* Posts by Mark Reed

16 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Nov 2007

Crack team of boffins hash out how e-scooters should sound – but they need your help*

Mark Reed

Boop, boop, boop

But only if the text is read in the officious tone of The Narrator from The Stanley Parable...

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

Mark Reed

To quote the great Jen Barber

"Ich bin ein NERD!"

Who's with me?!


I'll get my coat.

Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

Mark Reed

If its touch sensitive all the way round...

How on earth do you hold it without accidentally launching apps?

Farewell, Reg: This hack is hanging up her Apple jacket

Mark Reed

Last night's RBS fail seems to be explained then.

It was a several million ATM salute to the one who covered their mess-up last time :)

Russian Christians boosted by Pussy Riot law spank 'sinful' Apple logo

Mark Reed

Prior Art?

It all depends if the patent office has a record of the first biting of an apple, and who filed it.

Snack-slinging robot restores faith in Yankee ingenuity

Mark Reed

Bacon Sarnie Launcher?

In our office we could really use a Bacon Sarnie Launcher, one for the Reg SPB?

New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

Mark Reed

3 Requests and still...

3 Requests to the Royal Mail site and still no opt-out sticker. Its not that I hate my neighbours but I live in an area of rented properties and my neighbours change frequently. Was going to try the central post office for a sticker but have read in previous comments that you can't get one from there. How irritating.

Life-size Portal gun to shoot onto shelves soon

Mark Reed

Long Fall Boots?

Better ask GLaDOS when the Aperture Science Long Fall Boot is being released as one would want to protect ones investment at that price :)

Feds nab granny in moon rock sting

Mark Reed

At this very moment..

Feds are grinding up said rock and mixing it into a gel... (Do I play too much Portal 2?)

Gov: DAB must battle on, despite being old and rubbish

Mark Reed

Is the government / BBC..

Is the government / BBC also going to stomp up to replace all the car radios of the licence fee paying public that don't contain DAB tech? I suspect not, if they ever do turn off the FM channels completely, I will miss driving home to Classic FM, but at the same time will stick with my cheap little FM gizmo that transmits my mobile music to my car stereo rather than fork out for a new unit + installation just to get DAB.

Personally I would like to see an opt out on the licence fee form, reduced fee for not wanting anything to do with DAB, which I strongly suspect stands for Diabolically Air-headed Bureaucracy.


And apologies to any fans of DAB out there, some of us just personally don't think we need it.

Anti-gay bus baron rages at being stuffed in Google closet

Mark Reed

There is a difference...

Between promoting being gay and explaining gay people are not monsters.

I do not believe schools should dictate sexuality to their pupils or promote one over the other, but letting them know that there are people out there who may not be the same as them, but at the same time are not evil or to be punished for being different with physical or verbal abuse might help.

Might even have stopped me having to spend a night in A&E with my partner who had been beaten up just for walking down the street at 5pm of an evening because 2 guys saw me give him a quick peck on the cheek.

If people really believe I am going to hell they should stop preaching and beating and trust their faith that their god / gods will punish me after I die. I thought that was the point of hell / damnnation, or could it be that they don't really believe in what they are saying?


Apologies but as you can imagine this is a subject that touches a nerve with me.

London Philharmonic to give videogame music concert

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UMGSO has been doing the same for years with great success.

University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra has been doing the same for years staging concerts with huge success.

More information and concert recordings are available (free) from:


I strongly recommend their 2009 rendition of Still Alive from Valve's 'Portal'.

Gamer claims complete console collection

Mark Reed

He doesn't seem to have the R.O.B for the NES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08VrKFl6vJ8 I have had one of these in storage since I was about a kid.

Beeb censors Fairytale of New York

Mark Reed

As one of those who the line is mean to offend..

I would like to say that this has been one of my all time Christmas favourites, simply because its full of arguing (really gives a true representation of how Christmas usually pans out).

The BBC should stop wasting our licence fees on censoring songs which have been around decades and spend more time fixing their programming schedule.

I shall be continuing to listen to the song on my non BBC controlled CD player.


More irritated by the censorship than the song.

IBM to shove ads onto DVDs

Mark Reed

Yest another excellent reason...

To downgrade to VHS, or maybe celluloid.

I would have thought that paying £15 for a DVD entitled you to pester free playback, maybe I just expect too much.

Then again I'm assuming such a system would require a DVD box capable of pulling down the advertisments, YAY! long live my clunky old monolith size DVD player :D