* Posts by TheFinn

65 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Feb 2013


Not so easy to make a quick getaway when it takes 3 hours to juice up your motor, eh Brits?


Me too! But they've enough credibility to make one doubt oneself

Outsourcing giant Capita handed £145m for UK.gov's Personal Independence Payment extension


Re: "Our healthcare team"

Catch 22, it's the best catch there is

US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves



US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed


Two words

Andromeda Strain

Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe


Chilling effects

Facebook to journalists: We did this to an organisation with the resources of the BBC. Investigate Facebook and be damned. Come and have a go if you think yer hard enough.

Icelandic Pirate Party asked to form government


Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

...that was Unexpected!

Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory


Re: Does democracy work if people based their vote on lies^Wpost-facts?@JohnHWoods

I concur. It may seem a glib explanation, but it doesn't make it any less true that xenophobia was a large factor in how people voted - look how many St George's have gone up on honest-to-god flagpoles at the end of people's gardens. Racism reimagined as politics.

If you aren't happy with your lot, or that of your children, there's one way to change it, and it's the same one as it's always been - EDUCATION. Educate yourself better.

Denigrating foreigners is easier, though, and is more compatible with getting pissed, innit?

NASA discovers mysterious super-fast electrons whizzing above Earth


Thanks for thinking things through on my behalf :)

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'


Re: So, to sum up...

Um...I don't think Shakespeare [I]did[/I] hate lawyers, and Christ didn't want the competition...

Microbes that laugh at antibiotics: UK sinks £4.5m into China-Brit kill team


Re: "Super gonorrhea"????

Batman vs.....?

Boffins slap quantum dots on diamonds to create mutant nanomaterials


Quantum engagement?

So, diamonds could soon be a girl's best friend, and a girl's mortal enemy, simultaneously? Trippy, man!

Redmond adds malware, phish warnings to Bing


Re: And what does it show

Tch! I would've been wittier than THAT!


Re: And what does it show

Ah, y'beat me to it! And I was going to be so witty!

UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London


...dog toffee?

I can imagine what this is, but I'm hoping it's rhyming slang I'm not aware of...

Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower


Was this story a first draft? What's wrong with these paragraphs...

Overall, the North West gets only per cent of total UK grants from Innovate UK, and Yorks/Humber only five per cent, while London gets 25 per cent and the South East 17 per cent. This means that hundreds of hard-pressed engineering firms in the north have been deprived of adequate support.

Instead, dozens of doubtful digital media firms – which hardly need the cash – have been millions of pounds – but will little tangle result in nearly all cases

Manchester 'wins' £10m to test talking bus stops


What sort of choice does anyone ever have over buses? You get on the one that turns up - it's either the quick one, that goes straight there, or the other one, that goes 'round all-the-houses. And you only get to make that choice if you've got no need to be at your destination for a particular time, on any route in Manchester other than down Oxford Road! Christ, whaddaloddabollox!

China, Germany moving closer to no-hack pact


Does anyone believe Echilon wasn't used to the same purpose? Really? And that the-powers-that-be were just useless at capitalising on it? Really?

Three mobile data network GOES TITSUP across Blighty


Had problems, restarted phone, all better.

Mind-blowing secrets of NSA's security exploit stockpile revealed at last


Err.....I don't think I have the right font installed....

Daredevil Brit lifts off in 54-prop quinquaquadcopter


Would've liked to have seen some sandals to finish off that ensemble

Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab


I dunno...

Doesn't sound very believable.

Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen


Mwah! Tank-ooooo!


Forgive my ignorance, kind surs, but is there any consensus on the existence or not of microscopic black holes?

The Breakfast (Table) of Champions: Micro Machines


No innovation? Couldn't you have 16 players, on screen, on the PS version? Definitely 8, but even so, what else offered that level of party play? My compatriots and I still occasionally break it out for a spin

WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France


Re: Rainbow Warrior

Mmmm, and then there was all that talk of Libyan money financing...whatshisname, the last French president...financing his election campaign...

Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?


Has anyone noticed the Windows Linx tablet-with-snap-on-keyboard is never mentioned in Surface reviews? I've got one. It seems to have all the pluses and minuses of the Surface, and it was basically free

Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'


Hello? Anonymous?

...might be time to don your spandex pants in the name of justice, once again.

Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'


"...are still subject to recovery by the owners."

Please, will you moooove your vehicle.

PICTURE-TASTIC: Microsoft woos devs to HoloLens virtuo-goggs


Re: A little Scary?

...you know that dream you have? where you dream you're standing at the toilet and hilarity ensues? this thing is a hackers wet dream. almost literally.


Re: A little Scary?

...but if you wear a pair, too, you can make the person opposite look like yer grandad!

DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof


The EXACTO round isn't intended for general use.

Pity. If it was, we might've stopped fetishising the special forces.

It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic


Ah, what're yer like!

Bloody well written! Even knowing the film, I got sucked in! The author should go into writing children's fiction!

So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?


Bloody loads of VR sets are about to hit the market but nooooooo, WE'LL take the FIRST! THAT'S mature thinking, innit?

$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG


"Personally, I think it might about time to start looking at old watch formats. After all, you can pack a lot more electronics and a larger screen into a fob watch and who knows, maybe we can bring waistcoats back at the same time?"

Yeah. Like we need more hipsters.

Boffins probe mystery of ANTARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER



Don't want to apply my own condiment to anyone's slivers of potato, but it looks just like the orange gunk that collects around my taps. When was the last time the Antarctic had a proper steam-cleaning?

Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox


Frontier comments - now with added caveats!

Surely, you've omitted the words "any more" from the article title...?

ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones


"... but not without sending the ACLU a bill for $20,000 in "discovery fees" for copies of a series of pages from its website."

Chilling effect?

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?


Imagine, turning up to the cinema to see Bill & Ted. Finding it sold out.

And watching Curly Sue instead.

You don't have to be a genius to tap into Albert Einstein's BRAIN


Berlin 2, Mileva 1

Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber


Excellent lightsaber

...not only for dispatching enemies, but for whipping up an impromptu creme brulee!

Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix


I'm reminded of the bit in Men in Black

"This thing's going to replace cds in a coupla years. I'll have to buy The White Album again."

Practically infinite funds and influence, and the Recording Industry is still out of bounds.

Looking GOOD, probot. Philae good, humans: 'Yes ... YES! The lander is sitting on the ground'


Woo! 80s references!

Seen enough comet stuff now. Trading Places quotes are where the future's at!

Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9


No. They fear it...

Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'


Back pocket?

...in all this 'back-pocket testing', did they ever have their subject sit down?

Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case


Re: Who Guards the Guards


Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes


I know they're running a business, not a charity, but Amazon could do itself a lot of good in the eyes of many of the retailers it's hurt by keeping the transaction fees super-low. Call it giving something back.

US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence


Deputized? Eh? Eh?

But was it a consensual deputization? Was the officer tempted with promises of promotion and spangly SWAT equipment? Or did the G-man offer the officer a battle they couldn't possibly win...?