* Posts by David

38 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Chinese firm unveils long-distance e-car



8.1 seconds in a V8 Jag? You should try putting petrol in it and starting the engine

Sheep ad not cruel, bleats Samsung


@Duncan Robertson

That must be 'cos you scots are all pug ugly and utterly charmless: In Cumbria, Men are men and the sheep wear lipstick and mascara and SHAVE.

Dirty Dave.

Blizzard: Game designers aren't Shakespeare


I don't read the comments either


Google takedowns flawed, analysis shows


@Conrad Longmore

"57% of notices to Google demanding that it remove links from its search engine database were sent by competitors to the company linked to."

In other words, (as I understand it) 57% of the takedown notices were to have *competitors* stuff removed.

If you write a nice book and get Google to link to it and I write a worse book on the same subject and want it to get better ratings, I could send a takedown notice to Google to get them to remove *your* book, so mine has less competition.


Joker must retire, insist Heath Ledger fans


Complete Crap

I thought that the film was boring and Heath Ledger no more than adequate as the Joker.

Even Tom Cruise could have done a better job.

Finland fingerprints all Finns and foreigns



The saving grace of the Spanish system is its complete and utter inefficiency.

They can take whatever data they like, as soon as they put it down they can't find it again without having to get up and walk to a filing cabinet (which isn't in anybodies job description), and as for the idea of the central database actually working for more than half an hour a month, well, the less said the better.

So far I haven't had problems with the no-id card bit, most people happily accept a driving license as valid ID, so I don't need to drag the passport around.


Goat hangs self in Canadian zoo


Re: Re: Sounds plausible

No it isn't. Good Riddance. Who wants a fucking stupid dog anyway?

AT&T Idolises promotional texting


What title?

"Operators themselves rarely stoop to such measures, for fear of exactly the kind of backlash that AT&T is now experiencing."

Rubbish, I get at least 3 promotional texts from Movistar (subsibiary of Telefonica) a week.

Dark Knight eyes Producers Guild award


Re: Stunning Movie

I was bored the whole way through. it didn't work as a film of a comic-book, and as a thriller/action movie it was crap.

They should have chosen one or the other.


Raids net police £1m in pirate game and movie discs



No it fucking isn't.

Street value is the price that they would get for the gear on the street. Not the price that legit copies of the originals fetch in the shops. As the simple sums done by other posters show, this latter price is the one that was used to get to 1m.

Hear, hear on El reg doing some thinking occasionally and not just cutting and pasting police press releases.

(Another) Dave.

IDC sees 2009 European IT slowdown



What planet do you come from?

HR, marketing and the Accountants are always the last to get fired. any fule kno that. The first to go are the lowest layer: the ones who do the real work. That last to go is the chief accounting git, (s)he has to hand the keys to the Administrators when the whole thing goes under.


Apple unleashes not-crap iPhone iPod earbuds


Elrond Hubbard

What a jerk.

How to destroy the music business


What title?

The problem is not the business model you adopt. The problem is the natural propensity of people to thieve, to get something for nothing. If there were a flat tax, an AMC, people would still find a way of dodging it: just ask the BBC. and as for the voluntary thing, well, we have one. they're called shops, and everybody is free to go in and buy music. There is also an online version: iTunes, and others whose names I can't remember. The voluntary business model is there (it's crap, but it would improve if more people started showing interest), but no one uses it 'cos the free model works very well. At the moment, for those prepared to do a little more work, it works much, much better than the voluntary model, AND it doesn't have DRM. Win-Win for the freetards.

The "free" model does have its costs: mainly in time. time taken to find the torrent, check it out, weed out the dross and the unwanted dog/duck pr0n or whatever.

The voluntary model will have to compensate for this extra effort the freetards make. i.e people will have to be prepared to pay for the convenience offered by the online shops.

As for the AMC. Well, the license model works for the BBC which is one entity. It takes the cash and spends it. it doesn't try and calculate/guess which actor/producer/cameraman deserves the most cash, it spends it where it sees fit on making telly. (whether you like it or not, and whether they spend it well is outside the scope of this comment). The agencies which nowadays collect the cash and divvy it up amongst artists according to some criteria of who has earned most are all very well for a small part of the revenue. It's just a bonus or something, each year (or whatever) the artist gets a few quid for having their song played a few times on radio one. Most of their cash will come from performing/record and tshirt sales and so on. If a larger part of their cash depended on the divvying-up algorithm, there would be little incentive to work extra hard: everyone would know exactly how much cash was available in total, and more or less how it would be spread around. We would simply get talentless gits who could game the new system better than anyone else.

I do think that most people would prefer a physical object to a downloaded one. If that physical object were sufficiently cheap, say a couple/few quid for a CD, then most of the people who download music would simply buy the stuff, and rip it for their iPods and so on, keeping the original as a backup. And so the online stores should go the same way: say a couple of quid for a lossless, DRMless encoding of an album complete with cover art and so on for those who want it, then I think more people would sign up. It would HAVE to be cheap, though. It would have to be easy to use, have lots of choice and bandwidth, etc.,.

Unfortunately I don't have a better option to offer :(


El Reg seeks top net neologism



no further comment

Israeli hamlet plans DNA database for dog poop

Paris Hilton

really simple solution

Kill all dogs (as (in)humanely as you want/can afford). You can even eat them afterwards for all I care. But the little fuckers won't shit on your pavement again.


'Cos she's a dog too.

Home Office to order fingerprinting of air passengers

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Re:Re: @stinking sinking ship et al

I don't really know any ex-pats at all. There is one English woman I know, vaguely, but I haven't seen her in a year or so.

Ex-pats who only hang around with other ex-pats are, as Sarah says, unbearably smug gits.

I only keep on mentioning emigrating in these threads to piss you all off a little more.



@stinking sinking ship et al

I got out 17 years ago. Spain is still reasonably OK, and the girls are indeed prettier (and the beer cheaper (though catching up)). Too much sun though, and we don't really get enough snow and rain here in Valencia. Still, you can't have everything, can you?.

I really don't know what you are all waiting for.

Torvalds brands Digg users 'W*nking Walruses'


@A. Lewis

Did you mean Venereal Vultures?

Henry Nicholas III pleads not guilty to options, drugs charges


@Jonathon Schofield

You were, darling.

You simply don't remember.

And I'm not surprised, either.


Chinese crackers blamed for US power blackouts

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@David Wiernicki

Thank you.

Now I wish I hadn't asked.



@David Wiernicki

WTF is a 'gibibytes'?

The New Order: When reading is a crime



No, I'm a british citizen living happily in Spain for the last 15 years.

Sun (but not too much). Cheap (though not so cheap as a few years ago) beer and a govt which is so overloaded with functionaries that very little gets done.

Just the way I like it.

I don't understand why there is anybody left in the UK at all.




I am so fucking glad that I don't live in Britain anymore.


Amy Winehouse pitches for Bond theme


@Sarah Bee


I want you to have my babies.



P.S. Who the fuck is Amy Winehouse, anyway? Was she in Abba?

UK airports to trial face scan passport checks


@Ken Hagan

Iraq springs immediately to mind, except that I thought that the Yanks just shoved their way in and didn't worry about passports at all.


Why you should care that Jimmy Wales ignores reality


@John Stirling

You're fired.


Scientists warn on climatic 'tipping points'


stopping the thread

Does my mentioning Hitler in this thread (and saying that you're all just like him) mean that you'll all have to stop and go back to work now?)

Should I have called you all Nazis as well?

When good software gets complicated


@David Harper

Someone has to maintain the class itself don't they? or is this a magical class that "just works", however you implement it?


Spanish cartoonists fined for royal sex mag cover


@Matt Berg

The king was imposed by Franco and the army as a condition to their accepting a "democracy" rather than their having a fight over Franco's successor.

It is widely believed that the king was involved in the coup d'etat and then turned on his mates and shopped them when he got cold feet about the whole thing.

Most Spaniards I know would happily exchange him for Paris Hilton* 'cos she at least has her own cash and wouldn't need to sponge off the Spanish tax-payer so much**.


* Apparently obligatory reference

** Though I doubt that that would stop her. (See Liz II for more information).

Attacking multicore CPUs



Isn't it about time that we put this one to sleep?

hitler, nazi. etc.


PETA slams 'sickening' Hamas cat-torture vid


re:Cats are an environmental menace

However, Some of them have nice tits.

NZ parents may lose battle to keep baby '4real'


Re: a well designed name could really screw up databases

the correct SQL syntax is

select (*) from details where name is NULL;

no quotes, no nothing.

It was a nice idea but it wouldn't work in practice. (Not on a proper database, anyway. I dunno about SQLServer or Access or similar things)

Yahoo! to stream web-only US Prez debate



*Yawns ostentatiously*

Oz cans porn filtering trial



Oz has always been in the bible belt. They just think that they're not.

Your boss could own your Facebook profile


employment contracts

My contract states that, as well as my employer owning anything and everything that I do at work - not entirely unreasonable, I suppose - they also have first refusal over everything I do on my own time which is related to my work, or which uses the tools and/or software that my employer creates and/or provides. The contract also states that everything I do for a period of I forget how many years after I leave the company is also subject to this first refusal clause.

I have no idea about the enforceability of these clauses.

Apple's Safari 3: a crashing experience for non-US users



I've just installed it on a Spanish version of XP professional. I didn't read the manual so I started to try to import my bookmarks using Bookmarks->Show all bookmarks and instantly got the "...Safari... caused a problem... ...would you like to save a dump file" message.

Uninstall is the next step I think.

So what's in a URL? The Reg URL?



Why go yank if you don't have to?

Space powers join forces to hit Moon and Mars


sennse of humour


you remind me of a bloke I work with, and he is the most boring wanker to whom I have ever had to listen.


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