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A man in Perth, the capital of West Australia, has survived a spell in the back of a garbage truck after trying to find his laptop in a bin. The West Australian and WA Today both report the man was looking for a lost laptop in a skip bin when a garbage truck tipped the bin into its fetid maw. At this point, as you would, the …


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  1. jake Silver badge

    One word.


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Not an idiot...

      An Australian....

      Now it all makes sense.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He shall now be forever known as...


    1. dssf

      Re: He shall now be forever known as... or...

      Skippy Bin Bin,


      Note to self... No Dompster diving without 2 or 3 hammers and an air horn or 2. Or, a recording of Cheawbacca and a seeeerious boom box...

  3. Mondo the Magnificent

    So... his name Peekay Zipp?

  4. Jim jimminy jim jim jim jim

    Can someone please

    Send Simon on an English comprehension and spelling course?

    Also the ability to proof read your work before submitting it may be of benefit.

    apart from that, what sort of ninny goes dumpster diving for their laptop when the bin men are coming?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Can someone please

      They don't speak 'English' in Australia, comprehension and spelling are different.

      They speak Australian.............

      1. Marvin the Martian

        Re: Can someone please

        They don't so much speak 'Australian' --- it's called 'Strine'.

    2. jake Silver badge

      Re: Can someone please

      Sentiences start with CAPS ...

      (Yeah, yeah, yeah ... my splel checquer is borked.)

    3. LaeMing

      Re: What sort of ninny goes dumpster diving for their laptop when the bin men are coming?

      A desperate-to-retrieve-ones-laptop-before-the-bin-men-come one, I imagine.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Simon Sharwood

      Yeah, I've been sounding like a broken record trying to politely point out this guy's incompetence for some time.

      No-one at the Reg gives a crap, apparently it's okay for these morons to just bang their heads on the keyboards and then publish it to the world.

      Proof reading, editing, correcting mistakes are all alien concepts that will never ever be given any thought.

      This individual is among several others who seem to occupy fairly senior positions in a (once) respected organisation, and yet it would be a cold day in hell that I would ever offer them any form of employment.

      Your career is primarily focussed on writing English - and yet you show utter disdain for its proper use. I work regularly with native speakers of other languages whose standard of writing is so far superior to yours it's a joke.

      Rant over, falling on deaf ears as always. La la la, we're not listening... Just like the black-hole 'send corrections' function.

      1. chris 233

        Re: Simon Sharwood

        What are you yapping about? I see no egregious spelling, typographical, or grammatical errors in the article. You sound like you have a personal grudge against the man.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Simon Sharwood

          What do you know, in contradiction of my comment it does seem as if the article has since been corrected.

          You must have missed the part where I said "This individual is among several others...".

          In fact at the time that I commented I had just read five articles in a row, two of which involved the man in question, and all containing a liberal sprinkling of not just typos but stupid grammatical errors and factual inconsistencies. We're talking stuff that even a disadvantaged 5-year-old wouldn't have a problem with.

          The only personal aspect to this is the opinion of each that is built up based on the horrific butchering of the language consistently demonstrated by these people.

  5. It wasnt me


    In Australia even the inanimate objects want to kill you.

  6. Kevin Pollock

    ...isn't Perth the capital of Western Australia, as opposed to West Australia?

    I know I live half a world away, but I've never heard the latter usage.

    The Government of Western Australia website appears to confirm my understanding:

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      As a partial Australian, I can indeed confirm it is Western Australia. Australia is... slightly mad when it comes to states and territories. The fact you have to put state/territories because everything on the mainland is a state, apart from the Northern Territory. Well, and Australian Capital Territory, but that only exists because Australia couldn't decide which of Melbourne and Sydney to make the capital so they stuck it in the middle in a quite typical display of Australian bloody mindedness.

      Then if you are familiar with Australia you've also got Western Australia (state) and South Australia (state). So... Northern, Western and South. Oh, Australia how your geeks must hate you for an inconsistent naming convention.

      1. Oninoshiko

        Are you kidding?

        There is nothing a true geek likes more then smugly pointing out inconsistant naming conventions (usually by intentionally mixing them).

        Or is that a troll?

  7. Jim Lewis

    'The man did not find his laptop and no explanation has emerged of how it ended up in the skip to being with'

    Given that he did not find it, one can assume it did not end up in the skip to *begin with.

    You could ask why he thought it might have ended up in the skip.

    1. wowfood

      Probably got told by the misses if he didn't tidy up she was going to bin everything. Came back home after she'd tidied and assumed the worst.

      1. Tom 7

        what are these words 'tidy' and 'tidied' you use?

        I can not find them in Knuth and they do not appear in my drinking dictionary and the only other references to them appear to be about young women but that does not seem to fit in this context.

  8. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    This should be called a "Near Darwin Award Experience"

    he didn't happen to be from Darwin originally?

    1. solidsoup

      Re: This should be called a "Near Darwin Award Experience"

      So I guess what you're proposing is Empedocles award. It's as near to natural selection as anyone got before Darwin.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: This should be called a "Near Darwin Award Experience"

        .> So I guess what you're proposing is Empedocles award.

        Surely it would be the Lamarck award?

  9. Great Bu

    Did the driver curse his metal body......

    ......on account of it not being fast enough ?

  10. PhilipN Silver badge

    What if ...

    .. the driver could not hear the screams, the guy was crushed and his torso dumped at the tip (or is that tipped at the dump) under the mountain of rubbish already inside the truck.

    I know I know. This is Bootnotes, but nobody would ever have thought of searching for him there.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What if ...

      Depends. In the UK you're legally not allowed to send stuff to landfill without some form of pre-treatment, and that's how we generally discover bodies in wheelie bins (as in the recent sad case in Bristol, and a couple of similar cases over the past few years). I'd guess Oz has similar standards, and the hypothetical victim would have been found at a pre-treatment site.

      The "pretreatment" of mixed waste is (I suspect) a bit cursory, so probably not a foolproof process, but if (being Bootnotes) you've got a body to dispose of, then sticking it in the nearest skip or wheelie bin has probably got rather a high chance of detection for peace of mind. Perhaps a better approach is to sneek into the landfill site, and bury the body where they'll keep on tipping over it - fingers crossed they don't train the sniffer dogs on that site, though.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Western Australia

    It's Western Australia.

    West Australia = the Indian Ocean

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So, as we have measurements for

    many different things already, can we now have "Chewbacca-in-the-garbage-compactor " be a measurement of sound?

    I propose:

    Chewbacca-in-the-garbage-compactor = equivalent to the sound of a garbage compactor obviously (about 100db)

    A BofH performing a RAM "upgrade" = 0db

    So, what can we have in between?

  13. Alistair MacRae

    Where could he be?

    “Where could he be? Threepio! Threepio, will you come in?”

  14. FozzyBear


    trying to retrieve years worth of porn downloads!

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