* Posts by Graham Marsden

5512 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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@Just Enough - Re: Daft law

Just because you *can* do all those things does not mean that you *should*.

Read the Highway Code paragraph 150:

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There is a danger of driver distraction being caused by in-vehicle systems such as satellite navigation systems, congestion warning systems, PCs, multi-media, etc. You MUST exercise proper control of your vehicle at all times. [...] If necessary find a safe place to stop.

Laws RTA 1988 sects 2 & 3 & CUR reg 104

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@NumptyScrub

Yes, but the point is that cyclists who do stupid things like calling or texting or riding through red lights are, in the vast majority of cases, only putting *themselves* at risk.

Drivers who engage in such behaviour will probably be ok because of seatbelts and airbags and crumple zones, but it is everyone else they put put at risk.

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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"American EOD teams indulge in a bit of overkill"

Oh come on! They've got all these cool toys, can you blame them for wanting to get them out and give them a go?

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NSA director: We share most of the [crap] bugs we find!

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"By orders of magnitude, when we find new vulnerabilities, we share them."

And *of course* we believe them.

After all, they're only doing it in our best interests, aren't they...?

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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@Tim Worstall - Re: it's so unlike Tim Worstall to get the wrong end of the issue, isn't it?

> It's in the likely manifestos of three of the four major parties. It's in the Ukip one because I helped draft the last version and I put it there

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Raising the tax allowance to £13,500 is a nice gesture and it’s going leave these people better off by around £50 per month but it isn’t nearly enough to cover the huge gap between pay and prices we pay. This particular policy was probably through up around the conference table as the cheapest, easiest way to attract minimum wage workers. ‘Tax cuts’ is a powerful peace of rhetoric to inspire those who need more money. In reality, it’s not going to make much of a difference. To be honest, it isn’t the minimum wage earns who will really benefit from this policy because what we always forget to take into account is how income based benefits, such as housing benefit or Tax Credits might change to reflect this extra money being available. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that minimum wage earners are going to be better off.

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Bravo, Tim.

Meanwhile, of course, UKIP's Manifesto (well, unless Nigel's changed his mind again) saying they're going to raise the threshold of the 40% tax rate to £45,000 which will give the comfortably well-off a double tax cut.

And they're going to get rid of inheritance tax. How many people on minimum wage will that benefit?

> It's just that that Great Experiment of the 20th century has convinced me that lefty *methods* don't get us there while broadly capitalist and free market ones, with a tad of judicious intervention, do.

That would be the "Great Experiment" of the 21st Century known as Quantitative Easing, perhaps? The £375 *billion* which has been thrown into the financial markets whilst the Tories have been borrowing massively and created more debt than ever? Hmm...

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@The Axe - Re: it's so unlike Tim Worstall to get the wrong end of the issue, isn't it?

> For instance you say rich people can invest their money, taking it out of supply. Have you not thought about where that money is put?

Yes, and so have the people at Positive Money who point out the fact that for the banks to create money, ie put it into the economy via loans, mortgages etc, they have to create *debt* which leads to such things as unaffordable housing and boom-and-bust economics.

It seems that Parliament is finally starting to catch up with this idea as they are debating money creation for the first time in 170 years

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it's so unlike Tim Worstall to get the wrong end of the issue, isn't it?

It's a shame that TW starts off by saying "that is the only part of trickle-down economics that undoubtedly and provably works" and then goes off to attack Zoe Williams instead of dealing with the elephant in the room that the majority of so-called Trickle Down economics *doesn't* work.

Perhaps he could now write an article addressing the principle of Marginal Propensity to Consume, ie why tax breaks (including raising the income tax threshold) mean that the less well-off still spend pretty much all of their income on necessities and maybe the occasional luxury, whilst the more well-off already have enough income to cover their needs, so can afford to save and invest most of the extra money they get, making it grow even more, but taking it out of supply.

The idea is that (like a champagne fountain) you put more in at the top and it trickles down to the bottom. The actual result is that the glass at the top just gets bigger and bigger, so virtually nothing trickles down.

Of course that wouldn't make for a good excuse to bash the lefty Guardian, would it?

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

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But do you actually *own* the autograph?

Or do you only have a licence to display it on a book you've downloaded...?

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UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

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Re: What is the difference (at least in the US)

Is WalterAlter a new challenger for amanfrommars1?!

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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@tom dial

Whilst I agree that device encryption will not result in increased terrorist attacks, I am not so sure about the assertion that " they discard most of it almost immediately and very likely do not search most of what they retain for varying periods" nor that "Most of the rest* can encrypt or not, as they choose, and neither they nor the authorities are likely to notice or care very much."

The fact that we are hearing rhetoric about these services being "command and control networks for terror" sounds like someone gearing up to demand more powers to monitor everything we do and say and stop us from doing anything to stop the State from snooping on us whilst saying "don't worry, we're only doing it to the *bad* guys and if you've got nothing to hide..."

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@Joe 48 - Re: Facebook and Tor

Let me remind you again of the words of Cardinal Richlieu: "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged."

With sufficient desire *anything* can be twisted interpreted to be seditious or inciting terrorism or some other such nonsense. This, however, does not end up protecting us, it just ends up with lots of False Positives.

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@AC - Re: Want more surveillance?

> In a sense they have already won

You are right, but for entirely the wrong reason.

It used to be the claim that we would not let terrorists force us to change our way of living, but now it seems that every time one of them says "Boo!" we dance to their tune, surrendering our basic liberties and essential freedoms, giving up our right to "Go about our lawful business without let or hindrence" because our Security Services claim that this is the only way that they can "protect" those liberties.

If that is what is needed to "protect" us, we have lost already.

PS Do you *really* not see the irony in your comment "I would happily fire bomb the 'devils psychopaths' until every last one of the was toast at home and abroad"?

You call them "psychopaths" yet your response fits the classic definition "Psychopathy [...] is traditionally defined as a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or bold behavior."

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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Not cool enough...

... Come on, it should look like an ordinary watch, then, when you press a button it should morph into a drone and link to your smart phone so you can pretend to be a Super Spy!

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Pirate Bay co-founder JAILED for three years after massive CSC HACK ATTACK

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Re: Works for me

The Daily Mail forums are over there ->

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Re: Works for me

Apart from the AC OP, did two other people *really* miss the sarcasm?

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Re: Works for me

Yes, we should bring back Hanging, Drawing and Quartering...

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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site

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Big Brother

Sure, but no doubt, since "Counter Terrorism Police" have got involved in the investigation, this will be recorded as a "Terrorist Incident" and added to the figures trotted out when TPTB tell us that there have been X hundred such incidents in the past year and we must therefore put up with them introducing even more draconian restrictions on our freedoms and liberties in order to deal with this "threat"...

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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What a crock!

"Clinically, we know what pathological sexual fantasies are: they involve non-consenting partners, they induce pain"

ORLY? So the thousands of customers who have bought floggers, canes, paddles, nipple clamps and many more such items from my Affordable Leather Products business are all suffering from "pathological sexual fantasies" are they?

And, not only that, but adults who are into consensual BDSM activities get lumped in with rapists and child abusers etc.

Or maybe they're just into a different sort of kink from the narrow minded individuals who write for the Journal of Sexual Medicine and who have decided that *they* are the ones who can decide what is or isn't "abnormal"?

(BTW you may not know it wasn't until 1992 that the World Health Organization removed its categorisation of homosexuality as a mental illness)

"what exactly are abnormal or atypical fantasies? To find out, we asked people in the general population, as simple as that"

And they think that, thereby, they can use that information to define what is "normal" and what isn't? Bullshit!

They got what people *wanted* them to hear. Even if it is anonymised etc, I bet a lot of people had a lot of fantasies which they didn't tell the researchers because the subjects thought they were too extreme or didn't want to admit to them or they just decided to gloss things up a bit.

What they didn't get was factual evidence.

"these findings allow us to shed light on certain social phenomena, such as the popularity of the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" with women"

Oh gods! Not Fifty Shades of Drivel! The book that mistakes coercion for consent, that has a main character whose behaviour is stalkerish (verging on predatory), that has some extremely bad and risky examples of BDSM which are *really* not good to engage in (cable ties? No, just *NO*, ok?!)

As for Lewis' conclusion, he misses the point. "Research" like this does not push back the frontiers of human knowledge, that's true, but that's because it simply informs the bigotry of those who want to tell others what they can do and read and see and think that because *they* don't like something, others should be forbidden from doing it.

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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I'll score you a Miss on that one...

... Because they could have done so much better had Missy been The Rani.

Oh and, PS, Dr Skarosa? Knock off the SA and what planet name do you get...?

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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Well of course...

... after all, who else is going to protect us from all those paedo-terrerrist-drug-dealers out there?

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: Google goes into Kevin the Teenager Mode

1) I, for whatever reason, take exception to Adam 1

2) I create a whole load of pages on "bullet proof" hosts and those in countries which are beyond reach of libel laws saying that Adam 1 is a crook, a thief, a kiddy-fiddler, a drug dealer, a terrorist etc etc etc.

3) Search engines start indexing them to the extent that anyone who ever searches for Adam 1 sees all *my* pages first.

4) Adam 1 says,,,?

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Google goes into Kevin the Teenager Mode

You want us to stop linking to oudated and incorrect results with *all* our search engines, not just the one that has your country at the end of the domian?

That's *SO UNFAIR*!!!

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

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Hello, we believe...

... that someone at this Aerospace Launch facility may have been involved in a crash sometime in the last few years...

Messrs Xylp!c, q'Ptrach and f*t@ng.

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Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

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Re: Guily of running a TOR node

Ah, but it's always different when *they* do it.

One law for us...

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China lunar mission readies for return to Earth

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Re: Probably fake

At least it hasn't hatched yet...

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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Can you show me where to find razors?

By your command...

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Amazon wants YOU to LOOK OVER its BOOKS – its slush pile, that is

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We see no way in which this could possibly go wrong...

So go ahead and suggest lots of books published by Hatchette...

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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Ebola?

Didn't they open for Anthrax at Wembly Arena?

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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Alert

I have a representative here...

... from the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation...

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@i like crisps - Re: I don't think there's anything to worry about..

ORLY...

"Would you like some toast? Some nice hot crisp brown buttered toast...?"

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Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

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Re: It's *our* data, not theirs

They can make money out of it...

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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Re: Well we all know

Still better than getting blasted by a bored Klingon Captain...

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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@Passing Strange

"on a planet of 7 billion people, the pivotal individual just "happens" to be a pupil at Clara's school?"

Yes, just as Aliens keep invading Earth and, especially, London (unless it's Cardiff). It's cheaper. It's Dr Who, it happens all the time. Just learn to live with it.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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My webcam...

... has a built in cover which I only open when *I* want the camera to work.

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Re: Webcams are vitaly important

ITYM "If you are a politician sending pictures of your wedding tackle hanging out of your pyjamas"...!

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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"use pseudonyms in order to hide their identities from each other"

But, I have little doubt, *NOT* from Facebook who will be monitoring and tracking and recording everything you do and say to monetise you, the product...

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Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

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@VinceH

Ah, the hypocrisy!

Those who have trotted out the "I have nothing to hide" nonsense and were quite content to allow other's privacy to be violated now find out that they *do* have something to hide after all...

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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What about....

.gullible

.moneymaking

.scam

.suckers

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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A whole raft of ridiculous new words

Some people look on in Amazement at this Barefaced Blanket of Madcap Gossip put before our Eyeballs.

They think that this Dauntless Outbreak of Excitement is Obscene and the Remorseless Besmirching of our language with these Fashionable words is Equivocal at best as it Panders to Worthless Critics and makes them want to Rant.

Words Shakespeare Invented

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Re: And on November 28th....

Don't forget the colour and pattern on the carpet...

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Re: And on November 28th....

But first they've got to decide on the *shape* of the table...

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Are there sounds on Mars? NASA launches audio athenaeum

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Re: No real sounds from Mars ?

The chances of any sounds coming from Mars are a million to one...

Ulla! Ulla!

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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

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"to safeguard customers' privacy"

... From the US Government. Not from their company...

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Oh...

... you mean it does what the Message Filters I already have set up in Thunderbird do which allow me to file messages into sub-folders of my inbox?

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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@Kristian Walsh - Re: Strap on time...ahem

Although I do occasionally read XKCD I've not read them all, so I'd not seen that one before.

I read that joke on a forum some years ago, but thanks for the pointer.

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Re: Total ThermoWristial War!

"Six, Two and Even, Over and Out."

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Re: Strap on time...ahem

Ah, yes, the Microsoft guy who writes their "Time remaining" code was due to visit, but he was running late so he phoned to say he'd arrive in 30 minutes, no, two hours, no, wait, ten minutes, err, perhaps tomorrow...

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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> the reflexive response of the paranoid is to blame the CIA?!?!?

No, the reflexive response of Matt is to miss the irony...

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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"To be good at Computer Science you need Maths and Physics"

ORLY?

I could do Maths up to O Level, but A Level Maths (especially Pure Maths) and Physics were where I hit a wall.

Oddly that didn't stop me from graduating in Computing because I could "see" how to break a problem down into its constituent parts and then write a program to carry out those individual actions. No maths, no physics, just logic.

As for the "fun" bit, well I learned 6502 Assembler by figuring out how to hack into computer games for infinite lives...

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Twitter 'news' spreads faster than Ebola #FakeCures #Malware

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Re: Attitude problem

> the growing prevalence of the belief that the authorities are lying to us

Perhaps if they *STOPPED* lying to us, then, we might actually start believing them.

(Yes, I know, it's a silly idea...)

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