* Posts by Gaz 2

9 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Gaz 2

But but but...

without you to keep the ever growing army of commentards at bay the world is surely doomed!

I can picture it now. The last surviving sub-editor stumbling into your dungeon one day, mutteringly incoherently, eyes wild with fear. Badly mauled and delirious with exhuastion, they manage one last desparate whisper before expiring in your arms: "They. Are. Coming *hrrrk*"

Suddenly the lights go and there's a skittering sound in the darkness. Then another. And another one still. The noises grow in frequency and volume as if drawing closer. They are soon accompanied by low keening moans that build and build until they become an unbearable cacophany of screeching.

Suddenly, there is silence. Yet something tells you this is not over. Then you feel it. A presence by your side that makes your skin crawl and hair stand on end. The air becomes heavier and harder to breath, as if some invisible gloom is closing in around you, slowly suffocating. Your body goes numb and feel yourself falling to the floor.

The last thing you are aware of is a deathly rasping voice whispering in your ear: "Where is the the IT angle?!"

Ahem. On a more serious note, you'll be missed! Best of luck wherever you're going though :)

Julian Assange™ applies to trademark himself

Gaz 2


I support the idea behind wikileaks but I really do wish Assange wasn't such a dick. At this rate I doubt the US has to do anything but watch while he dissappears up his own ass...

Gatwick Airport security swoops on 3-inch rifle

Gaz 2


makes me want to cry in despair. Morons like this should be lucky to have a job let alone one where they have ANY power of anyone else...

Brighton NIMBYs complain over BT broadband upgrades

Gaz 2


Unless it's physically harmful or you live off grid you should have no right to block developments that benefit the wider community. If we happily make use of services that are blighting someone else's life the official response should be FOAD...

McKinnon family awaits final, final extradition decision

Gaz 2

Wheel's spinning and the hamster's de... still running?

The only real damage McKinnon did was to someone's ego, hence the level of vindictiveness being shown by the Americans. The Asperger's Syndrome defence seems dubious to me and he may well be guilty of an offence under the CMA but that should hardly warrant extradition FFS. There's probably no point even trying him here now given that a court could reasonably conclude the ordeal he has been through as a result of this farce is punishment enough already.

@Sarah Bee

I love you, those responses made my day! I have a new favourite word now too :D

UK is safer from al-Qaeda 'bastards', says security minister

Gaz 2

The Fallacy of False Freedom

Perhaps I should have been more specific. Although we might be heading in that direction I don't think we are a police state in the same mould as say East Germany, North Korea or China. Obviously you can argue this faint praise is in itself damning. It may even be the start of an even more insidious kind of police state.

And I agree with you that the state will often try to maintain at least n veneer of respectability. I do genuinely think (maybe wrongly granted) that we have not reached that level yet and its not too late for us to do something about it. Yes we live in a surveillance society and many of the rights we take for granted are being steadily eroded (e.g. by anti terror laws ripe for abuse). Most of us however are still able to go about our daily lives unmolested. Being free to express disagreement with the government, voice opposition to government policy, vote in elections, form and join political parties is nothing to scoff at when people in other countries are still dying for want of the same.

That is not to say there are no injustices or that its fine because they only happen to marginalised groups. But these should be wake up calls, not an excuse to spread FUD like the media and government do already. Otherwise we're still sheep, just following a different shepherd...

Gaz 2


if we were in a true police state we would not be able to criticise the goverment as openly as many of us are currrently doing. This is having known family friends in China dissappear for the samething.

Of course that we are sliding in that direction should be wakeup call enough...

Please don't eat your horse, EU asks owners

Gaz 2

Nearly choked on my pizza

reading the Post-It notes! Actually brightened my day after after 12 hours of wrestling with crappy SOAP APIs!

Moderatrix is officially Teh Awesome :)

Broadband tax of £6 per year to fund rural fibre rollout

Gaz 2

Not sure how I feel about this one

On one hand its a crap time to be squeezing more money out of people. Even a pittance like this adds up with the other increases like council tax.

Then again our infrastructure DOES badly need upgrading. Also don't see the big deal about subsidizing rural areas. We all pay for things that we may not individually use (and vice versa) but benefit society or others collectively.

Maybe the apathy is finally getting to me sigh...