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* Posts by Dave

13 posts • joined 20 Nov 2007

Speaking clock gets Disneyfied

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Ever tried the website?

www.accurist123.com seems to be voiced by Catherine Tate.

"At ve fird stroke, ve time wiw be, yeah, innit, like..."

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El Reg in Street View drive-by snooping

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Black Helicopters

Of course, by the time this comment appears...

...somebody else will already have observed that the registration number ends "AYB".

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Parliament to probe military kit issues

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Military kit overpriced and outdated?

Someone should write a book about it...

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Pentax K200D digital SLR

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I wouldn't try that in Britain...

Taking photographs on a beach? With an SLR? The Rozzers would be on you in seconds and you'd be signing the sex-offenders register before you could say "cheese".

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Monitor your data center with a coffee mug-sized server

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Or, more cheaply...

Just buy a Linksys NSLU2 (or similar), reflash it with Debian and apt-get all the bits you need to do what this thing does. 50 quid or so, that.

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Do you know how much of your porn is extreme?

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Sex with animals?

As Desmond Morris would point out, that makes *all* porn illegal...

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Automated crack for Windows Live captcha goes wild

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@Spleen

Nice idea. How about storing a large database of images, each of which is tagged with a number of keywords. Thus the user can be presented with a random selection of images and asked to "Select all animals", "Select all buildings" or "Select all cats".

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Facebook checks for Cambridge applicants

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@ Risky

Would you trust a man whose blogspot page advertises the ex-employer he's slated in so many columns over the years? ;-)

Good old google...

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MIA in Iowa - personal data on 3m UK driving test candidates

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Who ever said...

...we have no manufacturing industry left?

We export millions of pounds worth of personal details every week!

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DPA

AFAIK, the DPA says that you can't send personal data to countries that don't look after it properly. By the word of British law, no personal data should be kept by HMG of Britain.

I'd trust porno.com with my credit card details before I'd trust the British Civil Service with them.

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Beeb censors Fairytale of New York

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Hell in a handcart, etc

One wonders what parents of the 1950s would have made of the fuss over a meatball being considered "offensive" while "scumbag", "arse", etc. are all fine for innocent youthful ears...

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Privacy storm descends on Dutch health care database

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Solution?

I don't know how Dutch law works, but under UK law a person has the right to check the data held on him and correct mistakes.

It should work both ways. If a person had the right to check the names and positions of everyone who checked their record, then perhaps only those who could justify their use of this information to the people concerned would use it?

I don't imagine a citizen would be especially concerned with their doctor checking their medical history, but if someone else were to do so then that citizen should be entitled to an explanation.

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Pioneer creates iTunes, YouTube rival

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Apple?

Why is Pioneer creating iTunes, which is to be a YouTube rival? Someone should tell Apple...

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