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* Posts by Chris W

1849 posts • joined 28 Aug 2007

Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Show some spine

I did, about three inches of it as the surgeon cut bits of cartilage out. That was about eight years ago and not had anything more than the odd ache since. Before that nothing worked to ease the pain.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Re: I have to defend the police here... @AC

>@Chris et al

You're obviously stupid but not stupid enough to give your name.

No they don't, for the same reason they don't send you reminders not to tie your shoe laces(*) too tight, those activities are not illegal.

(*)Shoe laces - Stringy things some people use for securing their shoes, not to be confused with velcro.

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Re: Hmmm. (Chris W)

Irongut, that is not my personal opinion but the sterotypical image that the el reg tipster was trying to convey. I have been known to don a pair of Doc Martens and while not sporting a completely bald bonce do not usually got for the flowing locks look, in which I include short back and sides. I wish it to be known that the Doc Marten wearing skinheads that I have encountered have tended to be warm, freindly, welcoming people who wouldn't hurt a fly nor say boo to a ghost, and I'm not just saying that because I don't want to get beaten up.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

>I have reason to believe

No wonder your brain's rotted, you've been watching too much TV. The ISPs response will be to tell you to sod off and get a court order. They won't know you from Jack S.... professional or otherwise. Your estimated ten minutes for all ISPs were up long ago and you've got nowhere.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

Khaptain. Just call an ISP, tell them you're the duty officer at your local nick and you'd like them to do such and such. Start now, I'm timing you. Let us know when you've got the information you've asked for.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

>Maybe a quick call to the local ISPs/Telcos to determine if any unusal activity had been recorded recently.. 10 minute call at most.

There's just no response to that. I'd ask if your head hurts but it's probably in a permanent state of numbrness.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

But we've established that the alleged busybody is a flag of St. George waving neanderthal and possibly a dailymail reader so I doubt you'll get any sound technical information from him.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

Instead of telling us what hey should have done tell us how they should have done it. How exactly were the police to have established more facts?

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

>Who suggested that? You're exaggerating.

Khaptain seems to think they could have gone round to investigate the tip off, other than such a response our fearful el reg surfer would be far gone by the time a normal police officer had got round there.

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Re: Hmmm.

>"obnoxiously flaunts the cross of St George"?

You need to read between the lines. It would appear that the anon el reg tipster is suggesting his alleged accuser may be a knuckle dragging neanderthal Doc Marten wearing skinhead devoid of the technical finesse of your average El Reg reader.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

The police response was correct, whether you like it or not. They are not going to immediately send round an armed rapid response team on a tip-off of piggy backing. They had a tip-off and the letter to residents was an appropriate response in the face of possible criminal activity going on in their neighbourhood.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

>Why was no-one intially sent out to determine what ALL the facts were?

And who are they going to ask? The anonymous El Reg informant here only speculates that he was the person who was complained about and probably wouldn't be around to question by the time the complaint had been processed.

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WTF Do you lot think the police should do?

If someone reports they thought they saw a pickpocket operating in an area the police will issue a warning. Similarly if there have been a number of incidents of just about anything such as cars being scratched, homes being burgled or whatever.

Just because this is some chap who reported what he thought to be piggy backing and the police reaction was not to your liking you're all up on your high horses hurling abuse. You might think your technically adept but most of you are just showing how far you've got your head stuck up your backside.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

>Sorry about the tone but the police should react on fact not on speculation

And until they've been round to Mr. Xavia's house to investigate HTH do you expect them to know whether your scenario is fact or not.

You are effectively saying that the police should not respond to anything. How would you feel if your neighbour phoned the police to report that someone was in your house while he knew you to be on holiday and they asked them to prove it before they went round?

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Mentions is only available to public figures with verified Pages

Shirley you could ask out intrepid playmonaut to use his celebrity status to create a page and have him check out the app.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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Re: Someone with a firm grasp of Latin grammar @Isendel Steel

>Would be the same as asking Mr Fry - as he was Jeeves to Laurie's Wooster

I despair that someone felt the need to explain that. Maybe you'd care to explain how Fink-Nottle fits in to all this as well.

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Re: Someone with a firm grasp of Latin grammar

>Does he go around saying 'hujus, hujus, hujus'

I've no idea, maybe you should ask Jeeves.

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Someone with a firm grasp of Latin grammar

Stephen Fry, perchance?

You could always try asking.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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@Alister

Or if she'd based the canoe on her anus, to the phrase "Up shit creek without a paddle"

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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@Shane McCarrick

Read the article and note the addresses. It would appear that they ventured out onto the roof from one of their own apartments, simply staying indoors would have given them more than enough privacy, so much so, that it seems more than likely they wanted to be seen.

However it could be that the apartment was full, a party for example, and they did indeed seek privacy on the roof.

Given the choice, I think I'll go with the first theory.

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At least...

...they're not the usual ugly as sin eye/memory bleach required couple. Hell, you can even tell which is the male and female.

Must also say that $1,800 bail seems a bit steep. Newark must be a tough place for real criminals.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Sounds like it's time for Ariadne to get her box of felt pens out.

Let's hope with the passing of time she hasn't lost her artistic bent.

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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Re: Money isn't everything, @ h4rm0ny

>Using Amazon typically saves time over going round lots of different shops.

If the government is fixing the price so that all shops have roughly the same price then there will be no need to go round lots of different shops looking for a better deal effectively taking price out of the equation You will choose the place you buy from based on the friendliness and courteousness of the staff, something the French are not noted for. So Amazon should still win. However, part of French culture seems to dictate that the customer likes to be either ignored or insulted, as price is no longer a factor maybe culture will win and the French will continue to go to the book stores.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: For extra bonus points...

>one of the screws in the signs ought to be somewhat oversized

If there were it wouldn't be difficult to put right as there are still iron mongers in Spain where you can buy just one screw.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Apple decided there would be no clits on the iPhone

Isn't that a bit late, with the recent vibrator app, iVibe Massager, I would have thought there'd be loads of clits on iPhones.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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The fault is partly with the law on "indecent images" and pornography

>Firstly, that children's bare bottoms may be considered to be pornography,

I thought the law allowed for how the image was being used. For example if I saved this image for what it is, a bit of amusing fun, then there is no problem. However, if I saved it because I think a little girl's bare bum is a sexual object and I might have a quick one off the wrist later on then it's a no-no. I know the police will always go for the latter interpretation but the contents of your image colllection should show how you are likely to interpret the image.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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@ Condiment

>National Security is mentioned, but in this case its the "for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime" that allowed them to demand the keys.

I don't see how that can apply. The crime had already been committed hence detected and could not be prevented neither.

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Re: What happened to the right to remain silent? @John G Imrie

>It was removed several years ago

No it wasn't. You can still remain silent and not answer any questions only now the police can mention it in court as if to say that you must be guilty if you didn't say something.

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

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What's in a name...

Islamic Territories of Iraq and the Levant

Just imagine all those jobs requiring ITIL certification being investigated by the NSA or whatever and all the training courses or being refused entry to the US for being ITIL certified.

With a little more thought they could have caused quite a bit more disruption.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: I wonder how they got this information?

>then the next best thing to do would be to simply destroy the airport

I've said this before, the way to cause most disruption is a suicide bomber in the body scanner.

However both this and any attack in the airport will not create the same sort of terror reaction that the thought of being blown out of the sky would. So in terms of terror it would not matter whether flights are in reality terror proof, sowing the seeds of doubt is sufficient. Leave an external HDD full of glue and bolts to be found in a suitable place and that's what you've got. Terror for virtually nothing.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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Re: New Category Needed

Use your thumb - either turn off the TV or change channel. Anything that insults ones intelligence isn't worthy of further action.

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

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Re: Not the best ever Friday article

The situation will be rectified shortly.

Re: Pronunciation. What about Andalucia? Possibly wa'ap

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Not the best ever Friday article

I've only ever heard it pronounced wasap and not being mobile phone obsessed thought it was to do with a beer advert of a few years ago.

It seems most beer related words are feminine, my favourite being jarra and at the moment one that has preferably been pre-iced in a freezer.

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: not password protected?

Nothing strange heret. Our home PC has an admin user which is password protected and the user accounts which aren't. We don't have anything to hide from each other so passwords on user accounts is not necessary. However, what's in the admin account stays in the admin account.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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If the firefighters had failed to free him...

...would it have been a cock up.

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Now he knows...

...what it feels like to be a right dick

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: "nutters with an unhealthy fixation for Friday-afternoon El Reg columnists"

>my fixation is no unhealthy

Maybe not but talking with a scottish accent is

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Tell me about it

You make some sarcastic remark about paranoid Americans and the NSA on a linkedin article and the next thing you know you get some security analyst for the South Carolina State Guard wanting to be your friend.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: Biolite stove..

I'd rather make a hobo stove, leave my mobile at home and enjoy the festival.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Re: I tried to understand

>... and now my brain hurts

In that case you're probably part of the 4% of adults who still use paper communications, either that or a pair of pliers.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Exactly how...

...do these apps MAKE you buy anything?

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Why the bile in the comments

Never heard of her? Sure, just fishing for upvotes, even I've heard of her and I'm a million miles from a celeb culture mindframe. And you don't know what she does, whoever the hell is reading the articles for you is not doing their job, it plainly says in the headline she's a super model.

Next, she got funding for a web site. Why take it out on her? It's the funding body that should be under scrutiny. Doesn't look as if she's spent the funding on herself, maybe some bad publicity stunts but at least her heart's in the right place, she's just out of her depth.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: definition: applied scientist? @plrndl

>Surely the essential characteristic of a boffin is the ability to put vast amounts of learning to a practical use that benefits the rest of us.

I'd disagree, a boffin can also come up with something we may think for a fleeting second is a wicked idea yet is totally impractical and of no benefit to almost anyone, something like a Sinclair C5 for example. Maybe many a boffin has cut their teeth in the R&D departments of K-Tel and Ronco before going on to do real boffinry.

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Re: @Domeyhead

>You have something there Chris

As I said, credit to Bill Bryson, and it was OU lecturers he was describing.

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@Domeyhead

That is an old school boffin.

A mid-eighties boffin would be dressed as if they'd bought all their clothes on one expedition to C & A in the seventies, credit to Bill Bryson for that.

A modern day boffin would be just as un-kempt.

In short a boffin couldn't give two hoots about personal appearance and matching garments, has no dress sense and hair (if they have any) is an inconvenience(*).

The car is hard to quantify more than being old. I can see boffins lovingly caring for a car they've had forever and equally see others driving a rust bucket they've had forever.

(*) If this was the only thing to define a boffin then according to my wife I'd be Boffin High Commander.

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Re: The socks have it

>able to explain simple facts and phenomena in such complex and technical terms

I used to be able to do that after about 6 pints on a Friday night.

Now I only need half a pint, if I ever again get to six pints I'd be totally unintelligible. Is this an indication that my boffinry is increasing or am I losing it?

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Boffin

Before acquiescing to his demand...

...I hope you verified that he wore a white coat.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: The 13 year old boy in me....

I think you could have phrased that better, unless you really did have a 13 year old boy in you.

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