* Posts by Smarty Pants

53 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jun 2009


Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

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This seems to be heading towards a site that says

'Orange man bad'

'Brexiteers stupid racists'

I used to enjoy the Apple/MS/Linux flame wars

UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Jesus, NO! @ Steven "check my post history on this subject.........

I cannot upvote you enough

A pause in global warming? What pause?There was no pause

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Re: Obviously.

Re - Also the idea that these researchers benefit in grants from this is wrong. These researchers would have grants to maintain the temperature records whatever the result was.

Why do they bother doing this, then just make up the numbers to match what they want to see?

Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

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Re: The child will get it back eventually

I don't know but it looks like some of their earlier stuff is here where I work as code an some of the systems.

Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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Re: Translation

Or Translation: "Oh god! We got caught! We're sorry we got caught! We'll make sure we don't get caught again! It was so bad of us to get caught! We look soooo bad because we got caught!"

So what we will do is change the rules so what we got caught for is no longer wrong therefore we cannot be 'caught' for doing it as it is legal now.

Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Shame about the Edge

got wrong crowd fund sorry, got the flowza clock from kickstarter

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Shame about the Edge

Signed up for 1 on Kickstarter, would really have liked to try the desktop/mobile O/S system

Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

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Great Actor

sadly missed

No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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Re: Huh?

Surely it would have to be a Unicorn and worry about gouging

Mars Orbiter spots FRESH IMPACT CRATER

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looks like 'War of the Worlds' made it out of the solar system and its a pre-emptive strike by the Klendathu

Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Re: Outrageous

I don't know I wanted a big bottle of fizzy wine for 'er indoors and lo and behold Tom Selleck turned up with Ice Cream and a shooter

Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Most people I know are moving away from facebook, all it takes is 1 person to go onto a new and 'better' social network, and then a couple follow them (as well as using facebook), then a few more till eventually all new contacts are on the new site only and facebook is relegated to dealing with those friends who won't move, till they drop off your radar as you so infrequently use facebook

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I thought if you googled 'google' the internet broke

MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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I am slightly confused

Are the MPAA (motion picture association of America) legally allowed to detain and question you, are they legally allowed to be involved with a Federal Investigators detention and questioning of you? Have they become some sort of paramilitary force able to arrest detain try/convict and sentence you? will they be responsible for your incarceration. will they run prisons? if they run prisons will you be able to watch movies whilst in prison? would they only be prison movies? 24/7 stir crazy / the green mile / brubaker / shawshank redemption, would that count as cruel and unusual?

do i need more or less coffee? answers on a beermat please

Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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Re: Re:Footage is stored for on the cloud for five hours

that's it I was desperately trying to remember that film

Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Re: More presidential lip service.

I read that as neanderthals and it still makes more sense than Obama's speech

DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Caves, Caves

When I were a lad, we used to dream of livin' in a cave.

Army spaffed millions up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

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Re: Blunders

Got to agree to the above,

what starts as a simple 'can you do us a new website', followed a month or so later with the addition of mail functionality, then a bosses wife's hairdresser mentions adding comments and reviews and a outlet so you can buy from the site, then you need to add analytical's to see how many hits you're getting and we might as well go Google advertising on it to recoup some of the cost, oh and now we need it to link directly to these other websites and data-stores

what do you mean we need more hardware and storage

Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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Re: @ Dodgy Geezer.....

You as the accused can ALWAYS opt for trial by jury as far as I am aware IANAL though

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Re: Re:

Apologies for using Wiki, but the latin is as below

The presumption of innocence, sometimes referred to by the Latin expression Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the burden of proof is on he who declares, not on he who denies), is the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Large Hadron Collider competition: VOTE NOW to choose the WINNER

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Heroes 4

Just cause I'm a Steve IRL

Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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Re: Spammers.

You can opt out of unaddressed mail through Royal Mail, however as Virmin address theirs to 'The Occupier' these will be delivered as -

"Royal Mail is still legally obliged to deliver all addressed mail, which includes mail that is addressed “To the Occupier” (or with any other generic recipient information), as well as mail that is personally addressed to you by name."

Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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Re: Am I the only one to think these are contradictory

Mark Zuckerberg was all tech money (if Farcebuck is tech)

Bill Gates was Microsoft, Canadian National Railway and Ecolab

Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest ever recorded, global warming is not eroding it'

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nice article

as above

World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

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Where is the list of these banned sites

Where can I check this list to see if a site is 'incorrectly' labelled because my ISP don't like it. Want to access Talk Talk from a Virgin connection - oops we thought it was porn. Or as is expected would we have to attempt to access a site with the ensuing flashing lights and horns because some idiot didn't realise www.big'n'bouncy.org is a trampolining website.

SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: What will the Register do?

is that the patients that read El Reg (or those that write it)?

Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

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Re: BOFH reprisal


UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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Re: Molly Millars Lane

Eh the Molly Millar, rings a few bells with the brain cells that still work, although we were barred from there on and off for the 2 years I spent locally

The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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Has to be

Plain MATT Black

iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

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iOS7 must be better

it makes your phone waterproof

LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

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J - Just

U - Utilise

S - Switch

T - Toggles

I - Iridium

N - Negator


B - Balloon

I - In

E - Error

B - Better

E - Eject

R - Rocket

Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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Re: So what can we do to attract more comets?

So link this to global warming and NASA's idea of capturing a rock and parking it in orbit - I see a plan :-)

Climate change made sea levels fall in 2010 and 2011

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And those who used to walk from France to the UK.

Bloody neanderthals burning wood and causing climate change

Fox News tweets hacked to show Obama death stories

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Frpom BBC Site

Fox News Politics is one of the Twitter accounts associated with the industry-leading cable news network.

Its Twitter account carries the "verified" tick icon, indicating that the feed belongs to the organisation it claims to be.

Smart meters pose hacker kill-switch risk, warn boffins

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Thought I would be first to post that

BT boss brands Britain illiterate

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Arms biz: Your taxes mainly go on our fat salaries! Ha ha!

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@ AC 11:48

You are an idiot!

As a servicemen , my options were not to serve fries or join the army, a bucketful of 'o' levels saw to that.

You CANNOT join the army at 16 as you are still a minor, you can join the Cadets at 16 but as you are not able to sign a contract till your 18th birthday even if you started training at 17 1/2, you still have the option to walk away.

The army (at Welbeck) and I presume the navy and raf, offer degree courses (what soldiers can read and write?)

And when a soldier leaves the forces 'well trained' what industry do you think requires in depth knowledge of how to lay down suressing fire on an entrenched enemy? Most soldiers leaving the military after 22 years service to Crown and Country have few marketable skills (less then an equivalant chair polisher in the civil service)

Grenade coz its good for trench warfare

Pair charged with BNP list breach

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so you believe in democracy, except when it disagrees with your ideas, the UAF are a greater risk to democracy than the BNP will ever be.

Palm slams Apple, hoodwinks iTunes

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good for apple

imagine that its their software they can prevent / promote everyone else as they see fit --------

hold on ------ ---------- all the fanbois lauding this, isn't this what you were all whining about with IE and Microsoft.

Please form an opinion and stick to it - or is it Apple ->Good, MS <- Bad whetever happens

Cameron condemns Tweeters as tw*ts

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'The country is still reeling from the excesses of the last Tory government. When was the last time your train was on time and clean? (No, this is not about to descend into near-religious fervour a la Mussolini-loving housewives) The fact of the matter is, that party made a horse's arse of this nation, privatising anything that wasn't under sole ownership, and then moaning when the great edifice they'd constructed turned itself to a giant dung heap around us all.'

Were you around then?? the excesses? is that the great pile of loot the givernment left for ZaNuLabor to piss up against the wall on ID cards NHSit and a bunch of other 'initiatives'?

I am unfortunatley old enough to remember the last Labor Govt. lets check -

Need IMF to bail out the country - Yup

Unions demanding more for less - Yup

Winter of discontent - watch this space

Watchdog bites Mattesons saucy sausage ad

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WTF it could cause harm????

only if I got irritated and threw the radio at em

Metallica sticksman gloats over Napster downfall

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how many times

STFU about stealing - going into a shop and taking an album - going and taking stuff from a house - etc.

How retarded are you - it is copyright infringment NOT theft do not buy into the RIAA's campaign that it is theft unless when you download a COPY you nuke the source and therefore have prevented their use of it.


end rant

California skateboard dude swipes Reg logo

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Send Sarah over

Linux patch sidesteps Microsoft's TomTom patent

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gotta love it

St Steve of the Jobs does this and he's protecting his investment

MS do same thing - the bastards


Police headcams burst into flames

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Big Brother


shouldnt this be in ROTM? also when are the person location systems going to be issued to all - nothing to fear nothing to hide?

The Times kills off blogger anonymity

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Points :-

1 a source is different to an author

2 reading his blog (as I did) would you not want to know if he was a 16yr old with a grudge or Sir Ian Blair - it would make a difference

all in all I think the Times were right to 'out' him but Lancs Police were wrong to discipline