* Posts by Neil

60 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Dec 2007


Net pedants dismantle Quantum of Solace


@Alex Wright

Yes but fortunately for film makers they don't need to have a photographic memory. That's what the cameras are for.

It's like saying F1 racing is hard, by comparing it having to run around a track at 200 mph.

Hotmail users bitch and moan about new interface


it is pretty crap, but..

But, who cares? Still does the job.

Reminds me of the recent facebook changes, people were 'up in arms', creating groups to pressure a return to the old style, saying they'd leave if it didnt change back etc. etc. but at the end of the day, how much can you give a shit?

Guy Fawkes stunt arrives early



We prefer 'Masters', bitch.

1,400 Yahooligans perish as Yang raids needle cabinet



What the fuck is web 2 anyway? I still don't know.

Whoever first coined the phrase should be hanged at Tyburn.

This is what happens when you mix 'creative' types with technology. You get things like 'web 2.0' and apple fricking macs.

Plymouth nurse punted panties on eBay


rip off

M&S do clean ones for much less than £20.

88% of IT admins would steal data if fired


What utter bollocks

I absolutely refuse to believe that 88% of employees would say they'd steal data if fired, much less actually do it. Of course some people would, but not 9 out of 10.

88% of IT employees now think that Cyber-Ark is a crock of shite after reading this article.

El Reg slips into women's-fit tees


We also asked for...

Mugs God damnit!

And don't think you can get away with it by pointing us to the nearest mirror.

Brit firm to demo serious flying robo-saucer in 2009


@Steven Raith

"have you priced Apaches and Hinds per hour lately"

Not LATELY, no...

Obviously this Geoff guy is some kind of bodysnatcher alien, or he wouldn't be here 'inventing' flying saucers would he?

Microsoft dishes dirt on IE8 'pr0n mode'



And I thought 'pr0n' was an inconspicuous name for my E drive.

DARPA seeks 'perch and stare' spy-fly robot


Re: Double Eh?

I think it means they like to make use of the picnic tables outside.

U2 tracks disappear from YouTube


Paul McGuinness

"U2's manager Paul McGuinness is likely to be unimpressed. He has been highly critical of companies like Apple and ISPs which he described as providing "burglary kits" which allowed people to steal music."

Criticising an ISP for music sharing is like blaming the inventor of automobiles for bank jobs using getaway cars. Lets blame Alexander Bell for facilitating prank telephone calls.

US judge says University can ignore Christian course credits


@Dodgy Geezer

Still better than the NBC reporter who yesterday described Phelps as the most 'winningest' Olympian ever.

Wikimadness XVII: The Return of Byrne


common sense suggests..

Wikipedia is generally useful when you have the urge to look something up out of interest.

Don't use it for research when investing money.

It's called common sense.

American man too fat for execution



"Ok... Please can you copy and past the part of my comment where I said anything about my views on harsher/longer sentencing for any crime? I mearly questions the usefullness of your source. But then you didnt realise that a right is a right.

Please don't put words in my mouth."

Ok Mr Paul. Considering you specifically posted to counter my argument that offenders punishment is not tough enough I assumed you disagreed and therefore didn't think punishments are too easy. Perhaps I am mistaken however and you were countering my post by agreeing with me, which seems like a strange thing to do, but oh well.

Yes a right is a right, but it still remains a privilege. Call a cow a sheep all you want, it's still a cow.

Let me say this again: Rights are a privilege afforded to us by our society. If more people had a bit more respect for that fact then they wouldn't be so quick to abuse that society.

Consider all those who have fought and died to allow us to have the rights we enjoy today. I think it's utterly disrespectful to believe these rights are somehow intrinsically ours by nature. Be thankful you have them and stop taking them for granted.

Now I must get down from the lofty heights of my soapbox and go home. Goodnight!



Actually it's because they get to sit around playing Playstation 3's, watching TV or DVD's, maybe nipping down to the gym for a workout whilst getting three square meals a day and a warm bed.

Yes they are the same young offenders who probably see an ASBO as a mark of honour. Why wouldn't they? They've nothing to fear from any punishment they may get.

Here's the interview http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/the_p_word/newsid_7505000/7505123.stm the same person you're arguing is only saying its a holiday camp because he wants to look tough is saying the worst thing about it is missing his family, and he's also an advocate of much longer sentences for knife crime as he himself can recognise they're not long enough or tough enough. Why can't you?



So, it's a good thing that offenders are punished and view their time inside as a 'holiday camp' is it? The very words of a young offender interviewed in England.

Here's the thing: I'm a believer that the rights of someone who is law abiding and a contributer to the society which provides those rights should come before the rights of those who is not law abiding and is a detriment to society. Yes that involves treating people who fit the latter catagory harshly. I do not agree that makes me as bad as a murderer.

I read in the news today about a woman thrown onto railway lines for asking youths to stop smoking at a station. I know who I think has a right to protection, how about you? The youths have too many rights if they can afford to act like this and not fear the consequences of their actions. You carry on championing their rights because otherwise it's unfair to the poor offenders, and I'll keep reading of situations just like this one in the newspaper every morning.

I'd say that shows your statement about being no better than the murderers applies to YOU more than it does to me.



"Your opinion is at-odds with Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"

Half the worlds problems are caused by the misunderstanding of 'rights'

Rights are a privilege, they're afforded to you by the society in which you live yet people do not realise this and take them for granted.

Unfortunately we have TOO many rights in that we won't take rights away when a person abuses that society. Why the fuck not? The world is full of little scumfucks who take all this for granted and have no idea of the hardships of those who live without rights - who live or have lived in the natural world.

The natural world isn't a nice place regardless of any romanticisms you may have it's pretty much summed up with pain, hunger and disease and we are lucky - privileged - to live in a society that protects us from it.

You're not born with rights. Go live in the jungle and see how many human rights you have there.


simple solution

Don't feed it for a couple of weeks first.

Anonymous relaunches fight against Scientology


@ Kanhef

"Terrorists, freedom fighters, vigilantes, heroes – it all depends whose side you're on.

I'm not with the Scientologists."

Yes indeed you're right. I remember one of the Rambo movies, JR was in Afghanistan and the Taliban were portrayed as freedom fighters and heroes fighting against the nasty Russians. Not any more oh no sir-ee.

Cash'n'Carrion: A lean, mean, fighting machine


Yeah, more stuff

Yeah, seriously. I bought some humorous t-shirts once. Never wore any though because I'd feel like a complete nonce. Bring on the coffee cups!

I wonder how Sarah feels to be immortalised forever in her own range of t-shirts. I think she'd want to be on a coffee cup too.

World's biggest ISPs drag feet on critical DNS patch



Stop reading the reg and get back to your holidays, Geek!

Cannibal's legal objection hamstrings German horror film


@Paul Buxton

What, there's a nice way to eat someones penis?

I know to avoid the chipolata's on a stick at your parties then.

Ubisoft pirates game fix from pirates


@ debaser

'Ooooo having to keep putting the CD in the CD in the drive is such an inconvenience'

Yes, it is bloody irritating actually.

Case in point: yesterday I was listening to a CD on my laptop, and decided to have a look at the DVLA theory test software which is installed. I needed to go find the CD, stop my music and put the shitty disk in for the software to run. I've bought the software, why the hell do I need to dick around proving to the installed software that I've legally bought it every time I want to use it? Each time it happens I want to punch someone in the face.


@ Joerg

So now I'm a potential undercover super secret agent for a software house too. Cool!

On a serious note though, you should get these paranoid delusions seen to by a professional.

So someone who is a member of a cracking group who must clearly have skills in order to reverse engineer software might have the wit to use their skills in their career and actually get paid to work as well as being a member of a pirate group? A real revelation there. How they thought of that is astonishing. We all thought they were highly skilled software engineers in their spare time whilst holding down a job at McDonalds to pay the bills.


@ Joerg

==Or do you really think that "hackers, computer wizards" teenagers exist ?

Well what are they? Mythical creatures?

Whether they belong to pirate groups, or are employed by software houses they still exist

I don't know why you think it's obvious those groups belong to software houses either.

Why do I bother to reply to these comments? I must be as lame as you :(

SCO ordered to pay Novell $2.5m Unix royalties


Maybe SCO can now FOAD.

Sort the scroll out Reg! Noobs!

EU tells UK to deal with Phorm - or else


Sad state of affairs

You know your government is fucked when the EU start having the moral high ground over you.

Irate sysadmin locks San Francisco officials out of network


@Steve Evans

The green LED is on, obviously.

Are the ice caps melting?



"Not sure why its on the reg but love the article."

The slogan "Sci/Tech News for the World" and the fact that the article is in the Science section might have something to do with it.

Asahi premiers pint-pulling robo-barman


Re: Guinness @ Tony Smith

Sorry Stu, but you're obviously a bit of a beertard when it comes to Guinness.

I'd rather have the moderatrix serve me beer any day of the week. How about it?

Navy sonar dolphin 'massacre' - the facts


Poor Pete

I bet he thinks twice about posting next time :)

UK is not a surveillance society, MPs claim


they get away with it too easily

I get annoyed with the journalists in situations like these for not pressing the point enough. I think it was Andrew Marr asking the question yesterday and he should have followed up with something like: 'What is your definition of a surveillence society then, that you think ours doesn't fit that definition?'

Uncontacted rainforest tribe caught from the air


@ Frank Bough

One the biggest problems in the world is this perverse attitude of 'human rights' where someone (like yourself) thinks it's ok to impose a different lifestyle on someone else because the former person has made the decision that they'd be better off for it.

Feel free to go and try to persuade them to join modern society - you'd probably end up with an arrow in the eye for your efforts - and if somehow you did manage to convince them after spending a few years learning to communicate with them, perhaps you could think of how they could integrate into our society... get jobs as doctors or nurses maybe, or perhaps an airline pilot. Yep I'm sure they would fit right in. In a few generations they'll probably be doing really well just like the native americans or the australian aboriginals are since we 'liberated' them.

City anti-Scientology protestor avoids court summons



I wouldn't publish the comments of cultist maniacs either.


After Debian's epic SSL blunder, a world of hurt for security pros


@ Chris Thomas

"Who the f**k does something like "remove" a key component of the RNG in the first place, a dumbass, thats who, a total waste of space, do they even acknowledge the damage they have done?"

Unless it was done deliberately.

Revealed! The new face of the Eee PC


so negative...

I bet those complaining about cellulite and skinny arms etc. are either:

a: Single

b: Married to someone who fell out the ugly tree, hit every branch on the way down, and landed in a puddle of mud.

c: Gay (and confused)

Man barred from posting crimes on YouTube


Why bar him?

If he's stupid enough to keep posting videos of his crime on the net, why stop him? Seems to me they're just making it harder for themselves to catch the dimwitted tard in the future.

Royal Bank of Scotland takes three weeks to squash nasty Worldpay bug



Woooah. Impressive.

Life a mess? The Moderatrix can help


Two things.

1. I think I'd like to marry Sarah.

2. As Carl Sagan so elequantly put it:

<regarding a photograph of Earth taken from the Voyager probe>

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

So my life might be a mess, but it really does not matter. Sarah, you and I, we're stardust baby - we belong together! You bring the whips and I'll provide the astronomical observation equipment.

Google kills Anonymous AdSense account


@Peter Smith

If your definition of religion is 'a load of bollocks' then sure, scientology is a religion.

Son of 419 victim contacts El Reg



Personally I think this is another 419 scam however it raises an interesting point. Considering people are not sure about the legitimacy, and therefore more likely to fall for this kind of scam as it's playing on empathy as opposed to greed, perhaps that shows the general population in a positive light. The 419er on the other hand is shown to be stooping to new lows.

Set-top box modders sent to prison


What's the difference?

Between these guys and the person who modded his EEEPC?


Canadian toddler dies after VOIP 911 call


@ Richard

If you read the article, they told the operator the address. This puts the blame squarely on the company, they just have a convenient excuse with the fact that the home address hadn't been updated.

It's not the fault of the caller or the operator, but the company for not having the procedures in place for this not to happen. You can bet your bottom dollar the the company will blame either the customer or the operator rather than accept responsibility itself though.

Microsoft slings multiple sue balls at resellers


Claims customers were 'deceived'

By being led to believe they were buying a working, final product.

US warez sitemaster jailed for 30 months



"Ah well, screw it. I enjoy my work - even when it isn't going well and that's more than can be said by many people. Speaking of my 'work'... I'd better get back to it."

Stop bitching then. Audiences pay to hear performances, and the vast majority of fans of musicians happily pay for recordings too. They have legitimate complaint when a lot of the money they pay goes to the parasites you speak of and not the artist though, and you can't blame them for that.

Perhaps you should be careful you don't alienate your 'audience' (as you put it) by insulting people who are for the most part honest folk, paying to hear 'artists' like yourself. On the other hand maybe I should play along and assume that all musicians are whining c*nts.

'Space gemstone' meteorite crashes at auction



Right on!

I was hoping for some attempted canny rebuttal from our creationist friends, but perhaps they've located the second brain cell and moved on, or perhaps our lovely moderator has condemned them to the depths of the recycle bin.

Mr Greg Fleming Sir, if that's the case why not go find and sell the fukang things at $2m a pop? Surely knowing about them and not doing so is rather dumb as well!

Google readies for action against Dutch smut site


Shut it, Google!

It's hard enough trying to find available domain names without companies like Google buying up anything and everything that even remotely resembles their business name.

To be so successful that other people can make profit merely by having a similar name. Such a travesty!

UK elections vulnerable to fraud - e-voting no solution

Thumb Up


What? You mean there is civilised life north of Watford?

And what's all this talk about Sian? The moderatrix still gets my vote ;-)

Xbox 360 burns house down


console’s power brick was stored on one side

How the fck else are you meant to store a power brick?

El Reg celebrates 10th birthday


Oh Sarah!

Well I never knew the 'Moderatrix' was such a beauty. What a favourable revelation!

Didn't I see the boy wizard Harry Potter in there somewhere?