* Posts by Alpha Tony

261 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jun 2009


Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

Alpha Tony

It absolutely doesn't need garlic. I lived for a while in Spain and I I got addicted to these things. I tried experimenting with adding other things - garlic, chopped bacon, various herbs, but really it is gilding the lily. A well cooked tortilla doesn't need any other ingredients.

They're not the best thing to try to cook while a bit drunk though, as you end up with olive oil all over your kitchen!

France enacts law to block terror and child sexual abuse sites

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Re: Don't worry

'Religion is no excuse for being a barbarian better suited to the Middle Ages'

Actually that is exactly what religion is. A barbaric anachronism.

Any movement or organization that discourages critical thinking and encourages mindless subservience is a thing that should be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Faux ‪pro-IS Facebook‬ shot down within hours of launch

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Nasir vows to bring death to the west and rain fire on the infidels in the name of Allah.

14 people like this.

UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: re:Nah, let us have a proper Monarchy. If nothing else it'd be cheaper.


Ah, Thomas Paine - The original SJW!

One wonders what he would make of the modern US that he is partially credited with creating, with it's huge income inequality, corporate sponsored politics and global empire.

Alpha Tony

Re: You mean the Veganist Party

'"Green" = "vegan"...? FFS get a grip.'

Despite her confrontational tone, I would say she has a point. She said that she used to be a supporter of the Greens, but found that as a carnivore she was marginalised within the movement, which seems entirely possible to me. I am also broadly supportive of environmental issues, but I am an unapologetic meat eater (to paraphrase the NRA : 'I'll give you my bacon when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!') and it seems that a lot of environmentalists consider these things incompatible. They seem to lose interest in hearing your views on renewable energy after you order the veal.

Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: I smell lobbyists

'When a phone company thinks it is reasonable that people may come home to a £4000 bill because they used data the same abroad as at home then they should be regulated.'

I agree.. If by 'regulated' you mean 'tarred and feathered'.

Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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Re: Why?

If you shop around for £120 you can get a second hand playstation 3 and a load of games on Ebay.

The games are still much better than anything you can play on this, the PS3 can act as a media server plus it has a blu ray player. I agree with the original poster - Why on earth would you spend £120 to play phone games on your TV?

Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Just stop there.

Exactly. The unique way the BBC is funded at the moment keeps some degree of separation from both commercial and political interference. It's not perfect, but it's a lot better than any alternative I have heard proposed, including what is being recommended here.

Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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Wait... what?

Did I hit 88 Mph on my morning commute and travel back to 2004?

Cisco simplifies software licences, by selling them under three programs

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Re: One Borg to bing them...

The entire article was translated by Bing.

It was originally a copy of the annual accounts of a small delicatessen in Salford.

Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

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Re: Mostly Penniless.

'your memory is doing well for the old age'

It's just annoyingly selective. I can remember a bug from a computer game I played when I was 11 years old perfectly, but have no idea where I put my car keys!

Alpha Tony

Mostly Penniless.

I seem to remember there was a bug in the BBC B version of Elite that you could use to farm credits. From memory, I think it was something to do with selling your beam lasers, where it gave you the cash but did not remove them.. or something like that - My memory is a little hazy as it was a long time ago!

Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: Who is this P.C. Shutterstock?

It's rhyming slang.

Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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What about asking Charlie Brooker to try writing an episode or two?

I've been loving Black Mirror's dystopian visions of near future technology, and if I remember right from an interview I saw with him, he's a bit of a whovian.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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'Thorin Oakenshielf'

I think I got one of those from Ikea.

Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Re: Oh dear

I'm inclined to agree. They keep calling it 'The War on Terror'... Well in that case any time one of these fuckwits wants to spend billions of pounds of our money and further curtail our already limited personal freedoms to protect us from something less likely to kill us than choking on a peanut, then they should be shot for 'cowardice in the face of the enemy'.

Devs: Barack Obama's gunning for your job!

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'The Audacity of Hadoop'...?

I'll get me coat.

Manchester festival marketers fined £70,000 over spam ‘mum’ texts

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Is that your old friend 'Dave Fedex' by any change?

Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: GTA V is a blast

@nijam -

Indeed. In fact, if the Vatican is looking for someone to (holy) ghostwrite a sequel, he seems the obvious choice.

Alpha Tony

Re: GTA V is a blast

I haven't been much into religious texts in nearly 15 years, but the Bible caught my eye last year. I really liked the way that the conflicting messages that you get from collecting a bunch of disparate folk tales together and then shoehorning a flimsy narrative over the top can be mistaken for wisdom. Kind of like a Dan Brown novel.

So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Surely a Saudi prince could afford a UPS and backup generator.

'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Oh the humanity.

The real tragedy here is that the huge amount of publicity generated by these wingnuts will cause a disproportionally large number of people to voluntarily subject themselves to a Seth Rogen film.

Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

Alpha Tony

Why not

Just staple it to a cat?

New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

Alpha Tony

We need to incentivize the stakeholders to leverage the cloud and accelerate the onboarding of new paradigms.

80 PER CENT of app devs SUCK at securing your data, study finds

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Re: Be interesting to see the question set...

'It requires an E-mail address however...'

..Also a credit card number and your mothers maiden name.

JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Is this the end of the world as we know it?

Bing got something right ?! Surely this can only be followed with rains of frogs, plagues of locusts and the seas turning to blood?

Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Re: If Samsung can do it then surely Apple can...

" I'm still not convinced there's a real market for these things. "

We all said the same about the i-pad and now everyone and their cat seems to have a tablet.

We even have one in the house (in a drawer, still boxed, as the girlfriend got it as a freebie and we still can't see the point!), so I'm going to reserve judgement here... Apple seem to be masters at generating markets where none seems to exist.

Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Can we get them to apply the tag to any forwarded article from the Daily Mail please?

Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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'Evidence was also tendered to the effect that the answers to Bravo's query included suggestions about swamps and reservoirs being fine places to hide a roommate.'

Investigators say that it is unfortunately highly unlikely they will find the body, as attempting to find the location of the swamps and reservoirs on Apple maps has so far proved impossible,

London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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'It's the City of London police - they don't need to do evidence or law or courts.'

Ah, so he was black then?

Why do Reg readers deserve the big bucks? Here's why...

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Good God! Who decorated that room? Just looking at the picture for a few seconds gave me a headache. I can't imagine sitting in there for any period of time without having a seizure..

British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

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Re: have I got this right?

You're changing the emphasis here. I didn't say that I was 'going around constantly saying "That big_D guy was arrested for murder"', I specifically said when people mentioned his/her name. Upon discussing an individual it is surely entirely natural to mention the most news-worthy thing that you know about them. Provided I stuck to the unembellished facts you wouldn't have a leg to stand on claiming defamation.

As I implied in my later post, if I knew something more interesting about them then that would likely be my conversational gambit, but as I don't they are stuck with this. The same principle applies with Google.

Alpha Tony

Re: have I got this right?

It shouldn't be the first thing that pops into my head every time someone mentions your name in a pub either, as I'm sure you are a fascinating and well-rounded individual and you almost certainly didn't do it anyway.

The thing is though, it is the most interesting thing I know about you, so that is what immediately comes to mind when someone says your name. It's the same with Google, and while it might be nice for you were that not the case, I fail to see how they can possibly be legally compelled to censor their results to hide information that is in the public domain, for your comfort.

Alpha Tony

Re: have I got this right?

So... Say we live in the same town where you had been arrested for murder and released without charge and any time anyone mentions your name I say 'I know that big_D fella - He was arrested for murder'. Legally I am totally entitled to do that because I am not slandering you, I am just reporting the truth. Why should it be any different for Google?

Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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I already voted with my feet and am happily settled in a country with better weather and cheaper beer. I thoroughly recommend leaving the UK, but leaving it and still having to live in Scotland seems pointless.

NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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@a lot of border crossings a day

Not necessarily. Driving around near a country border can cause your phone to roam back and forth between cell towers on either side, which could be interpreted as repeatedly crossing the border and for people that live near the border this would be going on all the time.

Borders in Europe are completely porous anyway, so people that live near one may well legitimately cross it lots of times a day anyway..

Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

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Re: Oh noes...

Not true - the original three star wars movies WERE special and so was Firefly, but the problem is you can't go back. Any sequel (to either) will lack the same zeitgeist. The actors have moved on, the audience have moved on, the writers have moved on. Any second season of Firefly would be inferior to the original and so would inevitably be disappointing and no Star Wars sequel will ever live up to those original three movies. We need to accept that.

Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Well perhaps if they employed some skilled DJs to actually mix the tracks together in a creative and imaginative way they would still have a unique selling point.

If a user can just stick a load of tracks together in the same order and get a comparable experience then frankly they aren't really offering much and they deserve to lose the business.

Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage

Alpha Tony

Rather than 'Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act' they should have called it 'Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Telecommunication Examination Directive'. Has a nice ring to it.

France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

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Re: You can't.

How can you say that? Who would want to live in a world without Simon Cowell?

And what about all those hardworking software engineers that make auto-tune software?

You sir are a monster.

Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Re: Simon Russell Beale

Is he the one that runs the Cafe in Eastenders?

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What about..

..Travis Richey just to mess with Community fans?

That $1,000 the lad in Lagos needed? Just email it with Google Wallet

Alpha Tony

Re: Holiday Money?

The thing is.. if you get a letter in terrible English, full of spelling mistakes from someone claiming to be the ex-president of the United States it might seem plausible...

Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

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Hashtags? #fuckbackofftotwitter

Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks

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Re: Makes sense to me

More likely to be the other way I would have thought : Asda is owned by Wallmart, so is American, whereas Tesco is not...

You know how your energy bills are so much worse than they were?

Alpha Tony

Re: "There is no mainstream party [...] which offers to dismantle these crippling stealth taxes"

'What about UKIP'

I have just read through the document you linked to and I must say it was pretty much in-line with what I would expect from our very own 'UK tea party'.

Their policy seems to be:

1) Question whether climate change is man-made at all

2) State that as China/India/The US won't reduce emissions why should we.

3) Blame the EU for everything that they can.

4) Blame the government for anything else.

5) Suggest Shale Gas and fracking as the solution to all of our problems.

What a complete crock of right-wing twaddle.