* Posts by Crossbow

16 posts • joined 28 Aug 2007

Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP


Re: Nice to see that HMG have my best interests at heart (not)

Thing is - the implementing act is already on the books - the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. This debate in the Lords, or Brexit, won't change that. This isn't something that is going to happen - it already has happened.


Re: £150 per application? If only....

And lets not forget that the result of this 'market harmonisation' directive is that cross border sales are only possible where a retailer is registered in both the sending and receiving member states.

It's currently possible to register in 2 - the UK and Netherlands.... so that's the extent of inter EU retail sales.

(My diatribe was short purely for the sake of brevity - I'm painfully familiar with the full extent of the insanity that is the TPD)

Black Helicopters

£150 per application? If only....

£150 doesn't actually reflect the cost at all. That is just the fee to the medicines regulator (and no, no one knows why a tobacco free product regulated under the tobacco products directive is regulated by the medicines regulator) - there's a whole mess of analysis, emissions testing and toxicology that also has to be done. The cost per product is going to be thousands, not hundreds.....

Secret neo-Nazi documents published


important distinction

These people aren't being outed for their views, as such, they are being outed for their participation in groups intended to promote and, most importantly, realise those views.

I couldn't care less if someone wears swastika pajamas to bed, and prays to Hitler for guidance, if they do it quietly at home. Getting together with a like minded bunch of would be stormtroopers is a fish of a different odour, however.

El Reg to launch space paper plane


A name....

How can it be called anything other than the Vulture?

Ex-Star Wars boffins build mosquito-blasting raygun


Hug a mosquito?

@Eddie Edwards

As far as I'm aware, the only "pest" kept in check by malaria carrying mosquitos are the million people killed every year. Apparently, this doesn't worry you? And then theres West Nile too.....

Being green and tree huggy is all very well, but a death count in the WMD scale is bit much of a price to pay.

Microsoft search bribery machine refuses to pay up



"with the remainder of impacted customers"

The customers are wedged together at a fracture? The customers are wedged in a passage?

Live search may be broken, and be reminiscent of a failed bowel movement, but it is still not a good choice of words :P

Merchants and punters cry foul over Verified by Visa

Black Helicopters

Not even as if it works......

So far I've managed to avoid VbV, but I did have an interesting demonstration of Mastercard Securecode's utter uselessness..... My boss wanted to order some stuff online, but being a total computard, gave me his CC, and went off to a meeting. So off I go and do his shopping for him, all fine, until securecode pops up. So after a bit of swearing, and leaving the boss a voicemail, I sit there and wait for him to get back to me. 10mins later, a popup tells me the session has expired, so I click ok, expecting to have to go through the whole checkout procedure again later.... But nope, the transaction went through.

In what way does having an auth step that it doesn't matter if it fails help anyone?

Microsoft puts dusty, old Office code on web



Open Office isn't as good as MS office, it's true. On the other hand, for 99% of tasks, it is entirely adequate, and is also free. Given a choice between using OO and buying Office 2007 (for a stupid fee, with crap backwards compatibility) its OO for me. If I wanted excel based databases (why? its a spreadsheet ffs) I might think differently. OO does pretty much everything I need, without a cost my (small sole prop) business can't justify.

As good... no. Good enough, yes. Far easier to save a .doc from OO than to piss around with .docx

Microsoft loses battle of the piggybacking passwords



Does this mean that any forum or website that requires you to complete a captcha and also enter a password also violates this patent?..... because these days, thats pretty much all of them

Microsoft offers $300m for web-washing ad campaign

Gates Horns

How about...

Resistance is futile, you WILL be assimilated (Win XP and 2000 only. Vista support soon(ish). Win 98 not supported. iMicrosoft iLive ifor iMac iavailable ivia iTunes. *nix version carefully compiled to cause kernel panic in 100% of *nix and Linux variants.)

No warranty supplied or implied. Unauthorised copying will result in demonic possession of your children (Effects of this are not apparent in teenagers)

Charlie Sheen in upside-down iPhone outrage


You're instead of 'your'

They can be misused, but both have a valid use....

UK gov bans 'terror' suspect from science class

Black Helicopters

Nazi state, indeed

So, we have someone who is so dangerous, that they -

need an AS level to commit terror.

aren't intelligent enough to find out the same information from a public library or buy a few textbooks

On the other hand if the poor sod is trying to get a british qualification to help him get a useful productive job, it would make rather more sense.

How is it possible to view this as anything other than oppression?

Beer set to hit four quid a pint

Thumb Down

Pfft.... £4 a pint? not even £4 a gallon

If like me you are already sick of being ripped off, brew your own beer


Everything you need to know, or want to ask can be found there

Man who urinated on dying woman for YouTube glory jailed



She was just lying unconscious in the street.... lets see..... call ambulance, or use as urinal....

Let me think.

The answer is a little obvious

Boffins bend space and time to measure neutron star


More units

Lets not forget Everests as a unit of weight (or maybe mass). And is that a metric or US cupful? Theres a whole 0.013411763 liter difference!


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