More of that Bush/Gore nonsense
Can you believe it's still not sorted?
Just to counterbalance the flames, thanks for covering the US Election. Who gets in will make a big difference to IT - Bush is in an ongoing onanism with Microsoft, will slash spending to Internet too and other initiatives etc, so it's useful to know who's getting in.
I just read the indignant letters about The Reg's biased angle, and totally disagree with the calls for unbiased reporting from The Reg.
In my opinion (worthless as it may be), The Reg did a great job. The Reg has rarely been unbiased in its reporting: it has always been ready to give its opinions on issues, and unafraid to satirise. That's what makes The Reg so entertaining and different.
If I need more unbiased reporting on the Bush/Gore saga, I'll just visit the regular (a.k.a. boring) news websites, thank you.
Now, I'm not a Yank, so maybe that's why my opinions are biased the other way. I only wonder if those letter writers would be as vocal if The Reg's articles were "biased" against Gore instead, hmmm?
Sigh. Please forgive the mouth-breathing, monosynaptic, shite-for-brains who send flames such as the one quoted in your story of 17/11/2000. You see, thanks to the ubiquity of the Internet, people that at one time were confined to watching wrestling on TV, swilling Budweiser, and bonking their cousins are now able, through the wonders of modern technology, to broadcast their ignorance thousands of miles in an instant.
Most of the shaven apes who actually walk upright in this pathetic country wouldn't recognise a liberal if one bit them in the ass. The political spectrum here ranges from "moderate" conservative to full-blown right-wing wacko conservative. There are, I would estimate, about 358 actual "leftists" in the US we have de-evolved to the point (assuming we had ever moved beyond the point to begin with) where there is no concept of the "loyal opposition". You're either you're a true red blooded 'merkin (i.e., brainless idiot) who would put a drunk, spoiled, lying cokehead in command of the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet or you're a "cock sucking democrat".
Either way, I'm so disgusted and ashamed to be breathing the same polluted air as these boneheads. This whole election business just makes me feel dirty. At least I live in a county in Oregon that said an overwhelming "NO, DUMBASS!" to dubya and still gave Mr. Nader his five per cent, but overall helped the veep carry the state. At least a lying democrat will pretend to give a rat's ass about those at the bottom of the scale, where as the dim bulb geo. Dubya and his cronies in the RichWhitePeoplesParty surely cannot be bothered with such trifling matters. At least boring ol' Al may have SOME CLUE about foreign policy matters, about not trashing the global economy, about taking some care of the environment. Dubya can't be bothered with those tree-huggers and their annoying whines about "breathable air" and "clean water" and such nonsense - there are political favours to repay! Yee haw! Frat boys running the economy. Good lord. I suppose after 225 years of independence we've finally reached puberty. You folks on the other side of the pond must find this all terribly amusing - and absolutely horrifying. I wish I could assure you that it's better than portrayed in the American press.
I'm so excited about the "information age." after 18 years in this stupid computer industry, it's clear that we've been wasting a lot of time and effort trying to make better machines. We need to spend some time attempting to make better humans. Alas, it's a losing battle.
On behalf of the 0.000001384% of the population here who may actually be paying attention to the serious and deep implications of the mess we're in (of which this election nonsense and the flame emails are but symptoms), I apologize that we're pretty powerless to do much about it. So we await the inevitable result from Florida, and quietly go about our days, seething in contempt, but trying, very hard, to stay sane.
Surrounded by fuckwits,
A cynical idealist
The Register's coverage of the current US presidential election has thus far consisted of a series a strongly pro-Democrat, anti-Republican articles. I am a regular reader of your site, and have come to consider myself something of a fan. However, I feel betrayed by your politically-biased coverage of this election. I find this bias objectionable, and believe that it is a disservice to your readership.