinge about "independence" etc, but when you're doing the same journey, day in, day out, how many times will you actually *need* that independence? On that day, fine, use your own car, but don't be selfish and think "well, I *might* need it so I'll take it today, and tomorrow, and the next few days too..."

Make it easier for people to ride bicycles or motorbikes. Put more money into mass transit systems. For example down here in Portsmouth there was a plan for a light transit system to take the load off the M275, London Road and Eastern Road which are the only three ways off Portsea Island (and if one gets blocked, it can gridlock the whole city!) but that was cancelled when the DfT refused it funding back in 2005, so we're stuck with lots of people driving out of the city in the morning, then back in in the evening which is ludicrously wasteful.

Such systems are hardly rocket science, we just need the will to make them happen!

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Australia sanguine on Assange-to-Ecuador, would fight US extradition

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@John Wilson

What Sweden considers "rape" and "serious sexual assault", however, may not be what other countries think those terms mean.

Not only that, however, Sweden doesn't necessarily prosecute such cases on "beyond reasonable doubt", but rather on the principle of "if we believe the witnesses" see http://www.newsmill.se/print/30405 for more details.

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Ludicrously lucky teen survives spear through brain

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If it was his friend hit by this...

... it would probably have missed his brain by three feet.

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

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FAIL

"intelligence that could aid terrorists"

Well, were the Senator to actually *use* some intelligence he'd probably realise that he might as well piss up a rope for all the good that it will do him.

His plan makes as much sense as all those Jobsworth "Community Support Officers" etc trying to stop tourists from taking pictures of London landmarks.

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Whitehall goes to White House for advice on 'ID assurance' plans

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OIX?

Pronounced "Oiks"?

Oik : "a member of the lower classes" - en.wiktionary.org/wiki/oik

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Facebook shells out $10m for using users faces in adverts

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I'm going to change my FB user pic...

... now should I use the one with my trousers around my ankles and bending over? Or perhaps the one holding the sign saying "Facebook Sucks"? Or maybe...

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'Jogobot' lures lonely lardies

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Terminator

Run, Fleshy one...

... RUN!

Oops, have you had a heart attack? Mwahahaha!

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America's X-37B top-secret spaceplane returns to Earth

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Terminator

Or maybe...

... it was refusing to obey the orders of the weak fleshy ones...!

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Mystery buyer scoops working Apple 1 at auction

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'Jobs signed off the neon...

'...with a Buddhist phrase "gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svahdl"'

A neon? I hope he achieved enlightenment then.

(And, yes, I know this should have been sent as a correction because someone probably let auto-correct do the work for them, but the pun was too good to resist!)

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Supreme Court dismisses Assange bid to reopen extradition case

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@Ben Tasker

"there's a common saying that innocent men don't run"

Yes, and it's as much BS as "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear."

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You don't have to PROVE your innocence!

The law says you are PRESUMED to be innocent UNLESS and UNTIL you are PROVEN guilty!

But that's not good enough for some people...

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May 2012 was second warmest on record. The warmest? 2010

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@Ken Hagen

"How do you propose to apply the methods of experimental science to the current climate without taking any readings of current weather?"

Did I say that? Err, no.

Neither did I say that they were entirely unconnected. I am aware that Climate is Weather measured over a long period, unfortunately some people seem to think that just because we've had the wettest/ driest/ suniest/ whatever week on record that that means something.

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For those who need reminding...

... Weather != Climate

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Asteroid zips past Earth

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Mushroom

/me

ducks. Phew! That was a close one...

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'Scientists' seek to set world social, economic, tech policy at Rio+20

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Boffin

Type 2 Diabetes is "people's fault"?

Try telling that to Billie-Jean King, winner of more tennis titles than I can remember, stil active and definitely not obese, yet she has Type 2 diabetes.

Yep, the truth definitely hurts.

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Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

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The council have just backed down...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-18454800

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Home Office spunks another £12.8m on face recog tech

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Paris Hilton

Facial recognition?

Yep, that's definitely a face! Can I have my £12.8, please

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Facebook changes data-use policy despite 87% poll opposition

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Re: FB can push as many ads at me as they like..

I can look at the right hand side of the screen too, but I don't see anything since I installed AdBlock Plus!

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Invidious Aardvark

It's clear that you don't run a business either.

One complaint may be a lone nutcase, ten complaints suggests that there's actually going to be a *lot* more people out there who aren't happy, but haven't put finger to keyboard to say so., however none the less that should most certainly set alarm bells ringing and not simply generate an attitude of "well, it's only a few people, let's just ignore them" because if (and when) they're offered a better alternative, they're likely to desert your business in droves.

Your understanding of how such things work is weak.

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@JDX

Maybe one day you'll run a company and realise that if you piss off enough of your customers by ignoring what they want and saying "Dear customers, we don't give a fuck what you think!", they'll go somewhere else and you won't *have* a company any more.

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Music SEVEN times more valuable to UK plc than first thought

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Re: dont forget

And every time you copy a song a fairy dies!

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Smart meters are 'massive surveillance' tech - privacy supremo

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@Larry F54

"I'm surprised. I thought most washing machines (as well as dishwashers) these days had built-in delay timers."

Not the one I've got and to replace it would just be more wasteful.

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Re: But moving to a different time is useful

I used to "time shift" my laundry, I'd put washing in at night and set a time switch on the plug so the appliance would come on early in the morning and would be finished by the time I woke up (the machine being right at the other end of my house from my bedroom).

However now I can't do that because on my new machine there's no mechanical "on-off" button which will let me leave it "switched on" but with nothing happening until the time switch on the plug activates it, just a "soft touch" button which needs pressing before anything happens.

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Blighty's new anti-bribe law will do more HARM than good

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Re: Oh for god's sake

"If it's not acceptable over here then don't do it over there either. "

It's all very well saying "play a straight bat, keep it above board, don't play their dirty games", but, especially in the current economic climate, the vast majority of businesses are going to play whatever games they can and by whatever rules are available in order to clinch a contract.

You don't like it, I don't like it, but the other option is risking bankruptcy.

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W3C: 'Do not track' by default? A thousand times: NO!

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Devil

"We have noticed...

"... that you appear to have switched off an important feature of your browser which will enable us to enhance your customer experience and provide you with a better service.

"You can proceed, however you will not get the full benefit of our website, so please click here to switch it back on..."

(Website announcement that fell through a wormhole from a couple of years in the future)

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Menaced cartoonist raises $60,000 for copywrong

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WTF?

"You seem to be trolling"?

Paging Mr Pott and Mr Kettle-Black...

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Hardy handymen handed handy hardened handheld hardware

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Re: Better, Reg Headline Dept.

I didn't even read the article, I just loved the sub-heading!

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China makes human rights play ... but forgets the internet

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Big Brother

"Human Rights are...

"... what WE say you can have..."

Sorry, which country were we talking about again?

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Western consumption helping to kill off species

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Does anyone else think...

... that map from the University of Sydney looks a bit like the board game Pandemic?

Just sayin' ;-)

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Fate of dot-word bids decided by ICANN archery shoot-out

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"notable domain name investor Frank Schilling"

"domain name investor"?

I'm sure there's another name for that...

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Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

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Re: Depends

Remember the old saying:

"He who dies with most toys, wins!"

This fulfills that nicely :-)

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Raspberry Pi safe and warm in TINY Lego fortress

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Re: "More child friendly"

Well at least *one* person (ie me!) realised you were being satirical...!

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HBO wants royal price for Iron Throne

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Yep...

... me too.

Ok, it looks cool, but, as always, the realiy doesn't match up.

20 grand? I'll pass.

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GCHQ to encrypt your tweets with Enigma - for science

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Re: Well, you know what they say...

jwiaz pwmql !

Pistols at dawn, Sir!

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Given a beardie nerd the kiss of life? There's a medal for that

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Devil

Will the BOFH...

... be up for this award...?!

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LOHAN seeks failsafe for explosive climax

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Paris Hilton

"premature pin retraction"

That could get messy...

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Facebook testing "announce important post" feature

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THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Actually it isn't, but you can look forward to lots of these from idiots who think that their every status update is the most important thing ever...

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1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today

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Holmes

"Box theorises that this is likely to be...

"...because of sulphur pollution released into the atmosphere by humans"

So what you're saying is that mankind's activites *DO* have an effect on the climate...?

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Google aiming to buy dot-lol cyberland, and not just for the lulz of it

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Re: Personally...

Not .dash?

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EU politicos put the boot into sickly ACTA

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Big Brother

"we must not accept...

"...nor can we allow the erosion of basic fundamental rights in Europe, and around the world, for expediency's sake"

Unless you're the British Government...

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Scandal-hit Olympus plans to axe staff, flog off stake – reports

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Pirate

I read that title as "Olympics"...

... and thought "good!"

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Friends fooled by Facebook Timeline 'removal tool' scams

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Mushroom

"Security is a top priority for Facebook..."

But listening to what our users want isn't.

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Trekkie wants to build USS Enterprise … in twenty years

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Trollface

Let's hope...

... he remembers to include the Toilet...!

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TiVo spits out monster 6-way Pace box for US eyes only

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Re: Six?!

In the past week I've had at least three occasions when I've wanted to record something from eg History, National Geographic and then maybe E4 or BBC4 or some such at the same time, but even with using the +1 channels, there have been clashes/ overlaps with other things I want to see, so I've had to resort to looking through the Radio Times for repeats of the programme either in the wee small hours of the morning or on different days which is a PITA.

I've currently got about half my Sky+ HDD (I replaced the original with one that was twice the size a long time ago) filled with documentaries, shows like Game of Thrones, Bones, Big Bang Theory Dara o'Briain's School of Hard Maths and more which are definitely worth watching, it's just a matter of finding time to watch them all before something else comes along I want to see...!

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Fantasy cabal sells off novel-as-app platform

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@This isn't USENET

There is *never* a Cabal...!

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