* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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How about...

... just having a recorded voice that shouts "STOP FUCKING TAILGATING!"

Too many drivers seem to have no clue about how far back they should be from the vehicle in front to be able to stop safely if it suddenly brakes and, even worse, think that there's no difference between the stopping distance when it's clear and dry and when it's pissing down with rain on a slippery road surface.

This is the sort of idiocy that causes mass pile-ups.

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You have the right to be forgotten 41.3 per cent of the time says Google

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Re: This is not right...

> If they refuse then sue them.

Brilliant idea! I'll post libellous content about Pen-y-gors on fifty different websites hosted in various countries around the world saying that he's a peedo-druggie-terrerist and then we can see how many will correct the data.

After that, Pen-y-gors can try suing the ones that don't.

Meanwhile anyone who searches for Pen-y-gors name (such as a potential new employer, girlfriend etc) will find that content and can draw their own conclusions...

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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"To better the world"

Translation: Do what I say, how I say, like everything I like and ban everything I don't. That will make the world better!

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

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Re: Je suis....

... hypocrite!

- French Government.

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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Re: Geese Speculating....

Followed by "Hold my beer and watch this...!"

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$19 billion made from dumped e-waste every year, says UN

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Tim...

... is that you?

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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And here we go with anti-cyclist bingo...

Cross off the following in the comments to win a prize!

* It's the cyclists own fault.

* Cyclists should pay tax and have licences

* They all jump red lights

* They should get out of the way of traffic

* They all wear black and don't have lights

* They all wear lycra and ride like idiots

* They should pay to use the road like cars and vans and lorries do

* Why should we waste money on them which is better spent elsewhere

* Add your own here for a bonus...

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Door keys are an option. It's just a matter of time

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Shouldn't that be in the "Send Corrections" link above?

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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@Sgt_Oddball - Re: The fallacy of "productivity"

Of course, as the Russians used to say "As long as they pretend to pay us, we'll pretend to work".

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

No, you're not the only one.

Yes, Netflix is cheaper, but you get much less content. Yes, Sky has lots of content, but you end up subsidising the huge amounts they pay for sporting events, even when you're not willing to pay the massive extra fees to actually see those events.

And, I'm sorry, Andrew, but an extra £145 a year or £2.78 a week for most people isn't going to make much of a difference. Try getting the Tories to increase the Minimum Wage and get rid of spiteful benefit sanctions, these would do a lot more good to the poorest in society.

PS Oh, and as for the comment that the Tories had "a smashing democratic endorsement", no, Andrew, they only got about 600,000 more votes than last time, it's only because of our broken electoral system that they got a "majority" with only 36.4% of the votes.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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The problem is not the polls...

... the problem is the fudamentally broken electoral system which is First Past the Post.

With FPTP it doesn't matter if 80% of the people voted for other candidates if one person gets 20% and the rest get 19%, 19%, 19%, 19% and 4%, the one with the 20% "wins".

One way to fix this would be to keep FPTP for electing your local candidate, but having the Lords elected with, for example, an Alternative Vote or Proportional Representation system such that the "Revising House" is not automatically under the control of whoever manages to stuff it with more of their cronies.

Of course such a system is not of benefit to the Tories or Labour...

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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

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Ah, Out Run!

One of my all time favourite arcade games.

They had it at the Students Union and once, for the fun of it, I completed it by doing *all* the possible routes and held all the high scores!

What has this to do with the article? Well, about as much as a picture of the arcade machine does with it...

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NASA plans electrolysis-powered ROBOT EEL for Europa's oceans

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Such a great image...

Not only did we get it at the top of the page, we got it embedded in the article too!

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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As the old pilots used to say...

... any landing you can walk away from is a good one!

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: Marsbarbrain @Matt Bryant - Willfully-dim Godfrey

> Labour luvvies

Oh dear, Matt, we don't like the Tories, so we must be "Labour luvvies"? Ye gods, I loathe them almost as much and my politics are a long way away from theirs.

See http://www.politicalcompass.org my politics are -0.3 on the Left/ Right scale and -7.75 on the Authoritarian Scale.

Where are yours?

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@Matt Bryant - Re: Willfully-dim Godfrey

> "....It's clear we all lost." Well, all except us Tory voters.

Did you notice how many more votes the Tories got this time compared to 2010? (Did you even bother to look?)

Let me help you. They got just over 600,000 more votes than last time. Yes, just 0.8% more of the electorate voted for them this time than in 2010, so how, exactly does that equate to them getting a whole load more seats and therefore a "majority"?

Of course the Tories love First Past the Post and desperately want to keep it because that's what means they'll be able to stay in power and stop smaller parties from getting a look in, despite several million people voting for them.

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@Matt Bryant - Re: Marsbarbrain now they have a "mandate to govern".

> UKIP actually got more individual votes than the SNP, do you want them to have 50-odd seats under proportional representation?

I have no love for UKIP, Matt, but if people voted for them, those votes should be represented.

To want a change in the voting system provided that [Party X] doesn't get any seats would be hypocritical, but perhaps you don't understand that.

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@Jamie Jones - Re: If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear.

The OP may have *intended* their post to be sarcasm, unfortunately they then shot themselves massively in the foot with the closing comment "unfortunately, they're the only thing left between us and our beloved friends in Syria."

*That* is why all those people downvoted the post.

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Re: If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear.

> I simply don't see what the problem is.

Evidently!

You stand more chance of being struck by lightning than you do of being the victim of a terrorist attack.

We have a principle of Presumed Innocent Unless Proven Guilty underpinning our laws.

We have also seen repeated examples of the Security Services *knowing* about potential terrorists and *failing* to act to stop them completing their attacks.

And their answer to finding a needle in a haystack? Make the haystack bigger and treat *everyone* as a suspect!

PS If you have nothing to hide, why do you have curtains?

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WTF?

now they have a "mandate to govern".

Yes, with 36% of the votes...

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BILLION YEAR SECRETS of baking hellworld Mercury UNLOCKED by NASA probe crash

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Re: Mercury's ancient magnetic field

Possibly, but it might be slightly damaged...

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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"The effect of actually leaving is nothing.

"...What matters is what policies are followed afterwards."

A fatuous statement akin to "The effectof jumping off a cliff is nothing, what matters is what follows after."

Does Tim really think that "best practice in the rest of the world" is a good thing? Fewer workers rights, less protection, TTIP which will "harmonise" regulation with the lowest common denominator...?

Sure, all that is going to be great news for those at the top, lower costs, easier to dump workers which will drive down wage bills, fewer pesky regulations which mean that they don't have to observe such stringent safety precautions in production and product quality, bigger bonuses and trebles all round!

But, as always, cui bono? Not the poor bloody infantry who will see more money going up the tree and less going into their pockets...

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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Well at least...

... You'll be able to see when the Yodel driver decides he can't be bothered to wait around and just rocks up to your door without ringing the bell or knocking, sticks a "You were out" (I wasn't) card through the letter box and then dumps your parcel in the recycling wheelie bin before fucking off again as happened to me a few days ago.

It's a good job he didn't do that the day before, otherwise the parcel would have gone out with the recycling which was picked up that morning...

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Astroboffins eyeball MONSTER GAS HALO hugging Andromeda Galaxy

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It's probably just...

... the Energy Barrier which surrounds the galaxy. In which case, it's the same as the one that surrounds ours...

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Re: A Trillian Stars in a galaxy

And Zaphod Beeblebrox whose ego is as big as one...

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: Pointless limitations

Ignoring the Godwin, try factoring in the international shipping, insurance, VAT and Import Duty you'd pay on one of the US versions...

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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@Matt Bryant - Re: Marsbarbrain @codejunky - Hmm

> It's also quite good for explaining how some sane and normal foreign people do what we Westerners consider evil yet claim they are doing good

And can it also explain how some allegedly sane people do blatantly evil acts that we DO NOT want them to do, whilst claming to "represent" us?

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@codejunky - Re: Hmm

This is why http://politcalcompass.org/ is worth a look.

It doesn't just rely on a "Left/ Right" scale, but also "Authoritarian/ Libertarian" (that's Libertarianism which supports rights and liberties, not the American version which means "I should be allowed to have as many guns as I like!")

Both the East Germans and the Nazis score high on the Authoritarian scale despite whatever other factors they may differ on.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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@Dave128 - Re: TW is right, but for the wrong reasons...

The purpose of our electoral system is *supposed* to be for us to elect people who represent *our* views in the running of the country.

We do not have that and we will not have that whilst FPTP is in place.

No, changing the electoral system is not a panacea, but it will at least *start* to treat the problem.

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TW is right, but for the wrong reasons...

We have a Tory Government which has a "majority" when only ONE THIRD of the people actually voted for it.

That's right, TWO THIRDS of the people voted for other parties, yet, because of our fundamentally broken electoral system, we don't get the government we want!

Of course we did have a referendum on this five years ago, but, TW, remind us, *which* media outlets were peddling scare stories and outright lies about what AV would mean? Which Party's rich supporters were paying for posters saying "Vote No to AV or the Baby Dies"?

Still, it's all the fault of the people, isn't it?

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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WTF?

WHY???

That is all.

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Online pizza order saves woman and children from knife-wielding kidnapper

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But...

... did she tip?

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

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Re: Picture Grr!

Dear El Reg:

We all know what these bloody things look like, we DO NOT need a massive (and useless) reminder of them stuck at the top of the page, not even those of us who already use AdBlock!

Thank you...

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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"Would you like some toast?

"Some nice hot crisp brown buttered toast. No? How about a muffin then? Nothing? You know the last time you had toast. 18 days ago, 11.36, Tuesday 3rd, two rounds. I mean, what's the point in buying a toaster with artificial intelligence if you don't like toast. I mean, this is my job. This is cruel, just cruel."

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EU Digital Single Market plan: We will compromise fast, and compromise early

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Re: And the graphic?

I thought the red one was a failed attempt to draw a huge cock and balls across Europe...

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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And once again...

... the Security Services' answer to finding a needle in a haystack is to make the haystack bigger...

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French BIONIC EYE sits IN your peeper, feeds infrared light into nerves

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> How long before we see misbehavior with television remote controls being flashed at people with the implants to overload them, or cause a DOS attack?

You mean, unlike those idiots who think it's clever to flash laser pointers at cars and aircraft...?

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Cylon is golden: Backstabbing bank holiday board games

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Re: Totally boring?

Sorry, x 7 I'm just going to have to trit-trot along.

Enjoy your "victory".

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Re: Totally boring?

x 7, I can't decide if you're just a sad troll or whether you're really that stupidly ignorant.

Modern board games are part of a tradition that dates back over three and a half thousand years. Some concepts in games may be new, but many (if not most) others are based on ancient types of games and if you'd actually bother to try looking at them instead of indulging in pathetic sneering, you would realise this.

FYI there are generally six types: Race games, War Games, Games of Position, Mancala Games, Calculation Games and Dice Games. If I wanted to waste my time in trying to educate you, I could find both ancient and modern examples of all those games, all of which you could play "with real history at your shoulder", but I'm sure you'd just find a way of trying to dodge the issue or weasel your way out of it.

As I've discovered in gaming, sometimes it's just not worth bothering to play with certain people, so please feel free to declare victory and go on enjoying your narrow little range of games whilst I, and everyone else, enjoy the vast universe of games which are out there.

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Re: Totally boring?

> real games such as chess or crib. Or shove ha'ppeny.

"According to John Aubrey, cribbage was created by the English poet Sir John Suckling in the early 17th century, as a derivation of the game "noddy""

"Shove ha'penny (or shove halfpenny), also known in ancestral form as shoffe-grote ['shove-groat' in Modern English]"

And "Chess is believed to have originated in Eastern India, c. 280 – 550 CE in the Gupta Empire,"

- All from Wikipedia

And you think *board games* are "so 19th Century"?

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Re: Totally boring?

So what board games *have* you tried? Amazingly enough there are more games than Monopoly, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit out there these days.

Find out if there's a local board games club and go along and try a few, you might find they're a lot more entertaining than you think.

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Totally boring?

Yes, because sitting on your own in front of a computer talking to others via a headset is *so* much more sociable than meeting up with a few mates and enjoying a game *with* other people...

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The problem with Panic Station is the ridiculous mechanic where you have two characters which can be in different locations, but which are clearly Quantum Entangled because they *both* end up getting affected by the same event!

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Re: Fuck me:

You obviously have no idea about board game design these days.

Games like these will often be several *years* in the making as they are designed, revised, play tested, revised again, re-play tested, modified to improve the balance, blind play tested, revised again to clarify the rules or fix problems that experienced players didn't encounter but newbies did because it wasn't obvious that you could do X or you couldn't do Y...

Then there's the cost of artwork, printing, rulebooks etc etc.

And once you've actually *produced* the game, there's no guarantee it will sell, so for every Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne or Splendor, there are ten others which didn't make the grade, but you have still forked out all that money to make them...

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@Tomislav

The problem with Shadows over Camelot is that you really have to have each player doing just one quest for most of the game to have a chance of winning and, frankly, that gets a bit tedious after a while.

Not only that, but you need to "game" the system such that, eg on the quests for the Grail and Excalibur, you don't actually complete them, just ensure that they don't fail because otherwise you end up with them just chucking up loads of catapaults which will inevitably wipe out Camelot.

As such, it's often very difficult to succeed as the Traitor because if you don't play this way, it rapidly becomes obvious who you are.

It's a shame, because apart from this it's a quite a good game.

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NASA on track to triple Discover super's grunt

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Re: Off-topic

Unfortunately it's probably just an error or an oversight and we'll soon be back to having to scroll down past a ridiculous and often irrelevant "Hero Image" on an article before we actually get to the details...

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Apple in rinky-dink ink stink wristjob admission: Watch IS affected by TATTOOS

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Re: Dark skin?

> Why the joke alert?

Seriously??

Paging Constable Savage...

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Re: Dark skin?

They can't afford to buy it and any of them seen wearing one must obviously have stolen it and is therefore a fair target...

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'Just follow the damn Constitution!' FBI, DoJ skewered over demands for crypto backdoors

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It's good to see...

... that at least *some* politicians aren't suckered by the Paedos and Terrorists and Criminals, oh my! nonsense.

It's just a shame that so many of the others are trotting out the same tired old rhetoric and are willing to bend over backwards (and make everyone else bend over forward) on the altar of "security".

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Strange alien-like life zones found beneath Antarctic glacier

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What's that noise?

Sounds like Tekeli-li!

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