* Posts by Matt Martin

27 posts • joined 9 Jan 2008

Online retailers cannot deduct delivery fee when making refunds

Matt Martin

BTO computers are not excluded....

provided that they are constructed from off the shelf parts. Anything that has been permanently customised such as iPod engraving is excluded.

Celebrity goat declines Britain's Got Talent gig

Matt Martin

A whole day

and not a single cat fish joke.....

Company wins US patent for podcasting

Matt Martin

Prior Art?


'Alien' lifeform wakened from 120,000 year Arctic slumber

Matt Martin

The End

The End


US cops called to McDonalds menu cock-up

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@@Sarah Bee - Wednesday 4th March 2009 15:23 GMT

No no no - the humble jalapeno is clearly a fruit as well.

In fact if you had pineapple on there as well it'd by 3 of your 5 a day.

Microsoft asks laid-off staff to refund overpaid redundo cash

Matt Martin

Send multiple cheques of $0.01

To the value requested, costs them more to cash than they'd get, but at least you've offered to return the money.

Americans get indoor iPhones

Matt Martin

51 weeks?

Surely not, wouldn't it be the penalty in the country you have visited and operated in without a licence rather than the home nations sanctions?

419ers take Canadian for $150,000

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I came here ...

from Canada, and they think I'm slow, Eeh?

Jacqui Smith denies any knowledge of police search

Matt Martin

Hang on a minute....

Surely if these MP's have nothing to hide,they have nothing to fear from the police exercising their powers.

Anyway, that's the bullshit we get told when it applies to us lowly peasants.

McLaren teams up with chip firm for F1 hybrid tech

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"not least because the only way to make F1 racing truly green would be to stop doing it, and nobody wants to see that."

I'm not to fussed about how green they make it or not but I'm all for stopping the dull, monotony that comes every other Sunday(ish).

Labour minister says 14 year olds should get ID cards

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It's strange that whenever I hear (or read) a politician say invaluable, they're talking about something worthless.

BT's secret Phorm trials: UK.gov responds

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4 magic words

Shouldn't the content of that letter be available to anyone making a request under the freedom of information act?

(In my wide-eyed innocence, I'm of course assuming the Government would play fair and honour such a request and not try to weasel it's way out of it)

Microsoft slashes US Xbox 360 to sub-Wii price

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Hang on a moment

So converting from US price:

(($200 / 1.78 ) * 1.10 ) * 1.175 = £145 of which Mr Brown takes £32 (10% Import duty, 17.5% VAT)

Current UK price £149.99 @ Amazon.

I need to sit down, UK consumers not being priced gouged for once.

Flirty texting could land Scots in jail for 10 years

Matt Martin

Re: So..

"Alternatively, what if you answer the phone using speakerphone (or just have a loud handset) "

Now that's got to be worth 10 years right there, forget about the content of the call.

Phoenix beams back Martian postcards

Matt Martin

RE: 7.7 feet?

"The country that retained feet, miles, etc. is the one that has had the most successful space program."

Because when NASA use imperial measurements thing go so well......


Intel and chums target 450mm wafer fabs

Matt Martin

More than double the number of chips

Intel in 1.5 ^ 2 = 2.25 shocka!!!

Prank callers crash Dublin Zoo phone system

Matt Martin

Uh, yes, I'm looking for a friend of mine. Last name Jass. First name Hugh.

Moe: Uh, hold on, I'll check. [calling] Hugh Jass! Can somebody check the men's room for a "Huge ass"?!

Hugh Jass: Uh, I'm Hugh Jass.

Moe: Telephone. [hands over the receiver]

Hugh Jass: Hello, this is Hugh Jass.

Bart: [surprised] Uh, hi.

Hugh Jass: Who's this?

Bart: Bart Simpson.

Hugh Jass: Well, what can I do for you, Bart?

Bart: Uh, look, I'll level with you, Mister. This is a prank call that sort of backfired. I'd like to bail out right now.

Hugh Jass: All right. Better luck next time. [hangs up] What a nice young man.

UK consumers lose £6.6bn a year to unfair treatment

Matt Martin

Let us not forget

That businesses charge VAT on some services so the Government could be profiting by up to £1.1bn - no wonder the regulators are toothless.

Courts slam Blair's 'abject surrender' to Saudi prince

Matt Martin

Is there a party I can morally vote for?

I think that you'll find that the government will always get in, who ever you vote for!

Although in between Labour/Tories and the wingnuts you've got the Lib Dems.

Microsoft discloses 14,000 pages of coding secrets

Matt Martin

Re: Just remember where "hungarian notation" came from!

Errrrr, Hungary?

Al Gore's green job bonanza - can we afford it?

Matt Martin


How dare you criticize the man who single-handedly killed ManBearPig.

EU wants data sharing network for driving offences

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Can't they just buy the info of the DVLA for a couple of quid anyway like all of those shame parking enforcers.

Euro MPs want criminal penalties for downloaders

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Making it a criminal offence

Would change the burden of proof from the balance of probabilities associated with civil actions to "Beyond reasonable doubt" as needed in criminal actions which traditionally needs to be evaluated against much higher standards.

Also criminal actions should only be brought when the state (CPS) has a reasonably probability of successful prosecution.

So from (civil evidence):

an IP address associated with you has accessed a copyrighted work.

to (criminal evidence):

You personally were sat at your computer to which no one else has access, using it to connect to the internet through the modem/router that had been assigned with the IP address - no other computers were connected to the modem/router and the computer could not have been compromised with malware/virus at the time that IP address accessed the protected work.

Doesn't sound so bad to me.

Points mean passports: Citizenship Smith unveils 'like us' plan

Matt Martin

Making the volunteering compulsory...

isn't that called conscription.

Apple sets its sights on video consoles

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misleading headline......

Isn't that a Trademark application rather than a patent.

Wikipedia ruled by 'Lord of the Universe'

Matt Martin

@Andrew Moore

A colt is a young male horse, under the age of four.

I fail to see the relevance to this article!

IT contractors cry foul over HMRC income splitting law

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