* Posts by Morteus

58 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Apr 2011


No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off


Re: I'm clearly not down with the kids

It's a 1973 dystopian Charlton Heston movie, based on a 1966 Harry Harrison story.

I won't elaborate further in case you want to watch the film (old, but still well worth a look).

Go on and 'get down with the kids' :)


Interesting, but...

... can you make up your mind how to spell Solyent?

Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next


Re: AC Although the burden of proof lies with Love

There are so many things wrong with that analogy I don't know where to begin...

Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England


I'm having trouble understanding the logic in this. My wife used to smake around 20 cigarettes a day. She tried all forms of therapy and placebo's to kick the habit, but sadly couldn't beat her addiction. When e cigarettes came on the market, she gave it a try.

She hasn't smoked a single cigarette in nearly 2 years, an there has been a marked improvement in her life and health.

So they get banned. I can't say for sure, but I'm pretty sure she will eventually go back to smoking. Her health will suffer, her life span will probably shorten, and she will be socially ostracized.

All for what?

Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation


Is it. or isn't it?

Things like this are always going to be highly emotive simply because our first thought is "it's human" followed by "it's one of us". But as far as we are able to scientifically ascertain, it isn't in the strictest sense. The day-to-day subconscious that de-humanises many things and therefore makes them easier to digest or ignore, stubs it's toe on situations like this. I've thinking about it on and off for hours, and I'm still not comfortable with it.

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond


Re: No Control of Updating

"What MS is saying is that you can have a free-update from your W7 Pro but only to something you don't really want. If you want W10 Pro you've got to buy it again."

Not according to their Specifications page - you get like for like.

German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar


I'd love to see that tank.

Maybe Bovingdon Tank Museum would give it a home.

Russians in audacious stratobeer mission



...so much for 'light' beer.

Lords give automatic smut censorship bill the once-over



Oh For crying out loud.

There are more than enough parental control applications available (many supplied by the ISP's ironically) to deal with unwanted/unsafe internet content. What is this bill REALLY about?

Ten... top Android games


Chatup lines?

Anyone got a working link to Ice Breaker THE GAME? All I can find is some cheesy chat up app

Unlikely contender tops rankings in Nokia ringtone quest


When I first heard it I faced-palmed.

But having listened to the ones below it, I'm now of the opinion it IS the best one there.

Laptop batteries made of jelly invented


Science fiction..

... come fact? I remember in that Stallone movie 'Demolition Man' the electric cars ran on something call 'capacitence gel'.

9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power


With great power, comes great responsibility...

... to abuse it at every given opportunity.

Parliament has no time for 100,000+ signature e-petitions


"Unfortunately, the group that is supposed to get a chance to discuss the issue, the Backbench Business Committee of MPs, is complaining that the one day a fortnight it has scheduled for debate is chock-a-block with its own issues and the government hasn't given it any extra time to deal with e-petitions."

... so what they're saying is the day that was put aside to deal with e petitions actualy ISN'T put aside for dealing with e petitions.

SETI alien hunters re-open search for volunteer coders


If they are...

... I doubt it's by choice.

Gov removes 'general appeal' rights for accused freetards

Big Brother

All suspects are guilty...

... I mean, otherwise they wouldn't be suspects... would they?

You're quite right of course, the appeal system is open to abuse - but then that's true of any proceedure allowing for mitigation. I still don't think it justifies draconian measures like this.

It's just so... undemocratic.

Sea eagles menace Scottish children


Och - Alfred Hitchcock was right all along!

I've lived in two costal towns (in Devon and now scotland) and a far worse problem is harrasment from gulls. There has always been isolated incidents all over the country of birds 'attacking' folk. Can't see it's any more likely in this scenario than any other - short of living in a bird free zone of course...

Bury council defends iPads for binmen


What a coincidence...

A couple of days ago, a chap from the council turned up at my door to fit a new bath. When I reported the fault they said I'd get a call to let me know when they were coming (which never happened). As I was going out I told him he'd have to arange another time.

"No problem!" he says, and whips out an HTC. The next 10 minutes where spent on the door step while he continualy apologised and tried to get a connection to the database. In the end he scribbled some notes on a piece of paper and said he'd update it when he could get a connection.

Apparently, all the workmen had been issued with these phones and they were all cursing about them. "Was better when we had a list" he grumbled.

The real reason Google bought Motorola



It doesn't seem that long ago that they were just a little ol' search engine.

My, how they've grown!

Apple ejects FT app from iTunes


Shouldn't that be...

30 per cent of you subs revenue are belong to us?

Worm spreads via RDP


My Bad...

... I was thinking of The Remote Assistance - 'nuff said!


I dunno about that...

I've done two fresh install of XP home ed. in the past month and BOTH of them had RDP enabled by default.

Seven Dwarfs password gag declared Fringe's best


Humour is subjective...

... and the ones that make you laff most are often the ones you heard in the pub. Which because of taste, decency, PC or libel action will hardly ever make it into the act of 'most' comics.

... or was it just funny 'cos I was drunk?

Stephen on Steve: The most important man on Earth


And for my next trick...

wow... this guy should be Cameron's next advisor...

Agency sends contractors' day rates to 800 RBS staff


Sick and tired...

... of hearing about this bloody bank and it's practices.

'owned by the tax payer' - yeah right. I was so impressed by the performance of this bank I couldn't wait to bail it out. I was more than happy to line the pockets of fat cat management especialy at the expense of blameless bank staff. So I'm REALLY impressed by this latest revelation.

If it's 'owned' by us, then I guess we're responsible eh?

I'm so depressed...

Shuttered SETI reboots ET pursuit


Let's be quiet and they might go away

If I was to form an opinion on the human race based on the stuff that we continually leak out into space, I think I would treat earth and it's inhabitants like a street canvaser and hope I can get by unnoticed.

Although I do find a scenario along the lines of 'Galaxy Quest' oddly appealing...

Essex police charge BlackBerry user over inciting violent disorder


Says what but not how...

... the police came by the information. I'm rather curious as to how they came to know and how the msg information was obtained. Surely they didn't do a 'Murdoch'?

Not so much the devil, as his advocate.

IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over'


Dead? Not in my house matey!

I'm sitting here, cup of tea, listening to music(on decent speakers), reading posts in the only personal 'zone' I can get in a busy household. I think he asumes we all want to dash around with a phone to our ear browsing on a fondle slab. Well that's all very well for them who enjoy that lifestyle but I like comfort. And as for gaming, well there's games and there's games. Can't imagine trying to organise a raid in wow from an ipad somehow. Nope - not convinced.

Kabam! Facebook gamers fume after script deletes fake stuff


The element of risk...

...exists in all forms of e-comerce be it from unstable software, hackers, trojans, and the like. You can certainly take steps to limit it, but the only way to be 100% safe on the internet is not use it. It's hardly fair (or mature) to point at and admonish people who have been nothing more than unfortunate.

Joe Public invited to hunt God particle


Sounds familiar...

... SETI did something similar back in the 90's.

I expect the result will probably be just as conclusive.

Cabinet Office allocates £1.6m for single government domain


... how much!?

this reminds me of that scene in Independence Day where Bill Pullman queries the funding for Area 51...

President: I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?

Julius: You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?

... apparently our goverment does.

David Cameron turns water cannons on social networks

Big Brother

Oh Lord, please help me to keep my big...

I accept, that as one of our country's leaders and shining example of reason and virtue, Mr. Cameron feels obliged to comment and suggest ways of dealing with the issue, but shouldn't it be something more than a knee-jerk draconian swipe at media platforms?

Think it through Mr. C... think it through...

Big Bro, 'cos we know where this can lead...

Will the looters 'loose' their benefits?


Cloud 9

The more coverage I see and comments made, I can't help feeling that governing bodies are distancing themselves from the situation. They are good at pointing their fingers and condeming the actions (which of course they should) but it's a case of "look at what THEY are doing - they need a jolly good thrashing". Like it or not, THEY are members of OUR community.

While there is some debate as to the source of the match that touched off the blaze, isn't it also true that to a degree this is a symptom of the errosion that has slowly degraded community standards? The successive goverments of the past few decades seem more interested in removing local community control and incentives for the sake of convenience. Coupled with international policies (which they appear more interested in until something like this happens) they have made a pretty poor show of keeping their own house in order. Our own goverment members seem to routinely flout the virtues which they compel us to uphold without serious consequence.

The rich are richer, the poor are poorer. Fat cats who were at the helm of banking institutions when they failed recieve millions, while humble workers below them face redundancies. There is no investment in our youth in either community or education. Their circumstance seems to rely on the funds they can produce rather than their willingness to achieve, and the power to change their curcumstance is virtualy non existent.

Is it any wonder then that our respect for the status quo is somewhat deminished? It is not an excuse for the actions that took place. But even 2000 years ago, the roman senate new all too well that if you don't give the plebs at least the illusion of prosperity or self worth, eventualy there will be trouble.

For the people, by the people? We can but hope that this may be a wakeup call for Mr Clegg and Co... albeit a folorn hope.

Phew! I need a beer...

Doom dude says violent games lower aggression



Yep, I totaly believe that everyone who plays video games is a psycho and I wasn't trying in my own, albeit pathetic, way to be ironic. I guess that's what 14 years of FPS gaming did for me...


Deterent or diversion?

"Legendary id Software developer John Carmack reckons videogames have a positive impact on society and reduce aggression."

Is that because it keeps potential antisocialists and psycho's in doors and off the streets?

Dawn eyes Vesta's full-frontal charms


never mind the soup...

... where's the iron chicken?

That asteroid looks like it was 'passified' by US forces

iPad maker to replace 1 million staff with robots


Evolutionary Redundancy

So, the labour pool can be superceeded by automatons that can easily perform the mundane physical tasks. This throws countless millions into unemployment.

I suppose eventualy, middle management and administrators in both the private and public sector, will become redundant as smarter programmes manage and administrate more efficiently than their error prone counterparts.

Why can't someone invent a robot that can procrastinate, lie and bullshit? Then we can sack all the politicians as well!

It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers


I had an opinion...

... but I remembered just in time that I abstain from subscribing to any classifaction medium that attempts to 'pigeon hole' individuals into any form of collective entity. Particularly when it's based on random statistics, but especially when it's basis is, no matter how obscurely, comercially orientated.

So there.

MPs round on plans to offshore gov IT work

Thumb Down

Safeguarding the future?

This is the BRITISH goverment right?

The duely elected body that represents BRITIAN, and strives to act in BRITAIN's best interests?

"alarmed at the increased security risks of storing millions of live personal data files, including national insurance numbers, offshore".

"The motion, signed by six other MPs from the region, also noted the "ethical implications" of cutting costs and raising the contract's profitability by exploiting lower paid overseas workers."

"One of the issues is the loss of 200 jobs in Tyneside, but the other key issue is the security of sensitive information with confidential information, including NI numbers zipping back and forth between Britain and India."

So, while it IS an issue that money, investment and jobs are at stake, it's not a KEY one. Gosh I feel so much better knowing that my goverment holds our future in such high priority.

Ten... in-ear headphones


Wot no SkullCandy?

I'm not a number cruncher, nor audiophiliac. I wedge 'em in my ear and if they sound good I use 'em. I tried Sony and two different sennheiser sets (one pair packed up after 3 days) but neither sounded as good as the SKs - alot cheaper too. Yes They were only about £20 (sennheisers were more than double that) but the bottom line for me is the sound, comfort and quality of build - and I don't mean because it has gold plated, angel dust coated *&%!£! super woofer/ driver/ tachyon driven/quantum doobries.

...er, mine's the one with the buckles up the back.

Higgs Boson hiding place narrows


I fed it hypothetical Super Wiskas...

... question is, did it eat it or not?

answers on a theoretical postcard please.


Please not again...

... everytime this bobs to the surface I make another stab at trying to understand it. Yet again, my coffee gets cold, I smoke too many fags, and the world remains more or less the same as it was when I started. Theoretical phiysics is as meaningless as it is intangible - ah wait - is that why it's called the God particle!?

More coffee Igor and emply the ash tray!!

Gamer claims complete console collection


Dunno if it counts...

... strictly speaking, as it was a multimedia platform, but I played loads of games on it.

Philips CDi (mine was the early 450 model).

US forced to redesign secret weapon after cyber breach


'ang on...

... wasn't that Bernard Mathews?

Bootiful ...

Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time


Gee, we're all so dumb...

... or it pleases some people to think so. I personaly don't consider myself to be particularly niave, but hey - it's all depending on how much you know (or at least, think you do).

My Uncle gave me one of the most useful (and profound) pieces of advice I ever had when I was young. "The worsth crime in the world, is getting caught". Sadly, it took me a long time to really understand how true that is, and what it really signified about human nature.

I'm not going to waste your time stating the obvious - I'm not even going to bother to vote a certain post down. I'm sure there are many here as 'clueless' as me who know what I mean.


So simple...

... or is it? I'm sorry, I may have missunderstood the example you illustrate, but are you suggesting that someone just sat down and tried random 4 digit combinations until they got the right one? There are 10,000 possible combinations using the digits 0 - 9. Might have took a while then...


On the evidence...

... of this rapidly extending forum post, it's just you... yet here you are :)


Not Hacking?

"Firstly, it's not hacking - it's just guessing a pin number..."

I see! So if I "guess" the password to the National Insurance database and obtain confidential information without authorisation I'm not hacking at all! That's all right then...

News of the World TO CLOSE


A classic stratigic feint

C'mon, we all know that if we discover a scandal of this proportion now, those who are involved have know about it for ages. So it's reasonable to assume there have been contingency plans prepared for most eventualities.

So they put up their hands, gasp in horror and look shocked - but we don't 'buy it'.

Next they implement an investigation - curiously already strangling it's credibility by appointing one of the suspected party as chief investigator - we are even more outraged.

Suddenly, in a major show of attrition, they axe the publication without a fight and in a grand manner, one of the CEO's pleads remorse for their actions citeing niavete as the main cause.

Anyone who has a basic understanding of military stratergy can see this for what it is - one big manouver to camoflage another - and no, I'm still not 'buying it'.

But don't let it worry you - this only the tip of the iceberg anyway... you'll never hear about what's REALLY going on ... MUAHAHA!!!

Netizens mobilise to recover precious stolen guitar


Wealth through litigation...

... seems more and more that financial 'compensation' through insurance is almost a live goal. TV ads push it in your face as if it's something we all should do - as often as possible.

But I digress. The point here is not what he could have gained by way of compensation, but that miserable souless beings perpetrated the act in the first place. Everybody has something that they hold dear - things they would be greatly distressed to loose. Compensation is a widely bandied term in legal circles which in many circumstances (as in this one) barely applies. The man was robbed - and we question his conduct?