* Posts by Psmiffy

90 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Sep 2008


Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown


Re: Ex Pastafarian

Surely it makes you an anti-pasta?

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge


This is the kind of nonsense

up with which I shall not put!

I am a firm supporter of FSM and sport the fishy sticker on my car, but I am glad common sense won out at the end of the day. Although to deny the prisoner reading material seems a little harsh, especially as it is fiction.

Can we now apply common sense to other things, like religions, politics etc?


Humans get 'aroused' fondling robots in their private areas – study



Why is this not in Boot(y)notes?

I pay my subscriptions and everything!

Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?



When it gets to the point that the AI can teach me how to properly play GO, then I will start to worry :)

New Monopoly version features an Automatic Teller Machine


Re: Any ideas

You have pissed off the Moderatrix, banned from the game for one turn.

Reg reader achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail


Re: Most post moar!

@Fink-Nottle: You sir get an upvote just for your nick, Gussie Finknottle.

Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'


Re: German pronounciation

Just don't mention the war

Boffinry listicle MADNESS: ONE THING you need to know about CHAMELEONS


Chameleons change colour! You'll never guess how!

Read this to find out!

Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film


As my son says; Star Wars is great except for all the talking. Standing up and talking, sitting down and talking, walking and talking.Sitting down then standing up to do more talking. All interspersed with epic scenes of light sabering and a bit of space battles.

Although to me the talking is important to advance the overall plot.

Human DNA 'will be found on moon' – Brian Cox



Is this some new word and is it up for selection for the new dictionaries out next year? I have not heard it mentioned before and now suddenly in the space of a few weeks its seems to have come to prominence.

And what to the amateur bots have to say about this?

Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game


Only in the UK

I am somewhat disappointed that this is only available to UK residents. There are non-UK Doctor Who / programming / fathers who would like to get in on this kind of education action.

PS What happened to the icon with the DALEK?

The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The Weekend


Proceed ...

with this nonsense at flank speed.

BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!


Re: I've got

Where do you get yours from?

The sup-pliers?

I'll get my heavily laden coat

fWHoaR! Researcher crack eternal mystery of what women want in a man


Re: Obvious solution

"Women want safety, security. I can offer them nothing but danger." - Johnny English

Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring


Something similar

I remember playing the first 2 versions of Myst that a friend had lent me and getting extremely frustrated and rewarded at the same time. Fond memories of phoning him up at 2 in the morning for a "clue".

Another game I found recently in the same lines is Machinarium. I personally think this is a totally underrated game and should be worth looking at.

Twitter turns off Tweetdeck's life support after lengthy coma


Re: End of the Road

Having recently heard of the demise of the Tweetdeck phone app I did some investigations and the best option I have come up with is Hootsuite. Basically does what Tweetdeck did and a little more, and has a decent phone app too.

There are of course a number of other paid and free apps and a quick search for Tweetdeck alternatives will reveal these, but for now I am sticking with Hootsuite.

As a friend of mine told me "First Google Reader, now Tweetdeck, my tech world is crumbling around me"

Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now


"the Register is unique"

and awesome too.

Kepp up the good work.

Pubic louse falls victim to eager Brazilian strippers


Is it good or bad?

All the "Tech" sites that I follow seem to find this story very interesteing and seem to all have reports on it, but not one of them has mentioned if its a good or a bad thing (for us of course, we know its bad for the lice).

Could this be one of those things like the bacteria in our belly buttons that is actually good for the human race in general?

Enquiring minds want to know ...

Forget about fondling that slab... within 2 years, it'll fondle YOU


Leading the way

As always, either the military or the porn industry will lead the development in these areas.

I don't really need to explain do I?

Extreme teleworking: A Reg hack reports from the internet's frontier


Lucky lucky bastard

Almost my perfect dream, although I would possibly not have chosen the extreme outer limits of Spain .. but the rural life, working from home, peace and quiet, awesome countryside ....

Enjoy it.

Reader input required: review our reviews


Mostly been said

It's all been mostly said already although I have possibly a few ideas.

I really like the comparisons and the 10 whatevers, because these often help me to decide which is the best product for my needs.

There are times when I want a long in-depth review but mostly a shorter review covering in the good, the bad and the ugly points are what I am after.

Benchmarks are sometimes usefull but if there is a lot of technical waffle and tables I end up skipping those in favour of how well does it work in the persons hands.

Technical specs i can get from the products webiste, don't waste your valuable time and space copying it from them.

YES for keeping the percentage rating, I like to know what the Reg guys rate things as. The star ratings would just be a different representation of the same thing but less flexible.

Photo's are good only if they show something important, if I want the glossy cover shots I will look at the products site.

"We review products as users" ... thats perfect because most of are end users of the products.

One last point, the spell-checking could be a bit better, not only on Reg Hardware but on Reg itself, there have been a couple of bad ones recently that should really have been picked up by a proof reader, or even a spell checker (unless JSUT is part of your regular spelling)

Otherwise keep up the good work, I love coming in to see whats new or to check how new goodies measure up in the hands of my favourite IT site.


El Reg mulls Forums icon portfolio shake-up



We need a Flying Spaghetti Monster icon ... for all religions debates and other such exciting things, also for unexplained phenomena.


Re: Playmobil

Definitily a Playmobil icon ...

Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games


What? No Redneck Rampage?

When I was getting into computers and what-not, the common games were Doom and Duke Nukem, but when I was home I much preferred Redneck Rampage (designed by Xatrix Entertainment and published by Interplay).

HUGE levels, interesting concept, awesome hill-billy music and the additional cusspack .....

good ol' days.

Rover spots 'possibly artificial' MYSTERY SHINY OBJECT on Mars


Seriously ...

This is NOT the droid part you were looking for *waves hand* ...

Cockfighting Reg hack cursed with cancer


Re: @ Arthur the cat - pish

You must be related to Hodgesaaaarrrgghh then?

(Thanks Terry Pratchett)

You're crap and paid too much for the little work you actually do


The 3 B rule

My colleagues and I have often noted this and seen it in action, and to an extent have played the game ourselves but only as far as was worth it to our self esteem.

We called it the 3 B rule: Bullshit Baffles Brains.

You need to walk the manager walk, be their buddy and sell whatever work you have done, blow your own trumpet. It nets you the money and the big projects but unless that truly is your nature, you will come out feeling like a bit of a phoney.

LOHAN's fantastical flying truss menaces kiddies


Re: They are ALL called Dave

Yes sir, you are absolutely right.

Pope's PR says Vatican in grip of WikiLeaks-style scandal



Oldest documents mistranslated: it said CELEBRATE, not CELIBATE!!

Kung-fu tweeting Carl Douglas wins El Reg prize - with expert timing


Really now

I think all of those of us who were early adopters should also get a mention ... it's easy enough to tout acclaim and accolade to the Nth follower, but what do we get? nothing ,we are just a number, a filler, a nothing .... without all of us old 10000 there would have been less.

Man vanquishes robot cop in hand-to-hand combat


Did anyone notice

no tasers were harmed in the making of this arrest!

Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman



Where can we vote for awards? Lester deserves a few beers for his limerick at least.

Google planning major upgrades to Google+ ‘within days’


"By Christmas we'll track you in even more ways! Ha Ha Ha" - there fixed it for you

Seattle superhero arrested for assault



Is the obvious choice, works well in all lighting, has good action capture technology and is wide angle so you don't miss it when someone comes flying in (or out) from one side.

The Reg dips toe into social media ocean


You know what

I have been looking for your twitter account for ages, and no-where on this site could I find it or a link to it. I shall add it to my followees forthwith, as will I add the reg FB page.


Beyonce's belly: Most important thing ever, on Twitter

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Could we please have another button for up-voting possible flames-of-the-week?

Stephen on Steve: The most important man on Earth


So you want

an Oompa Loompa then? Just ask Willy Wonka for one, I think he may have some spare.

Wikipedia: It's not for girls


You owe me for this ...

"Researchers there found their flabber gasted to its very limit"

Germans completely humourless: Official


Whatever you do ....

... don't mention the war! I did it once and I think I got away with it!

German cops unleash corpse-hunting vultures


It's really something

they can sink their beaks into.

BOFH: People get annoyed when you try to debug them


Always good

It's always great to have a post from the BOFH.

And I am sort of glad to have amanfromMars (1) posting back again .. I have missed it's ramblings of late.

Italian white van man nudges sound barrier


absolute absolute

Speed of irony has a maximum velocity of 2 anonymous cowards. Some idiot reader-commentards don't know what a sense of humour is and just posted silly replies.


Bruce Willis relaxes as asteroid skims Singapore


"NASA assures"

Famous last words I am sure

US college girls: Fatter roomie helps control 1st-year plumpening


Lewis Page

Can someone please give Lewis an award for that fantastic use of the word "embulgening".


Netizens now Facebook more than they Google

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"You've managed to grab the wrong end of the stick so effectively that you're in a different tree."

Well done sir, you deserver a medal

Boffins learn to adjust body clocks


Weapons etc

If used differently, this could be used to allow people to get a 48 or even a 72 hour day, as some people with a certain genetic disorder have (I can't remember the name of it). This would probably allow soldiers etc to go for a few days before needing to sleep.

Not sure how this would help anyone.

Conversely if you shorten someones clock cycle you could get them into a screwy irregular sleep pattern making them tired and out of it of you happened to want to attack them.

Just saying is all.

FBI hunt gun-waving, skateboarding bank robber



He could not find a "Dark coloured bandana" ... it will probably be his undoing.

Secret ancient code, basis of all modern civilisation, cracked


Did his ...

... noodly appendage come down and adjust Plato's writings?

The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro


Acer Aspire

Also got an Acer Aspire with Linpus on it, looked very pretty but no where was there an option to add new users or to create an Admin user. Reinstalled with Ubuntu, no more problems :)

New Reg comments system ready to launch


you forgot to include

If you have nothing to hide ....