Category Archives: Bastards

And you thought shit like this only happens in the USA…

In Germany, you register yourself and your address with a local authority. If you’re not registered, you can’t buy a car, get insurance, rent an apartment, get a passport. Do pretty much anything. The German Parliament passed a bill the … Continue reading

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The music industry acts stupid. Again.

Up until now, YouTube videos (not music videos, mind you – ANY video) with copyrighted content from artists represented by GEMA in Germany had a screen like this with the wording: ..because it contains music… Now, it’s …because it MIGHT … Continue reading

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Eric, the little prick

I had a problem with my iMac yesterday, so I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control and asked him to come over. Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. … Continue reading

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Go Yet another one in a fine tradition Not that I can watch the last 3 – something about the record company not wanting me to watch/listen to their promotional video from a German IP address. And maybe buy the … Continue reading

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Underhand? Or underarm?

How to beat the sideshow hucksters. How to cheat at cricket. Legally. Richie Benaud gets it right at 8:20

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Just in case anyone’s interested

Christian Wullf is Germany’s president, a mostly titular position but constitutionally significant and with a high moral authority Used to be Premier of one of the Federal states, got to be too much competition for Angela Merkel who grabbed the … Continue reading

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1&1 abducted me….

I signed up with Tiscali for DSL way back in 2007-ish. Phone stayed with Telekom Tiscali got swallowed by Freenet. At some stage, I migrated my voice traffic to Freenet. Freenet got swallowed by 1&1. Abjucted Didn’t have any dealings … Continue reading

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It’s the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, starting next month. Adidas, the official outfitter of the All Blacks (New Zealand’s national team, if you’ve been on Mars for the past century or so…) is selling replica kit for $220 … Continue reading

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The same old greasy number….

So you all thought that rip-off banks were restricted to the USA and the rest of the world was (relatively) squeaky clean? Think again. The ANZ bank in New Zealand recently wrote to mortgage customers who are paying off their … Continue reading

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>Bastards I have known

> It’s an established fact that George W. Bush and Tony Blair are a couple of bona fide ratbags. Not only did they lie and cheat their way in the history books – they’ve been depriving me of a choice … Continue reading

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