* Posts by Severen

38 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Mar 2012

Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike


Re: He missed his vocation

I'm not the only one who has the music from the old Castrol GTX advert in his head, am I? :-)

Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Re: Ok so this is all about Bond...

That is an EXCELLENT book!

A gem that slipped under the radar, imo. :-)

Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE


Re: Peers ...

>> A jury of pears

>> Quite apt for a case involving Apple.

I'm guessing the trial didn't take place on the ground floor, then?

Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner



NOT!* :-)

*Sorry, I watched Wayne's World last weekend. :-/

Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect


Re: Bah!

Bono estente!

Yakkitiyak venito toncilaitis thranticillio go-go-gohgggh!

A fe fe fe a fe fe fe, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113


Re: And the purpose of this element is...?

"Why haven't they named it Japanite?"

Because it isn't a mineral?

Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock


Re: This robot was built to rove...

"At 72 to 120-odd feet per day I say it was made to crawl."

I'd assumed that had something to do with the time it takes for commands to get to the rover. Imagine you send it the wrong way and didn't realise immediately. Doesn't it take something like 20 mins for transmissions to get to "the Mars"? *

Less chance of it flinging itself off a cliff before you can correct if it's moving at the rate of an asthmatic ant carrying some very heavy shopping.

* Sorry, Dr Ellen, I just couldn't resist! :-)

iPhone queue ‘superficial and pretentious’ says queuing fangirl

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"There's no I in team!"

But there are two in idiot. :-D


Re: Yawn...

"less is used when referring to something that can’t be counted or doesn’t have a plural"

"obsessive compulsives"

Freeview kit to require retune tomorrow


Re: Get rid of the +1 channels please

I think this is to do with broadcasting rights.

Channels buy the right to broadcast a movie, for example, once. To show it on the +1 channel counts as second broadcast instance and, therefore, they would be required to pay a second fee to show it on that channel.

I reckon this will settle once the contracts etc. have been updated to include the +1 channels. The contracts are agreed months/years in advance (as is the way with big businesses and their legal depts.) and these were likely drawn up before the +1 channels became properly established and, therefore, the legality of showing the program twice is a grey area, leading to broadcasters not wanting to take the chance on being charged twice by the owners of the rights to the movie.

I'm guessing here so, if anyone knows for sure, I'd be keen to hear what the acutal facts are.

Forty Canadian birds BONKING against windows EVERY MINUTE


Re: Reminds me...

Yeah, those really quiet helicopters are a stealthy menace. :-D

Apple admits iCloud 'unacceptable', vows to not go titsup again


Re: no sympathy here


Sorry, were you saying something? :-D

NASA reports first sighting of dry ice Martian snowfalls



Depends on the wind strength, surely?

More to the point: Are Martian snow *angels* the same as Earth snow *angels*? ;-)

'Picture of Dorian Gray' borrowed in 1934 is finally returned


Re: Another vote for Wilde

I'm sure Stephen Fry would be the first to decline any comparison between himself and Oscar Wilde.

But to compare Mr Fry to Katie Bloody Price is grossly unfair to the gentleman!!!

And you, sir, are a cad and a bounder of the highest order for doing so.

Grrr, etc.

NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing


Re: Doubts?



Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist


"Most of our armour sits at the back.......The above is especially true of the air force."


"Send in the planes!"

"But sir, they have anti-aircraft missiles!"

".....Give that man a can of Red Bull, get him to flap his arms really, really fast and send him in!"

You obviously have no idea how an air force works.

Vulture Central logo pops up in prehistoric France

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Re: Dear Sirs

"Hallo, Shotgun, Bastard and Dribble? That's a bit of luck, I've no idea what the f**k I dialled!!" :-)

RIP Harry Harrison: Stainless Steel Rat scurries no more


Am I the only person to have read Spaceship Medic? Love that book.

Just one of many fond memories of HH's work. And I'd forgotten about The men From P.I.G. And R.O.B.O.T.! I'm off to the loft to dig out the old paperbacks.

R.I.P. Harry. :-(

O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters


Re: Not that ownership of the *masts* actually means anything in itself....

And in 12yrs you've not thought of changing networks? Maybe to T-Mobile?

I hear their network is excellent in your house.

So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down


Re: wow, who the hell . . . . .

"(the once who know what they are doing)"

Oh, reeeeally? :-D

Blighty laid bare as historic aerial snaps archive goes online


Re: Too bad

"Not quite close enough to see all the bad teeth. Damn."

It's an early example of Britain experimenting the U.S. method of High School portraiture where, in order to fit the whole person into the frame, it must be an aerial photograph.

William Shatner confirms Devon town actually prostitute free



Look up.

See that?

That's humour, that is, going way above your head. ;-)

LucasArts unveils Star Wars game for grown-ups


Re: Where's my Tie Fighter

"an updated version of Tie Fighter or X-Wing"...?

How about an updated version of Tie Fighter V X-Wing? Now that would be ideal. :-)

And the worst film NEVER made is...


NEVER hide porn in a case with the word "Musical" on it!

There's nothing more guaranteed to make a woman want to watch a DVD than labelling it a musical.

BBC deletes Blue Peter from BBC One


Re: John Noakes was the dogs bollocks

Um, really?

Are you forgetting Duncan Dares?

And even he pales compared to Helen Skelton who was the first person to canoe the length of the Amazon and who has walked, kite-skiied, and cycled to the South Pole......

And she's a DORIS!!

And she's tightrope walked between the chimneys of Battersea power station!!!

AND she's cute!!!

I'm off for a lie down in a darkened room with a nice cup of tea. :-/

Divine being because that's what she is. :-)

Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK


Re: Cars in.... Both...

The only reason we buy fuel in litres is that the price in gallons is bloody terrifying!

Imagine if petrol stations still showed the price in gallons. My local fuel dispensary would be advertising it at 612.9p!

There'd be uproar, so our lizard-in-human-form overlords deem it should be sold by the litre.

And while I'm on the subject: Why the Hell do they bother with the .9p? Why not simply round it up (Let's face it, they'll never round it down!) to the nearest penny, that way they'd have saved a fortune in white Fablon figure 1's.


Inside the Skynet ghost town built by bunker-based boffins

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Re: This read and white umbrella type image springs to mind

I hear Raccoon City PD are hiring.

Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace


Re: I call them

Mmm, kebab... :-)

POWERFUL solar flare belched at Mars rover Curiosity


Re: Why...

That's not a dragon, that's a seahorse, man!


Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

Paris Hilton

Thus averting a national Latex shortage and allowing politicians to carry on with their weekend activities unmole........ Sorry molested.

Paris because.... well, you know. ;-)


Re: IT angle...

Seldom a truer word spoken, brother! :-D

IT Angle

Re: Without Nigel Hawthorne...

Two words.... Reggie Perrin.

That was awful without Leonard Rossiter (much as I love watching Martin Clunes on the tellybox, I just couldn't get into the remake.)

Also: Where's the IT angle? Unless they plan on giving the new PM a C&G in computer studies....?

Exploding dinosaur theory EXPLODED


Re: Sorry to be pedantic...

You're apologising for pedantry?!?

You do realise you posted on The Register, right? ;-)

Mobile banking security bypassed in fiendish malware blag


Re: Three letters

Google TLA and, after an ad for "TLA Video", it comes up with Three Letter Acronym as it's first return. Admittedly the link is to Wikipedia which, as we all know, isn't always the most reliable of sources.

But, IMO, TLA stands for Three Letter Abbreviation as that's what the R.A.F. taught me and they're never, ever wrong. :-D



TLA = (in this case) Three Letter Abbreviation rather than Three Letter Acronym.

In which case OTP is very much a TLA.




Underwater Greek volcano brewing Lara Croft style earthquake


Re: Relay Boys?


Mine's the one with the copy of "Pedants' Weekly." in the pocket.

Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall


Re: Dum-da-da-dum-dum?

Shirley you mean: Dum de dum daaa, dum de daaa, dum de dum daaa, dum de daa daa daaa.

Which, if you decode the Dums and Des as Dits and the Daas as....... well, Daas, translates as VUV2 in Morse code.

Now all I have to do is find some way of connecting VUV2 to some fake moon landings and I'm set for the weekend. :-D


GIANT blood-guzzling Jurassic fleas ambushed dino prey


Re: Not for the squeamish

[Deuce Bigalow mode]

"That's a huuuge leech!!"

[\Deuce Bigalow mode]

Mine's the one with the Rob Schneider DVDs in the pocket.