* Posts by TheTick

205 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Aug 2009


Musk says spat with Apple over App Store ejection threat for Twitter was 'misunderstanding'


Re: I wonder....

I knew El Reg comments section had become a complete waste of space, but all thumbs down on a post with evidence that Musk has cleaned up a massive child porn problem on one of the biggest social media companies....?

Jesus, this place is dodgy as fu*k I remember why I've stayed away for years now.


Re: I wonder....

But you do fix it by buying the social media company that has been spreading that filth for years, while the people who are supposed to be stopping it are wasting their time banning people who dare to say that chicks don't have dicks, and clean house.

So tell me, anonymous coward, what are you hiding from?


"It" said the following:

"In a financial cage match between Tim Apple and Twitter Me Elmo, I have no doubt that the latter would get slapped around like Pee Wee Herman in a biker bar."

The richest guy in the world who built an entire space industry and an electric car industry up against a phone salesman....I'll go for the guy who can send one of his cars strapped to one of his rockets past the orbit of Mars.


Re: I wonder....

Another idiot claiming Musk has something to do with child predators, despite him being the only reason child porn is being wiped from the twitter cesspit right now.

Got any sources for your lies?


Have you heard of SpaceX and Tesla?

Quite substantial actual products that are massively more useful than another phone with a crappy locked ecosystem.


Re: I wonder....

"I don't know why changing your mind on something based on new information is seen as such a bad thing"

Correct, I wasn't much of a Musk fan until this year when he has made it clear that the governments and corporations limiting perfectly normal and correct speech such as "There are only two genders and a man cannot become a woman" must be stopped.

What information about Musk have you found out this year which compares to the reintroduction of free speech to one of the most significant online public squares in the world?


Re: I wonder....

"I don't wonder about any of that, since you made it up."

Which part? The underage porn part? Because that's well known and Musk says it's his priority #1


- On Saturday, human trafficking survivor and advocate Eliza Bleu noted that the three biggest hashtags for selling CSE on Twitter had been “virtually eliminated.”


No, he said they should vote Republican not Democrat.

Memory a little fuzzy there fella, sure sign of lunacy.


I wonder....

I wonder if you Musk-hating chaps (who probably were licking his balls 12 months ago for his electric car and space exploration firms) will ever take a moment to reflect on why you now hate that same person simply because he thinks freedom of speech is important enough for him to buy a multibillion dollar company?

Or are you just pissed off that you can't look at all the underage porn that the "Trust and safety team" ignored for years and he's finally removed from that cesspit of a platform Twitter now?


"Has anyone noticed the same people who call Musk "Elon" and claim to be free speech absolutists are also absolutely sure that bakeries should be able to refuse to put gay stuff on cakes for same sex weddings and footballers shouldn't take a knee or wear rainbow armbands."

There is nothing inconsistent with any of those three viewpoints in any way whatsoever.

But you're clearly an absolute loon if you think Elon has a right-wing agenda. Freedom of speech isn't right wing, left wing or centre - it's Liberty.

Blundering London council emails unredacted version of notorious Gangs Matrix to 44 people. Data ends up on Snapchat


"Newham Council"

Say no more friend. Say no more...

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7


Re: Oh well,

Even my going on 70 mother is using Linux Mint without any problems, so believe me if she can - anyone can!

Euro eggheads call it: Facebook political ads do change voters' minds – and they worked rather well for Trump in 2016


Re: @The Tick

@Jamie Jones

I know you will keep looking at this thread, don't pretend you've left just so you have the last word.

I see zero refutation of the list of anti-democratic EU activities in your long rant. Anti-democratic confirmed then.

The ECHR is indeed not directly a part of the EU - but ALL EU countries have signed up to it. Anti-human rights confirmed.

(As - if you didn't realise it - the ECHR specifically permits governments to write laws that violate human rights. In contrast to the 1st amendment of the US which states "Congress shall make no law").

Hence we now have "hate speech" laws and hundreds of people now get arrested and charged and fouind guilty of simply offending people.

We will still have those problems after Brexit of course. But now we only have our scumbag politicians to bring into line rather than an entire continent.


Re: @The Tick

Seems you got a little riled there Mr Jones :)


- Ireland votes against Nice - made to vote again until "right" answer given

- Ireland votes against Lisbon - made to vote again until "right" answer given

- France and the Netherlands vote against the "EU Constitution" - "EU Constitution" scribbled out and "Lisbon Treaty" written there instead - gets passed without having to consult the grubby masses because it's just a "treaty" now

- Greek PM Papandreou says he will have a referendum on the EU deal - immediately deposed and unelected technocrat put in place by the EU

- Italian PM Berlusconi "Forced out by EU plot" - replaced with unelected technocrat

- (and the one that made me first think the EU was going rotten) Austria elected Jorg Haider into the government in some respect - EU implements sanctions against Austria because they elected someone the EU doesn't like. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/sep/12/austria.ianblack

Yes - very very anti-democratic. I'm sure that list barely scratches the surface.

Human rights: I suggest you take a long, hard look at the European Convention on Humans Rights, here's the link:


Take special care to read articles 9, 10 & 11 specifically the second paragraphs on each. If you still think we have human rights after reading that then there's no hope for you.

The Kalashnikov thing was a bit of sarcastic fun - surprised you took it so seriously lol.


All while the UK is still in the EU and subject to EU rules with it's free movement of Kalashnikovs.

I think I'll throw all the rocks I like thanks :)


"Because the EU is set in stone and nothing can ever change, right "

Oh it changes all right, no doubt about that!

But in what direction? Towards Freedom, Liberty & Democracy...or the other way? Clearly the other way.

Perhaps you who should review your opinion - or does that go against your allegiance to the New Rome?


Re: Gosh

Depressingly predictable replies on the whole.

You guys keep thinking you're the clever ones despite wanting to stick to an avowedly anti-democratic and anti-human rights EU with no hope of reform.



So advertising your opinion in a free speech society works?

And the Democrats/Remoaners tried the same but it didn't work?

Maybe that's because the Trump/Brexit messages were actually better, more persuasive arguments?

Oh no it's because we're all easily influenced thickos isn't it.

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill



A lot of bitter remoaners in this thread.

Face it we're leaving, if we're lucky without a deal so we save £40bn for naff all.

And for the remoaners who keep going on about "Stupid Brexiteers didn't know what they were voting for...waaah!" - NEITHER DID YOU! The EU has changed hugely in the last 40 years and no one knows what will happen in the future.

The only people with the experience to give an informed vote were the people who swung it for liberty - the oldies.

They remember what life was like outside the EU.

They remember the promises made about joining the Common Market.

They know how those promises turned out.

They made the decision based on all that - and did the right thing!

So suck it up sweethearts and enjoy the ride :)

How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?



"You can be pro or anti europe/brexit but to me, there is not a lot of difference between those two systems. i'm not sure why people get so hung up on the role of the commission."

We can sack the government and parliament part of the equation, and what the civil service does is the responsibility of the government.

Please don't think leavers are saying that the system we have is wonderful - it's just better than the EU.



"The EP is an elected body, and the Commission has representatives appointed by the elected governments of the member States. Do you really believe your MP drafts legislation? It's done mostly by civil servants and Ministers. Did you elect the Home Secretary or the Prime Minister?

And governments buy the loyalty of MPs with promises of well paid jobs and the threat of not being supported at the next election.

You have an incredibly naive and childish idea of how the British system works. Which is something I have discovered to be true of every single Leave voter I have ever met."

Thank you for agreeing with me - the EU lawmakers are the Commission who are appointed by the EP, and they do not have to appoint members of the EP that were elected. Unlike our system where the PM is a duly elected MP.

Now our own system isn't perfect, but the EU system is clearly worse, and with no remote possibility of reform.

"incredibly naive and childish"

What is it with you remainers and having to throw insults about all the time. "Right-wing nutjobs", "misinformed", "Naive and childish". It's almost as if your arguments are not strong enough on their own merits and you need to back them up with insults.



"No they're not "nut-jobs" but they are all woefully misinformed about the benefits and costs of the EU seemingly believing every lie from the Daily Mail and friends about the evil monster in Brussels."

Or perhaps it is you who are misinformed? You seem to think that it's all fine to be in an organisation where the people who make the laws are not elected by the people, and cannot be removed by them. Sorry mate but voting for lawmakers took a long time and blood to win and I'm not willing to let that go.

"They seem to want a return to the 70's, not the real 70's with 3 day weeks and the UK begging from the IMF but a fantasy idealized 70's which never happened."

Eh? Not sure how you worked that out. But you lot want to go back to the -50's when Caesar made the rules.

"At it's peak it had 2 MPs. Nigel Fromage couldn't even hold on to his own seat.

Majority of the UK population? Growing support? Hardly. They don't even exist as a viable party anymore."

UKIP didn't need to get many, or any, MP's to scare the shit out of Dodgy Dave, perhaps you should read up on how the first past the post voting system works in marginal constituencies.

Majority of the voting population yes - definitely. We had a vote on it or didn't you notice? The rest either didn't know/care and left it to the voters, or are in the minority (like you I assume).

Growing support? Yes absolutely UKIP's support was growing massively in 2015 - hence Cameron pooping his pants and promising a referendum.

Anything else for me to knock down?




"calling another referendum purely to keep his own nut job right wing happy".

No, calling it because he was terrified of UKIP's growing support as the only party which was representing the majority of the UK population's views on the EU.

No doubt you think all the 17.4 million leave voters are nut job right wingers - but that's because you're a bigot.

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court


Does interviewing someone for LBC make you their mate then?

Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men


Re: Agreed - most jobs are gender imbalanced.

"But the well paying jobs, do tend to be gender-balanced towards men."

Clearly men, on average, are simply of more value to those employers.

The reasons for that can be debated to infinity but it's irrelevant. There are many jobs where hiring someone who isn't up to the job just to hit a quota is simply unacceptable, where lives or billions of pound are at stake for example.


Re: A good point - complaints are directed at 'good jobs'

"I can't off the top of my head think of a well-paid role that women are over-represented in, though."

Diversity officers.

(AKA Inquisitors/Witchhunters)

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2


"I bet they have CLAIT qualifications in it too..."

As we all giggled to at school back in the day; you're not meant to add little words like "and" to acronyms so it should properly be CLI....you get the picture!

Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate


If you want to see the contempt our politicians hold for us then watch this debate or read the transcript. Nothing but a love-in for the BBC and the essential complaints of the petitioners not addressed in the slightest.

Absolute piss-take.

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen



"Unfortunately, in the UK and US at the very least, it's always going to be the case that those with, generally, couldn't give a fuck about those without."

As I understand it, the people of the UK and US are amongst the biggest contributors to charity in the world. A quick google gave me:


Please stop spreading uninformed rubbish.

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum


Re: A tragedy? @ Richard Boyce

"Real currencies are guaranteed by governments. Who through good governance try and keep the value of them fairly predictable. "

You owe me a new keyboard.

It's a specific policy of the government (through the central banks) to constantly make your currency worth less every year, it's called the inflation target which is 2% for the BoE. Not 0%, which would be nice and stable, but 2%. That's assuming they are honest in their measure of inflation, and which of the three versions of inflation they use as the measure (RPI/CPI and the GDP deflator).

Though I suppose that does match your statement that it makes them predictable - predictably bad.

BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date


"Not a higher rate taxpayer then... My figure is 47%."

Not anymore (just made redundant), but I was then (just above it).

It's quite possible I have forgotten to add some of the many other taxes they hit us with so I can quite believe your figure is correct.


Re: Sigh


Your claim was that PC sales should be subsidised by Consoles. To quote :"

Err, I was being facetious you know, I don't really think they should be, just like I don't think the BBC should be.


Re: Sigh

"You playing console games doesn't provide that which is why there is no console tax."

Many of us do not believe the BBC provides what you say it does, it is not independent, especially from politics, because the charter comes up for renewal every now and then. Also it is not a public good because everything the BBC does can and is provided by private sector businesses, and I am excluded from watching it when I don't pay the licence (as I don't).

You may prefer the BBC but it isn't a public good. That argument is about 50 years out of date (since ITV started anyway).


Re: Sigh

"then the PC target is already subsidised"

Isn't a percent of every console game sale going direct to MS or Sony, which isn't the case with the PC?

In which case no, we're not subsidised if the Sony/MS tax is more than £3 for Destiny 2 etc.


Re: Sigh

"Because as you know it would have to be much more expensive."

Which is what my follow up point was about. They want people who don't watch BBC to pay so that they spend less. Don't we all want other people to pay for our stuff? Most of us don't get to threaten people with jail unless they comply though.

Note: I don't pay the telly tax and we don't miss it in our household one bit. Advert free Netflix and Prime are top notch.


@ Lee D

"Taxes are paid, a small amount by all"

Ho ho ho.

Last financial year I was taxed 35% from my salary alone. Total, not marginal (I include employers NI as well because, yes, that is a tax on the employee despite the name). Add on to that council tax, car tax, VAT and all the rest and it could well be in the 40-45% range or more. My salary was above average but only a bit above the 40% rate so hardly rolling in dough.

40-45% of a slightly above average earner's annual pay is not "a small amount".



As with every article about the telly tax a horde of commenters pop up telling us we should pay it because it's great value for money, no adverts etc etc.

So here I am once again saying: If you think it's such great value for money then why are you so afraid of the thought of it no longer being a tax and being subscription instead? Surely plenty of people will pay it?

The reality is you want other people to pay for the things you use to make it cheaper for you. In which case I'd like to institute a console tax to subsidise my PC gaming, you will support that won't you? No?

The tax must go (but it won't).

'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie


'"That just makes everyone in the organization angry and encourages the perception that this is not a merit-based hire," she said.'

Yes - because it's clearly true and the perception is the reality.

Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding


Re: It didn;t used to be this way

Are you suggesting that in America you can waive your right not to be a slave if that was in the terms and conditions, and that the courts would uphold it and the federal government enforce it?

If not - then you cannot give up your fundamental rights by signing them away in America and what you say is total tosh.

Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'


Re: Godwin not applicable here

Forgot I posted that, interesting to come back a few days later and see how divorced from reality so many of you are.

The sad thing is that some of you at least are so wedded to your false notion that you will never back away from it, because to do so is to admit how utterly, utterly wrong you can be. And if you had to admit that then maybe...gulp....even your belief in socialism might be wrong!!!

Secret Nazi in the white house...lol. At least I get a laugh out of you lot :)


Re: Godwin not applicable here

That was a quick downvote so I guess the answer is yes.

Get a grip on reality.


Re: The thin line between right and wrong

"I teetered between hitting "report abuse" and "downvote" here. In the end, I downvoted."

What abuse did you see in his post? I see none, just arguments that seem perfectly reasonable. Especially about events like these being exploited to create new laws that encroach on freedom.

What did I miss?


Re: Godwin not applicable here

"On Sunday night John Oliver said that Trump's reluctance to condemn them"

Are there really people so demented that they think Trump has some secret sympathies for these people?

Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women


Re: Be fair

It's as fair as paying the same amount for a mars bar.

But no discussion of tax should use the word "fair" without words like "not" or "un-" in front of it.


Re: Haven't had a TV licence in years

I wonder how your comment managed a downvote?

You're not saying you watch the BBC but don't pay for it. You're simply saying you don't watch it because it has nothing for you, therefore you don't pay it. I guess for some people even that is heresy.


"Is the answer that you want it, and you want me to help you pay for it? It is. Isn't it?"

Yes, it is.

But to admit that would make them feel like BAD people which would induce congitive dissonance because people who think like them are GOOD!


Can you imagine a programme like Watchdog on a paid-for-by-adverts tv channel?

Wasn't The Cook Report on ITV a bit like that?

Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month


Re: "virtually zero" How are Morgan Stanley counting?

"From what I can see, markets seem to need speculators in order to fail catastrophically."

Nonsense, when Nixon blamed speculators for him having to cease redemption of dollars into gold he was outright lying. It was because the US had been printing more dollars than there was gold to back them, breaking the promise of Bretton Woods and the US was being called on it by France and other nations by redeeming their gold - emptying the coffers of the US.

People who blame "the speculators" are more often than not trying to shift the blame from their own malfeasance or incompetence.

Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles


"'Drop the Dead Donkey'

Another satire that has been apparently overtaken by real life."

Yep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-4uSlg3J8

Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms


Re: Give it to us

@ Lee D


Taxes are only ever levied for one reason - to raise revenue for the government so they can spunk it around and claim it's for the good of all.

The sin taxes you mention are simply an excuse that they know most people will swallow.