* Posts by mattje

33 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Nov 2015

China reveals plan to pump out positive news about itself. Let's see what happens when that lands with social media fact-checkers


Re: Pushback against decades of propaganda might be futile

Evidence says that you're right up until a point; capitalism has raised millions out of poverty.

However, in the West since the 1970's, real wages have stagnated, and an uber wealthy 1% have sucked up most of the resources. Yes Bezos etc.

Marxism is not the answer, but Capitalism needs to work for the majority, not the other way around.

OMG! New free speech social network won’t allow members to take the Lord’s name in vain



an association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition.

How is this group a cartel?

Please provide evidence that they are conspiring with each other to shut out competition?

Missile systems software dev leaker has sentence almost doubled after UK.gov says 4½ years was too soft


Re: Serving licence is no picnic

Thank you for sharing your experience.

I'm sure most of us keyboard warriors on here fortunately have no such experiences and we should refrain from commenting or judging on stuff we haven't lived through.

I wish you all the best in your rebuild.

Atheists warn followers of unholy data leak, hint dark deeds may have tried to make it go away


Re: Just like the Peoples Fronts and Judea

Atheism is just a reaction to the still global norm of belief in a supernatural being(s).

Atheists do not need to prove anything, as they're not the ones making up extraordinary claims of a sky fairy.

Imagine living your life in accordance to a being who you can't prove exists.

Imagine putting your faith in that being who allows Cancer and Covid to happen.

Imagine just following your parents' tribal beliefs without any critical thought.

Now imagine that there are some of us who don't really give a fuck about whether your god exists or not(science suggests not btw), but whether we would want to associate with such a vengeful psychopathic prick in the first place.

Tax working from home, says Deutsche Bank, because the economy needs that lunch money you’re not spending


Re: Tax failure to consume

No - their [mostly]undeserving offspring are.

The dead can't use money fyi

Election security fears doused with reality: Top officials say Nov 3 'was the most secure in American history.' The end


Re: Some thoughts on the election

No - extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

It's squarely on the people making those claims to provide evidence.

They have not.

Oculus owners told not only to get Facebook accounts, purchases will be wiped if they ever leave social network


Re: Optional

Hopefully not for long

NASA delays James Webb Space Telescope launch date by at least seven months


I'm gonna give them the benefit of the doubt - i heard this rocket stuff is kinda hard compared to the bean-counting software that i work on.

I am disappointed though - really looking forward to how much this could move the dial in our exoplanet search.

Fingers crossed for October!

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'


Re: BTW: How did that work out?

"What it IS is a cultural war against the English. A Race war, instigated by black racists and middle class marxists."

So Black "racist" people and middle class Marxist people are not English?

Astroboffins spot hefty pair swinging together. What? Um, we're talking about record-breaking massive binary stars...


Re: Why binary?

Well there is believed to be 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000(1 billion trillion) star systems in the universe, so I wouldn't be too certain that a) we are amazing or b) we are particularly unique

What's 23 times the size of Earth, uncomfortably warm – and has astroboffins excited?


They ignore it, otherwise the paperwork would be horrendous

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too


Re: Bollocks to this creepy shit.

And they could probably ask you why your bringing your smartphone that is tracking exactly where you are, what you've bought and which sites you've visited into their house.

Also, have you used the proper precautions for commenting on this article? you know, TOR, VPN etc?

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago


Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

Twas a Krill Grill Kill Mill

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won


Re: "There are a few others left"

I would also include the Beeb and The Guardian in the few.

Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin


Science can prove that there are people who exist that wish that a horrible psychopathic being is real, so that they can suck up to him and avoid the murderous lightning bolts.


It's not up to science to prove or disprove the existence of a 'God'.

It's up to the people who are making these fantastical claims to prove that this entity exists.

And after all of these years, there are still zero proven claims that have been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian


Both spellings are many centuries old. Color, now regarded as the American spelling, in fact predates the United States by several centuries. In early use the spellings vied for ascendancy with several other spellings. Colur, culoure, and coolor, for instance, were all in the mix before the modern British spelling gained permanent prevalence in the 17th century.

'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app


Re: santa

Let's hope they do the same to the question: "Is God real?"

Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men


Re: Funny how...

One hateful idea

Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins


Not So Fast

Our current fastest spacecraft - New Horizons (of Pluto fame), would take 78,000 years, so you might want to upgrade...

House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration


Re: "Home taping is killing music!" - If only...

Dad, is that you?

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested


You were oh so wise and mature as soon as you turned 18?

Relatively, to the people he is dealing with, he is a naive kid not realising that the older some people get, the more corrupt and lacking in responsibility they appear to be.


"they havent had time to grow up - they are too busy being offended..."

I am offended by that, Dad.

If you had raised me better, then things would be different

They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!


Re: Love the socialist speak

Nice article

taxes are the price paid “for civilized society.”


Re: Stinking vs Stonking

Brought the sin and the flowers

User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches


Why so much anger?

It shouldn't be your job to calm anyone down.

They need to get a grip on their misplaced anger. Totally unprofessional

NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt


Soup Dragon

I knew the Clangers were real!

Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident


Having El Reg open at work, it technically looks work-related

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in


Other way round

Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs


An Exercise in Futility?

Here's my Spanish Inquisition:

1) What is the point of a 'Cryptocurrency'?

2) Isn't it more like a CryptoCommodity? ("Pack of gum please, here's a $2000 Bitcoin...")

3) Isn't mining these a tremendous waste of GPUs and electricity - why not do something useful with the resources...?

Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?


Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

"Hiring policy? At the first opportunity of hiring a second man into the system the boss hired another woman."

Now you know how many women must feel

"My experience was not that the feminists sought equality. They sought dominance."

Ditto. Change "women" and "feminists" for men in your statements and that has been the status quo for human existence.

To the privileged, equality seems like oppression

Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer


Re: Love the pussy pass

When you post this ignorant misogynistic crap, there is no mystery as to why you might "bitch about feminism".

Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth


A Lot of PC Apologists on Here

He is a musical crime against humanity.

But, I like the irony of a multi-millionaire tax-avoider singing about the plight of the homeless. Sheer comedic genius.