* Posts by David

47 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Dec 2007

School worker's Facebook post prompts suspension


Re: Is it just me...

"either that she's an idiot and she left it open to public viewing"

It seems to be a comment left by her on her colleague's status update, so if anything it would be her colleague's privacy settings which are to blame.

BNP DDoS 'mega-assault' not actually mega in the least


Re: Why

"In case you haven't checked their are millions of people voting BNP now"

And where would we check this, given that the opinion polls don't suggest support that high? (1m votes at the Euro elections equates to about 6%)

BNP pleads for cash after reported DDoS assault

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"a person of foreign descent (asian, african etc) being attacked by a group of "white youths" is immediately branded as being racially motivated, whereas the reverse is *never* true."

Hmm. What about the Kriss Donald case, for one? (five Asians convicted for the racially-aggravated abduction and killing of a white boy). The BNP were quite keen about making political capital about that.

UK spectrum map uncovers mysterious emissions in Cumbria


"Hardly anyone in the Highlands"

Don't be misled by the map - if you look at the report you'll see they only mapped along a few roads in the Highlands.

ASBO woman cuffed over raucous rumpy-pumpy

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Re. Where's the beef

You sure about that?


Bucks village repels Street View spycar


@ Piers

"If people want to take pictures of your property (or you) for *commercial* reasons, then other rules apply."

What rules would those be?

Street View ghost spooks Cardiff medium

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"has anyone managed to find an image of a policeman anywhere on Street View?"

Plenty of them about (well, the ones not hiding inside cars). Here a couple of Strathclyde's finest, staring suspiciously at Google:


Google Street View hits UK streets


"only major thoroughfares in city centres are covered"

Not true for Glasgow, anyway: I live in a suburban cul-de-sac of 16 houses which is fully covered on Street View. Looks like I was out when they visited...

Homosexuality does for UK blue duck population


Of course ducks are gay

Have they never seen Queer Duck?


Child porn suspect ordered to decrypt own hard drive


Possible next step

"I'm sorry, I've forgotten my password"

"Oh no you haven't"

"Oh yes I have"


Microsoft marks Windows' anniversary with Windows 7


Hope they've updated the spillchucker

cos judging from the pic, Microsoft's spelling is pretty rudamentary.

Daily Mirror trapped in Wikicirclejerk


Not the first time...

A similar thing happened with the "Ronnie Hazlehurst co-wrote S Club 7's 'Reach'" prank (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/03/wikipedia_obituary_cut_and_paste/) i.e. it reappeared on the Wikipedia page with the gullible obit writers cited as sources...

California train smash driver sent text seconds before disaster


@ Ash

"These drivers are TOTALLY at fault, need hanging out to dry, and should be found guilty of causing death through criminal negligence."

What, posthumously?

DVLA: A licence to bill


Re: Helping thieves

Perhaps, but there is at least a paper trail of who asked for the information.

Revealed: Street View's UK invasion schedule


"the UK's roads extend around 233,000 miles"

Surely they're not intending on covering *every* mile of road? I was expecting them only to cover urban areas (though as they've been spotted in some pretty small Highland towns maybe not).

New Yorkers to pay for RFID in driving licences


"Nearby" borders

How often do New Yorkers drive to Mexico?

Midwife's lost diary sparks mums and baby alert


Paper diaries

"staff use of quaint diaries containing actual written words would be reviewed."

Quite right. The NHS should replace them with something costing 100 times as much and allowing staff to lose a million times more information at once.

Kiwi cops hunt teenage serial burglar with head of Robbie Coltrane


Re: Nationalists

Thanks Sarah - I knew I should have used one of these.


'English' actor

pictured in front of that famous English landmark, the Forth Bridge.

How stupid can these Australians get?

Gordon Brown's secret life as network admin


Anyone trying to contact Gordon...

Don't bother with his constituency website at


either, as that just gives me a 403 error.

HP shatters excessive packaging world record


Perhaps I'm missing something...

...but is there any reason why the whole shipment couldn't have been sent by email?

Nike pulls Air Stab trainers


Still not quite as good a sneaker faux pas as...

...whichever manufacturer came up with "Air Sole", without thinking through what that sounds like in various regional accents.

Google's spycar revs up UK privacy fears


@ Simon Painter

"the camera on top of the car should be no more than six feet from ground level to ensure that it does not see any more than what the general public walking along the pavement can see"

Hmm. Should I shut my eyes next time I'm upstairs on a bus?

Bloke crams 13 into Volvo S70


@ Tony

"Why does the law see it as perfectly safe and reasonable to transport thousands of commuters in those conditions at speeds approaching 100MPH every day on one of the busiest rail lines in the country, but take a dim view of someone carrying a dozen people in similar circumstances in a volvo travelling at 20MPH on a back road in Wales?"

Because there are thousands of road accidents every day (many involving back roads in Wales...), whereas trains almost never crash (and where they do, I doubt it makes much difference if you're standing or sitting). And the family were from London - were they really going to stay at 20mph all the way home?

UK clamps down on bus-spotting terror menace

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Getting your priorities right

"I can deal with the fact someone might think I'm a terrorist, but when they start saying you're a paedophile it really hurts"

Yep, cos fiddling with kids is much, much worse than blowing them up.

The war on photographers - you're all al Qaeda suspects now


@ Andy

"Try taking pictures of my kids for sexual gratification and while you're on the floor catching my boot you can think about who's getting harmed..."

I think you're missing the point. Even if I was taking photos for sexual gratification (and I don't know how you would determine that), it isn't illegal. So why harrass everyone who has a camera in public and is within 100 yards of kids?



Out of curiosity - does anyone have any real-life examples of terrorists carrying out photographic reconnaissance prior to an attack? I don't think the IRA were well-known for it, I'm not aware of the 9/11 hijackers taking pics of their targets, and if the 7 July bombers took any photos then nobody spotted them (and I'm not sure what purpose it would have served).

As for the peeeedo concern, I can understand it's at least distasteful to think that someone's taken pics of your kids in public for sexual gratification, but I'm not sure what harm it does anyone.

Do you know how much of your porn is extreme?

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@ "Now we just need..."

"the Police are tied up viewing people's smut"

If they prefer being tied up while doing it, why not?

Edinburgh Fringe box office system goes titsup


"Comedy lovers hoping to get their hands on tickets"

Why, did the problem not affect the hundreds of non-comedy shows on the Fringe?

EU project scans air passengers for terrorist tendencies


@ the ACs upset they weren't asked for ID before they got on a plane

Why do you think that it would help security? It's not as if your name can be checked against a list of people who have said they plan to hijack the next plane they board.

The main reason airlines ask for ID is economic, not security. They want to make sure your e-ticket hasn't been resold.

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@ Andy

"policy of shooting brown people in the head for carrying a rucksack "

Or indeed, brown people who were later found not to be carrying a rucksack (or wearing a bulky coat, running, jumping over a ticket barrier, in the country illegally, etc etc).

UK to outlaw cartoons of child sexual abuse


Other violent crimes

Why not ban drawings depicting murder? Just in case.

Playing 'Hangman' will be a bit more difficult though.

MEP tries to ban lightbulbs with mercury amendment


@ Clive

Some schools were a bit slower at tidying up their radioactive stockpile:


Social networking site bans oldies over sex offender fears


Why 36?

Seems an interesting line to draw. I'm 36 in a few weeks' time - I can't wait for my sex offending years to begin!

Tories show they're ready for government...


@ ash

The number is normally noted down, so in theory ballot papers could be linked up to names on the register in order to investigate allegations of criminal goings-on. But in this case I think the data is "which parties people told the Tories they would be voting for" rather than who they actually voted for.

MySpace fraudster indicted in teen's suicide


"Escape goat"

...was one of my favourite Jade Goodyisms, just slightly behind her belief in East Angular being a foreign 'oliday destination

Google trials Street View face-blurring tech


@ fag-munching AC

"If some of the people I've lied to about giving up smoking (parents) were to check my office on streetview, it would be pretty obvious that it was me still."

Mmm, yeah. Or they could just go to your office. IMHO all this is doing is enabling people to see something which was in the public domain in the first place, but without having to get off your butt. It's not as if it's searchable by people's names.

Extreme porn bill gets final reading


@ Bob Hoskins

"You'll find very few Brits here who disagree that our "shiny little island" is well and truly down the sh1tter"

Only some parts of our island - there aren't any plans to introduce similar laws in Scotland, where we can watch our sheep-sh@gging DVDs to our heart's content.

Lesbians turn on lesbians in battle of Lesbos


Male lesbians...

...certainly exist. I have met a gay man who came from Lesbos.

Google starts Street View in Europe


Bollox legal advice

"In the UK, data protection law allows the taking of photographs in public places without the permission of people who will appear in the photo, but that does not apply for photos for commercial purposes. For those, subjects should be notified."

Utter nonsense - have a look around a news site and ask yourself how many people in the photos would have had their permission sought.

Smith plans 300-strong force to tackle UK radicalisation


@ 300 extra coppers

"a few injuries and deaths / year on average due to terrorism"

Yep, that's what confuses me too. As far as I know, there was only one terrorism-related death in Britain last year - and that was the rubbish suicide bomber at Glasgow Airport.

I think there were zero deaths in 2006.

In 2005 there were the July 7th bombings (and the de Menezes shooting I suppose), but even those numbers are the equivalent to what - a week's worth of road accidents?

UK.gov will force paedophiles to register email addresses

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@ Glyn

"Not saying that being gay is the same as being a paedophile, but it's the closest equivalent"

Surely as most paedophiles are attracted to children of the opposite sex, heterosexuality is the closest equivalent?

Anyway, this isn't about paedophiles, it's about people registered on the Sex Offenders Register - which in theory could arise from relatively minor offences (having a pee in a public place, teenagers on either side of the age of consent having sex, etc).

Mobile snap murderer jailed for life


@ Ted Treen

This is Scotland we're talking about - not some uncivilised country which imprisons people for not paying their Council Tax.

And Labour don't have much to do with our criminal justice system these days.


Released on licence

Because it's a life sentence, if he's released at all it will be on licence - he can be hauled back into jail whenever they want.

Join the army, get your ID pinched - MoD laptop goes AWOL



"Back when we were prepping ourselves for the invasion of the falkland islands, the MoD lost a laptop then as well. This one also contained vital information, THE invasion plans!"

Er...I didn't think we were the ones who invaded the Falklands, were we?

And I think anyone using a "laptop" in 1982 would probably have risked injury.

Clarkson's 'steal my ID' stunt backfires



"That would seem unlikely, given that they're on every cheque you hand out."

And companies typically give out their bank details to their customers - have the look at the back of a utility bill for example, and then wonder why BT etc aren't scared of having their accounts cleared out by fraudsters.

BBC's iPlayer launches Christmas Day


Speaking of Americanisms...

...the word is "licence".