* Posts by Phil Hare

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Blunkett and ex-CPS chief turn on Home Office

Phil Hare

@ Tony 12:31 GMT

"...a fascist state that Stalin would be proud of."

I can't see Stalin ever being proud of a fascist state, but I get your point.

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Minister trashes ex-spook chief's liberty warning

Phil Hare

Who do we listen to on this issue?

The former head of one of the intelligence services or a career politician?

Decisions, decisions...

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Hydrogen motoring too heavy for pundit

Phil Hare
Go

As James May pointed out...

...the efficiency of Hydrogen extraction will increase in line with the economic driver. No pun intended but, happily, stumbled upon.

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Nokia comes clean as Ovi bombs

Phil Hare

No ISO 27001?

It stuns me to think that organisations of that size offering services that involve handling so much data wouldn't bother going ISO27001. An ISO27001 audit would have spotted that flaw long before it was a problem.

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Vatican endorses Darwin, slights intelligent design

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Stop

For fuck's sake people

I'm not getting involved with this discussion as such, even though I do have pretty strong views about it, but please, please guys, look up the word "theory". Definition:

"A well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena"

Many of you are confusing the word "theory" with the word "hypothesis". Stop it. Just stop it.

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National Safety Council seeks total* cell-phone driving ban

Phil Hare
Stop

Add it to the driving test?

Mobile phones aren't going away, and criminalising their use means that people would not only be talking and driving at the same time, they would be talking and driving *and* looking out for police cars. The law will actually make people that use their phones whilst driving *less* safe, but it is highly unlikely to deter people from doing using them after the investment made in a hands-free kit.

The emergency services, on the other hand, are trained in using their radios whilst driving safely, so perhaps this should be incorporated in to the driving test. Or perhaps whether or not a person is driving safely should be left up to the police on the ground. Personally if I was driving (which I don't any more, because I'm bored with the whole concept and public transport where I live is quite entertaining) on the motorway and came across another vehicle driving perfectly safely whilst the driver was using a hands free kit, I would not fear for my life any more than I would if they had passengers. Furthermore, I don't put idiotic driving by a person on the phone down to the fact that they're on the phone, but down to the fact that they're an idiot.

Incidentally, this legislation won't happen; it would deliver a serious blow to one of the few industries left that is actually making a profit as well as the other industries (such as couriers) that have adapted to rely on the technology.

It's a nice idea, but it's seriously flawed.

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Sales show SanDisk's SD-not-CD player a hit with punters

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If the player won't play...

...the millions of CD's that are out there already, the technology will struggle to expand.

I have a PS3, and I am now buying films on Blu-Ray. Only new ones, though, as I don't see the point in buying films I already own on DVD because they will work perfectly well in my PS3, as they will in any other Blu-Ray player. Same with my CD's, that also work in my car stereo and billions of other CD, DVD and Blu-Ray (oh, and HD-DVD of course) players around the globe.

SD will quickly find itself limited to the mobile market, and the mobile market will quickly realise that pissing around with teeny little SD cards to change from one album to another when a normal MP3 player will let you do it at the click of a button isn't worth the hassle. SD cards slots on MP3 players? Great idea. One album per SD? Crap idea.

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Human rights court rules UK DNA grab illegal

Phil Hare

Jacqui Smith...

...is the greatest threat to civil liberty this country has faced since the 1940's. End of.

Reg, can we have a Wackie Jacqui icon please?

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India plants flag on Moon

Phil Hare
Happy

I think it was Frankie Boyle that said...

..."Calling a crash landing on the moon a "success" is like saying you've successfully swum the channel because you're corpse washed up on a French beach."

'Nuff said.

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Google crowbars search money machine into YouTube

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I liked YouTube

That's the end of that then.

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Another 180 'hover & stare' ducted fan bots for US forces

Phil Hare
Stop

$65m for 180?

That's roughly $360,000 per unit. I'm fairly certain my local model plane club and some open sourcers could come up with an alternative for $360 a pop.

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Forcefields will guard Mars ships from solar ion storms

Phil Hare

Stealth tanks

I'm curious as to why the technology used to bend radiation around the alleged "stealth tanks" currently in development couldn't be modified for this purpose. But then again I have no idea what I'm talking about.

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Vodafone pitches Comic Sans as the next Crazy Frog

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This is fine by me

The more taxes on the rich and stupid, the better.

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Sarko demands withdrawal of voodoo doll

Phil Hare
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Where is my George W Bush Doll?

WHERE IS MY GEORGE W BUSH DOLL!?

Oh, and El reg? A Ballmer doll would be highly useful for anyone that has to deal with Windoze boxes on a regular basis...

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Crazy Frog won't croak again

Phil Hare

There is a Crazy Frog vid I'd like to see

It would involve a blender.

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Govt ponders proof-of-ID law for future phone purchases

Phil Hare
Black Helicopters

I have a question

WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?

I'm fairly certain that those among us that voted for NuLabour didn't vote for this bollocks. This is the fourth story I've seen today that's made me wince at the opportunities for abuse of power opening up before us. They say they're doing all this to stop terrorists. Fine, assuming that all the terrorists out there know they're terrorists. What if some of them don't yet know they're terrorists? What if there's a senior civil servant out there who's two injustices away from going postal? If we centralise all this power it's not a question of if someone is going to abuse it, but when. History has shown us this on many occassions in the past.

"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely" - the first Baron Acton

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UK.gov says: Regulate the internet

Phil Hare

Parents

Some of the responsibility has to lie with parents. The rest has to lie with the government; specifically educating parents.

A parent that allows their child to use the Internet without supervision or filtering (that's self imposed filtering, mind) of any kind can be equated to a parent allowing their child to play hopscotch on the M6.

However, if said parent doesn't understand what the dangers are, then said parent cannot be expected to act appropriately and responsibly.

This is the only solution that stands half a chance of making any difference.

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US teen cuffed for sending nude phone pics

Phil Hare

@David Wiernicki

Please site your sources. While you're there, look up the "Magna Carta".

I will admit that the American War of Indepenence was as a direct result of the then parliament completely ignoring said document, but then Camp X-Ray is a complete ignorance of the U.S Bill of Rights. Quote:

"No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."

In both cases, the failing is not with the mandate itself but with the people elected to implement it. You are right to have pride in the U.S Constitution, as I am to have pride in the UK's (considerably older) democracy. However, neither you nor I should ever stop questioning when the liberties of both ourselves and others are being eroded by those officials we have elected to enfource and protect our rights, regardless of their motives.

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious" -- Oscar Wilde.

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German developers forge Iron from Chrome

Phil Hare
Black Helicopters

Depends on what you want

The failing with Chromes "incognito" mode was the possibility that usage data was still going back to Google. Not so with Iron. It means that there is now a method of browsing the web that, in theory, is private both locally and server side.

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Illuminati spook fails to disarm Soviet cow nuke

Phil Hare
Black Helicopters

"Director Womak"

If I remember correctly that's the name of the FBI director in "The Rock".

Black helicopter for obvious reasons.

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Axon takes 100mpg wonder car for a spin

Phil Hare

Photos?

Anyone?

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OMFG, what have you done?

Phil Hare

I can't help but notice...

...that these changes have quite significantly increased the advertising space on the home page. The new comment icons are pants. Sorry, but they are.

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Exposed: North Korea's taekwondo assassins

Phil Hare
Coat

As opposed to WTF? Taekwondo

Which is just the same but in an El Reg T-Shirt.

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45th Mersenne prime discovered (possibly)

Phil Hare
Happy

Every time GIMPS appears in the news...

...I always chcukle at the memory of a BBC Radio 4 documentary suggesting that if the listener wanted to take part in the search for primes they should type "GIMPS" in to a search engine.

Ah, the innocence...

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Customs raids tech trade show

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I really hope...

...that those companies that were raided and are found not to have infringed any patents sue Sisvel and the German government for everything they can. This kind of bad press sticks, and if the companies in question have done no wrong then an apology (which they probably wouldn't get) isn't enough.

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Microsoft bags European price comparison sites

Phil Hare
Paris Hilton

M$ search is third because...

...it simply doesn't find what you're looking for. If I use Live search to try and find anything, it just doesn't find what I need. Google does. End of.

Paris because you'd be better off calling her and asking her to guess where what you're looking for might be than using Live search.

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US judge says University can ignore Christian course credits

Phil Hare
Stop

As much fun as dumping on the pulpit sheep is...

...let us not forget the people who will actually be affected by this: the students. These guys have based years of work on Christian propoganda text books because that's what they were told to do, by their school and usually by their family. This is not their fault, but they're the ones that are paying for it.

I realise that in the long run this kind of action could (but let's face it, won't) drive Bible-bash based schools towards a broader and more objective curriculum, but that doesn't help these poor kids, who after all have been learning *something* over the past few years, however speculative / scientifically questionable / outright false it may be. It could, at the very least, form a grounding for asking questions, even if many of us feel that they'll be the wrong ones.

If UC has any sense it will at least look at putting an access course together for these students to try and rescue them from the path of the zealot they will otherwise undoubtably follow.

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CERN: LHC to fire first proton-smash ray next month

Phil Hare
Unhappy

So they're going to fire it up...

...on my birthday. People, the way my luck is going we should all be very, very afraid...

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MPs report back from internet's dark side

Phil Hare
Alert

To agree with "Nanny state..."

...allowing a child free access to the internet is tantamount to allowing them to play hopscotch on the M6.

However, the knowledge gap for many parents can be too much to bridge for them to be relied upon to keep their children safe from the internet without denying the child access completely.

One possible solution would be a certification program, where browsers can be set only certificates that carry a valid certificate. This will force those sites that wish to maintain a child audience to comply with whatever standard is deemed required.

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Phil Hare
Paris Hilton

Correction

To my last post; it should read "where browsers can be set to only allow access to sites that carry a valid certificate".

I need more coffee. Paris, for obvious reasons.

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Spammers, Cuil, and the rescue from planet Google

Phil Hare
Stop

Questions

"Powerset's founders are betting web users want to ask search engines real grammatical questions"

Not really; I suspect people would be far more interested in real, context specific grammatical *answers*.

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China readies Blu-Ray competitor

Phil Hare

Blue?

Interesting that they've called it "China Blue" even though (if memory serves) HD-DVD used a red spectrum laser and "China Red" sounds, well, more communist.

Looks like the communist machine has bowed to western marketing pressure again.

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The return of Killer Chlorine

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@"And next..."

Amen.

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RIM issues patch for serious BlackBerry flaw

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@Seanie Ryan

I'll stop saying 'it' if you bring me...

...a shrubbery!

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Phil Hare
Stop

I wish...

...I'd never posted a comment with the title "I wish..."

Oh shit I've done it again

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Phil Hare
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I wish...

...they'd release an update that stops their pissant trackball from falling out.

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Blinking to replace remote controls, claims Japanese boffin

Phil Hare
Happy

Does that photo remind anyone else...

...of Rory Bremnar doing his David Blunkett impression?

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Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple

Phil Hare

Some rules for open source to follow

Thinking more on the subject, I've come up with some rules (in no particular order) that Open Sourcers might want to adopt:

1. Command line operation should always be an option, but never a requirement (a GUI gives the user a chance to figure it out for themselves. With CLI you either know it or you don't)

2. Interface working methods should be as uniform as possible, regardless of objective

3. Always assume the user knows NOTHING

4. Functionality is not enough; easy access to functionality is everything

5. Document everything, and get it proof read!

There are many more, but there's five to start with. They would increase the overheads of open source development significantly, but that's the price to be paid for an OS that can truly compete.

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Phil Hare

Standards

The problem with Open Source is that dispirate coders come up with different solutions to common problems (and then usually call said solutions something stupid. YaST comes to mind).

What's needed is a community based *solely* on design before coding ever takes place; a community that doesn't worry about the code itself, but specifications of the product and it's interoperability. A community to create an international standard for operating systems, if you will.

Now THERE'S a pipe dream...

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VMware's fiscal roller coaster tumbles through Q2

Phil Hare

One word people:

XenExpress (or is that two words?)

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Sony to bring E Ink eBook reader to UK in September

Phil Hare
Unhappy

They're going for around £200 online

And on that note, all I can say is "Foxtrot Oscar, sir".

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Spaniards show off touchscreen moto-computer tech

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Stop

Photos

To compound the problem, a Volvo it ain't.

http://www.zercustoms.com/photos/IFR-Aspid-Debut.html

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Home Office classes openness review a secret

Phil Hare
Black Helicopters

"Non-human genetic material"

What, like a cat? What happens if they find one?

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BSA: Software piracy's 'tragic' impact on US society

Phil Hare
Gates Horns

By this reasoning...

...it won't be long before they start arresting people for using Open Source alternatives.

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Nike pulls Air Stab trainers

Phil Hare

Charities...

...often use high PR value "outrages" like this to raise the profile of the charity itself. I can't really say I blame them.

This particular instance however is, I have to say, cock of the poppiest variety.

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And so we begin the tech sector's journey into the Heart of Darkness

Phil Hare

What's a stock market?

No, really. What is a stock market?

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Reg readers kickstart WiReD UK recovery

Phil Hare
Coat

Very good...

I'm beginning to think Andrew put mine up there just to show everyone how lazy I actually am.

Brilliant work from everyone else!

Pub time...

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Jacqui Smith kick-starts yoof ID debate site, site kick stops

Phil Hare
Paris Hilton

RE: Access Denied

I retract my last comment. It's more likely it's because I didn't click on the link in their email.

Paris, because she would have spotted my mistake.

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Phil Hare
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RE: Access Denied

Same experience here. I wonder if it's because I put "Strongly Disagree" down as my feelings about the scheme? Hmmm...

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Mayor Boris to cover Porsche costs in CO2 tax brouhaha

Phil Hare

A life of crime

"...a charity which offers disadvantaged kids training in car maintenance and repairs..."

I can't possibly see these kids using these skills in a life of crime. Not at all. In no way.

Ahem.

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