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  • Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 4:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You are obviously not very familiar with Linux distros.
    Linux Mint for example does work straight "out of the box", does not require any patching and is an easy way for a windows user to take a first step into the Linux world
    There are many other distros doing the same.

  • Mar 18th, 2014 @ 6:59pm

    Freedom of information

    Avatar, when you say "Reasonably speaking, if you're going to redact a document, then producing the original electronic version is pretty much out of the question."

    I call bullshit on this.

    This is a reasonable FOI request from an interested party.
    Are you trying to tell me that despite it's boasting of an incredibly sophisticated computer system the CIA struggles to work with this?

    Is PDF format too complex for your minimum wage employees?

    Printed and then scanned? Don't make me laugh.

    But if that is the only way to supply these documents then, if it was me, I would offer 10 for post and packing and insist on delivery

  • Mar 13th, 2014 @ 11:43pm

    Wonderful Brewery?

    At the risk of sounding patronising, I am someone who appreciates a quality ale. I have sampled many and heard of many more that I should taste, but Schlafly is one of my more unfortunate experiences.
    Quite frankly chemically brewed p*ss, is not my beverage of choice.
    So Phyllis, don't sue so much for the trademark.
    Sue them for calling their abomination "beer" and attempting to associate you with that

  • Dec 16th, 2013 @ 9:57pm

    Hello From Sarah

    I am a Nigerian Princess residing in the Philadelphia region.
    I run a website
    My uncle was unfortunately killed in a car accident and left me a large sum as an inheritance.
    I am looking for a restaurant that will allow me and four friends to take a meal and drinks in exchange for
    1. A good review
    2. 30% of the $15000000 legacy of my uncle

  • Oct 29th, 2013 @ 6:52pm

    Secret Law

    Yet again this FISA secret law issue raises it's ugly head. My understanding of the law (and I am no expert) is that it exists to promote a better society and punish those that, by there actions, do damage to others.

    How on God's earth can anybody be expected to conform to "secret laws"?

    The similarities to the nazi's are frightening

  • Oct 20th, 2013 @ 5:33pm

    Copyright Stupidity

    When MLK delivered his speeches, I am sure that it is beyond doubt that he wanted as may people as possible to hear what he had to say, to quote him, and build upon the foundations that he laid.

    Somehow I doubt that he would say "you must pay to use my words"

    Shame on those that seek to profit from this Icon of the modern world

  • Sep 26th, 2013 @ 10:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Give them to the girls as well and watch them declare war on the boys. It's called play and is part of what is usually called "growing up".
    Were you never a child?

  • Sep 26th, 2013 @ 10:05pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I fully understand. These airsoft weapons are made realistic looking because that is what young boys want. You are the problem for not appreciating this.
    The issue you seem to have trouble with is called play, it's a thing that kids do. Give a group of young lads a realistic looking airsoft weapon they will almost certainly declare war upon each other and it takes less than a second for an intelligent adult to realise that these are not real weapons. (no loud bangs m'kay?)

  • Sep 26th, 2013 @ 9:06pm


    Being somewhat of the "older persuasion" I do actually remember queuing up in the pub to play the original "pong" game.
    I graduated from that to "Space Invaders" and then onward via Defender/Galaxians, etc etc to wolfenstein 3D on my Dos 6.2 computer (I fondly remember dosshell). Since then, as technology has advanced, like many other people I have played more and more realistic,violent video games.
    While I still enjoy playing "legacy" games such as various versions of Quake/Doom/Halo/Wolfenstein/Call of Duty, I also enjoy playing many of the more recent games like Far Cry/Crysis and such.
    Despite many years of being exposed to this virtual violence there has not been a single instance where this has spilled into my RL, I've never shot anybody, punched and kicked them unconscious, or indeed even thought about it.
    I've had many attempts at Microsoft's Flight Simulator and the only conclusion I have drawn from that is I cannot fly a plane.

    Seriously, computer games are exactly what they say on the tin - a game.
    If you cannot differentiate between real life and a computer game then you are either sadly missing some mental faculties, or you are a politician (possibly both)

  • Sep 26th, 2013 @ 7:57pm

    (untitled comment)

    Surprisingly the RIAA and MAFIAA haven't backed him yet. After all, piracy is costing the industry millions and by their own statistics he is one of the industries dependent upon them, that is now losing money

  • Aug 30th, 2013 @ 8:55pm

    Take it back a step

    These "Documents" that are supposedly on David Miranda's computer came from where? Apparently from a Guardian source, or more specifically Ed Snownden. So by inference, the NSA has copies of highly sensitive UK government documents

    Before lashing out, shouldn't David Cameron look deeper into the original source of these highly classified documents, if they exist at all?

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Re:

    The British judicial system is not noted for being even close to technology. This is shown here in a sketch from the 1970's UK TV programme "Not the Nine O'Clock News"

    It applied then and still applies now!

  • Aug 19th, 2013 @ 7:29pm

    (untitled comment)

    The idiotic thuggery astounds me.
    Take my laptop and smash the hard drive?
    I have no sensitive information, but I have multiple backups of my music, videos, programs and documents.
    The loss of my laptop hard drive would be inconvenient, but there is nothing there that can't be restored.

  • Jul 10th, 2013 @ 6:18pm

    The thing about an email address is

    The one thing that has struck me about this Prenda fiasco is the assumption that john steele (which doesn't half sound like a made up name) runs a set of companies with what apparently is a quite large turnover dealing with internet issues, but he uses a free email address from gmail?

    Oh come on.

    Perhaps the American justice system should look a little deeper for all his other email addresses

  • Jun 15th, 2013 @ 7:14pm

    (untitled comment)

    The phrase that seems to be the mantra of the NSA seems to be "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear". Boil it down and it comes out as "We hide, you fear"

  • Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:07pm

    Re: Piano

    O I how sympathise
    The times I have tried to take a "Grand Piano" on board as hand luggage and been refused
    My offer of a sterling in flight "sing-a-long" to bolster the morale of the passengers, has always somehow received a somewhat cold reception

    Gomez Addams

  • Apr 13th, 2013 @ 7:19pm

    Re: Re: Shame

    Midi has absolutely nothing to do with codecs. It actually means Musical Instrument Digital Interface and is a universal connection protocol for those of us that like to create music

    I do not know who graced you with your information, but you seem somewhat misinformed

  • Sep 17th, 2012 @ 8:49pm

    Patent Trolls

    It's only a matter of time before someone gets sued for farting.
    They will have obviously infringed another party's rights by using either the sound or the smell without consent of the rights-holder.

  • Sep 7th, 2012 @ 7:29pm

    (untitled comment)

    If we all have to pay and play by the rules, a common sense thing would be to charge a fee for a DMCA complaint.

    Run it this way
    A DMCA complaint carries a $500 fee, which results in a 30 day investigation of the alleged infringement (leaving the content up until proven one way or the other), this being refundable if it is proved to be a genuine complaint.

    On the other hand, if it proved to be bogus, the $500 would be forfeit and an extra charge of $1000 would be imposed to cover the cost of the investigation

  • Jun 19th, 2012 @ 9:23pm

    Re: Re: It's an airport.

    After it all, air travel is no longer the glamourous thing it was in the 1960's
    If someone want's to listen to me and my Mrs bitching in an airport about why we are here in this overstated bus station and both getting very pissed off about everything from the plastic courtesy to the overpriced "duty free" shite. If they want to record that I hope they have a very large hard drives or very sophisticated compression techniques because, given Mrs Arioch's capability with the spoken word, they are already on a loser. I hold my hand on my heart to the one that is prepared to sift through a recording of so much of {Mrs Arioch} in an airport

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