* Posts by gazthejourno

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

gazthejourno
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Re: Won't 'sub-judice' apply here?

Ta - we've got the pub booked and the beer tankers on standby!

To an extent yes. It all falls under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and the law of defamation. We're bound not to publish anything that creates a "substantial risk of serious prejudice" to legal proceedings - in other words, airing stuff that isn't heard inside the courtroom by a jury or introduced by either side's lawyers. Judges are mostly immune to prejudicial material, jurors much less so. You can actually write quite a bit from the papers in an ongoing case - I did it extensively during the Google Right To Be Forgotten trial (e.g. this witness statement)

Things like commentary on whether one side's guilty or not before the verdict are what generally gets people in trouble - some American columnist who thought he was being all cool and trendy about Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks during the phone-hacking trials got an entire issue of GQ magazine pulped a few years ago and the publisher was fined £10k. The commercial hit of losing an entire print run would have been far worse than the £10k fine.

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gazthejourno
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With some time and determination on the phone you can certainly get Crown court judgments - they're all public documents. Full transcripts are a bit trickier if only because criminal cases tend to contain an awful lot of legal argument about inadmissible evidence that they don't want out in the public domain. They're also startlingly expensive.

For the legally inclined, Criminal Procedure Rule 5.8 along with Criminal Practice Direction 5B tell you exactly what you can get and how to get hold of it.

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Techies! Britain's defence secretary wants you – for cyber-sniping at Russia

gazthejourno
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Re: Re: Journos

To be honest, Private Joker (Full Metal Jacket) was more of what came to mind.

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Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

The point of hiring a solicitor is that they handle other enquiries as well as the legalese. Little-known thing, I guess.

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Just curious El Reg

There's a reporting restriction order now in force which bans naming either NT1 or NT2 that's effectively there forever ("until further order"). It was first made "until judgment is handed down" (or similar wording, digging it out of the office safe is too much hassle for a comment) and renewed on the morning of the judgment.

Unless someone with exceptionally deep pockets fancies challenging that (hint, it won't be El Reg), they'll both be anonymous in relation to this court case forever. NT1 at least is Googleable.

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Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

You angling for my job?

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Small point - both NT1 and NT2 did approach the papers asking for deletion. Both got told 'no' and neither pursued the news media after that.

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gazthejourno
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Re: Easy one

For the avoidance of doubt, anyone directly speculating about either NT1 or NT2's identity will have their comments deleted. Pre-moderation is active on this article.

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Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

"But he was good with camels and Arabs."

That was T E Lawrence, you Philistine.

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Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten?

gazthejourno
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Couple of points...

1. Do NOT speculate about NT1's identity. The reporting restriction order prohibits publication of his name among about a dozen other things (in theory it's a public document, though you'll have to ask Carter-Ruck to get a copy of it or go to the Royal Courts of Justice and find the one pinned to the courtroom door). If you post NT1's identity, or enough extra material that leads others to it, you've just breached the order.

2. The identifying details that are included have been specifically agreed as OK for publication by the parties and the judge. That means you DO NOT go further than what is in the article. Incidentally, it also means I'm not going down with you if you decide you're going to play at being Inspector Clouseau.

3. If you don't like this, I will set about you with the banhammer. Simples!

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Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

gazthejourno
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Re: Excuse me ..

Not so. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (known as BFW) was renamed Messerschmitt, after chief designer/new owner Willy, in 1938, so all post-1938 design prefixes changed from Bf to Me.

The Buchon design was based on the Me109G, which dates from 1942, hence it's an Me. It would be a Bf if it was a 109A-E, the first Me being the Me109F.

Here endeth the mid-20th-century German aircraft design nomenclature lesson.

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We're cutting F-35 costs, honest, insists jet-builder Lockheed Martin

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Sensor fusion?

I also asked him how his super-duper jet was going to talk to every other piece of military hardware out there, given that MADL is F-35 only, and his answer was "err, well, we do have Link 16 on board as well".

Compare the F-35 to Typhoon. If the salesman is being truthful (and we all know how much reliance to place on sales talk) it'll be within the same price bracket as that by 2020. When he says the price is high because they're still not out of LRIP, that makes sense to me: you achieve economies of scale when the production line is running flat out, not at a drip-feed rate while they get round to freezing the HW and SW designs.

For sure, the glacial pace of the F-35 purchase is an absolute joke and that's the real reason it's costing a kidney, but sometimes it's easiest to simply write down the things people say and bring them to a wider audience to be torn apart - as your comment neatly illustrates. I'd have been really surprised if nobody here picked up on the mumbo-jumbo answer.

Last but not least, remember who wrote all the previous Reg stories about the bloody stupid F-35 maintenance arrangements with Turkey and Italy. ;-)

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Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Typical call:

Me: "Hello, El Reg"

Them: "Hi, Home Office PR here"

Me: "Not again"

Them: "Can you delete that name"

Me: "No, for the NNth time"

Them: "You must delete it"

Me: "No, you've given me no reason to"

Them: "Oh yes we have"

Me: "Oh no you haven't"

Them: "Oh yes you have"

...

*click*

*phone rings on opposite side of desk*

"Hello, El Reg, editor speaking... oh no"

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: What About...

Mea culpa - while trawling through the 700-odd pages of supremely detailed research into the other areas, I completely missed the next volume (!) setting out the engine research. Refresh the article and take a look at the update at the end.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: @ The Man Who Fell To Earth

"Mulligan told investigators he could not say either way whether any film was playing in the vehicle once he reached the crash site, while NTSB investigator Jane Foster stated in her report: “No Harry Potter movie file was found on the hard drive” of Brown’s Asus laptop.""

Kind regards

The author of the second El Reg link you cite.

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: "temperatures on the day averaged about 9°C."

I agree with you. If I'd been able to find public METAR data for 3rd February I'd have quoted that for daylight hours, but sadly a generalised summary for Aberystwyth was the best I could find.

Assuming the usual British temperature distribution, we can probably assume the temperature that day peaked in mid-afternoon. But as the MoD refuses to say anything at all about the Watchkeeper's flight profile, the cause of the crash could be anything.

If the MoD had lost nearly 10% of a manned aircraft fleet we'd be seeing a lot more transparency. But here it seems to be NHI, NFI.

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Homepage, down the bottom, link titled "Under the hood" ... et voila: Here's all the details of what we run on.

Note the tech team do not have helldesk duties, because we're nice to them like that. It's effectively BYOD here except the company owns the wide-ranging mix of devices.

(Someone who shall remain nameless because he's no longer here got all clever and installed Tails on his issue laptop, boasting how smart and security conscious he was. This lasted until the point where he had to email me documents he wanted to print because Tails wouldn't let his machine talk to the office printer, despite much wailing and gnashing of teeth)

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Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

gazthejourno

Re: I don't get it...

I write about both floaty things and flying things. Sometimes I get the "oi, world, I'm here, don't crash into me" system names mixed up, as I once did while at a Royal Aeronautical Society event - they couldn't figure out why someone would put an automated Aerodrome Information Service broadcast system on a drone, but were polite enough not to press the point. You know (and clearly understood) what I meant.

As for questioning radar warning receivers, you are aware that the principles of operation of RWR systems are precisely those that I mention in abstract and SkippyBing explains in detail, aren't you?

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: I don't get it...

This was my thinking. They're bleating about "military satellite spy technology!!11!" essentially because they're being unsuccessful and can't figure out why.

I'd have thought any competent sailor would have immediately thought of AIS, though I don't know what flag of convenience Sea Shepherd's flotilla is registered under or what its rules are on keeping ADS-B turned on. Even then, if you're trying to stay out of visual range, civilian maritime radars are plenty good enough to keep you over the horizon. Or, for that matter, a straightforward radar receiver to detect another ship's emissions long before you're in radar return range.

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Ex-Harrods IT worker pleads guilty to PC repair shop trip

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

MODERATOR NOTE

This article was accidentally published with the comments section enabled. It should have been disabled from the start.

Parmar was charged with two offences: one of theft, and one under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. He pleaded guilty to the CMA offence and not guilty to stealing the laptop. The theft charge will be tried in October and he will be sentenced for the CMA offence that he admitted to at the end of that process.

Accordingly, as the case is still active, we have disabled comments.

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Stop <> prevent

Given that the original EASA safety directive (go and find it, it won't take you long) specifically references the risk of explosion, as I quoted in the article, I have no idea where you've got this false notion that mentioning the identified risk is clickbait. Unless, of course, you read the headline alone and immediately leapt into the comments section to show off how 'superior' you believe yourself to be.

If, say, Boeing issued an update to prevent an identified risk of CFIT with the autopilot engaged, then yes, I would very happily write "Boeing fixes code to stop its aircraft piling into mountain sides". Because that's what would be happening there.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Scapa FLow?

She popped into Scapa briefly (going by the RN Twitter feeds it was only for a few hours) to commemorate 100 years since the first carrier aircraft flight. Also to lay a wreath over the wreck of the Royal Oak.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Chicken gun

Well, dammit. I was told this version over a rather good dinner a couple of years ago by a mate who I (used to!) trust.

Next time I see him I'll throw a cat at his head for good measure.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

I knew you'd come to read this because of its definitely-tech-related headline so I wrote it as a personal gift to annoy and irritate you today.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: FACTS

Allow me to post where you fear to Ctrl+V, my dear Guv'nor...

Hi Everyone, So its election day and I hope you all exercise your right to elect your chosen candidate/party

Just a heads up though, VOTE CONSERVATIVE if you believe in free enterprise and progression without being taxed out of the game.

Theresa May is not the perfect PM but a far better option for dealing with the challenges this country faces ahead than Corbyn.

Brexit negotations start in less than two weeks which will affect us all, Security and the ECONOMY needs a strong hand and Corbyn will be a nightmare.

He resents those making good money, wants to hike corporation tax up by 7% immediately, hike higher rate tax payers by another 5%, bring far more people into the 40% tax bracket (and there are a lot of you here at Storm) borrow billions which at some point has to be paid back and will generally send us backwards.

If by any chance Labour win, we’ll have to re-think a few things here at the company so if you value your job and want to hold onto your hard earned money vote Conservative.

Labour voters will be made redundant first if Labour do win and things slow down……….

Anyway, just sharing my personal thoughts with you

Feel free to vote for whoever you want but I have said my piece

JB

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

gazthejourno

The version of the product as advertised may well differ from the product as sold to a bulk buying customer with enough purchasing clout to specify his own deviations from the published spec. It would be incautious of me to assume the civilian Tac-50 is the same as the issued C15 and C15A1 in the absence of positive supporting data - and as this isn't a contentious point or one that someone's trying to hide, I don't feel the need to go out on a limb. For what it's worth, the C15A1 definitely does differ in that the stock is not the McMillan own brand fibreglass product, not that that makes a significant difference to its shooting consistency for our purposes here.

I wouldn't assume that, say, British Airways' DC runs identical kit to what is presented in the manufacturer's catalogue just because the list spec for their boxen includes xyz TB of storage.

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gazthejourno
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Re: Am I being stupid, or does this paragraph have something missing?

Gah. The numbers are right - I must have mentally transposed them when writing this up and drawn the wrong conclusion by mistake.

He literally wouldn't have heard it coming.

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Optional explosive charge?

Fair enough. My experience is entirely small arms based - was thinking of the equivalent of API.

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Bugger. I used to live nearby, a proper look at the map rather than a 5-second Google for the bootnote confirms it's between J16 and J17 of the M25, not the M40.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 'two helicopter-style fans mounted on the ends of its wings'

I have no idea what you mean. Ahem. There were never any fans here.

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

And?

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

The Mail carried out the investigation. There is no other source for the information gathered and published by the Mail investigations team other than the Mail itself.

I'm lost for words by some of the proudly displayed idiocy in here, sometimes.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Daily Mail

I looked that up and included the value to show that it is quite unlikely she could have bought the house herself or that it was a council flat or similar social accommodation. My hunch (and it's nothing more than that – I have no information beyond name, date of birth, address, occupation and charge details) is that she is a carer for a parent living there and she happened to answer the door to the Capita salesman.

Admittedly I'm going out on a limb, here, but I don't know of many 16-yr-olds living independently in new-build semi-detached houses in leafy South East counties.

edited to add

I've been talking to Capita about the 16-yr-old specifically. It turns out the court made a blunder calculating her age when they put it on the listing document. She is 20, not 16.

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Softbank gros fromage: ARM will knock out a trillion IoT chips by 2040

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Oh bugger. Story updated.

If you spot this sort of thing in future, please email corrections@theregister.co.uk. Gets to the duty editor far faster than leaving a comment.

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Alleged $17.5m fraudster accused of duping HPE out of 42,000 servers

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: What exactly does a solar energy company need with a shedload of servers?

Peter Sage is not connected to Sage the accountancy software company.

Some of his previous business interests, however, are ... eye-opening.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Maybe the gobby commentard should read past the headline and see that the "he" that he talks about is actually a she. The story isn't written to say Streetmap was objectively superior to Google Maps, it's very clearly denoted as "she says", letting you make your own mind up as to whether you agree with the statement or not.

Kind regards,

The journalist who went down to the High Court and took down the application for appeal verdict word by word.

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Sage Business School founder imprisoned – but you wouldn't know it

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

The details are at paragraphs 11 and 61-70 of the judgement linked towards the end of the story. His fiancee, Thea Thorpe, left the house between 1pm and 2pm during the search on the grounds she had a pre-arranged lunch meeting. During that time, someone moved the money. The judge did not make an explicit finding as to whether Sage himself or Thorpe moved it but ruled that Sage was responsible.

There is more to come on this saga. It's absolutely fascinating for a whole host of reasons.

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

sigh

Nice to see a bit of light-hearted Friday fun get hijacked by someone with chips on both shoulders and up both nostrils to boot.

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Bloke launches twinkly range of BBC Micro:bit accessory boards

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: “I’ve designed my own connector, a 40-way pin item.”

I misunderstood Nevil - he didn't design the 40-way connector, he designed a custom elastomeric connector which isn't actually visible in any of the pics.

Story's been edited to reflect that.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: "it also sends each jet’s history back to the US"...

ALIS versions 1.x were built on XP. ALIS versions 2.x run on Win 7. Internet Explorer is the approved access method, and IE8 was the last version which would run smoothly on both XP and Win 7 (at least, so says Wikipedia).

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: This article convinced me to support the Act.

I'm sure you had absolutely no previous views on press regulation, especially as you refer to something that was done long before most of the Sun's current crop of reporters were out of primary school.

Thanks to all those who responded to the consultation, and as for those who think Impress is a viable or sensible press regulator, I wholeheartedly disagree with you and hope your point of view does not prevail.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

The media weren't there to control the crowd when the paediatrician was attacked.

Because she wasn't attacked at all. A couple of local kids pissing about daubed a word of graffiti on her home, and the myth of a rampaging mob grew from there, stoked by Chinese whispers.

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gazthejourno
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Re: Re: Done

If it was up to me I'd have written a story about this every day for the last 4 years. Sadly (!) it's not up to me, and we did have quite a lengthy internal conversation about publishing this.

Ultimately we recognise that what gets us as journalists worked up is very rarely what gets our readers worked up. Add that the rest of the media have been reporting on the topic for months and publishing this was a recipe for reader boredom and switching off. But we couldn't stay completely silent.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Am I misreading this?

Beat me to it.

This is worded so as to exclude house journals of trade associations from news media regulation. Think of things like the IMechE mag Professional Engineering, which is mainly full of in-depth features which may or may not relate to up-to-the-minute news topics.

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gazthejourno
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Re: Accuracy of Reporting

Under section 40 as written, we'd also have to pay all the costs of arbitration. Which makes it even more expensive on top of the legal burden.

No thanks.

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Your inability to read and understand the third, fifth and last paragraphs does not constitute a failure of journalism on my part.

Looking over your comment history, it seems that you struggle to understand most, if not all, news stories that you read, and I think your comments make more sense when viewed as cries for help rather than as a Walter Mitty-style fantasy of being in charge of media standards.

Rather than be rude, I shall instead pity you, and I encourage you to talk to these lovely people if you need a sympathetic ear to vent your feelings and frustrations at.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Who cares?

Because I thought to myself "I know, Mr Dogshit will read this and it'll really piss him off, so I'm going to waste a chunk of my working day on it. That'll show him!"

You tedious trump.

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gazthejourno
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Re: Erm

Ofcom's rules say it must be a gradual transition to adult-friendly telly, so as to avoid the situation of junior seeing some tit or bum or hearing naughty words while avoiding his parents' pleas to go to bed.

Hence why Ofcom got so worked up about someone shouting "fucking hell" a whole ten seconds after the watershed.

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Internet of Things alliance LoRa: Licence to WAN? Yes please

gazthejourno

Re: If you want to read an actual article about LoRa...

"Company whose big selling point is use of unlicensed spectrum starts saying they'll move to licensed spectrum" is something devoid of content in your world, is it?

I suppose if Vodafone started selling cars and we wrote about that you'd start huffing about it being #notnews as well.

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Everest outage was caused by split brains

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