* Posts by Michael 28

333 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Jun 2009


Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: Propaganda by CEO's

Uber style self employment? Can I become a self employed cabbie, AND be resident in jersey for tax purposes?

UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

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Government Paywall

Screw the kids, think of the revenue.

Obviously, paraphrasing a politician, and in light of recent investigations, I don't mean this literally.

However, when this has been attempted in the past, it did mean consolidation of said service providers, in a manner not in the consumers best interests.

I am surprised , however, that a conservative government is supporting the porn industry, by erecting (fnarr fnarr) a paywall, for free?


11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Re: Well, let's summarise this.

There's petrol engines out there that look as though they're burning wood... or possibly a lot of oil!

'Privacy is DAMAGING to PROGRESS' says Irish big data whitepaper

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Re: Wot?

DON'T ....GIVE....THEM ....IDEAS!!!!!! God knows Michael d Higgins is noted for his cupla focail

Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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quick question

if... and a brief if... somebody were able to create a password generator for said companies wi-fi spots and ...say... used it to download copyrighted material. What's the homeowners rights/responsibilities?

Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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Paris Hilton

About time!

....Because Internet piracy is killing t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶r̶n̶ ̶i̶n̶d̶u̶s̶t̶r̶y̶ legitimate copyright content.

Down with this sort of thing!

Paris because we don't have a "Father Ted" icon.

Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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Re: 30cm?

In england , the equivalent is "Hawaiian food served in a Medieval Dungeon atmosphere"!!

You lucky, LUCKY b@stards! That's favouritism, that is!

I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Nice article

... also appreciated the "Bicycle Repairman" monty python pics. I hadn't noticed before that they used a 1970's Raleigh Gran Prix in this clip.

Can't help thinking , however, that the "working class playright" clip might have been appropriate.

Apple Fanbois are the biggest pervs, say people who know

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Re: Not surprising


There are some pages and x-rays solely for the Ipod and Iphone.

SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: I've just had a fry up.

Wot? No black puddings ?*

Have been looking further afield to other applications. The perfection of bacon-flavoured e-liquid for vapers? Also... maillard reaction in chocolate.. (opportunities for production line integration and scale-up) . Not to mention multifactorial expression of , and enzymatic breakdown of , the glycoprotein precursors in an static , harvestable in-vivo environment, which remains the ultimate goal. (Bacon-tree anyone?... Not to be confused with the sausage tree alluded to in Family Guy**.


*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvo99q4S3Xo for standardised Irish breakfast roll (Pat Short- )

**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOgK9muOzTU (Seth McFarlane)

NB: @Americans... don't mention British Sausages.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIYP1ibYdZI for specific political implications

Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the worst

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If only they could fly!

Then this driverless... whatever... could really..er.. take off.

Taxi Drones with skylift harnesses? Pizza delivery to high rise buildings? (Leave the window open.)

Driving at ground level @ 25mph has just one purpose. To teach our posix-based future overlords how to maneuver in urban environments without getting meatsacks stuck in their caterpillar treads.

Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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How do you guys know all this stuff?

...Stop spending so much time on teh internets. Srsly!

I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: It's a shame

"Will nobody think of the trolls!!!"... I did! (Delicious.. Deep-fried in butter.)

Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

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This may only be temporary.

Was thinking of the Simpson's episode "You only move twice".

Offshore Lair may still be under construction : Wonder if it'll be MUCH bigger than the Texas Towers?

How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Anyone know the current status of Windows for Warships™????

Mine's the scuba suit.

Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: I pity South Korea

True. Although it might also explain why they're moving their embassy out of Ealing . :-)

Karma's a bitch.

Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air

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Don't forget to recycle those cans!

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Lucky b*stards

Here, it would be classed as a luxury item and VAT rated at 20%!

Mine's the environment suit.

Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Re: These bureaucrats have clearly all had their mandatory humourectomy

Nope...Norway was occupied by the nazi's during ww2...Unfortunate victims of (Now illegal ) joke warfare.


OOPS!.....I just mentioned the war.....I think I got away with it, though.

UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong to pirates

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as soon as that list is available, patch and paste into iptables blacklist (NOT whitelist!) . That'll teach 'em to suck up my bandwidth!

Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Think the atvod is being disingenuous here.

Incidentally, any conversation with an <cough> Aesthetically sensitive individual involves a half hour monologue ending with ..."and that's why I don't have an internet connection".

Self-managing problems! Liking it very much.

Old pornographers are busy on youtube looking at videos on VCR operation.


Also, here's a gratuitous link to one of my favourite Picasso's :

Enjoy, but take your hands out of your trouser pockets.


also... for the surrealists


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Think the atvod is being disingenuous here.

The purpose of a regulator is to..er..regulate. Unfortunately what a lot of the old-school pornographers have been doing recently is getting published in Stubbs gazette and getting proper jobs...sort of.(Simon Lindsay honey is not a good actor/musician/comedian). So...what to do.

I have a policy on the internet and porn. Anyone who says there is too much is usually in the "old biddy" camp or the "old pornographer"camp.

The old biddies (sorry-Aesthetically sensitive) are a mixed bunch, anything from" won't someone please think of the children " to the stabby types that get frisked for gloss emulsion by security at art galleries when a Rubens is showing. Picasso painted nudes specifically to piss these people off.

The old pornographers complained about their lost revenue stream and how much nicer their business model was before this internet thing came along. A good old witch hunt is what we need. Bypass the old competition act and get ourselves regulated but negotiate a nice fat margin.

Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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Health and safety issue?

Some people are "chewers". OTOH, is a pen a potential stabbing instrument?.

"Sorry yer lordship. The defendant became entangled by his flares alighting from a chair, fell down a flight of stairs equipped with a perfectly sturdy handrail, suffering the much visible bruising and abrasions currently demonstrable in the process, until he finally came to rest, impaling his nether regions on a writing implement. A most unfortunate state of affairs."

Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Not Uncommon

From http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2007-09.html

"Gravity still works."

(28 July 2007, Czech Republic) A pack of thieves attempted to steal scrap metal from an abandoned factory in Kladno. Unfortunately for them, they selected the steel girders that supported the factory roof. When the roof supports were dismantled, the roof fell, fatally crushing two thieves and injuring three others.

(21 June 2007, Philippines) Three entrepreneurs planned to profit from stolen scrap metal. They entered a former US military complex and approached the prize: an abandoned water tank. Bedazzled by the potential upside, the three threw logic to the wind, and began to cut the metal legs out from under the tank. Guess where it fell? Straight onto the thieves. Their flattened bodies have not yet been identified.

(31 July 1997) Two teens were disassembling an electric tower with wrenches when it toppled to the ground. They apparently wanted to sell its aluminum supports for scrap, but they failed to realize the essential role the aptly named "support" plays in a 160-foot tower. One of the men was crushed by the collapse of the ten-thousand-pound tower, while the other dug himself out from under, a sadder but wiser man. Reference: Associated Press

Darwin notes, "These thieves are playing a deadly game of Jenga! A new target is the lead roofing of ancient churches. This entire category may soon become too common to win further awards, per the Rule of Excellence. See also Barn Demolition."

I would include the following myself.





"Significant Past Incidents

At the Dijon conference the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reported that it is notified of about 200 lost or stolen radioactive sources each year and that since 1983 20 sources had been accidentally melted at steel works and other foundries. According to other sources, 65 meltings have occurred world-wide 9. IAEA says it is aware of 49 meltings world-wide at 1998:"

Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

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Re: Mandatory potato famine notice.

Nope ... meant BOTH cause and response. Anyone wonder why the Irish were growing spuds in the first place? Try growing wheat up the side of a mountain. You certainly can't plough that terrain. All the other land was for paying the rent to the land sharks. ( Absentee landlords had already outsourced their moral obligations, largely.)

The poor laws were the main problem.

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Mandatory potato famine notice.

Anyone who posts that this spud...or it's patented mates.. would have prevented the Irish Potato Famine is a muppet. The problem then was a sociological/political one. The victorians had a Daily Mail readers view on the Dole...even when people were starving. They preferred to herd them into alms houses..or koncentrationsläger as they might be known today.. More people died from cholera and typhoid.

The only problem with GMO's is it isn't too smart to rely on one lot. A new disease (like blight in the 1840's) could spring up and massive food shortages ensue.

Sorry for the rant, but it's best to nip this in the...er...bud.

FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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negates the reason for having a green light on one wingtip and a red one on the other.

This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

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hmmm......the p̶o̶t̶ plot thickens!

Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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isn't there a name for this type of legal claim?

Barratry? Vexatious Litigation? ...IANAL ... or a solicitor! Ty!

Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Re: Prince/Squiggle?

that's NON-ASCII squiggle to you, Matey! ;-)

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Re: The Prince is Poor !

An IP address is not a person, therefore not accountable under law. (Case law supports this)

I am not a number.

BlackBerry rejected Justin Bieber as brand ambassador

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Re: I wouldn't

....won't someone PLEASE think of the engineers?

Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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Re:What game was he playing?

... or wether this BMW was petrol or Diesel. What model? (My guess a 525...hard to tell from what's left). Also, was it equipped with a "Lotus" style alarm system?


Probably a cheap knock-off of this system.

MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

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Re: The Wild-West days are here again

Never mind the 10 billion price tag... try applying for planning permission for the anchor.

RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

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"admitted that the group had failed to invest properly in IT "for decades""

Are we talking punch-card level technology? Xenix 1.0 ? 8086 processors? Magnetic tape reels? or <shudder> pre-IBM technology?

Details please.

On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Don't overlook the possibilities.

Domino's pizza deliveries... during hostage scenarios?

No woman, no drive: Saddo hackers lob Android nasty at Saudi women's rights campaign

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WHO.....organizes the school run? Won't someone PLEASE think of the children?

XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

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For me , gaming peaked with David Braben's "Frontier", and has gone downhill ever since.

If he feels that aggrieved , ship it back as defective and do a credit/debit card chargeback.

Boffins look down back of Amazon Web Services, find a SUPERCOMPUTER

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I have a bad feeling about this!

.....SkyNet? Is that you?

Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

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re:is there a photo of this invisible tank

......no need. It's the one next to the parking meter.

Netflix, YouTube video killed the BitTorrent star? Duo gobble web traffic

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Re: vested interest

Hmm... Maybe the Bittorrent upstream traffic has nothing to do with piracy. I find it VERY handy when downloading and redistributing OpenSuse and Ubuntu, which, incidentally do not have DRM.

Hmmmm... <Steeples fingers> Interesting!

The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

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Not sure about the Dr Who games...

.... a certain lack of "Kill-Power" for a quake clone, methinks.

two additional points.. a little off-topic though.

1. Why has there never been an Indian Dr Who??

2. While the Games industry has been a little...er..lacklustre, there have been a few ..er Dalek pr0n films. Why has the beeb not capitalised on this?

my two cents.

Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Ryanair bashing.

Why no mention of Aer Lingus in this article? And why are all the other Uk-Irish carriers mentioned UK based? Hardly a balanced article in that respect. The only problem I have with Ryanair is that their flights are from airports way WAY out in the sticks, and after DECADES of operation, the road-rail links to the airports are

1. MASSIVELY overpriced in relation to the flight cost

2. Take a MINIMUM of half a day from even the most reasonably connected town.

Something else that would never happen in Germany.

Guess who a lot of us Irish regard as pro-European role models?

Reding: NSA, friends don't spy on friends. Europe, let's team up for our own SPOOK CLUB

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Re: spying envy?

Not so much "spying envy", as ...er... Intelligence Gap... (See end credits to Dr Strangelove...Mineshaft Gap)

Mine's the Trenchcoat and Trilby

Horrific FLESH-EATING PLATYPUS once terrorised Australia

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Re: Size estimate based on single tooth

We';re not talking about the late "Rabbit of Caerbannog" , from Monty python, killed by the "Holy hand-grenade of Antioch". Renowned for it's sharp , pointy teeth....Apparently.

More than one species has been identified by a single tooth..


Here's one with a nice picture


Hang on... did I just quote the Daily Mail in a bibliography? (See icon)

'Only nuclear power can save humanity', say Global Warming high priests

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Re: Finally

ok...here goes!

What's the worst that can happen!!

Twitter duped us, coupon-clippers claim

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Someone remind me again.

...What's their business model? (Twitter, I mean)

Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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Re: not get into petty squabbles over who is most "righteous".

...Prejudice against Unicycle riders? Meh, but... How embarrassing would it be to get mugged by one, though?.

Mine's the clown suit/Mime outfit.

Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

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"Customers are caught in a Catch-22. They're afraid to deploy technology for fear of violating workers' privacy"

It's a question of trust, Art.....Basically they're saying they don't trust you.!!

DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

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Smart meters?

As far as I know, there's very little else for them to connect to. ....apart from a future chinese-built NUCLEAR REACTOR! ( For diehard American Republicans, that's pronounced "Nucular")