* Posts by Ron Murray

20 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Jul 2007

Murder victim-mocking troll jailed

Ron Murray

I dunno ...

I think he has a point, actually. Why should it be a crime to offend someone? I don't think you can argue that anybody's suffered any material loss at the hands (fingers?) of this nitwit. They probably _feel_ worse, granted, but why on earth should we criminalise making people feel bad? Is this a new definition of thought crime?

If you still think offending people should be punished, think on this: where do you draw the line? Should there even be one?

Yes, this turkey is a grade-A arsehole, but if we were to make that a crime we'd have 80% of the population in the clink.

UN steps into Blackberry debate

Ron Murray

They can demand all they like

> governments had the right to demand access to communications

Whether they should get it or not is, of course, quite another matter ...

Aussie opposition will scrap firewall

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So if it worked they'd be all for it?

The point, you nitwit, is not that it won't work (although, of course, it won't). It's wrong because it's censorship. It's wrong because we're not even allowed to know what you're censoring. And it's wrong because we trust neither you nor the other lot to resist the temptation to suppress anything you find "inconvenient".

Glad I don't live in Australia any longer.

RSA says it fathered orphan credential in Firefox, Mac OS

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Don't panic

The (current) last entry in the Bugzilla page (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=549701) indicates that RSA have decided they own this one after all.

Phew. Wish they'd make up their minds.

Wall-punching Brit gamer foams (milk) at the mouth

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Seriously ...

This kid needs help.

El Reg launches 'Comment of the Week'

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Dead Vulture


You could at least have marked that NSFW!

Debian rejects open-source .NET threat claim

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Gates Horns

A small number of users??

"Mono would be used by just a small number of users."

I don't know about that. I've been running Debian on several boxes for years, and I've spent quite a lot of time trying to get rid of Mono on all of them. I've never installed Tomboy, but it seems that every third innocent-looking package insists on installing Mono.

And that means spending half an hour removing every package that contains the string "mono" (and ignoring packages like monotone), after going through dependency hell first, trying to find and remove the packages that depend on them (and, before that, the packages that depend on _them_, etc. etc.).

I wish the thing would just go away. I refuse to have it on my machines.

It would help if Debian had a "do not install mono under any circumstances" switch.

Serial killer may have been conjured by DNA blunder

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Delusions, delusions ...

... and they try to tell us that DNA evidence is infallible?

Looks like it's not much better than a "lie detector".

Astroboffins probe mysterious 'blazar'

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> (Recall that there's no zero year in the Gregorian calendar before going commental.

No, there wasn't. Nor was there a 1, nor a 2, nor a 3, nor ......

0, had there been one, would have been in the Julian calendar, not the Gregorian. The Gregorian calendar was introduced at varying times depending on where you were, but never before the 1580's.

Apple allows Twitterers to f**k the iPhone

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Don't know about Tweetie, because I've not tried it. I have, however, had an app called "Twitter Trend" on my iPhone for several weeks now, and it displays, you guessed it, Twitter trends. And it's free.

Don't get too excited, though. Not only have I never seen the F word on it (although I must confess that I don't look at the app very often), not even the A word, but if you're looking for something interesting, you're going to be sadly disappointed. As i write, these are the top few entries on the "Hot" list:

American Idol

app store

Blogs Losing Chris Brown

full moon

Happy Holi (sic)

iPhone app

iPod Touch

Jimmy Fallon

Jon Stewart

Mind-boggling stuff, I'm sure. And it doesn't get any better, believe me.

NHS study produces ejector-seat ambulance design

Ron Murray

Helicopters again...

I had a feeling somebody might have invented something of the sort, where the blades are designed to be detached (somehow) before the ejector seat fires you through the space that (supposedly) used to be occupied by them.

Personally, I don't think I'd trust it. If I need to bang out of the thing, somebody's engineering has already failed me. Why should I trust them to get the rotor-blade-removal part right either?

I suppose I should point out that I've never flown in a heli-bloody-copter, never will. Don't trust the things.

The only thing sillier than an ejection seat in a helicopter was the original F-104 design, where it fired you out downwards. Fine if you're at 400000000 feet, but not a lot of use if the engine failed on takeoff.

Ron Murray
Black Helicopters

@AC 12:21

(regarding ejector seats)

> They are used in Planes an Helicopters as Safety devices FFS.


Well, if you want a _really_ close shave, I suppose so.

NZ unleashes sonic Manilow weapon

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Got to be illegal

Surely playing Barry Manilow at people would violate the Geneva Convention?

At least one would hope so.

Aussie internet-net will be drawn wider

Ron Murray

This is just plain *wrong*

As an Australian (although not actually living there these days), I have to say I'm disappointed by the whole idea of such content blocking. Actually, "disappointed" doesn't quite cut it, but I'm at a loss for words for a change.

I've always been a Labor voter -- I come from a family of solid Labor voters -- but I wouldn't vote for them in a pink fit after this outrage. It appears that the party's been hijacked by an unholy alliance of Christian d**kheads, prudes, and just-plain-power-freaks.

I really wish there was something I could do.


Depressed of Boston.

Brown backs down on expenses secrecy

Ron Murray

Shoe, meet other foot

If they've got nothing to hide, they've got nothing to be afraid of, right?

Prisoner star Patrick McGoohan dies at 80

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Harry Lime?

> from Harry Lime to Jason Bourne.

Assuming you mean the Harry Lime from "The Third Man", the movie was produced in 1949, or so IMDB tells me. Graham Greene probably wrote the book well before that. Somehow I doubt that he was influenced by Danger Man.

Sorry to hear about Patrick, tho.

Satanic net neologisms - nominations invited

Ron Murray

"Webinar", definitely..

.. with "experience" (as in "user experience", "browser experience", "online experience") as a runner-up.

Microsoft winds down smart wristwatch

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Shakespeare said it first...

Out, damned SPOT!

Mine's the black-and-white furry one.

Germans plan 578m-high überpyramid

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New business model?

-- or just another pyramid scheme?


Oz convict ancestor database goes online

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Hang on there....

Russell Crowe is a New Zilander, not an Aussie. Don't blame us!