* Posts by stuartrc

19 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Apr 2010

IOC asks Olympic spectators to cut back TXTs and tweets


Word from the peleton is what the IOC official said is tosh. All the team cars had correct timing at all times, it was just the braodcasting company did not put it on the screen.

So no technological failures just misdirection from the IOC chappie.

How to keep your money safe if the euro implodes


Re: Making a drachma out of a crisis

On a pure numbers view are right - whether Greece is in the eurozone or not is immaterial.

The problem is broadly one of confidence. The Euro works as a fungible currency on the principle of irreversiblity of the currency union. i.e. 5 euro note has equal value regardless of which central bank prints it.

Once you demonstrate that it is possible for a country to leave the eurozone you introduce a tangible possibility of another country leaving the eurozone and re-denominating its currency from euro. A prudent investor would have to take account of this risk and suddenly not all Euros are born equally. Quite how that dynamic plays through the market I don't know but I suspect it would be bad for everyone except Germany and a couple of others.

To a degree you can already see this dynamic through the balkanisation of the european banking system and the spreads differential on different government bonds. I would certainly argue that the current spreads between german and spanish government bonds represents not just a difference in credit quality but the contingent FX risk each contains in a eurozone break up scenario.

Google founders, James Cameron, go asteroid mining

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This is great

There are loads of commentards who don't like this for assorted reasons - most of them are probably better qualified than I to comment. However I love the chutzpah of the people doing this.

Between this lot and Elon Musk we might escape from the stagnation / glacial progress rate we are stuck in at the moment.

Hold on, Booker prize judges - Stob's penned a steampunk hit


Top reading.


Re: Enjoyed that

Oh - thanks for pointing that out!

So what's the worst movie NEVER made?


They should ride Harley Davidsons to ensure the film tests well with the all important middle america segment. A great endorsement opportunity as well!


re: live action Akira


that is a terrifying combination combination, you are probably going to be getting a selection of bad movies soon.

MPs: Border Agency's own staff don't trust airport-scanner tech


Iris was not the most user friendly of systems but what it was fantastic for was allowing you to bypass the queues of holiday makers if you travelled regularly.

I am disappointed by the lack of efforts to get e-gates up and running in the UK. I travel regular to Finland and they have a bank of e-gates for non schengen vistors which have never been less that faultless. The Finnish implementation of passport reader does seem better than the UK's though - no silly stand here signs and the photo unit was much quicker.

The thing everyone seems to be missing is although the individual machines are slower than a passport check, the ability to have lots of them and no reliance on the work ethic of UKBA means your aggreate journey time thorugh the airport is going to be much quickerwith e-gates which is a win for me.

So, what IS the worst film ever made?


Taxi - the remake set in NYC

Clerks 2 - Kevin, what happened?



so many options

Salo - nothing but snuff dressed in a freedom of expression dirty mac.

Salt - because it is just abysmal

Dancer in the dark

Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye


Oh that sucks

For us of course. Will really miss your pithy put downs, El reg is a poorer publication without you.

Best of luck with whatever is next.

Patrick Byrne: 'See, I told you America's economy was busted'


Normally I post AC but

A couple of mis-conceptions to clear up here.

If you sell shares and fail to deliver you cannot just back out of the trade. It is enforced both by the exchange and local law. Typically if you cannot deliver you get "bought in" and are subject to interest claims. Either way you are on the hook, the only escape is typically liquidation.

@ LPF and AC 09-17. The porsche/vw thing was not the same - what porsche did was definitely market abusive and manipulative by it worked in a completely different way. in essence it was a short squeeze.

El Reg - love your work generally but this article needs a sub editor with a good understanding of finance, really not pretty to read.

The year's best... PC games


Mass effect 2

Most disappointing game of the year by far


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This is what I need to know

In a review.

Excellent stuff - no chance of a PC port I suppose

Software dev turned rogue trader gets jail and €4.9bn fine


ermm get it right

"The highly leveraged hedge fund trades"

Without wishing to be.overly picky, his activities had nothing to do with hedge funds. He was laying off the bank's own risk

Waterfall Niagara speakers



£25K of speakers being driven by a bargain basement amp!! just think how nice they would have been with a decent set up

Lindsay Lohan to pull off Linda Lovelace


This just has disaster written all over it

Nuff said really

How a Tory gov will be the most tech-savvy in history


Things I come to El Reg for...

Chris Williams on stuff

Lewis Page on gun porn and atom smashing tom-foolery

The moderatrix's occasional put downs

General IT related press...

Not this kind of stuff - regardless of message I would be delighted if this is the last piece on politics for the next four weeks.





I have been waiting for this all morning - thanks Lewis