* Posts by Mooseman

273 posts • joined 10 Mar 2011


One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: 1984

"Largely an urbane myth. Amongst other things, infant mortality was much higher which distorted the numbers badly."

Exactly - Average life expectancy in Manchester in the mid 19th century, for example, was about 35, due to the massive infant mortality rate. A fairly typical post by Bombastic Bob - selfish and distorting facts.

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Re: 1984

"You mean all of the pensioners that up until the point of drawing a pension were paying into the pension pot so they would have a pension when they retired"

Your pension contributions are paying for those currently retired.

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Re: 1984

"As a proportion of GDP, welfare spending is or higher than the level it was during the Blair-Brown free money era. But don't let facts cloud your judgement."

Welfare increase due to more pensioners would cover that quite happily. We have an aging population (which is why of course we need a lot of young immigrants but never mind). Don't let inconvenient bias cloud your judgement.

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence

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Re: The view through Rose Lawn tinted glasses ....... Spectacular Monoculars :-)

/ "everybody in the family voted for Trump, because we can't stand Hilary." It's no wonder /

Except Clinton won the popular vote by about 3 million, which rather sinks your supposition that Trump was the popular choice. There is no evidence of her colluding with Russia, while the investigation into your hero gets nearer every day, despite his interference, to nailing him.

Keep trying, even though it makes you look silly.

Civil liberties groups take another swing at Brit snooping regime in Euro human rights court

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Re: Better get Skates on


No, you're wrong about so much. Were we to stay in the EU the world will now view us with great and justifiable suspicion, however we would still get trade and other benefits because we would still be in the EU.

Of course not all leave voters are racists, but all the racists voted leave. I know quite a few leave voters and without exception they are neither old nor racist, but all of them have fallen prey to the endless anti eu bilge coming out of the media and government over the last few decades, to the point where they believe the fiction and call the facts "project fear" or "fake news", and join in the government minister-led nonsense of "we've had enough of experts", as if being uninformed and gullible were somehow to be applauded.

As usual from a leave voter you spout the "don't like democracy" nonsense. Democracy means people can change their minds, you realise? No doubt you believe that the EU is undemocratic and passes endless laws over us, neither of which are faintly true, but there we have the crux of the problem - people who didn't give a monkeys about the eu for years are suddenly howling about democracy and sovereignty, while all they really care about is immigration; something that has never been out of our control yet successive governments have done precisely sod-all to curtail because we need foreign skilled works and foreign labour force. The joke will be on them, of course - once we have driven EU workers out with our lunatic government we will still need the workforce, and this time they will come from India. Still migrant workers, just a little too brown for a lot of leave voters.

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Re: Data fetishism

The problem is they have already got more data than they know what to do with. The killers of Lee Rigby for example were not only known to the security forces but had their phone and emails recorded. The obsession with security as a tool for keeping tabs on the bulk of the population is getting out of hand - actual terrorists skirt around the problem, eg the Paris attackers who simply used SMS messages.

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Re: Well ...

"There's a Labour/Momentum plan to impose a single party state"

I'm looking forward to any evidence of this claim. Sounds like the kind of thing we all ought to know about, can you post links, quotes, video evidence, reputable reporting of it? For such a massive statement there should be literally tons of evidence. No? Perhaps you're talking out of your arse then?

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Re: Better get Skates on

"your average remoan voter never understood that

Fixed that for you."

Brave enough to be anon while posting the same tired sad little insults. Don't like democracy? Then never vote again, never do anything but put your 100% support behind any government whether you voted for them or not. and above all never ever voice your opposition to anything that the party/whatever you didn't vote for does.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Yep

" Seriously, I voted for and support Trump"

We can tell. Your comment are uniformly stupid.

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Re: Yep

as usual the trumptards start with sad little insults,

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Re: Shocked

"There's zero proof that Apple does not have access to TouchID or can't gain that access if or when it is required. It's their firmware after all and it can be modified at any time."

There is zero proof that invisible dragons aren't running the planet. You can't assume something is true because you simply don't like a company. What you need is actual proof that Apple can transmit and retain your fingerprint ID from your phone. THAT would be worth commenting on.

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Re: Well helloooooo.

"The level of naivety of this statement is staggering."

No more so than the happy assumption that the police in Scotland will remove your DNA and details from their files if you're not convicted. However, other than a slightly paranoid stance about the police do you have any evidence to suggest the police DON'T delete your data?

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Re: Floor drains

Wasn't the Shell building in that situation? The servers were in the basement - of a building on the banks of the Thames....

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

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No, that's the readers posting their opinion. Are you saying we cant post opinions unless they support Trump and Brexit? Or can you give examples of how Trumpo and wrexit have benefitted anyone (other than A ) himself and B ) the very wealthy)

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Re: Fake news

" fake news do not come only from the internet, they are coordinated by mainstream media"

Mainstream like...the BBC? The Mail? Express? Telegraph, Times, Sun?

So what you call "fake news" actually means "news I don't like that doesnt come from media organisations that tell me how great it is all going to be"?

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Re: The usual suspect

"most of those in that dole queue never learned another skill than standing in that same dole queue, thanks to the NHS (and similar organizations) being to miserly to spend anything on educating them."

I didn't realise the NHS ran schools. You live and learn.

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Re: Brextarvation

"But beware...you'll be also faced with the austerity-related fairy tales, in order to continue the erosion of workers' and citizens' rights..."

Imposed by national governments not the EU.

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Re: Ahh...

": could it be that our farming system does not produce enough food for us?"

that, and the fact that we now rely heavily on imported food types that our forefathers never saw. Does our future hold the prospect of 1970s style school dinners all round?

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Re: a severe case of the trots.

"However I don't think any future government, in my lifetime, would never, ever dare to put forward the idea of a referendum, ever again."

Or at least if they do, it will have sensible limits on what qualifies as a result - a minimum margin in favour like 60-40, for example, not some insane first past the post scenario where we could be plunged into crisis by a single vote, or, failing that, never accept a referendum result as legally binding.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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"Hello! Do you have a minute to talk about Dracula?"

Shouldn't it be "good evening" in a heavy Bela Lugosi accent?

What's the fate of our Solar System? Boffins peer into giant crystal ball – ah, no, wait, that's our Sun in 10bn years

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Re: crystal

Sadly, I can only upvote you once, you deserve more ! Happy days scorning docking computers....

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Many mysteries

"Are you claiming there's no distinctive differences between people evolved in different regions/climates of this planet?"

Uh, yes. Have a look at a skeleton from Africa, Europe or America. Now look at at their blood. If you can spot any difference not due to diet please let me know.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: Why not?

Anyone thinking that Britain can make deals with the rest of the world better than it can within the EU is painfully naïve. The USA and China have deals with around 20 countries each. Let that sink in for a moment - the USA and China, 2 of the worlds biggest economies. The EU has deals with about 90.

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Re: Why not?

"They actually believe that leavers are uneducated, elderly and did it all for emotional reasons like 'Rule Britannia' and racism or xenophobia.

Because that is what the media told them., Backed up by finding out of 1000 the only example to interview on prime time that fitted the stereotype."

Nope. I know quite a few leave voters, not one of them is racist. Every single one of them however firmly believes that the EU passes laws over us, controls most aspects of our lives and takes about a third of our tax. One of them honestly believes the EU forced JLR to sell cars in Germany for less than it costs to make them. None of them are elderly. They are all gullible and have been bombarded with decades of bullshit about the EU from the media (most of which is very right wing and does not go round telling people nasty things about its own readers) and from the UK government blaming every cock up on "Brussels", from failure to deport immigrants, charge overseas paitents for NHS care, failure to deport terrorist suspects, austerity, etc etc. All of which made headline news in rags like the Mail again and again, and you bleat about media stereotyping leave voters?

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Re: I jus' wanna let rip at a hate figure

"Your ability to sack either figure is exactly equal, as far as I can see."

Just like your ability to sack any of our cabinet. They are elected for a term of office, that's it. You do not get to choose who serves as what as soon as your input is done, so don't start with the "undemocratic EU" nonsense please.

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

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Re: Surprised about El Al

"most of their passengers are goyim, so only as important as their wallets"

Care to post any more anti semitic stereotypes?

No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

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Re: Not just fantasy

Ah, proper wargaming. I remember playing games like Napoleon in Italy which took about a week to set up and could only be played if someone has a spare room we could leave it ready to play in for the next month.

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Re: Natural 20

"Pah! Everyone knows they crop up nine times out of ten!"

Ah. No. See, it only happens if the odds are EXACTLY a million to one.

I second the call for a Pterry icon though.

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Re: Check the die

We had dice like that in the early 80s - cheap plastic meant they became essentially spherical after a while. Rolling them became a general search for the things under the table.

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D20s? Try a D4

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Re: Statistically speaking

" spouses who don't approve of the hobby "

My spouse is an avid player, except when she has to wade through half a dozen books to look something up. Too much material has been released which adds very little to the game (3e)

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Re: Statistically speaking

" I remember playing it in the late 70s and all you could buy were a few AD&D (TM) books"

Books? Luxury. We had to scrabble about looking in imported magazines.

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Because Clinton clearly isn't in the early stages of dementia, unlike Trump

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Re: Or, just maybe...

"I notice that someone has now been going through my previous comments - before this thread - methodically downvoting them"

Or....and I know this might be a shock....they disagree with you. Calling someone immature simply for not accepting your point of view is....immature.

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Re: Red herring

"People who say "Breitbart and Fox are all lies" are saying that because the media THEY view are reporting in a way that looks the opposite"

Uh, really? Fox news that slavishly parrots Trump, has "experts" on prime time tv that describe how areas of the UK are under sharia law and the police cant go there? THAT fox news that only "appears" to lie? Breitbart is a mouthpiece for the extreme right wing, and will happily disseminate any old codswallop as long as it promotes their ugly political stance.

Left wing journalists make stuff up? I think you need citations. I can give you one about a right wing "journalist" who was fired for lying from the Times in the UK, you may have heard of him, he's called Boris Johnson. The media has become more and more right wing in recent decades, Fox and Breitbart are not a reaction, they are the ultimate distillation of blind delusion.

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Re: Red herring

"anyone in favour of Brexit is labeled a racist"

Anyone who is in favour of brexit because of immigration is, yes. Not all brexit supporters are racist, however all the racists voted leave.

If you are suggesting that the "far right" "alt-right" etc are simply words made up to somehow put down policitcal stancces that are not left leaning then you are fooling yourself. Alt-right is an umbrella term to include all the fringe groups in the US such as holocaust deniers, and was itself coined by Paul Gottfried in 2008 (himself a self described "paleoconservative") to describe the growth of a new right wing of politics in the USA. It has not been made up by someone denigrating the right wing movement, although you seem to believe that people confuse capitalism with fascism.

It's the usual conservative viewpoint of course - anyone who is poor must be poor because they are essentially lazy. Of course there are those who abuse the system to avoid doing any actual useful work, but even the most rabid right winger realises that these are a very, very small minority. Anyone who categorises someone hard working as right wing as as deluded as someone who categorises someone receiving welfare as scrounging or lazy, or dismisses the very real threat posed by extreme right wing politics - and make no mistake, it is right wing, not socialism that is the threat - as merely "identity politics"

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Re: Respect my authoritay

One of my neighbours regularly spams my facebook account with extreme right-wing memes, and is always surprised when I point out the source of her "information". Much the same way my elderly parents viewed everything written in the newspapers as something skin to holy script.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Easily solved

"What, you mean like how it was a dead cert, shoe-in that Hillary would win in 2016? 98% likely wasn't it, on the night?"

Well, she won the popular vote by a margin of 3 million. So, yes.

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

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Re: Patch disables SMB 2 ?

SMB 1 is auto uninstalled by our latest batch of Win10 on set up. Unfortunately we are stuck with software that will not run under SMB2, so Win 10 set up is even more irritating than normal.

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Re: Brings this quote to mind...

"Can you imagine though that it did, peered over the edge and radioed back what it found?"

Presumably a turtle.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Re: You got the chainsaw! Find some meat...

I remember talking about Doom with Terry Pratchett, he was of the opinion that if you couldn't finish Doom using just the shotgun you weren't a real player. The chainsaw was a giggle though.

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Re: DoooooooooM...ed

We used to do a sweep of users' personal drives to check for files that were banned by the company, executables, etc. On occasion we found games worth playing - night shifts (when all hell didn't break loose in the real world - were spent playing Doom across the network, I mean testing network speeds. Ahem.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: Arrested for being drunk

"how can anyone be certain that the drunkard in the car won't try to take control?"

That actually happened to a friend of mine - she was driving round a corner when the drunk passenger panicked and grabbed the wheel, resulting in the car rolling. Luckily nobody was seriously hurt other than the car.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Re: Darned tech!

/Me: "WTF??? We just did the same @#$&*! thing half a dozen times!"

Tech: "Yeah, but I understand what's going on"/

I do this every day - the users know enough to try a reboot, then they call me. My first response is usually the same, and 9 times out of 10 it works. Cue grinding of teeth.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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Re: Great Scott!

You can tell a lot about someone's attitude by the language they use. Sorry, the "mangled into a queer" phrase dripped venom and casual unpleasantness.

And no its not about essentially "growing a pair" - if you are constantly belittled and insulted and are then told to essentially "get over it" it shows that you don't have a clue.

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Re: what about Galactica?

The BSG was rather good, until they ran out of ideas at the end. No reason the heroic pilot shouldn't be a woman, I thought she was very good.

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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Re: He actually sounds...

Sounds like an IT director I had once - he was very enthusiastic about using "these new emails" (this was about 1998...) and how they sped up communication. One morning he appeared at my desk asking for help with a technical issue. It turns out that his PA was absent and he couldn't log in to his PC and get his emails printed off - the poor woman used to go through his emails, print them off for him, then he would dictate a response and she would then reply to the emails on his behalf.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: Covfefe

Clearly Covfefe was true. It's the best word. Nobody else has words like it.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: time travel

That's easy for you to say. I used to know a guy who had done just that. He spent 2 years in a concentration camp - and yes they existed before Belsen - in the 1930s. Some of the stories he had would make your stomach churn, and this was before they started the industrial mass murder.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

"While it was a cock-up, it was an understandable one"

Very unfortunate for the individual involved but let's also not forget that it was on the same day that tube trains and buses had been blown up by terrorists, and the police were very jumpy.


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