* Posts by The Nazz

699 posts • joined 18 Jan 2013


Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Meanwhile Macron ...

is making swimming lessons compulsory so that all the young unemployed can swim to Dublin for the jobs.

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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Tp paraphrase John Lennon

Happy Christmas, crime is over.

Yeah, dream on.

Wouldn't be so bad if the BBC didn't glamourise part of it in pursuing their agenda.

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Re: 650 willing crowd subjects

re Flywheel

IMO i know that Cressida is not photogenic but she's not THAT bad.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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At least it didn't require a tattoo

across someone's forehead advertising the product.

No link handy but some years back The Reg had an article with some dumb redneck, probably quite impoversished too, taking them up on the offer, to be paid $100,000 if they had the radio stations logo and frequency tattooed on their forehead. Doing so and not getting the payout, going to court and losing*. Because "advertising" by itself is a "puff" and not meant to be taken seriously.

To add insult to injury (self inflicted mind) the radio station changed it's name and frequency shortly afterwards.

*tbf if i were a Judge i'd have ruled in his favour.

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Re: Santa Claus

Unless you are a delivery driver ( and i assume not) you have my sympathies ( and they're a rare, very rare thing).

Once a month is my limit.

tbf, it's quite an accomplished and well designed campaign. Nothing new, back in the good old days many a business offered a small prize for the public using their creative minds in submitting a multitude of free slogans, some good some crap but usually a winner is in there.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Have a look on youtube for clips of a Rolling Stones tour wherein at each gig a guest singer appears on stage and joins in to sing, presumably live, a song or two.

The one who can't sing and sounds utterly dreadful is the aforementioned Ms Swift.

Fortunately, i've not been exposed to any other work of hers to know whether or not that is usually the case.

Despite that, or maybe because of it, she has been and is very successful (by some measure) a la Ed Sheeran.

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Re: The dawn of digital "checkpoints" for government control

re : think of the children, a tragic story :


Meanwhile, in the real world, the UK police can't even police themselves adequately. Icebergs and tips thereof come to mind.

UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles

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Re: No charge...

Upvoted for your first three paragraphs.

FFS can we get away from the "there must be compensation for everything" culture?

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Re: A worrying precedent?

Indeed. Shame it wasn't around from say 1997, when it could have advertantly (is that permissible, if not, then deliberately) blocked one of Blairs biggest lies.

Equally, it could be applied to any number of historical events.

Perhaps why it shouldn't be applied to any future events.

25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security

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Hacking made easier.

Hacker 1 : We should maybe target the NHS, plenty of private details in there.

Hacker 2 : Hell yeah, why don't we send them a FoI request and see which ones may have poor security.

Hacker 1 : Good Idea. Hey there's a few here who don't employ anyone or even bother to spend money on IT security. Let's target them first.

Hacker 2 : Yeah, we'll do it Friday afternoon when no-ones about.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Since when has Kazakhstan been a European country?

And no, simply being in Eurovision (if indeed it is) doesn't count.

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Re: Too much pessimism

I would sort of agree. On the whole, the Internet has been good for me.

But in the latter half of my lifetime, the thing that has been shattered and is now wholly lacking, in Politicians, Government and local, Big Business especially, is TRUST.

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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Re: eliptical orbit satellite...

re stack of six LP's.

Yeah, my dad had one of the "Radiograms" that did that. Initially impressive.

Until you realise that each LP slips a little on the one below, not only sounding poor but also damaging the grooves.

Even worse with 7" singles.

Edit : Turned out the ex Mrs was much better at handling 7" singles, and the rest , who'da guessed eh?

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Telling porkies?

I hope every thing goes well for the Chinese and their mission(s).

But if no-one else can see the far side, how would we know if their lander simply crashed and they subsequently put out the pretence of regular communications "from the surface", which were actually created in a studio in Sichaun?

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Re: Brings this quote to mind...

Yep, space is hugely big all right.

From the article, I was doing well with the 18bn km ( i can visualise that, yeah) in 40+ years.

Them, whammo, 300 more years to get to the start of the Ooort Cloud and 30,000 years to get to the other side. Ridiculous, even if it is the proverbial peanuts v the universe.

You'll be telling me next that even if it could be speeded up and fly indefinitely, that it would never reach the edge of the universe.

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

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Alternative solution?

Can we not have him appointed to the Board of Huawei?

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Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

re Cue, not queue.

One of the things i like about the comments section of The Register is the wide range of comments made from people around the world. Many of whom do not have English as their mother tongue, though of which many have a much better grasp/use of the English language and grammar than i have.

The last time i read "Right on queue" was on Twitter from a young woman who also proudly posted her "First Class Degree" certificate, in English Language, from Sheffield Hallam University (formerly known as Sheffield Polytechnic - when i was there, lol). Hardly a typo is it.

Not bad for £40,000 debt eh?

Edited to add in *in English Language*.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: Ericsson software apparently to blame

Don't quote me on this, but isn't that what Ulrika Jonsson (sp?) said on the ending of their relationship?

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Thank you Mr D Collins.

For your (and colleagues) actions on this matter including seizure and publication. Well done.

Now, if you would just be so kind as to arrange for absolutely FULL and TOTAL* disclosure of all matters relating to UK parliamentary expenses, house "flipping" and such like, everyone, not just those successfully prosecuted for it, so that you and colleagues can also be reviewed by various externalities, then i would be ever so obliged. Thank you in advance.

What's that? You couldn't possibly do that? Why ever not?

* with one exception. I don't really wish to know the actual title of the pornographic material claimed on expenses, in the full performance of her parliamentary duties, made by a former Home Secretary.

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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I know of a couple who have their pension hanging on their lounge wall, a rather unassuming painting.

It's real value is safely tucked away in a bank vault, the handwritten letter of authenticity (provenance) by the painter himself, David Hockney.

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)

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Re: The phone call to BT will go like this

But, if we did have that legal obligation to supply 10 mb/s we'd happily charge you £60 a month, on top of our exhorbitant landline charges.

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

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Costs of £364.08

An enquiring mind wonders what the 8p was for?

Probably cost the CPS, or whoever, far more than 8p to tally the costs so precisely.

UK taxman told to chill out 'cos loan charge is whacking tax dodgers and whoopsies alike

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also Christa Ackroyd

Not only footballers but many television "personalities" or "talent" may be involved. If CA is to believed, and i don't see why not, her employer, the BBC DEMANDED that she start up such a scheme.

Around the time that Glasgow Rangers got into severe financial difficulties , the BBC also reported that their own investigations revealed that of 54,000 people they "remunerate" some 24,000 of them were on such schemes.

Tbh, the article doesn't say what "the loan charge" is and how it adversely and retrospectively affects those involved. It would've helped me had it said so, or a link.

Edit : I too have little sympathy for people caught out by this, they made a choice to maximise their own income. Which has backfired.

Very similar to those who took on endowment mortgages, many bragging that they'll "make" £200,000 profit/windfall when it matures and yet now want the taxpayer to pick up the shortfalls that are appearing/will soon appear.

Like fuck they would've shared their gains with ordinary taxpayers.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: Isn't it bad?

Apologies for pushing in, bad form i know, but i saw this it thought it apt.


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Re: The favourite weapon of the 21st century

I agree entirely with your first point, and long term it's gonna be frightening how it plays out.

However, as regards you second point, ha ha bloody ha ha. It's largely the same mob that have been educated, educated and educated some more since 1997 by the current educational system, also subject to the propaganda and social programming that the BBC have churned out. Maybe the corporations head start isn't that great.

Not that our current, or recent, MP's haven't had skin in the game in at least one of, if not both, those processes.

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Re: actually driving a teenager to threaten suicide?

re "Presumably social services will be scheduled for a visit, along with a shrink. Her poor parents must be mortified, worried, and thoroughly embarrassed."

Parents SHOULD be worried if they are scheduled for a visit from Social Services.

It's not like they have a good track record (no pun intended) on good interventions, is it?

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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a month late maybe, but a young lad was telling his english teacher what he did over the weekend.

"I put a lit firework, a banger, up the dogs arse miss, blew his balls off."

"Ahem, rectum."

"Aye, yer not joking there miss. Blood all over the place."

From Motown to lockdown: Detroit bathroom bung IT exec gets one year in the clink

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"The economy must be really bad in Detroit for someone to risk imprisonment for 30k USD over 7 years."

That they know of.

Let's suppose the true figure was more like $300,000 +. How many would own up to that?

Three become six as new 'nauts arrive for a visit to the ISS

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A lesson to be learned here.

Firstly, congrats on yet another successful launch and rendezvous.

The lesson that a lot of modern day manufacturers could learn? If it (the design)ain't broke don't fix it.

Shoddy, or malicious*, workmanship, well that's an entirely different story.

Speaking of malicious, the BBC carried a news item recently of someone taping scalpel blades to childrens playground slides. WTF is the world coming to?

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Oh dear ...

First bunch of students "We thought we'd have a laugh and erect some christmas lights in the shape of a penis."

Second bunch of students "Well it's offensive, reeks of toxic masculinity, rape culture and it's ....it's ....it's oh so, so white. Don't you care about diversity?"

First lot again "Well yeah, we did think of putting a black one up but no-one would've seen it. And besides, the buildings only three stories high."

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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I'm looking forward to the signs they use in Scunthorpe.

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re Dave 126

Yep, brilliant idea.

Now all we need are Police forces who care a toss.

"Can i report some littering, McDonalds wrappers thrown, by a fat bird, out of a moving vehicle by a fat lass, of which i took a note of the the registration plate?"

"Hmmm, a fat bird you say, you're nicked sonny jim."

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Gold rush... John Sutter regrets.


There again, if it hadn't have been Sutter it would have been someone else in due course.

re Blockchain, at least the Aussies only spent $700,000 looking into it and pretty much ruling it ineffective for anything. Money which does end up in someone's pocket of course, but has pretty much come out of every taxpayers pocket.

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, finance VP Stephen Chamberlain charged with fraud in US

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I thought the purpose of an audit was to dig deep into the businesses records, not just accounting, to determine the factuality of all matters? "Being lied to" is a) a matter that would soon be discovered and b) not an excuse in any event.

if, and it's a big if, they were "backdating" contracts and revenues as per the charge sheet, then it seems to me their UK VAT invoices would be invalid, and unlawful, on the "point of supply" dating.

Maybe, they did fully comply with the UK accounting standards at the time.

Can never understand why it takes years, and months of actual trials, to determine relatively simple facts.

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

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Is this the resulting outcome?


See this, Google? Microsoft happy to take a half-billion in sweet, sweet US military money to 'increase lethality'

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A new Modern Democracy.

Overhearing a school Games/Physical Education teacher in conversation :

"I teach under 15's Rugby*. The problem is, i tell the boys what we are gonna do and they go and do it. I tell the girls what we are gonna do and i get 15 opinions back on what they think we should be doing."

It now appears to be a growing issue in democracies and employment.

If you work for Google/Microsoft/Raytheon (to name a few) and don't like what they are doing, making and selling then go work somewhere else. Become an organic vegan farmer or whatever.

* those alert enough will notice it's proper ruggers, not the hitherto M62 variety.

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Re: Location

Knowing a little about the geography of the west coast of the USA i'd have expected there to be more snowflakes in the Seattle area than San Francisco but there you go. (Not counting proximity to ski areas).

Er, we have 670 staff to feed now: UK's ICO fines 100 firms that failed to pay data protection fee

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Re: Not paying the ICO is NOT the problem

re Theatre tickets, and other matters.

Pay by CASH. Keep the receipt.

When they ask for a name and address simply make one up. Or use the M-i-L's.

If everyone did it, the "spammers" would have so much useless data, it may cause them to lose heart. Especially if they spoke to the M-i-L.

Forget DeepFakes. This robo-Rembrandt with AI for brains is not bad at knocking off paintings

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Let me know when they have a real AI pseudo-painter.

As i'd like the lounge doing.

I know in my mind what i'd like it to look like, but somehow, with my choice of colours and maybe (lack of) skilled technique, it never turns out quite(anything?) like i'd like it to be.

Let the AI machine tune into my brainwaves and get on with it.

Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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Re: Gendered Connectors

re AC and handwriting :

For everyone's amusement : "Snowbanks of Life."


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Re: Gendered Connectors

Little girl runs inside crying to mummy.

"What's the matter darling?"

"Little Johnny has just dropped his trousers, shown me a sticky out thing he calls a willy and teases me that i haven't got one."

"Aw bless" says mum, and dropping her skirt adds "i haven't got one either, but the thing to remember is that as long as you have one of these you can get as many of those as you want."

It was a lit CeBIT see, got teeny weeny, world's biggest tech show yearly party... closed its German fest's doors yesterday

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Re: English..

re releasing "Itsy Teeny Weeny etc"

So did Brian Hyland ( and probably many others ) back in the early 60's.

I'm only vaguely aware of Wackaday, Timmy Mallett and Bombalarina and thankfully no more than that.

The antisocial network: 'Facebook has a black people problem,' claims staffer in exit salvo

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re BBC

Funny you should mention the BBC. He should get a job there, they'd promote him.

A lesson from the late great Shel Silverstein :


3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day

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Excellent news

Perhaps operations like this could be applied to many more issues.

And now, how about setting about the rest of the advertising industry to make it honest?

Like say xxxxtome having 17. 3bn unique users etc

Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego

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And for the brave or sheer foolish ....


Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

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Extending the fines?

Genuine question, as i'm wholly unknowledgable ( and too lazy to google ) on matters regarding GDPR.

Are the 4% fines levied on both Google AND the advertisers (agencies and brands) in such breaches?

If not they ought to be. Legitimate businesses would soon change their ways if they were also fined for unwelcome adverts finding there way to me and others.

Barnet Council reckons Capita's dropped the ball on outsourced services

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Re: I'm shocked that someone has found Capita wanting. Shocked, I tells ya.

Arboreal defecation.

Or alternatively, gives new meaning to "shitting logs". Ouch

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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Or maybe it's also that many DE "households" around here have acquired, at very low cost, many such items initially bought by ABC'ers?

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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Ha ha, did they call it "Funktsionalno-gruzovoy blok" to save on paying the USAians a licence fee for the copyright on the words functional and block?

Shouldn't need to but here goes >>>> (was gonna insert a suitable icon here but they've gone).

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re Skegness

Wish i'd bookmarked it then i could have provided a link, but somewhere back in the midst of time, i grabbed a photo of the universe (well, a large chunk of it, ok, a small chunk of it) with an arrow and label pointing to Skegness.



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