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2005-05-11 – Inventing – Two strikes in a week!

Unusual, this one, but here we go. While reading New Scientist’s website just now, I spotted two interesting articles, both of which are things I have invented before! One of these is the centrifugal “thrower” rifle, which works by rotating a large wheel or drum at speed, and simply throwing the sperical bullet away from […]

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2005-05-01 – On behalf of the “Anyone but Labour” Party

Please, if you feel the urge to vote, don’t vote for labour. You are an intelligent person, otherwise you wouldn’t even be on this site. So don’t vote labour. Vote for anyone else, or don’t bother voting at all. If you want a few reasons why not to vote Labour, consider: After 10 years of […]

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2005-02-20 – A way to stop link spammers on blogs (code sample)

The code sample below is quite trivial. It is PHP. Just copy and paste into the page which handles the submission validation (probably something like contact.php) and tweak the variable names as you see fit. // Anti-spam code if ((($number + $othernumber) != $sum)) { echo \”<font color=red>Please learn basic maths!!</font><br>\”; $send = \”no\”; // […]

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2005-02-07 – How clever can a machine get? As compared to a fake blog? Smart enough!

Ok, so this isn’t mind blowing, since people have been doing frequency analysis for years, letter and word, for code breaking, stenography, and general nosey stuff, but with the advert of really fast computers and the internet, we have lots of things happening at once. GenderGenie is a rather neat little script that uses the […]

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2005-01-12 – There’s something wrong with the Pyramids

There is certainly something wrong with the theory being put out on the TV the other week about why the Egyptians and other ancient cultures only built pyramids. In fact, I can think of a few:- The Egyptians built lots of things, including great big pyramids. They built whole cities, and the Sphinx. But only […]

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2004-11-09 – HO Consultation on Firearms – My Response

My response to the recent Home Office Consultation on Firearms is here. Comments below.

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2004-11-09 – Biometric Identity cards consultation response

Better late than never: —–Original Message—– From: Nigel Tolley [mailto:nigel@rubbertreeplant.co.uk] Sent: 06 May 2004 11:24 To: identitycards@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk; john.leyden@theregister.co.uk Subject: consultation response Hello. I do not support the national identity card scheming at all. There are various reasons for this, but the most important one, which few people seem to have mentioned, is this. You cannot […]

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2004-09-11 – Well, my relationship with BAe gets even worse!

Having resigned in a fairly spectacular manner, with a 7 page email detailing just exactly why I was pissed off with BAE SYSTEMS, I have now been visited by the police… Talk about petty! If the company cannot take the fact that I wrote a long email detailing a lot of what is wrong with […]

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2004-08-12 – A manual for murder? “Manhunt” press claims are wrong!

Manhunt game, blamed so readily for providing the MO in the recent murder of a 14y.o. by a 17y.o., actually belonged to the 14 year old victim! Perhaps tellingly, the parents of the dead boy blamed this game – which they presumably had seen their own son playing, which is how they knew of it […]

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2004-07-21 – The innovative leader

http://www.winstonbrill.com/index.html has hundreds of stories and articles about the stimulation and development of creativity. It is well worth a look.

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