* Posts by Graham Marsden

6927 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Japan torture flick sickens UK film censor

Graham Marsden
FAIL

@amanfromearth

> The comments here show exactly what sort of pathetic tossers are produced by UK society.

Yes, we get Nanny State idiots like the BBFC whose job, it seems, is to "protect" us from seeing anything nasty, just in case it inspires *us* to then go and do something nasty too.

Still, what's wrong with a little Thought Crime here and there?

Of course by not giving it a classification it means that anyone who does download a copy can now be done under the so-called Extreme Pornography legislation (aka the Dangerous Pictures Act) that came in a while back, whereas, beforehand, they were not commiting any offence at all.

Sites pulling sneaky Flash cookie-snoop

Graham Marsden
Thumb Up

One FireFox add on downloaded...

... sorted!

Thanks guys :-)

Aussie Sex Party bursts upon political stage

Graham Marsden
Coat

I want...

... to work in their Whip's Office!!!

(Mine's the one with the catalogue of affordable leather products in the pocket...)

NASA: Extraterrestrial sample holds ingredient for alien life

Graham Marsden
Boffin

@Paul Smith

Yes, Paul Smith, I *know* what they said in the article. I'm just pointing out that if there was an *unexposed* sample, that would have provided a *cross-check* for contamination.

Graham Marsden
Boffin

Control...?

"it was possible that the glycine we found originated from handling or manufacture of the Stardust spacecraft itself,"

But, of course, they had a control sample that went through all the same processes, but wasn't exposed as the Aerogel was, so they'd be able to compare the two and check for contamination...

... didn't they?

Woman charged with cyberbullying teen on Craigslist

Graham Marsden
Grenade

Practical joke...?

Four years in jail...

... laugh that one off!

Windows XP customers positive but split on Windows 7

Graham Marsden

It wasn't that long ago...

... that I finally got around to upgrading from 2K to XP (and only because too many programs were no longer being supported under 2K)

If you have an OS that works and does what you need it to, why bother upgrading?

Scientists unlock DIY DNA

Graham Marsden
Pirate

So...

1) Say "Hey, everyone, here's a problem..."

2) Say "Hey, everyone, by co-incidence we have the solution!"

3) Profit!!

Shop risks legal action for posting 'shoplifter' CCTV online

Graham Marsden
Grenade

Hmm...

... so, let's see:

1) Go into Home Bargains

2) Act suspiciously, but get out without being challenged

3) They post their CCTV footage

4) You sue for defamation

5) PROFIT!

When ISPs hijack your rights to NXDOMAIN

Graham Marsden
FAIL

Err, what...?

This started off as looking like an interesting piece on the way that ISPs are trying to take over our browsing (how big a step is it from a mis-typed URL going to a page full of ads to a legitimate URL getting a response of "you don't want to look at that page, you want to look at *this* page"?)

Unfortunately it then rapidly devolved into a barely coherent rant which meandered all over the place and any point that it might have had to make got buried under the sound of axes being ground.

Researchers forge secure kernel from maths proofs

Graham Marsden
Boffin

"foolproof and incapable of error"

But, as the old quote has it: "It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious."

Police, Cameras, Pixellation

Graham Marsden
Boffin

@Sean

Hmm, your comments above make my post above even more apposite...!

Graham Marsden

Why not...

... just modify Police Helmets so the officer's face can't be seen.

Then just give them an ID badge they can display on their chests...

http://www.myfreewallpapers.net/comics/wallpapers/judge-dredd-simon-bisley.jpg

Arizona sheriff prefers jail to handing over server password

Graham Marsden

Maricopa County...?

Hang on, doesn't this mean if the Sheriff gets jailed, he can spend time in Joe Arpaio's prison?

I'm sure he'll have fun in there...

Oppressed snappers focus on police in London and Chatham

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

Another one for...

... the "Lunatics have taken over the Asylum" files:

* * * * *

A MAN who took photos of illegally-parked cars claims he was stopped and questioned by police while the culprits got away.

Colin Wilson, 26, lives off Gill Bridge Avenue which runs alongside Sunderland Magistrates' Court and Gill Bridge Police Station.

[...]

Colin took photographs of vehicles parked directly opposite the court entrance.

He said officers came out of the station and tried to stop him taking pictures of the cars, asked him for ID and asked to look at his camera.

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Parking-crusader-in-police-stop.5547186.jp

* * * * *

You just can't make this stuff up.

US state bars sex offenders from 'social networking sites'

Graham Marsden
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A title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

As The Economist article points out, there is so much political desire to appear "tough" on these issues for fear of being branded "soft" by opponents.

Even daring to suggest that such a law is not workable or not needed is enough to generate negative publicity, so few would dare to do this.

Instead we get this constant battle to "think of the children" by passing ridiculous and unenforceable laws or laws that only serve to devastate the lives of people who are no risk to others.

Still, that doesn't matter as long as the politicians get good media coverage...

Man blames cat for child porn downloads

Graham Marsden
Coat

So...

... has Ceiling Cat decided that just watching you isn't enough fun any more...?

Coppers make fake football sites pay penalty

Graham Marsden
WTF?

Phyllite...

Phyllite is a type of foliated metamorphic rock primarily composed of quartz, sericite mica, and chlorite; the rock represents a gradation in the degree of metamorphism between slate and mica schist. Minute crystals of graphite, sericite, or chlorite impart a silky, sometimes golden sheen to the surfaces of cleavage (or schistosity). Phylite is formed from the continued metamorphism of slate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllite

Twitter meltdown raises questions about site stability

Graham Marsden
Pint

The paralysing effect of an internet attack against Twitter has raised questions about ...

... who really gives a shit about Twitter!

If it served any useful purpose apart from allowing Twits to babble about what happens to be going through their minds at that particular moment, perhaps someone might actually give a damn.

Hmm...

One of the things Ford Prefect found hard to understand about human beings was their habit of continually stating and re-stating the very, very obvious, as in: “It’s a nice day”, “You’re very tall” or “So this is it; we are going to die”.

At first, Ford formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. ‘If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips’ he thought ‘their mouths probably seize up’. After a while he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. ‘If they don’t keep exercising their lips’ he thought ‘their brains start working’...

Well, Ford, you were close...!

Martha Lane-Fox: No broadband, no citizenship

Graham Marsden
Grenade

"I don't think you can be a proper citizen in our society in the future if you're not online,"

And it doesn't really matter a whole lot if you *are* online because using the internet to contact our allegely democratic Government just gives them another opportunity to ignore us...

MoD Minister: This is the last generation of manned fighters

Graham Marsden
Terminator

I'm sure...

... this should be under Rise of the Machines...

Exotic star's 'violent ejections' during companion's visits

Graham Marsden
Paris Hilton

What a disappointment...

... I was expecting a Naomi Campbell story :-(

Paris because...

Aussie net filtering goes into reverse

Graham Marsden
Thumb Up

But...

... pr0n is educational...!

(Well I've certainly learned plenty from it ;-) )

Vetting database shows suspicion and spying are the new trust

Graham Marsden
FAIL

"there must be suspicious reasons for that"

You're damn right, there's suspicious reasons!

Anyone with any sense will be suspicious of a Government which wants to monitor everything we do and everywhere we go and everyone we talk to and every e-mail we write and every website we visit...!

Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble - and why it's flawed

Graham Marsden
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The Drug Peddler's Model...

... the first fix is cheap, then, once they're hooked, the price goes up...

HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

Graham Marsden
Happy

@Its a money-saving scam

Have you read Bill the Galactic Hero?!

For those who haven't, Bill solves the problem of the increasing amount of rubbish on a planet by shipping it to other planets as "free gifts"!

US Congress probes accidental top secret file sharing

Graham Marsden
FAIL

"The file-sharing software industry...

... has shown it is unwilling or unable to ensure user safety,"

No, the file-sharing software industry expects users or admins to use their *BRAINS* and not install (or allow to be installed) their software in ways or in places that allow access to confidential information!

Whatever happened to *responsibility*???

Privacy watchdog bashes UK.gov net snoop plan

Graham Marsden
Thumb Down

"a step change in the relationship between the citizen and the state"

What, you mean another one?

They've been making a sustained attack on our liberties ever since they came to power, what makes him think that this complaint is going to make the slightest bit of difference?

The only option is to get rid of the current shower in power but *not* replace them with "New Tory" who talk a good opposition, but, when they get into power are likely to say "you know, on second thoughts, maybe all this stuff might be useful, so we'll keep it..."

Landlord sues tenant over moldy Tweet

Graham Marsden
FAIL

'"We're a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization"

I think he meant "We're a sue first, THINK later kind of an organization,"

Aussie woman's toilet trauma prompts lav-overhaul call

Graham Marsden
Happy

On a related note...

... nothing to do with the story in the article, but a small tale to amuse...

A friend is an ex-pat Civil Engineer working in the Middle East and heard about a half-built housing estate that had to be torn down and re-started from scratch after someone noticed that anyone living in one of the houses would not only be facing towards Mecca to pray, but would also be worshipping the great porcelain god in the same direction...!

Truck drivers! Don't go texting now

Graham Marsden
Stop

@Trevor Watt

"did you read the article, the evidence shows that truck drivers are no more likely to have an accident when using their mobile phone"

Err did *YOU* read the article?

"truck drivers sending text messages are more likely to have accidents than those paying attention to the road ahead."

And if they are as "professional" as you claim, surely they would be *less* likely to have accidents (let alone do stupid things like text whilst driving which was the whole *point* of the article).

For a little more food for thought: Last winter I was riding my motorcycle on the M27 on a foggy night (visibility was so bad I'd slowed down to 40mph!) I wasn't too surprised to be over-taken by idiotic car drivers doing 70-80mph, but when an artic came past me...?

Graham Marsden

@Remy Redert

Truck drivers, taxi drivers, white van man and many others are not "Professional Drivers"!

Simply racking up a larger number of miles every year does *not* make them better or more "professional" than the average driver, in fact it can make them worse because they have an over-confident view of their driving "skills" which is simply not warranted and may make them think, incorrectly, that they can use mobiles etc safely whilst driving

Even Emergency Service drivers make mistakes and they are trained to a higher standard which would give them at least a reasonable claim to be "professional" drivers.

Oz Firewall still standing after inconclusive filter trial

Graham Marsden
FAIL

Government "success"...

... In other words "Let's not tell anyone exactly what we want, then we can spin what happens as a success"...

Bill Gates: Tough US immigration stance a 'huge mistake'

Graham Marsden
FAIL

Come to America...

... where they out-source your job to India!

Feminist org declines nude calendar cash

Graham Marsden
Grenade

Perhaps...

... they would prefer the calendar if the women had been wearing burkhas...?

MoD sticks with 'most decrepit browser in the world'

Graham Marsden
WTF?

"Disbenefit"???

Anyone who can use a word like that does not deserve to be in a position of authority!!

EU privacy watchdog warns on transport monitoring

Graham Marsden
Thumb Up

Hear hear!

It's good to see that someone understands that widespread (and indiscriminate) tracking of people's movements is not a good thing.

Whether those in power, however, get the point or just think "well, it'll make anti-terrorism/ policing/ road pricing/ something else simpler" is another matter entirely...

Watchdog bites Mattesons saucy sausage ad

Graham Marsden
Coat

Innuendo....?

... isn't that an Italian suppository?

Graham Marsden
FAIL

We need a "Won't Someone Think Of The Children!" icon...

... next to be banned: repeats of Carry-on films, saucy sea-side postcards, St Trinians films...

To the Moon - with extreme engineering

Graham Marsden
Boffin

Joke?

Snopes is your friend: http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

Too-tall terror snapper stopped by cops again

Graham Marsden
Thumb Down

@Chris Hunt

> I don't mind telling them who I am and showing whatever ID I might have on me (if any). I know I don't have to, but if it gets him out of my hair so be it. If he wants a look at my pics, that's probably OK too if I don't have anything better to do.

And every time that happens it simply justifies their actions and weakens the right of everyone else to "Go about their lawful business without let or hindrance".

Ihre Papier, Bitte!

Bank fined £3m for data loss

Graham Marsden
Grenade

Why not....

... instead of fining the bank, fine the Directors. That should make them start taking this seriously!

Firefox 3.7 swivels glassy eye

Graham Marsden
FAIL

So...

... how do I turn off the fancy see-through rubbish and the pretty buttons and so on which add absolutely nothing to my ability to browse but just slow everything else down by increasing the unnecessary processor overhead?

Google aims at mobile operators' money supply

Graham Marsden
Grenade

@npupp 1

You were lucky with the ads in the Taxi.

In one of Robert Heinlein's stories (I think Podkayne of Mars) there are taxis with holographic adverts in them and the only way to do anything about them was to bribe the taxi driver to turn them down!

Grenade because... ;-)

Google lights up Moon on Apollo 11 anniversary

Graham Marsden
Happy

@Neil Paterson

> Why no streetview?

Well, when Google tried, their robot's progress was disrupted by a group of small woollen creatures...

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HArUmqqiL0s for details!

Deutsche Bank sacks two for spying

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

But...

... nothing like that would ever happen in the UK, would it...?

It shouldn't happen to a vetting database

Graham Marsden
FAIL

You can trust us...

... but we don't trust you.

- HM Government

Swine flu will [enter scare words here]...

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

Swine flu will...

...make it easier for Terrorists to get into the UK and it's probably all an Al Qaeda plot anyway, so let us check your DNA for traces of flu, just go along to your local Police Station and while you're there, why not sign up for an ID card - Government Spokesman.

Apple sued over shrink-wrapped Mafia death threats

Graham Marsden
Black Helicopters

Where...

... is the tinfoil hat icon...?

The Mafia doesn't have any Black Helicopters.

NASA orbiter returns first shots of Apollo moon sites

Graham Marsden
Coat

So...

... where did Wallace and Grommit land...?

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