* Posts by Dodgy Geezer

1201 posts • joined 27 Jul 2007

Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

Dodgy Geezer
Coat

Re: Sure, but uhm...

...This isn't about quality; it's mostly about opinions. And yeah, sometimes people don't agree with yours and sometimes they do. But to link ratings to quality is a bit far fetched to begin with; because wouldn't it take quality to judge quality? So what exactly are the requirements on "personal quality" before one can start voting?...

The Greeks experimented with Democracy over 2000 years ago.

They reported that it worked ok, but it had the great disadvantage that it was effectively mob rule, and a good orator could easily whip up a frenzy and cause a sensible, well thought -out policy determined by the experienced elite political leaders to be rejected in favour of a wild and dangerous adventure.

There were a lot of complaints about stupid wars caused this way...

There's no icon for 'learning from history', so I'll get my coat...

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NASA boffins release Europa mission wish list

Dodgy Geezer
Mushroom

This is an Ocean World we're planning to invade...

...we should be sending tripods with heat rays. Or fricking sharks with laser beams...

And then we want an orbiting pump to take all their water. I've seen the films. I know how it's done...

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

Dodgy Geezer

I forsee a teensy problemette...

...The ultimate aim is to make the Skylon system truly 100 per cent reusable. Italy's Thales Alenia Space (TAS) is mulling the secondary propulsion unit, and the hope is that this will, after delivering its satellite, make its way back to the spaceplane for return to base. ...

The secondary propulsion unit, if it's a rocket, will need to impart a load of extra energy to the payload. That energy will ALL have to be bled off in some way if the rocket is to return to the Skylon. In other words, you will need twice the impulse power.

Of course, if the Skylon SHOT the payload into a higher orbit, the reaction force would slow the Skylon down, and assist it to re-enter. That seems to me to be a much better use of the energy budget...

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Dodgy Geezer

Re: I just want to see it fly

...the B-70 Valkyrie and Skylon's spiritual father, the SR-71...

I don't know where you get your history from, but I'm guessing that it's somewhere west of the Atlantic?

The Skylon (and its 'predecessor', HOTOL, are developments in air-breathing hybrid jet/rocket technology.

The B-70 and, to a lesser extent, the SR-71 are fast top-of-atmosphere jets using wave-rider technology. Quite a different thing. Wave-rider technology was invented by Terence Nonweiler, of Belfast University and later St Andrews. Another Brit.

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

Dodgy Geezer
Mushroom

Re: So strictly speaking...

...Things get more interesting when you start to look at where the charges would fall. Network Manager ? IT Director ? Company secretary ? Any one of which has the potential to throw UK business back to the dark ages, if people start getting jailed....

Actually, the way the law is written and interpreted, anyone associated in ANY way with the computer system or network on which a forbidden image resides is guilty. That would probably include the entire company from Chairman of the Board down to delivery boy, and doubtless all the shareholders too.

Looking on the bright side, there are probably a lot of politicians on the boards of companies...

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US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. DEAL WITH IT'

Dodgy Geezer

@ Rik Myslewski,

...In these days of human-caused climate disruption, let me bring that sentiment up to date. There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who acknowledge the reality of anthropogenic global warming, and those who will....

What a shame the data shows you to be an activist liar. But keep drinking the Kool-aid if you have acquired a taste for the stuff. Until the next scare comes around...

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NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

Dodgy Geezer

Not only Cloud...

...The most severe problem identified by the auditors was lax security policies within NASA....

It sounds as if it wasn't only cloud systems - their general security management service sounds poor, and it was just noticed during a cloud audit...

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Siemens to throw CEO overboard after profits slashed a FIFTH time

Dodgy Geezer

Very much a Green casualty...

He announced that he was going to 'green' the company and provide thousands of new jobs in that 'hugely successful' sector.

Amongst other green moves, he announced that Siemens would quit the nuclear industry in 2011...

Just goes to show that hard-headed businessmen can be taken in by a scam, same as the rest of us...

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New Kiwi spook law allows domestic prying

Dodgy Geezer

Spying on Kim Dotcom is one thing.

But what will happen when the GCSB starts to move into banning Sheep Porn...?

Perverted minds want to know...

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Dodgy Geezer

Let's be clear: most UK ISPs already censor the internet using the Internet Watch Foundation's list of sites hosting child porn, and mobile operators have been blocking adult content for years with few complaints, so it's far from obvious what everyone is making such a fuss about....

Umm... is this for real?

These arguments are so poor and condescending, that either:

a) El Reg wants a controversial piece to up the comments, and commissioned this one from Bill Ray (who obviously doesn't believe the argument he's making himself), or

b) El Reg (in common with all the political parties) thinks that we're all as thick as two short planks, behave like sheep, and have no comprehension of individual freedom....

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Dodgy Geezer
Boffin

Re: Does anyone know

...It's called a drive through and is designed for cars. It's intended for you to collect your food and drive off. It's not safe to hand over a collection of burgers in bags and drinks to a cyclist or motorcyclist. ...

It's not that difficult to look up their policies on this issue. They have gathered a number of criticisms, as several of their restaurants partly close at certain times and ONLY serve through the drive-in window at that point. If you try to obtain a burger while on foot at these restaurants you will be refused - you have to have a motor vehicle in order to obtain a burger!

The reasoning given by McDonalds is that the 'drive-in' section is designed for road-users and has no pavement. Therefore any non-road-user is at risk when using it. They interpret this to mean 'motor vehicles' - motor-cyclists and moped users will be served, but cyclists and, we have now found, horse-riders will not.

These rules are not completely logical. A cyclist is (if behaving properly) a safe road user, and should be as safe on a roadway as a moped rider. But cyclists are not served, while mopeds are. I think that it may be reasonable to refuse horses - the drive-in road could be restricted, and if a horse is spooked while in this constrained area it might cause damage or injury to itself or others.

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Confirmed: Bezos' salvaged Saturn rocket belonged to Apollo 11

Dodgy Geezer
Trollface

Re: Don't be fooled

...You have to hand it to the people who faked the moon landings for their forward thinking; who would have thought they would dump Apollo parts in the sea where they could be found forty years later to back up the myth.

They were so clever! if they had really tried I bet they could have made it to the moon!...

Hand in your Conspiracy badge immediately!

It must be quite obvious to all right-thinking American conspiracy nutters that these parts have NOT been on the ocean bed for 40 years. Instead, the Black Helicopter men have been so alarmed by our revelations that they have decided to plant a fake set of pre-corroded rocket parts down there to be 'found' by a paid-off team only a few weeks later. This is an attempt to divert suspicion from the Illuminatii, who ordered the Moon Landing story to be distributed to hide other nefarious operations which are still secret.

Similarly, the Apollo sites on the moon were not really proof of a moon landing - they were put there in the late 60s and early 70s by the same teams as part of a ritual to maintain Masonic influence over the Vatican during the Cold War... blether, blether, blether...

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Dodgy Geezer

I don't think anyone really understands what this is for....

It's NOT to stop paedophiles or rapes - it's obvious even to Cameron that it won't do that.

In fact, it's not to STOP anyone. It's rather more for STARTING things.

The output from this will be long sets of lists of forbidden words (which will be generated by some organisation using taxpayers money), and long lists of people's names who have typed those words into search engines. These lists will be put on databases and filtered to produce statistics that show how all sorts of naughty things are increasing. And that's more work for the civil servants.

These stats will then be used as evidence to provide even closer scrutiny of everyone's activity. Which means even more work for the civil servants running the system. Perhaps they will bring in a penalty system like the 'driving points' one, and have a sliding scale of fines, so that they can become self-funding.

The technology will be readily swappable with the GCHQ spy system software - indeed, maybe Cameron is proposing this because the spooks see a chance to expand into this area and have been bending his ear. They have been really short of work since the Berlin Wall came down, and have been milking terrorism for all it was worth, but I'm sure they would prefer a regular reliable stream of work like the Cold War provided, and sex looks as if it's here to stay longer that the Russians were...

In short, this is NOT a proposal to diminish a real threat. It's a proposal to generate a new civil servant work/revenue stream, and one which can't be argued against.

"Give us the money".

"No"

"What, do you mean you're in favour of rape?!!"

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

Dodgy Geezer

You can easily buy these things, both here and in the US.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__5455__predator_uav_74in_spy_plane_arf.html

Just a suggestion...

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

Dodgy Geezer

I love the way that people seem to think that we have things 'right' today.

Society moves in fads and fashions. Homosexuality was seen as wrong and unacceptable in the 1950s.

Now it's seen as normal, and there is a push to remove all the earlier convictions.

When it becomes wrong and unacceptable again in 2250, are we going to put all the convictions back?

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Personal Ground Effect Vehicals

Dodgy Geezer
Boffin

Re: Personal Ground Effect Vehicals

Using modern materials (ultra lightweight composites, small high efficiency engines) would it be possible to build a personal transport akin to a hoverboard?

If you thinking of using just ground effect, it would have to be either:

a) considerably bigger than a car, or

b) considerably faster than a car

...and in both cases it would be pretty unsteerable. Your call...

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How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

Dodgy Geezer

Are you saying...

...The parachute is a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requirement, ...

...that the CAA won't allow an aircraft to make a descent under autonomous control or radio control? and that all descents have to be ballistic, retarded by a parachute?

Other countries don't seem to have made that ruling... :(

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

Dodgy Geezer
Boffin

Re: The core solidifying removed the magnetic field

An interesting theory, right up to the point where he proposes that Mars does not have a molten core....

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11962-lab-study-indicates-mars-has-a-molten-core.html refers...

(However, it does not have a magnetic field, so that bit's true enough... The Universe is a more complex place than we think...)

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Sysadmins: Keep YOUR data away from NSA spooks

Dodgy Geezer

I didn't know the Register supported UKIP...?

...because that, in a nutshell, is why we should leave the EU....

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

Dodgy Geezer

If it ain't Boeing...

...it ain't burning....

Given that these planes seem to catch fire at the drop of a hat, I wonder how easy and.or costly it is to repair heat-damaged composite?

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The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

Dodgy Geezer

I was completely lost...

...and I only found these comments by going through the entire set of all forum topics, one by one.

This is no way to run a comments section... :(

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ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...

Dodgy Geezer

I'm lost!

Where is the place to comment on Lewis's Trident Article?

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Articles with no comments

Dodgy Geezer

I'm complately lost!

Where is that place to comment on Lewis's Trident Article?

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

Dodgy Geezer
Facepalm

Re: So ...

...They've already got working devices with slightly more substantial penetration that have been demonstrated to work. Naturally, such things are sensitive military technology and as such much of the useful research will be classified and inaccessible to mere academics, who will have to repeat the research on a significantly smaller budget and without the same amount of prior expertise....

The basic technology is already set down in Barnes Wallis's paper: "A NOTE ON A METHOD OF ATTACKING THE AXIS POWERS" (1940).

It is of interest to observe the US attempts to understand the principles involved. A key part of the Barnes Wallis concept was that, to deliver the maximum energy from an exploding projectile to the target, you needed to pass this energy through a substantial medium. Air was very poor for this purpose - it allowed the force of the explosion to vent along paths of least resistance. So his Tallboys and Grand Slams were designed to be dropped into solid ground (preferably rock) BESIDE the target, whereupon the explosion would emulate a major earthquake throughout the target's foundations, resulting in major damage.

I note that the US, having recently re-invented the Grand Slam as their 'Massive Ordnance Penetrator' (MOP) GBU-57A/B, are trying to fit a void-sensing fuse to the weapon, enabling it to go off when it arrives in an air gap. Face-palm time...

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UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

Dodgy Geezer

What the sub-editor should have said...

UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

becomes

UK.gov fines patients (as taxpayers) harshly for hurling taxpayers (as NHS patients) records to the winds

There, fixed that for you...

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

Dodgy Geezer
Facepalm

Re: LiPo batteries

It's not that difficult to google LiPo and find that it stands for Lithium Polymer....

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Dodgy Geezer

Repair will be the issue...

Who cares what the original cause of the fire was? All we know at the moment is that these fires CAN happen, and that the body of a Dreamliner is made of carbon composite...

People will be watching the cost, duration and techniques involved in repairing this with considerable interest. Assuming that it can be repaired...

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Dodgy Geezer
Flame

Re: Theory

...Obviously Boeing need to think again about Li-Ion, they are clearly unsafe for aircraft....

I use LiPo batteries for model boats and aircraft. They are well understood to be dangerous by the modelling community, and usually charged in protective containers to minimise the impact of fire or explosion.

But laptop manufacturers were crying out for a new battery technology, and so the world was disinclined to do too many safety studies when they came out...

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Dodgy Geezer
WTF?

Now I wonder why a perfectly reasonable comment about providing water to arid areas gathers 2 downvotes?

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US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

Dodgy Geezer
Facepalm

Re: Very Nice.

...Now lets see you do it in a storm, with wet decks, and the boat bobbing up and down in a strong swell....

Do you really think that a robot won't beat a human hands down on a complex moving situation with gusting wind and shifting target? That's the kind of calculation they are built for...

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

Dodgy Geezer
Coat

Re: An alternative approach...

We used to have one in the 1960s. It went:

"clickety-clack, clickety-clack..."

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Dodgy Geezer

As far as I recall...

...this sort of thing is classed as torture when it is done to POWs.

Perhaps we need a Geneva Convention for commuters. Or Red Cross inspectors to visit us in the carriages and deliver parcels.

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

Dodgy Geezer
FAIL

Re: Evil?

...I remember being warned that the largest perps of espionage against the US (mid 90's) was.... France!...

I remember people who believed what I told them. You could sell them any old rubbish about where the threat was coming from, so long as it was about spies...

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Dodgy Geezer

Where the problem lies...

Why do people think that the politicians (of any country) are behind this? Or in charge of it?

I'm old enough to remember the late 60s/early 70s, when the UK Security Service were effectively out of control. They do the things that they want, and what they want is a big spying empire. The politicians just mutely agree - if they didn't, the Security Service have the entire set of politicians secrets in their databases, ready for leaking...

I don't know what you could try to stop this. Perhaps bringing back capital punishment for spying would help...

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

Dodgy Geezer
IT Angle

..."There's a bench, she is bent over the bench and our friend is behind her with his pants down to his ankle, banging away."...

It's nice to know that there's a park bench somewhere which hasn't been vandalised by the local kids and then removed by 'Leisure Services'...

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Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

Dodgy Geezer
Childcatcher

...Going 100 rounds over that allocation is comparable to stopping in a yellow box zone at a junction; yes, it’s illegal, but the harm is negligible....

You appear to be living in the 1950s, when a policeman on the ground was actually interested in maintaining law and order in his local area, and might interpret the law according to an outdated set of standards derived from the Empire, of upright dealing and fair play.

Dixon died in the 1970s. Now we are ruled by a bureaucratic set of thought police, whose primary aims are, in order:

1 - avoiding doing any real work

2 - covering up any mistakes they make, up to and including causing deaths

3 - arresting innocent people when the press pressure them to do so

4 - vindictively attacking anyone who exposes any of this....

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NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

Dodgy Geezer
Boffin

...propulsion advances average out to about eg 2% gain in max speed per 30 years it could take us centuries (or longer) to feel it's worth sending anything into deep space which increases the amount of time we have to survive together in one place without blowing ourselves up...

You can pick any figure you like to be an 'average'. But progress usually proceeds in jumps as new technologies get invented.

For instance, an average shows us gradually learning to fly from about 1800-2000. But in fact we did the base theoretical work from 1800-1850, developed the first practical machines around 1900, had a huge technology jump between 1930-1950, and have been refining things ever since...

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

Dodgy Geezer
Facepalm

Re: Down the tubes we go (again)

...And what was done with the massive windfall that came with the revenue from NSO tax revenues?...

As I recall, Thatcher got our National Debt down to around £17bn, what with the oil and associated boom. Even though there were few votes in it.

The Debt's now £1.2tn.

Anyone with any sense would spend a lot of that money on getting us out of this horrendous debt. But I don't suppose they will. No votes in it, you see....

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Boffin's claim: I have found how to get girls into tech

Dodgy Geezer
Coat

....Massive campaign of media lies ought to do it, says prof...

Um...politics as usual for the beginning of the 21st century, then?

Downing Street has amongst its teams a 'Behaviour Modification Unit', who are tasked with thinking up novel ways to get us proles behaving the way politicians decide that we ought to behave.

And no one seems to be complaining about that as a fundamental idea at all. I despair of humanity, I really do...

Coat, then I'm leaving this planet...

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UN report says killer bots could fight WAR WITHOUT END

Dodgy Geezer
Angel

Re: Coward Warz

...So god. When do I get to graduate from being human?...

About 80 years after being born, on average. Some of you manage it far quicker...

yours celestially,

GOD

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NSA: 'Dozens of attacks' prevented by snooping

Dodgy Geezer
Black Helicopters

Re: Security Service 101. (Pay attention, James...!)

...Interestingly enough, that's more or less identical to what happened under the Catholic (not just Spanish!) Inquisition. Or, of course, the Protestant dispensations of places like Salem and many others....

Or Walsingham's fitting up of Catholics under Good Queen Bess in the late 1500s,

Or the denunciations to the Committee of Public Safety during the French Revolution in the 1790s,

Or the Okhrana's way of supporting the Czar during the 1800s - who simply morphed into the VCheka in 1917...

This is hardly news. It's the way humans end up operating if you give them these sorts of tasks and then say that, because of secrecy, you will allow no outside audit of their activities. But that the THREAT has always got to be there, otherwise their funding will be cut...

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Dodgy Geezer
Black Helicopters

Re: Security Service 101. (Pay attention, James...!)

...Erm, you obviously didn't pay attention to the timeline involved in the end of the cold war and now. I was military during the cold war and through its end long enough to know the difference...

Oh, I was paying very close attention to the politics inside the UK security apparatus during the early 90's, because of my job. But I wouldn't exactly have called myself 'military'...

...The *reality* is, DENOUCEMENT is the key. Denounce thy neighbor and get along OK or better....

Reasonably well presented by the BBC's 'A Lesson from History', I think. The lesson is:

Denounce your neighbour FIRST - before he does it to you....

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Dodgy Geezer
Black Helicopters

Security Service 101. (Pay attention, James...!)

...Now maybe NSA can get some better examples, but is suspect that their methodology only works after the perps are already known....

This is all a giant budget-justifying exercise after the loss of the Russians as major justifiers of funding when the Cold War ended.

For those of you who seem poorly informed, a typical Security Service MO follows this path...

1 - pick up someone a little dodgy in a Muslim area by asking the local police for names - perhaps get them picked up for a minor crime.

2 - 'persuade' them to act as an 'agent'. Forgetting the charge is very helpful here.

3 - get them to report on anyone they know who is discussing terrorism. This will, of course, pick up all sorts of people, including people that the agent lied about in order to have something to write down.

4 - bug their phones and watch them. This is where the justification for GCHQ and PRISM comes from. Depending on what people say when they're drunk, you can soon have lots of low-grade evidence that there is a terrorist threat of any level you want.

5 - If you need an arrest, get your agent to encourage some of the stupidest hot-heads to think that they could be Jihadis. Provide them with some incriminating literature. Suggest that you can find a bomb for them to put under a bridge...

6 - After delivering a dummy bomb/lots of castor oil seeds/WHY, arrest them in a dawn raid with armed police and full press coverage. Charge them with being a sleeper cell for Al-Queda and have them locked up forever.

7 - start again by bugging their friend's phones. Some of their friends should be really pissed off, and might well be encouraged to be the next on your list...

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How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

Dodgy Geezer
Black Helicopters

What the Copyright pigs wanted...

...was the right, not only to close you down, but also to attack you, hack your machine, and insert malicious software onto it covertly.

I suggest that they start with trying that out on NSA,,,

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Boffins hide cute kitty behind invisibility shield

Dodgy Geezer
FAIL

As above..

...It's not going to actually fool everyone...

It's not actually going to convince anyone. Because it looks like a simple opaque photograph of the background placed in front of the subject. If it's not, we need to get a better view of what it actually is...

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

Dodgy Geezer
Linux

A few points:

1 - This was Microsoft commissioned. And Microsoft seem to have influenced the tests at a technical level. The test report specifically states:

a) ...We purchased 10 computers specified by Microsoft...

b) ...At the request of Microsoft we set the Javascript timer frequency to 'conserve power' in the Windows Power options....

One wonders why Microsoft were so anxious for THOSE computers to be used...?

2 - There is NO indication that the tests actually measured like-for-like. For instance, Chrome might actually be doing more work in caching and preparing the web site for better presentation than IE - which would naturally result in a slightly increased power draw.

3 - I use Opera, so I don't need to get involved in silly prick-measuring contests :)

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Facebook's first data center DRENCHED by ACTUAL CLOUD

Dodgy Geezer
Devil

But they do have...

...an Environmental prize for saving energy. So that's all right then...

Can't we have an enviro fascists icon? Please? We're going to need one soon...

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

Dodgy Geezer
Flame

Ah, the politicians...

..."You can't have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We're going to have to make some choices as a society," Obama said...

Ok then. My choice is to keep my 100% privacy and zero inconvenience. Where do I vote?

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Al Gore: Stop using the atmosphere as 'AN OPEN SEWER'

Dodgy Geezer
Unhappy

Re: Straight up and out in 10 minutes??

"...If you want to keep the tap running, be my guest,most of the UK won't run out of water soon. Especially not if it's just your little pipe that's leaking a bit. (Compared to most industrial users, even at full blast, your home tap uses a TINY amount of water)..."

This statement betrays a complete lack of knowledge of the water cycle, and resources generally.

The UK won't EVER 'run out of water'. Even if everyone turns on their taps full blast all the time. It might run out of storage and processing capacity if people did that, but the water isn't lost and will be there to be re-used again and again.

Thinking that resources such as energy will somehow 'run out' and that we must cut back on usage is a green fallacy, intended to get us to de-industrialise. What we need to do is consider what resources we need, how to provide them most cheaply and effectively, and how to mitigate any downsides of that provision. What we must NOT do is pretend that using resources is evil, and we must give it up, or cut back on them for no apparent reason and punish those who do use them...

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Dodgy Geezer
WTF?

Save the Planet!

Yes, lets cut that awful CO2!

After all, our great enemies the plants breath it in. They already have hardly enough. If we can completely eradicate it they will all die!

Ah, but there is a problem. The total human output of CO2 is rather small compared to that of microbes and insects. In fact, together, they put out about 100 times more than we do. Never mind - kill all the microbes and insects as well....

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