* Posts by Andrew_F

44 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Sep 2009

Rescue mission begins for Hitchhiker's Real Guide



You <i>helped</i> to pay for it to be made and broadcast, not distributed on DVD. And the BBC profiting in other areas should help to keep your licence fee down, so it's hardly skin off your nose.

PARIS unveils impressive box



Playmobil surely?

Twitter joke appeal adjourned


They only said he'd sent a direct message, they didn't say who to.

It's possible he sent it to a friend, then decided the joke was so funny it would bear repeating in public.

Swedes brew up 18.5 per cent 'Ace of Spades Porter'


Is it naturally brewed to that strength?

It's all very well naming stronger Brewdog beers but they're freeze-distilled, which always seemed like cheating to me.

Retailer serves up Monty Python 'waffer thin' mints



Sweets that remind you of projectile vomiting!

Beeb reinstates teaboy in Pestogate scandal


How not to not save money

No they wouldn't. As the BBC's "two-finger salute" alt text states, they don't pay per use; they have annual agreements with the agencies.

A Rumba with a Roomba



"Verity Stob declares she has no relationship with Roomba makers iRobot"

For a review like that they ought to at least give you some freebies. I'm very tempted to get one now.

Dell begs ToryDems to keep NHS IT project


As long as we don't end up with a British MUMPS



2012 Olympic mascots cop a shoeing


They were always going to be hated

and they're *aimed* at children. Look at previous mascots and tell me they don't mostly look like teddy bears.

I don't think they're too bad, apart from the blue one looks like it's wet itself.

The commercial cuckoo hiding in the BBC's global mission


Re: wtf are we paying for ?

Of the BBC's international ventures (BBC World Service, BBC Worldwide, BBC World News and bbc.com), the first is paid for by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the rest are commercial. So License fees aren't paying for any of them. We're paying for domestic ventures.

Twitter bomb joker found guilty


Seriously, WTF?

Criminal prosecution for internet hyperbole doesn't seem like overkill to you? And you think it will be effective in preventing childish banalities?

Blokes spend 11 months in shed


To quote Charlie Brooker:

PR-reviewed phindings (peeyarr-rev-yood-fyne-dings) n.

Light-hearted newspaper article based around any risible "scientific survey" produced by a marketing agency to promote a product or service; eg: "It's the BREAST news men have heard in years - Britain's women are set to evolve BIGGER BOOBS in future, according to scientists at Cardiff's Wonderbra Institute of Titology."


Ten free apps to install on every new PC


You think I would choose a warranty like that?

PC World, which I resorted to when I needed to buy from the high street (and had failed to find a 10" linux netbook online). I imagine the other high-street retailers are the same.



Linux is not an app, and installing it on a newly bought PC may well void your warranty (as was pointed out to me last time I bought a PC).

Apple leaves profits on table for 'huge' iPad future


"I can't think of a single thing the netbook does well."

In addition to the above points, mine can rest on a flat surface or my lap with the screen pointing at me. Trivial I know, but people claim the iPad is for casual users sitting on the sofa and watching video.

eBay shill bid scammer convicted


Re:Not exactly Darwin but . . .

Not exactly Charles Darwin, but John "canoe man" Darwin maybe.

US gov cries foul on MPAA piracy claims


Re: Incentive ?

"You don't sit down and say "I'm going to make money by writing songs" (or creating anything else artistic)"

No, but you might say "I wish I could afford to quit my dead-end job and pursue my dream of being a full-time artist". The monetary incentive affects artists too.

Milkman skewers Google Street View over garage break-in


Re: A and B

Empty drive suggests nobody was home at the moment the Streetview car drove past. It doesn't mean much when the photos are viewed days, weeks or months later.

Alarm boxes are visible outside as a deliberate deterrent. They show that the house may be more inconvenient to burgle than other houses. Your argument would only work if the only people with alarms were those with excessive wealth.

Child abuse frame-up backfires on stalker



You didn't read the article to the end or follow the link. The whole thing (apart from the birth of Mr Karttunen) took place in Essex.

Council deforests beauty spot to combat dogging

Paris Hilton

All angle, no news?

"the conifers were commercial trees"

Does this mean they could have chopped them down without giving a reason other than normal tree farming, and this wouldn't have been news?

Pirate Party UK launches manifesto


You can't link to a leaked document

Reg article: posted at 16:42 with the phrases "under embargo" and "setting it free".

Manifesto: posted at 21:00 (long after beer o'clock).

Isn't it obvious why they didn't link?

Northerners give up ID cards for Lent figures suggest

Big Brother

Re: Why bother?

The missing word is "yet".

'Kevin Rudd sucks' declares hacked Oz road sign


I think I know how

The default password for many matrix signs is on the internet.


Twitter bomb threat joke man faces possible jail sentence



Surely a moron in a hurry wouldn't mistake that for actual menace, even of the Dennis kind.

Attack code for Firefox zero-day goes wild, says researcher


That makes 75% of computers (says W3counter)

I'm sure that as far as he's concerned, that's a success.

Stats boss slams Tory use of crime figures


There's a lot of people moaning they already know politicians lie

Moaning doesn't achieve anything, but here's someone calling politicians out on specific lies. It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness, as the saying goes.

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So it's better to be consistently wrong than to correct a known error?

You can make a realistic comparison anyway: use the BCS, as the Home Office and Sir Michael said.

Men at Work swiped Down Under riff


40-60% seems a bit steep

It's not like it makes up 40-60% of the song.

Transformers up for seven Razzies



It's only one of the nominees in each category, it hasn't won anything yet.

PM: UK airports to get perv scanners next week

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Just because it's a rule doesn't make it right.

When did "I don't want strangers to look at me naked" stop being a reasonable position?

Avatar kills Taiwanese man


They used motion capture

So they recorded not only the voice acting but also the actors' gestures.

UK judges reject Lucas' appeal in Star Wars helmet case


Re: Costs?

Given the issue of English libel law, that could backfire severely if it were possible.

Manchester journo gets first ID card - late

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Wearing something on your finger hinders taking prints


We need a "duh" icon, possibly featuring the absence of excrement.

Apple seeks OS-jacking advert patent


That rings a bell

It sounds a lot like the Free PCs that made PC World's 25 worst tech products of all time.


Facebook scoffs at hacktivist stunt


@AC 21:08 Re:"are they gonna setup their own botnet"

The BBC already rented a botnet to show how easy it was.


Brown declines to resign


Honestly, I'm glad he doesn't feel obliged to obey Web 0.2 petitions

though I'd prefer a Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Britain.

Men allegedly broke into computers of former employer


Re: They should fire the whole security staff

Because what they need right now is more ex-employees with a full set of passwords!

Firefox nabs 30 million users in eight weeks



Good answer. The reason I suggested they might choose "the blue one"* is because it's familiar. If you've accessed the internet on a Windows computer before, you probably already associate that icon with the internet. And if you don't know what's best, you've a reason to stick with the familiar.

* actual anecdotal quotation



Will that help? If users are unaware of the choice in browsers and what it means, they'll be baffled and/or just choose "the blue one" anyway.

Historian slams 'absolutely crazy' UK time zone


Cows can't tell the time, but milkmen can

In addition to what JohnG said, the time also matters for when the milk has to be delivered. "Saving the Daylight" (by David Prerau, Granta Books, ISBN 1-86207-796-7 and 1-86207-878-5, actually rather interesting) goes into this, and states that in one daylight-saving-time experiment, American farmers were having to get up at ~1am to get the milk in time for delivery. How this would be different with modern farming, I don't know.

Child porn threat to airport's 'virtual strip search' scanners


I wondered were you were on this story

Than I saw you were covering an angle others hadn't mentioned.

I'd give you a thumbs up if it wouldn't look worrying in context of the article.

Hypnotist expands breasts, cures irritable bowels

Paris Hilton

"It works!" say brainwashed users

So these women are either hypnotised into having larger breasts, or into thinking they have larger breasts. Which of these is more plausible?

Nation's moral guardians snap over 'shag bands'


You're not supposed to just reprint email forwards

What, is The Sun trawling Snopes for stories these days? Or just printing anything they're emailed?

Tomorrow's headline: "Bill Gates gives fortune to email forwarders"

Twitter gets $100m injection



Would someone who gets a joke please explain? Why would Twitter getting $100m be a brown-trousers moment?

I'm baffled, and the arse-about-face structure of Twitter feeds doesn't help.