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  • Sep 18th, 2015 @ 1:04am


    In addition to the "Most Insightful" and "Funniest" posts of the week can we just be done with it and have an "Asshole of the Week" too? 1st Nomination - this guy.

    As an added benefit I bet the page views will go up too. Disappointed page views admittedly.

  • Aug 26th, 2014 @ 4:37am

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    I would love to see this end with Kleargear being one of Prenda's shell corporations.

    Nice and neat.

  • Jul 9th, 2012 @ 8:33am

    She needs legal counsel

    She needs legal counsel and I recommend (for your reading pleasure): Charles Carreon.

    I'm sure they'll get along like a thread on fire.

  • Dec 14th, 2011 @ 8:57am


    I agree with comment above. When i looked at the evidence i have to agreed with him. Yes it was a sex party, was it Nazi themed - no not really.

    Of course the reason this offends Max so much - and which US readers may not be aware - is that his father is Oswald Mosley - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Mosley - leader of the UK Fascist Party and supporter of Nazism.

    Its not just Germany that is touchy about its Nazi past; Max is too.

  • Sep 15th, 2011 @ 7:57am

    Re: Re: References

    Now, just because he was formulating a plan to severely cut back the BBC (in favour of giving Sky/New International more say) and then on the same day two respected BBC reporters just happened to completely accidentally, without any hint of malice, refer to him as Jeremy C*nt, does not mean they actually meant to do it.

    Even if his middle name should be changed to "The".

  • Jul 5th, 2011 @ 4:47am


    How can an anonymous source be dead. Surely, if you know that they are dead, they aren't anonymous?

    I can hear the Streisand Effect machine rumbling into action on this one.

  • Jun 14th, 2011 @ 5:23am

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    Seems like they might be taking the p*ss...

    (Tip your waitress)

  • May 25th, 2011 @ 6:28am

    Re: Funniest Post of the Week

    To clarify - I'm not voting for myself - I'm voting for Mike's post. /fail

  • May 25th, 2011 @ 6:27am

    Funniest Post of the Week

    This gets my vote.

    "This week, inside Mike's mind..."

    "Next week Mike will discuss International Copyright Law whilst consuming Twinkies at a rate of 6 per minute..."

  • May 16th, 2011 @ 8:44am


    True - but they are unarmed and generally polite.

    Its a VERY British police state, where there are no written rules but a complex social understanding that you sacrifice freedom to know what the hell is really going on for the promise of a health service and a state pension.

    Of course, the pension will not be enough for you in your old age but still won't finish you off before the health service does.

    My mother would hit me if she read that last sentence.

  • May 16th, 2011 @ 3:23am

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    I do wish that you wouldn't use the term "UK" as in "It's difficult to see how the UK can seriously hope to just stop people from talking about an individual".

    Sorry its a minor niggle as it seems to suggest that the people and government agree with the situation. They don't and the Prime Minister has already stated that this is effectively crisis containment PR for the rich (and he should know) with EU legal backing....

    Our usual enterprising press have however found ways of letting all and sundry know who is responsible (if you care that is) and i think that the ineffectiveness of the super-injunctions will eventually slow their use.

  • Mar 15th, 2011 @ 5:28am

    Remember who actually owns the network...

    When people mention the competition in the UK market; they often forget that most (not all - Virgin is an exception) ISP's have to rent the lines from BT anyway. BT is as much a wholesale provider of bandwith as it owns the lines, and most importantly the exchanges, as it is a retail ISP.

    As Julian has commented; this is for their fibre customers only - BT Infinity - which is receiving a big marketing push right now.

  • Feb 3rd, 2011 @ 9:34am

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    I'm not at all surprised by this. Ryanair's attitude with customer complaints is to be bullish in the extreme. Just look up "michael o'leary" to see any number of quotes.

    Their rule is - when our tickets are 1 a flight - you pay what you get for so why should you be surprised if it goes wrong. Michael O'Leary said he would charge you 1 to use the toilet if he thought you could get away with it. He already charges all passengers a "wheelchair fee" because EU law says he isn't allowed to charge wheelchair users this directly.

    He's lovely. Like a case of herpes.

    I think this website can say an awful lot more than i can about ryanair = http://www.ihateryanair.org/.

    Frankly, i'm not surprised by this story but i long ago realised using Ryanair was a false economy.

  • Jan 28th, 2011 @ 4:56am

    Re: Re:

    Hi - sorry it took me so long to reply. Basically gun ownership in the UK falls into two categories: sport and work. There may be others better than me on this but shotguns can be kept at home (once the police have inspected your house) handguns and rifles cannot.

    This is waived if the gun is required for your work - farmers tend to have shotguns for vermin control but there are land managers who need to cull deer who will have rifles.

    If you want to target shoot handguns and rifles for sport i believe (citation needed) that these need to be kept at your gun club.

    ALL gun ownership is strictly controlled and ownership of a gun means that your name is logged with the Chief of Police for your county/district. Gun ownership for personal protection is not allowed.

    On a lighter note: try this story of a farmer who went out in his wheelchair to shoot at a fox and managed to hit two guys illicitly growing marijuana on his farm. You couldn't make it up but i am sorry to say he has now had his licence revoked. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1339465/Farmer-shooting-fox-hits-intruders-trespassing-steal -secret-cannabis-factory.html

  • Jan 27th, 2011 @ 8:38am

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    I can't comment on US law but i can give you a UK perspective - and I think some of the US readers may have their eyes pop out when you read this... Trespass is a tort law and relates to both property and the person. However, it is overidden by parliamentary Acts in some cases and goes so far as to influence those acts. If this was in the UK - two statutes would have priority before trespass kicked in. Strict (unavoidable) liability is applicable to all property owners and makes them liable from the outset for any injury or damage caused to a person or their property whilst on your property or neighbouring land - with or without the landowners permission. Therefore - and this has happened, if a burglar (who is trespassing with intention to hurt) injures themselves you as the landowner are primarily liable for their injuries. Contractors who operate a site are similarly responsible for securing any site being worked upon - within reason, but they become completely liable for third party injury if the site is not secure and someone can walk on. This case would be considered a walk on. OK - so in our fictional UK setting the landowner and contractor are now jointly responsible (though how jointly is not set down so that would be a seperate lawsuit as to whom is the most responsible - another win for the lawyers). When it comes to those that are trespassing in this case this then works under the banner of contributory negligence. The owner/contractor becomes less liable the more negligent the trespasser is. Got all that? Tie that in with the fact that you cannot be trespassing in the UK if someone has not correctly fenced their property (i.e. your front yard) nor can you excessively defend against intruders (yes that would mean a gun) and it makes this case frankly run-of-the-mill over here.....

  • Dec 23rd, 2010 @ 9:13am

    Journalists looking at the wrong angle

    My view is that the teenagers weren't doing this to make money. Maybe they were trying to buy recognition. If by buying loads of copies of their album they got front page space on the iTunes store... And by using stolen credit cards pocketed a couple of 1000 at the same time...

    Well all I'm saying is its a better business model than "i'll let the record company sort it all out and moan about pirates", despite the obvious (and idiotic) illegality.

  • Feb 11th, 2010 @ 9:28am


    A moron in a hurry may be able to see the difference between a school and a dealership but i think many people who saw pictures of the sports team or visited might rightly think that the team is sponsored by Chrysler. I know i might at least expect it, and i know i'm only an idiot. Not like those damn morons.

  • Oct 13th, 2009 @ 4:55am

    Other news outlets gagged too?

    I guess that other news outlets have been gagged and are keeping quiet. None of the biggies (hello? BBC?) are carrying this story which would normally be right up their left-of-centre street.

    From what i see twitter is trending it and spreading it quickly.

    A web-led fightback? oh i do hope so....

  • Aug 26th, 2009 @ 5:41am

    Re: Mandelson's the weak link in this


    See this excellent column by John Naughton of the Open University (does he have a blog?).

    Summarises it nicely with points that readers here will be familiar with - good to see this matter getting some exposure from someone who understands the issues involved.

    Its also on a News International site - so see it before the paywall comes down.

  • Aug 26th, 2009 @ 12:47am

    Mandelson's the weak link in this

    The greatest irony is because Mandy has stuck his pointy old nose in the bigger news it will be and the greater the public backlash will be. People dislike him that much they will rationally or irrationally oppose anything that he "supports".

    Remember this guy was forced to resign *twice* and has been brought back basically to schmooze business types. The fact that he's was brought back to an unelected position by an unelected Prime Minister is a seperate matter i won't rant on.

    We're gonna have an election before June next year, so his days are numbered. If people get exercised by this and it remains a "hot topic" it will become important at the election, important enough for the pirate party to steal some votes....

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