* Posts by Subtilior

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid


Re: It's not that simple

Couldn't we give more territory to Chester though? And probably by Sunday they meant any day when the sun is shining, rather than just one day of the week, which is a silly restriction for a law.

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting


Re: So Google told them to fuck off

The vast majority of the people labelled alt-right are in no way shape or form neo Nazis. Even if they were, "no platforming" them is a proven way to give them more power, not less. Much better to let them speak, and then mock them using their own words to highlight their idiot wrongness.


Re: I'm Curious

No, but ideally they would have consistently applied guidelines to prevent the perception that they are taking a political stance, which might call into question the objectivity of their search engine, etc.

San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite


Re: I'm going to chip in and point something out.

Your classification of what left and right means seems to be what is retarded, as it groups together a lot of people who have nothing to do with each other under each section. A better definition of what keft and right means is to understand that they are not political philosophies, but political marketing strategies, with the left being the ones who claim to be morally superior, and the right claiming to be competent. As such, it is better to ignore the irrelevant left/right caterwauling and instead consider individual policies in their own terms without pretending that left or right means anything at all.

The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY


Just imagine: if you had spent your time doing something other than loafing, slack-jawed in front of whatever gormless celebrities and light entertainment the BBC features these days, you might have become a better person, capable of commenting without vulgarity. It would be impolite, so thankyou for not mocking the TV addicted buffoon, fellow commenters.


All television is for poorly educated troglodytes. Forcing sophisticated people like myself to pay for the entertainment of a pack of drooling halfwit BBC watchers would be beyond the pale.

YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS


The Laffer curve is not possible to debunk, consisting as it does of the observation that the government gets no money at tax rates of 0% and 100%, and that therefore there is a tax rate somewhere between the two at which the government maximises its tax profits. The Laffer curve is a basic fact of fiscal policy.



Previously depicted on the webcomic sluggy freelance

Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers


"ist eine Fotz", unless you're going for the genitive or dative for some reason

Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?


Re: That G+ thread is quite clearly epic fail

The two things Reader gives you that feed readers generally don't are firstly, automatic synchronization between devices, and, secondly, a memory of all the items in the feed back to 2006 (or whenever).

Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion


Re: Wrong school tie

Well, sure, there's a lot of minions in HMRC, but what about the people at the top?


Re: Sanctimonious crud for the rubes.

They should improve efficiency by merging the NHS and the military, as killing is the primary competence of both organisations.

NASA melts mysterious 'metal Martian flower' myth

Black Helicopters

How does one compare the complexity of a given explanation, though? Surely I could claim that the conspiracy explanation was simpler than the idea that NASA had gone to the hassle of sending a robot all the way to Mars.

Fanbois rejoice: iPhone 5, iPad Mini finally jailbroken


Re: Scott 49

I hate normal people ... a fanbois life is always intense.

Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence


Re: Democracy

Democracy is the rule of the most convincing liars. It has nothing to do with ensuring limited government or moral government. The fundamental reason our governing classes are going to pot is that we don't have the same resistance to democratically elected governments that we did to monarchical governments, so that democratic governments can behave like drunken sailors with hardly a peep from the populace.


Re: Measure Twice, Cut Once

They could give him the 112 days at the beginning of the sentence, rather than the end I suppose.

'It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this'


Re: capitalism

The term "capitalism" is used to denote collusion between the state and corporations by the socialists, and free market ideology by the libertarians.

In my opinion, the main problem is not so much an "-ism", but more that most countries are way too large, so that most people cannot judge the state of the nation, and so consequently there is not enough resistence to the unsustainable growth of government that most parts of the world have seen over the last century, and which is now 'coming home to roost'.

We need to restrict countries to be about the size of Liechtenstein or Iceland, to keep ambitious politicians in check.

Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'


Re: Can see

One might even suggest that if most politicians are corrupt, keeping money away from the taxman is ones moral duty, and highly praiseworthy.

BBC places news chief and her deputy beyond use in Savile row


Re: Tory 'Get Even' time

It possesses a monopoly on the right to tax the ownership of televisions within the UK. While that remains the case, it is and must be a political football.

Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away


Re: EE 'Doc' Smith? Larry Niven?

Ja, but these are human colonists.

EC tells Euro rebels: Hike up your ebook tax to 15%, or else


Re: Next

The only "need" for the EU is to provide employment for tens of thousands of failed politicians and incompetent bureaucrats in a desperate attempt to be like the USA.

Protestors target Google over that video


Re: @foo_bar_baz

Stalin, Mao, etc were not merely "assholes", for Marx's sakes: they were ideologues whose actions were based on Communist ideology, which is in the Enlightenment tradition, and which was at the time one of the wider strands of atheist thought. Saying they're not atheists is like saying Torquemada isn't a theist, because he acted based on one small strand of Theistic ideology.

Content convenience squeezes freetards: Swinburne Uni


Re: As one of the 65% who look for...

The whole point of having the BBC in the first place was to bring culture to the proles. If they just use the license money for popular stuff, why not just have commercial broadcasters instead?

So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?


Ketchup is not allowed under any circumstances.

Curiosity success 'paves way for Man on Mars by 2030s'


Re: US leadership in space

Petty nationalistic rivalries provide the impetus to get us to the stars.

The Europeans would never have conquered the oceans if they hadn't been divided into competing nations.

Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule


Re: Gold Medal to the NASA team!

If humanity has a future, it is going to depend a lot more on space travel and engineering than on running and jumping up and down and round and round, no matter how good the Olympians are at that.

Russian cargoship fluffs Space Station docking test


Re: Metric? Imperial?

I assume you mean Apatosaurus lengths.

Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE


Re: If we have to be federated with anyone

We don't.

Federation only appeals to power hungry politicians, and people hoping for handouts.


How much Euro-failure would it take to convince you that Federalization is a bad idea? Given the EU has been staggering from one miserable decision to another for almost 2 decades, surely giving them even more power has to be a bad idea?

R is ready for big data


I like Matlab. What would you say are the advantages of R over MATLAB?



Re: With every passing discovery,

Why assume that Jesus only saved THIS world through his sacrifice? I don't remember anything in the Bible claiming that salvation was limited to planet Earth. Indeed, I thought a large part of the point of Chrisitianity is that, unlike Judahism, it is Universal, and that one should therefore spread the good news.


Re: With every passing discovery,

Is there any serious theologian that has ever stated that life on other planets would be a problem? Why do you guys seem to all think there would be issues with this?

Arcade emulator MAME slips under Apple radar


For most iOS applications which have some concept of owning files, you can copy files back & forth using iTunes. Hopefully you could do the same with ROM files for this app. Anyone know?

Eyes on stalks: ancient predator a real monster


What was it's alignment, and how many hit points did it have?

Lost cities found beneath sands of Sahara by satellites


The main Christian powers before 1000 AD - Byzantium, the Carolingian Franks, and, to a lesser extent, Anglo-Saxon England - were far more important for the preservation of knowledge that kicked off the Renaissance than any of the Islamic powers. Indeed, the Renaissance was to a great extent kicked off by refugees from Byzantium after it's sackings by the Turks, and, earlier, by the 4th crusade.

October 14 declared 'Steve Jobs Day'


Ou la la

Ils sont fous, ces fanboise.

PARIS pops up in Ripley's Believe It or Not!


Weaponize it

Obviously the next step is to improve its military capabilities so as to be able to take out competing technology news websites.

Fox News outs Beatles as 'Manchester's favorite mopheads'


re: erm...

I lounge corrected, except I'm not sure all of those count as mopheads though.


Manchester Mopheads

If they are the preferred Mopheads of Manchester, then they are Manchester's favourite Mopheads, no matter whence they came, innit? You don't know of any Mopheads that Manchester likes better than the Beatles, right?

Phone 7: Another Vista or another XP?



Surely the title 'consumer' is more appropriate for the fellow who spends way more cash on high specced cameras, music players, portable computers, and totes them about everywhere, rather than someone who just keeps a simple smartphone on them. What do you do, run around with a Batman utility belt on?

Podgy Googlers get shrunken plates



The author missed out on a number of obvious chocolate factory jokes. I expect better of the Register.

Lindsay Lohan goes down for 90 days


Actress Prison?

I aspect she'll go to some glamorous prison like in that Lady Gaga Telephone documentary.

Sadville founder lays off 30% of staff



There is no joy in Sadville

For mighty Linden has struck them off

Humanity evolved to cope with 30°C+ heat, says prof



So bald and sweaty people are more evolved then? Steve Ballmer will be glad to hear that.

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Expensive Rubbish

Why can't they buy a netbook instead?

Luke Skywalker to helm movie of own comic, Black Pearl



Oh. Is he still alive then?


iPad users are young, rich geeks



If only they could all be scooped out and gobbled up by hungry bears.

Steve Jobs snuffs App-Store-for-Mac rumor



Doesn't mean there won't be an optional AppStore. Pretty good idea really.

The iPad will doom humanity to painful bog-roll horror


There's an app for that

Search the app store for TP

Britain's bingers out-boozed by Irish



How do Britain's googlers rate?