* Posts by Steve Ball

11 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Mar 2008

Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts

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Re: I'm going to be controversial

It may have been perfectly legal, but he still would've left the scene in an ambulance.

My humour is just as sick, but I would NEVER do what this tool did. We're all human beings, not robots, and if my daughter went missing and some little prick tried to act like a comedian I think I'd be angry. Very very angry.

In this case, though, I think he should have been left to the tender mercies of the mob. What an unbelievable a***hole.

Conservative US shock-jock to sue Wacky Jacqui

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AC @ 15:35 GMT

Your comment was forged in pure 100% Win. That is all, really.

Glasgow Cops pound Facebook to blunt knife crime

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Furthermore ...

What, exactly, is wrong with a fishing expedition? Only thing it'll catch is fish (criminals).

Can anyone give a concrete example of when your civil liberties being violated is a bad thing? And can it be balanced against potentially detecting a large portion of criminal elements?

Like the whole DNA database thing - who cares whether your details are stuck somewhere on a database? Wouldn't you be a fan of it if your wife / mother / daughter / girlfriend was raped and they used the database to catch the perpetrator?

I am not a troll - I just like asking the questions that no-one else will.

Beware the innocent systems 'health check'

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Re: how to set unrealistic expectations!

Sounds like you need to look into the Agile methodology - it will be difficult to sell, initially, but the benefits are huge.

UK ISPs agree to menace their filesharing users

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@Andraž Levstik

Why don't you use the SecurityManager if you're worried about the Java VM?

New York threatens Comcast with anti-porn suit

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@Graham Marsden

You are correct, you don't have to have a perfect solution in order to criticize another. I would apologise, but I never used that particular argument.

Kindly re-read my original post and you'll see that I was just objecting to the ubiquitous negative tone found in El Reg's comment posts.

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Dead Vulture

My solution ...

I don't have one. That's why I refrain from comparing people to Nazi's (as has been done twice at least in the comments to this one story), etc. That's not to say that I won't criticize the solution - I just won't attack the proposer.

And, to be fair, the AG just asked for the ISPs to delete inappropriate content, right? It was the ISPs themselves who decided to rinse the Usenet groups. You can't really blame Cuomo for that, can you?

The whole point of my post was to ask people not to be so negative, I suppose.

Bring the rain, brothers. Bring the rain :)

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@everyone: Doesn't it get tiring ...

Knowing the answer to everything?

Without exception, every single story posted on the Register has the usual cacophony of naysayers. The nicest thing someone said about this story was that the AG has good intentions. So everyone knows why the plan will fail, just by consulting their wide* knowledge of social dynamics - why can't you post anything constructive with all that knowledge?

I used to love reading El Reg articles & comments, simply because of all the insightful technical information. And occasionally some biting satire / humour :) Sadly though, some time over the last year, almost every single poster has morphed into Victor Mildrew!

Never mind Usenet being cluttered with useless crap - El Reg's comments section should be nuked owing to the dismal signal / noise ratio!

Meh. Cue the flaming. Bring it.

* Strangely, never wide enough to suggest a perfect solution ...

Brits favour ASBOs for unruly mobile users

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Why have Radiohead broken copyright activists' hearts?

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Oh, FFS!

Seriously, how has this gone on for so long?

The artist composed and made the music. It is theirs. NOT YOURS! You can draw as many parallels as you like, compare it to as many other products as you like, but this simple fact remains. IT. IS. NOT. YOURS.


Analysts call for secure Facebook access for workers

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It's funny how ...

People who don't use Facebook always assume that people who do are social rejects incapable of human interaction. Facebook is a website designed around the idea of staying in contact with your friends - just like email and instant messagers. But I suppose you fine gentlemen never use those things! Hell - you probably don't use mobile phones either - preferring to speak face-to-face. Of course! I've realised the error of my ways!

As to the second argument, that it's a time waster that shouldn't be used in work time, that I absolutely agree with. I use it at lunch time and if I'm waiting for a full cruise to finish. If you don't like it, you can complain to my employer who believes in trusting its employees. You carry on enjoying working at your gulag :)