* Posts by Sabine Miehlbradt

107 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Apr 2008


Afghan coppers trained with Playmobil

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Makes sense actually

If you need to have cheap, robust models, Playmobil isn't a bad choice. The selection is good and you can get them in every toy shop.

Those scenes were for training purposes so you can build a new scene and hand the trainees the figures and make them set up a checkpoint or something.

Playmobil figures are big enough to be seen from the back rows.

Never mind Germans grow up with Playmobil so it's a pretty natural choice if there are no special models to be used instead. Many adults and all kids have some around.

Ceterum censeo we need that Playmobil icon.

Microsoft muzzles IE chief's 'native HTML' nonsense

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Odd choice of words

...on a meta level...

Is this the level where decisions get made by people who have no idea what they are talking about but a very clear idea on who they wish to please and how exorbitant their bonus in the next round of layoffs be?

Acrobatic US driver in 85mph back-seat drunk sex prang

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I remember

Wasn't that the same judge who said it was impossible to rape a woman wearing jeans so the act must have been consensual never mind what she says and what her injuries are?

Boffins develop working MALE PILL

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Stupid headline

I read that as a pill to make males work. Now that would be some miracle drug.


Notorious Russian spammer 'admits child abuse'

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The depressing thing is...

... I can' help feeling the child abuse charges may be faked to get a more solid conviction and not create a precedent that can be used against Russian men of business.

Child abuse + BDSM doesn't seem to fit somehow. Unless he was into both and just used one love nest for all his sex.

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Does she take those of when she goes to bed? How can anyone lie comfortably with those watermelons on their chest?

It's her own lookout - but...Ughhh. Too bad there are no common sense implants. She'll get really bad back problems with those whatever she says.

Icon request: 2 darts, crossed.

Boffins develop method of driving computers insane

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Someone has to say it..

Microsoft has done that for years....

Legal goons threaten researcher for reporting security bug

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La La La - we can't hear you isn't the point of these laws.

It's more on the lines of

a) nobody is allowed to derive any kind of enjoyment from anything related to Nazism, not even shooting at it

b) You are too stupid to inform yourself from historic sources and will instantly turn into a Nazi if you read anything not vetted by a state-approved authority.

There was a hell of a stink when some publishing company wanted to reprint 1930s newsletters as their copyright ran out. and don't get me started on the platitudes coming from our government/media in 2006 when everybody suddenly started flying the German flag everywhere for the world championship: Omg - it's 1934 all over again...can we make a law against it...they'll be burning synagogues before half-time.

I wish I was joking but there actually was an initiative to make a law against private citizens flying the national flag. And to make it worse what stopped it was probably not he fact that such a law is unconstitutional but more likely the insight that it is political suicide to come between a German and his football game. Never mind that the championship was used as a distraction to pass some very ugly laws very quietly.

Believe me - Nazism is about half of the whole history curriculum in school here. Hell, our national holiday is a day of showing Nazi documentaries on TV and depressive speeches about our heavy historical burden.

Revealed: Secret security plan should Kate leave Wills at the altar

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What's the problem?

That's what a taser is for, innit?

Don't your police have them?

Modern-day ninja in epic battle with riot police, robot

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You disappoint me

no pirates?

I'm cancelling my subscription forthright.

Menorcan politician flashes substantial chesticles

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The goggles...they do nothing

Great job guys. Now I can't get image of some of our politicas in that kind of pose out of my mind...especially the greens.They mostly look like they've already been composted anyway.

Example: http://de.altermedia.info/images/RothClaudia.jpg

Do not watch if you have just eaten.

PARIS team raises pint to Yuri Gagarin

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Nope - the waste goes straight into the diapers under the suit.

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Poor astronaut

How can he drink anything from a mug in that helmet.

Even if the visor opens he'll need at least a straw.

Anyway: Cheers! (from the nonalcoholics nonymous)

Anti-social media in defence a token of chronic stupidity

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What does the RC mean?

Radio controlled by Sarah?

Wannabe baby-kisser lies on political honesty phone-in

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Did i get that right?

"I don't think it was deceit and lies. I just think he wanted to get his point over and I think it was the only way he could see to do it."

It's not a lie - he was just telling a fibber because he felt it was right?

Politicians really are living in a world of their own, are they? Most of us get past that stage by the time we enter school.

Vote compass unmasks Canadian political opinion

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Economic Left/Right: -6.50

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.28

What does that translate to in meaningful terms? Chaotic Evil?

Damn, I usually go for true neutral. It's even more challenging then lawful good.

HMS Ark Royal goes under the hammer

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to boldly go where it's 5pm already.

IBM wants to relieve Aussie traffic pain

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Commuter pain?

I read that as computer pain.

Why doesn't IBM try to solve that first? It would certainly be more in their line of business.

Channel Islands VAT loophole shut, petrol prices cut

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How about

I need my car to get to work to pay my income tax?

With rising prices there is no way I can afford a new car with less consumption. Actually with the rising cost of work to the employee I had to skimp on maintenance so if I'm behind you don't rely on my brakes working.

(actually - those are fixed but the mechanic said he didn't know why they were still working in that state. Don't know why he was all worked up - they didn't even screech.)

Artificially raising fuel prices is a typical "They don't have bread? So let them eat cake." proposition. It lacks insight and seems a pretty headless reaction.

Why is it wrong that using the car is more comfortable and less time-consuming than public transport? Public transport cannot start where you are and does not go where you need to be because it has to cater to the needs of many people. Never mind that rising fuel prices make any kind of transport more expensive, unless you walk barefoot and in your shift.

Society is not a value in itself. Society brings value to individuals. Preferably a large number and with no too adverse effect to any individual. Let's see - beating people up is good for release of aggression, this is good for society. So - want to volunteer to be at the receiving end? For the good of society? Didn't think so. Society is only important where you benefit from it?

South West Trains puts squeeze on commuters

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Black Helicopters

So normal size people don't fit?

These cars are made to last for at least 30 years.

So maybe the rail companies know something you don't. Like in a few years only imported Asians are expected to actually go to work, because they are better value.

The British Brit is to stay home and eat his food stamps. Those will not provide enough nutritional value to get you up to what is now average shoulder width. Productivity will soar! So will bonuses.

Cynical? Moi? Jamais!

BA jihadist relied on Jesus-era encryption

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How disappointing

60+ comments and no one hase reposted this yet?


Police just rubber-stamping US data slurp

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Extra Information

"Europol said it had received extra information orally from US spooks, which persuaded them to hand over the information."

Probably on the lines of: we know where you live, we know where your kids go to school and we know about that 1000 quid. Is that enough extra information for you?

Average Brit has three mysterious keys

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Let's start the data collection

6 on my normal ring - all of them accounted for.

3 on a ring tucked away deep in my handbag for a certain emergency. One accounted for and the other two unlock bags/strongboxes I'm sure I do not own any more.

Not Brit, but sounds pretty average.

No keys hidden anywhere. Number of emergency locksmith (local firm, who knows us) hidden outside instead.

Is that enough for some new statistics?

BMI taken out by Anonymous

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Our home office?

Nobody would notice, I think.

A construction crew took out our whole Reichstag (parliament building) the other day and no one gave a damn. Except for when the greens started crowing they would still use the toilets (apparently the flushing mechanism is somehow dependent on electric power and so they were closed) and nobody could forbid them to make shit.

Of course our greens are experts at producing shit that some other poor sod has to clean up.

At least it afforded us a good laugh on the Spiegel forums.

Anonymous probed for hack threat against WikiLeaker captors

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He's army, not marines

Actually he is US Army not USMC. They just put him in the Marine brig. Prisons are expensive to keep and the UCMJ is the same for all services so I suppose it makes sense to have cross-service prisons.

That makes him an army traitor among marine guards. Poor sod. The treatment certainly is cruel but I'm starting to wonder if it is still unusual.

Half a million Germans rally in support of 'Baron von Googleberg'

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Funny thing

as an ordinary German I have not yet met any ordinary German supporting zu Guttenberg either before nor after his Ctrl-c, Ctrl-v episode. He seems to be a typical self-displaying politician with no idea how to lead his ministries but very quick on the CYA.

Exactly the kind drawn to public office who shouldn't be allowed near one.

His wife is very vocal in the "TOFTC - filter all web access" crowd and he is supporting her openly.

Portsmouth redefines the Olympic-sized swimming pool

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Don't panic

Apparently, councils can be even more stupid than that.

The town of Trencin, Slovakia actually managed to build a pool with no fresh or waste water connections at all.



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Not again

You know - this happened more than 30 years ago in my home town.

That indoor, heated pool was Olympic size, too - until they put the tiles in. Goodbye to hosting serious competitions when times swum cannot be officially registered.

Oh well - left more time for the local schools' swimming classes. The pool still stands - it's the roof that came down a few years ago and dunked a couple of swimmers in the deep end (4+ m)

Euro court slaps down insurers over gender risks

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So far we haven't sued for shorter queues in front of the restrooms, either.

Discovery poised for final mission

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ATV Johannes Kepler just docked successfully with supplies, spare parts and fuel for the next elevation in orbit.


That's an autonomous vehicle docking completely on auto.

Have the Vulcans arrived yet?

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What could possible go wrong?

"We're really looking forward to a very action-packed, successful mission and everything is on track" ...

An experimental robot...

in a space module....

Sounds like the first few minutes of a new sci-fi survival horror flick.

/me breaks out he popcorn.

ECJ asked to rule on re-sale of software licences

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Car manufacturers sell tangible merchandise - not licences.

Sheep as smart as humans: Official

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May I be the first to say:


Anyone seen Flossie?

Who needs 600 friends when you're a bride of Christ?

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Easy one

Sr == Sister

You're welcome.

Watchdog turns a blind eye to Danish fu*king

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Oh come on...

Nobody on the El Reg staff has ever gotten 10 fucks - never mind variants.

Joy Division get the Playmobil treatment

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KISS - God of Thunder

US gov says it can't build an interstellar starship

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Oh come on...

We all know you just have to fake a warp drive starting up and the spaceship gets delivered straight to your planetstep.

Man stabbed to death by chicken

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Wrong title, Sarah

He was a spectator, so it was not his own cock.

Man killed by too much cock?

Icon Request: cock.

'Suspicious toilet' provokes Maryland bomb scare

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Very relieved, indeed

Do the bomb disposal guys wear diapers in those suits?

They look like the devil to get out and are probably hard to clean if anything goes of unexpectedly.

Assange traveled in drag to evade gov spooks

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IT Angle

How about

We go back to the leaked cables and their implications instead of that douchebag?

This is not supposed to be the Daily Fail approached from the other side. Let him quietly enjoy being victimized and report again when something actually happens, like those ridiculous charges being dropped and his sudden disappearance.

Oracle spurns Ruby devs for Java love

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Right when I had just completed the switch-over from Eclipse to NetBeans. Is anyone already forking NetBeans (and updating the UML plugin)? It's not like I do RoR - but I can recognize when a company is trying to run one of their own projects into the ground to get rid of it.

I wonder what Oracle will do to MySQL - May be time to look at postgresql for the new shop.

Oracle is probably trying to get rid of some of the Sun legacy projects to "trim some fat" and "streamline the company profile".

Tory MP accidentally endorses... German pr0n site

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Not quite

I think she posted it to have the German readership try and untranslate the mess.

My brain is imploding and I might be emotionally scarred for life. Can I sue someone?

Footie fans in 'cunthorpe Utd' calendar shocker

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So what are the odds?

I bet one of the tupid ods was fooling around with the layout files and then someone else took them to be printed without a final proof-reading.

hit happens.

Default judgement FAIL: ACS:Law muffs up in court

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How about

spank us?

Government abandons benefit-cheat lie detectors

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Why stop there?

Install the lie detector in every microphone in both houses and especially the party press rooms. Hand the system out to news crews.

Make sure everyone watching or listening can see the result - like a really big red light and loud buzzer on the mic.

Now that I come to think of it - implant it in all top-level politicians. Connected to a contact taser, anally installed. They may switch it of in private but any official word they say will be tested.

After all, the system works and politicians would surely never lie to the public, wouldn't they? So what do they have to fear? Pants on fire?

iPhone app tagged as terror tool

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so opticians are now to be outlawed?

after all they make it easier for myopic terrorists to actually find their targets.

Never mind street or railway guides, maps or even geography or political lessons at school. Let's bomb all schools from orbit - it's the only way.

Any more ridiculous ideas? Like a basic intelligence test for MPs?

Drunken employee pops cap in server

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Lizzie Borden took an axe

And plunged it deep into the VAX

Don't you envy people who

Do the things you want to do?

That's one reason for not putting a random fortune into the motd. The server probably asked to be shot.

Lindsay Lohan goes down for 90 days

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Paris Hilton


I heard an interview with the sherrif this afternoon. She'll be out after 23days (25% time) if she behaves well.

NHS blames computer error for transplant fouls

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Doesn't compute

Sorry, Jacqui, but that does not make sense. The doctor who treats you does not get to decide who gets your organs or even remove them. When you are pronounced dead by 2 certified doctors who check your vital functions and brain activity twice after a defined waiting time, the hospital calls Eurotransplant in Amsterdam who work out from their lists who gets what and sends in a team to harvest the organs and has them transferred asap.

The actual recipients are those who are the best fit, need the organs most badly and are close enough for the organs to reach them on time.

There are very rigid procedures and the doctor who's treating you isn't really involved except that he is probably one of the two who pronounces you dead.

Organ donation save lives - at least until we can grow organs in a petri dish - and you certainly won't be needing them any more.

Turk unwraps doner kebab robot

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I don't think so

Beef is too expensive for Döner meat and dries out when on the spit too long. The cheap shops use turkey meat, maybe mixed with cheap minced meat and breadcrumbs for texture and the better ones use pork.

I've heard of shops using lamb meat but have never seen one.

My own Turk uses pork (he's a Christian, so it does not bother him), spices and salt and puts the meat on the spit himself instead of buying them ready-made. His Döner is very juicy and great in taste and texture, even for a finicky eater like myself.

For bread, they all use leavened flat- bread. That has to be served fresh, since it dries out very fast.

A Döner-shop that sells unsavoury Döners dies very fast, as there are more than enough of them here and rumour spreads faster than the result of bad meat.