* Posts by Al Pha

15 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Sep 2007

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

Al Pha

Problem is, that if you can't pool accrued stakes across State lines, there's not enough liquidity to operate a viable online gambling business (see Powerball, etc).

Core players provide most of the liquidity and the cohort of core online gamblers is pretty small - circa <20% of total players provide circa >80% of revenue.

It's not like the State Lotto, where a large player base spend a couple of dollars a week; although Scratchcards similarly rely on a core player base as above.

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

Al Pha

Went on a perfectly legitimate business trip taking in Istanbul and Kiev. Coming back through B'ham Airport got stopped by Border Security - for the umpteenth time. They took me to a secluded area and proceeded to ask me string of questions: Why did I go? Who did I work for? Why do I travel so frequently? Etc, etc, etc.

Questioning went on for about 20 minutes. I was tired and just wanted to get home. Finally, one guy asked me, in a conversational tone, "Have you been to China?" Unfortunately, at that point I lost it. "Why, have you got some holiday snaps?" I retorted. There was a long silence and no hint of a smile. 'Oh sh*t', I thought here come the cavity searches. Finally one of them said "Now, now sir" and that was that. I was allowed to go. I took care to maintain my equilibrium for subsequent trips/stoppings.

'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

Al Pha

If the Universe is infinite, Star Trek exists.

Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

Al Pha

Hang on... a lot of the contractors who are responsible for massive cost overruns are doing one? RESULT!

Boffins build R2-WEE-2: The urine-powered robot with a human-like heart

Al Pha

Oh Yes....

....it's all laughs and titters until they start ripping meat bags apart to get at their bladders.

Assange™ in court to fight extradition order

Al Pha
Paris Hilton

How bad.....

...can a 'Swedish' interrogation be?

I bet Paris knows how to do one..

Brit outfit rolls own virtual server appliances

Al Pha

I have no idea....

.....what you just said, but....YAY!

Blunkett: 'The dog howls when I whip out my ID card!'

Al Pha

That's a funny pet name....

....to call yer cock.

Coat... I'l get it.

Are West Bromwich Borg pliers actually side cutters?

Al Pha
Paris Hilton

For goodness sakes El Reg....

Your Tools look filthy.

Gotts keep your tools clean lads.. you might need 'em.

Paris, 'cos she knows how to clean a tool properly.

12 of the best... travel gadgets

Al Pha

Good Luck...

trying to get that knife on the plane...

Hope you like cavity searches administered by a big customs guy with no medical training.

Lost jungle tribe research: Nice guys can get the girls

Al Pha

Sounds Like.....

Wolverhampton on a Saturday night (I should know I live there).

Mine's the Kevlar waistcoat.

Shuttle astronauts: Aliens are definitely out there

Al Pha

They're already here and taking over.

Boris Johnson.

Mine's the Cocoon with the zip up the back. Rectum? They d*mn near.....

Newcomer punts miniature 'pub phone'

Al Pha

Er, £130? I think Not

It's called the Haier Elegance Black Pearl on Ebay. You can pick one up for around £60-£70.

Iiiiiit's Rip-off time!!!

iPod Nano in airport trouser conflagration horror

Al Pha

Your mission Jim....

MI updated for the ipod generation?

Serena banks on Microsoft workplace challenge

Al Pha


I just read this article, and do you know what? I have no idea what it's about. Not a clue. Some girl called Serena is doing a 'mashup' or something.

All I read was blah...blah..mashup(?)...blah...blah...roadmap...etc.etc.

I want my 3 minutes back.