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  • Sep 14th, 2019 @ 3:11pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The US of A needs to trademark "FOOTBALL" to kee

    Not strictly true - soccer comes from association football , soccer is the diminutive, like rugger is for rugby football. I think it was a public school term (Eton/Winchester/Harrow, not Sudbury Comprehensive)

    The history of the game of football has many offshoots, and while being a Brit and seeing football in the US for a type of Rugby/concussion by consent is weird its not strictly wrong.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 @ 5:13am


    Actually part of the story that isn't mentioned here is that the dog(s?) are also looking for contraband food such as bush meat so false positives on sausages is going to happen.

  • Jul 14th, 2015 @ 2:17pm

    Re: Re: So can I sue my Ford Dealer

    What Duck ?
    *Pterri reference*

    To be honest, I would find it annoying if I went specifically to Amazon to buy a "magic TLA superwatch" or whatever and they didn't say we don't have it, but here's the "super FLA megawatch". Don't know where that stands in trademark issues because I don't care - if I'm searching for a specific thing , not being told they don't have it is not what I want.

    Then again I generally search for what I want and select from the links that search brings up.

  • Jul 9th, 2015 @ 2:39pm

    Re: Re:

    maybe he/she/gender neutral personal pronoun meant groupies#. Cos they'll be the next bunch who will want a slice .
    ** that was sarcasm/irony (difficult to properly define in comments **

    Actually has there been a case of the source of inspiration suing for royalties ?
    How long before someone gets somewhere is now the question ?

    Which leaves the last thing - if you can't talk about things, people or events where will the creativity come from ? abstract concepts negative numbers ? hah they can't sue!!!

    *copyright the songs i=sqrt(-1);
    Lyrics :

  • Aug 8th, 2014 @ 1:51pm


    Reported cases are on the up - Over here in the UK we're going through a whole epoch of childhood heroes being taken to court for sexual abuses done to children and adults.

    All that says is that is it easier to report these things now and will be taken more seriously than before.

    More reports to the police NOW does not mean that there were any less ACTS happening in the past.

  • Aug 1st, 2014 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Re:

    So what? what has that to do with gambling ? I don;t understand the issue?
    Why is online gambling a problem ?
    Why is the US govt so concerned ?

  • Aug 1st, 2014 @ 1:54pm

    (untitled comment)

    I do wonder about the gambling thing in the states though . Why ?

    I've heard its a sort of state based matter on what's allowed or not , so if that is right , why is the federal govt getting involved ? or have I got it totally wrong ?

    Don't understand what the problem is. Just down to not getting their share ? Or some moral thing ?

  • Aug 1st, 2014 @ 1:50pm


    I'd guess from random wandering round t'interweb that the tobacco companies wouldn't be that unhappy if THC heavy hemp was legal .

    Reefer madness?.. hmmm yes if you are predisposed to that , but no different to those predisposed to alcohol?

  • Jul 15th, 2014 @ 2:52pm

    (untitled comment)

    For me, I have recognisable handle I've used on t'internet for nigh on 20 years - there's someone in south Korea that uses it for Xbox gaming (and why would I care - I'm not claiming ownership over it), but that's it as far as I know.
    Its not guaranteed that'll it'll be me , but given my typing and grammar quirks you'd be able to spot a fake, if anyone cared .

    Why would I not want to use that ?

    tarquin fintim limbim bustop f'tang f'tang ole biscuit barrel.

  • Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 1:57pm

    Slite Kerrection

    Tis Peston , not Preston .

    Howev er endlessly regurgitating the issues will make a complete mockery of it all .

    So it'll get revisited and made worse ....

    ho hum .

  • Jun 5th, 2014 @ 12:53am


    Ask for Talisker - the whisky of Tech Journo's.

    Failing that Tobermory do a very nice 19 yo single cask bottling.

  • Mar 28th, 2013 @ 3:41pm


    Not so sure about this as there are various soccer analysis companies that calculate passes, distance covered, tackles made etc that managers in the leagues use. A player that may not make the headlines may be more valuable because to those hidden factors , and those headline (and expensive) players may not be all that good in the context of the team .

    It's easier with individual style team sports ( baseball, cricket) as there is a direct 1-on-1 situation but its not impossible.
    As for basketball - I have no idea - its a sport of which charms have passed me by .

  • Mar 28th, 2013 @ 3:20pm

    Re: Re: Wisden

    Which version ? there are about .. um, 8?

    20/20, 40 over, 50 over (1 day) , 60 over (no longer played), 2 day ,3 day , 4 day and Test.

    All (except 20/20, where you get a comfort break) with meal breaks and time to do the reason why you were there : socialize .
    Its the same with any sport , its boring if you don't understand it. Being a Brit baseball(rounders plus boredom) and American football (rugby league crossed with trench warfare) are totally nonsensical unless I find someone to explain it .

  • Mar 28th, 2013 @ 11:42am


    Cricket has lots of stats that are published every year into a huge (and expensive) tome called Wisden - my copy is from 2010 and runs to several hundred pages of that years cricket alone .

    ESPNCricinfo has a statsGuru application on their website that, with a bit of arm-twisting can give you practically any stat out of cricket you can imagine (if the info is recorded of course, going back to 1820's for ball by call commentary is not likely).

    The data is relatively open , the analysis will drive you crazy.

  • Jul 28th, 2012 @ 2:38pm

    and here is a sane response to fanfic


  • Mar 21st, 2012 @ 1:43am

    Not the only guy to try different things

    In the UK the comedian Richard Herring did something similar - gave away the podcast for free as a download and charged folks to go to the live performance.

    The was called As It Occurs To Me a free wheeling weekly sketch and stand show where it was about things that 'occured' to Richard that week. So it was an hour of new material every week of the run.

    He ran it for 3 series (plus special shows). It sort of worked - he wasn't getting huge amounts of money as he had cast to pay but it definitely got a bit of a following in the UK. And he did get recognition for it - a Chortle Award.

    Richard decided to pull the plug mostly due to the insane demands of trying to write something like that in 2 days on top of his normal touring and performances.

  • Jun 29th, 2011 @ 10:40pm

    Hp ad

    Hmm well the style of the picture isn't particularly unique - more 30's drawing done with a photo .
    Plenty of others have done the same. besides a picture of a sad boy doesn't mean anything without the tagline.

    Personally I don't really see the copying, similar idea yes, copied no - its not that original and HP has a history and a brand that harking back to the 30's style is not out of character - besides framing is wrong and the background colour is pretty much the same as the label's background colour - and its been that for at least 20 years .

  • Jun 29th, 2011 @ 10:12pm


    In the UK there's a comedian that's done 3 series of a weekly podcast that's run on the basis that its been funded by theatre sales and available for download for free. it was conceived as a way of getting his stuff out there when commissioning directors didn't want to . As a result he's been getting more work and more exposure.
    Des[ite the fact he's decided to can the series (more for sanity reasons than anything else) I would describe this as a success.

  • Jun 15th, 2011 @ 3:12pm


    Thatís exactly what happened when Edison didnít secure an international patent for his early film projector! Everyone in Europe, including those smarter and more passionate than Edison, had the opportunity to improve on his design and create the film industry that we know and love today!

    Except that :
    1 Europe isn't a country
    2 various others on this side of the pond had already done much of the ground work and had patents on it .
    see for example

    Classic case of parallel invention .

  • Apr 22nd, 2011 @ 10:08am

    Re: Re: Itís not $.99: Blame Al Gore & McDonalds

    The important thing is not the weeks long death marches to get the phe product out - its a waste of time cos if it doesn't do well then you're fucked. small gradual uplifts either by subscription or one offs but the point is start small and build. If its good folks will stick around with games.

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