* Posts by Eponymous Cowherd

1567 posts • joined 28 Nov 2007

Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

Eponymous Cowherd

They are illegals you pillock. They aren't going to present themselves to immigration officers and ask to be let in.

At the moment trucks, cars, etc are searched on the French side of the channel. Catching an illegal on a truck on which he has to stay if he wants to get to the UK is a lot more effective than trying to catch them once they are this side of the channel and merely have to scarper as soon as the truck doors open.

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

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Re: Brexit: Who will REALLY benefit?

Indeed, it's rather like watching turkeys voting for Christmas.

Shocking how they are being taken in by an Eton toff and an ex banker by the hollow promises of making Britain great again.

What they don't realise, when the likes of Johnson, Farage, Gove, etc talk about being better off out of the EU they mean how they, themselves will be better off, riding on the backs of the poor sheep they suckered into voting Brexit.

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Re: Everything is your fault

Well, when things go tits-up after a brexit, one consolation will be to point and laugh at the brexit supporters, I suppose.

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Eponymous Cowherd

A double helping of steaming bullshit

Both sides have spouted nothing but undiluted bullcrap throughout the campaign. There wasn't a single concrete fact, or even a well presented reasoning.

So I'll be voting remain. It was up to the Leave campaign to convince me that a change would be for the better. They failed.

I suppose one huge benefit of a leave vote would be that that obnoxious little maggot, Farage, would be rendered completely irrelevant and without purpose. Every cloud, and all that.....

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

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Re: Kudos to the idiot responsible

There certainly are "professional drone operators" in the UK, and the rules they operate under are significantly stricter than for those who fly drones as a hobby.

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Facepalm

Re: Kudos to the idiot responsible

Really? So some twatspanner behaves like a complete smeghead and everyone else's enjoyment suffers?

By your reasoning, the next time some idiot gets done for drink-driving we can expect a ban on all cars? Or, possibly a ban on all alcohol, 'cos that worked rather well the last time it was tried.....

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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FAIL

Re: In the Land of the Free..

"You are aware that encryption algorithms are incapable of finding terrorist material themselves, eh?"

You are aware that encryption algorithms are incapable of finding terrorist material themselves, eh?

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Facepalm

Re: In the Land of the Free..

It's more absurd than that. The politicotards don't get the fact that encryption is just maths, and it's piss easy to roll your own.

So they want to try to ban something (or, at least, render ineffective) something that anyone can make for themselves. An act that that will also have little effect on the safety of American ( or any other ) citizens.

Yet fail to do anything to control guns, which most people are incapable of making themselves and which kill over 10,000 Americans every year.

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

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Joke

Not a very good zoo

All they have is one single dog.

It's a shih tzu

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Eponymous Cowherd

Re: Er, what?

What is truly absurd is that these people go to the trouble of actually picking their mutt's shit up before hanging it in a tree.

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Legion of demons found in ancient auto medical supply dispensing cabinets

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Red Tape

A large part of the problem are the regulatory frameworks involved and the grief in getting any medical software approved.

Fairly recently I was involved with upgrading a piece of medical software from Windows XP to Windows 7. The changes were fairly trivial, but getting the software revalidated for FDA approval was long, drawn out, and bloody expensive.

This is why so much medical gear runs on XP. Perversely, the validation and approval process that is actually supposed to ensure the software is safe is now having the reverse effect.

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EU ministers to demand more data access after Brussels attacks

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Known risks

Apparently, yet again, the filth that did this were known to the authorities.

What we need is better monitoring of the current data on the known persons of interest.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Eponymous Cowherd

I doubt they are ex police. A retired copper would know that that no offence was being committed.

More likely ex prison service.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Spooks willingly entering the light?

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Holmes

Re: BBC "Analysis" on the subject...

I did like this quote from Lawrence Jones of UK Fast:

"The bill is doomed from the outset... It's almost as if Theresa May doesn't understand how the internet works," he told BBC Breakfast.

No shit Sherlock!!!!

Three simple steps that even the less technically able can follow to ensure that their internet activity isn't snooped on:

1. Buy a TP-Link router.

2. Install Gargoyle on it.

3. Enable TOR plugin.

That is how trivial it is to ensure that you, your family's, and visitors' use of your broadband isn't being spied on by the Gov't. Frankly, any terrorist, paedophile or crook who can't take those (or the many similar) steps deserves to get caught.......

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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Black Helicopters

Re: So no change

Employ experts, experts report, they don't say what you want, ignore said experts and do what you were going to do anyway. Same old (s)tory.

Only the lucky ones get ignored. The unlucky ones get sacked. That's probably why most of the criticism has come from outside of the Government.

The really unlucky ones end up, apparently, taking an overdose and cutting their wrists.......

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Five Eyes nations must purge terrorists from the web, says Theresa May

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Just when....

you think politicians can't get any more clueless and technically illiterate, along comes Theresa. Just when you think she can't get any more clueless, she come out with shit like this......

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: I would post

You weren't the guy who tried to tell his Lordship what a steaming pile of manure the "eMailer" was, are you?

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

Eponymous Cowherd

House robots

Please, no "house" robots. Just two (or more) contestants in the arena slugging it out until only one survives.

If they do have them, they should be fair game. No sissy shouting "cut" and running in to rescue them if one of the contestants gets the upper hand.

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Lloyds Bank apologises for ClickSafe verification system snafu

Eponymous Cowherd

That's odd. It usually works for me, works on Windows, Android and Linux and there is never any requirement to enter any security info.

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Former security officials and BlackBerry CEO pile in on encryption debate

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Thumb Up

Re: in free society..you accept a "less-than-perfect ability to detect people who do bad things"

Everyone I spoke to was of the mind "bring it on" just get the trains running, anything else is giving the terrorists what they want.

Yes, this!

All of the current risk-adverse cowering and fearfulness is just telling the Daesh scum that what they are doing is working.

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: Really, Slash?

Oh, that's nothing.

Here "trump" is slang for a noisy fart.

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: One thing I learned on Elite...

Runs fine on an XBox One

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Eponymous Cowherd
Facepalm

Re: One thing I learned on Elite...

Oh, I can dock without one.

I just can't be arsed to for the sake of a Class 1 slot.

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Eponymous Cowherd

Re: Yuri Malenchenko's serious demeanour expained

I think the intimation was that he knew it was already broken and would have to dock manually.

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Eponymous Cowherd
Happy

Re: One thing I learned on Elite...

That was in the bad old days when it would regularly pancake you into a platform.

These days its pretty faultless unless you are stupid enough to come in from the back end of an Orbis station and expect it to guide you through the hab ring spokes.

Personally I use it only for the final landing. Usually blast through the mail slot at full speed to avoid scans, then decelerate to a stop to kick in the DC for the final landing. Nailing the mailslot at 300m/s in a Clipper loaded with naughty stuff is invigorating.

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: dont overdo it

They kind of put me in mind of the Bene Gesserit

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Mozilla annual report shows risky Google dependency now risky Yahoo! dependency

Eponymous Cowherd

The problem

Firefox has evolved from something that was fast, lightweight and stable into something that is slow, bloated and flaky.

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: TOR Lite for the masses?

TOR functionality is already built into Gargoyle, which runs on most TP-Link routers. I imagine it won't be long before off-the-shelf devices with similar functionality start appearing.

I can imagine anyone who attempted to bring such a thing to market "Doing a Kelly", but that would just be me being paranoid.

Or would it?

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Eponymous Cowherd

Re: Film plot

Are you saying that Ms May is an enormous "C"?

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Eponymous Cowherd

Re: "It is simply the modern equivalent of an itemised phone bill."

No.

There is someone who expects that 99% of the population know fuck all about how the Internet works.

Time to start educating them, methinks.

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7 million Apple Watches just buried the competition – Canalys

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: lies, damn lies and...

Hardly an unbiased survey. This site is (largely) frequented by people who know and understand technology, and appreciate tech that does exactly what its supposed to.

Hardly fertile ground to find lovers lovers of Apple's non-waterproof, less-than-a-day battery life, blank-display, techno-bling.

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

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Morons

So they are going to store the web addresses you visit?

They DO know how trivially easy it is to ensure that the only web address they ever see you visiting is "https//someproxy.somewhere.org", don't they?

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Cyber cop: Snoopers' Charter tag is offensive. Maybe we need a 'yes to snooping' tickbox?

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: If saving lives is the aim....

But if you include the fact that those that comitted these atrocities were "on the radar", the Snooper's Charter wouldn't have helped to prevent any of them.

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Eponymous Cowherd

If saving lives is the aim....

How about the Government spends money on things that save most lives.

Some 160,000 die of cancer each year in the UK.

Around 1700 people are killed in road traffic accidents each year.

Some 500+ are murdered each year.

Some 250+ die in fires each year.

0.4 people die in terrorist attacks per year (2 since 2010)

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'Govt will not pass laws to ban encryption' – Baroness Shields

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UK Government in "you can't ban mathematics" shocker

Because that is all encryption is, maths. Banning encryption isn't like banning guns, where most people don't have the ability or resources to make one and requires physical transport to redistribute.

An encryption algorithm is just maths. Any maths undergraduate is quite capable of rolling their own and making it available to anyone who needs it.

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Lawyers harrumph at TalkTalk's 'no obligation to encrypt' blurt

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Coat

Why do I keep seeing....

an 'l' where none exists?

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American robocallers to be shamed in public lists

Eponymous Cowherd

Am I speaking to Mr E Cowherd?

Is soon as I hear those words I do one of two things/

If I'm busy, I just say "Fuck off" and hang up.

If I'm not busy, and fancy a bit of entertainment, I string the bastard along for as long as I can manage (40 minutes, or so) then, finally tell him that I'm not interested and was just doing just that (winding him up ). That usually elicits some choice language, to which I reply "Fuck off" and hang up.

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Hyundai i30 Turbo: Softly, softly, catchee Audi

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: Hyundai / Kia prices...

Yeah, Kias aren't the budget brand they once were. Kind of a shame really, as my 2010 Cee'd Eco SW is a fantastic car for the money. Nice to drive and really does do 60+ mpg.

I actually really like the look of the current Cee'd, but they are not longer a "reasonably priced car"

The same thing has happened to the other budget marques like Skoda, much more main-stream these days.

The real budget buy in Europe at the moment is Dacia. Just Mrs Cowherd just bought a Sandero as a run-around to replace the pile of shite Chevrolet (which expired at 5 years old and 29K miles). For £9.5K you get a car only a little smaller than a Golf, powered by Renault's grunty little TCE-90 engine. Sat-nav / media centre, air-con, cruise control, etc.

On the down-side, you can see where they have cut costs, hard plastic interior trim, cheap rocker switches, etc, and the design is a little dated looking. It is, however, very pleasant to drive and it is one hell of a lot of car for under £10K

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We are the Knights who code Ni!

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: I sneeze in your general direction

You are quite right. The eruption came from a somewhat lower region.

And, to be perfectly accurate I should have inherited from the "Father" class which implemented the "IFragranceOfElderberries" interface.

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Joke

I sneeze in your general direction

class Arthur: public Hamster, public Elderberries

{.....}

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Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

Eponymous Cowherd

Re: PRS license (because what if)

Then the channel won't have/need a licence.

Simples.

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Voluminous Versailles vagina viciously violated – again

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Joke

Re: WTF

You've met Mrs Cowherd, then?

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They’re FAT. They’re ROUND. They’re worth almost a POUND. Smart waaatch, smart waaatch

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Steel youselves

I have a Pebble Steel (original, not Time) and, for me, it ticks all of the boxes.

First of all, I actually like the "Industrial" look of it. It doesn't look like girly bling, like a certain other smartwarches.

played around with a variety of apps and functions on it, but the feature that it is most useful for is notifications. A quick glance at my wrist and I can see if its something I need to deal with. It does this as well as any other smartwatch, but without their inherent downsides of poor battery life and normally off display.

The always on display is clear and means it doesn't really look like a smartwatch. The battery really does last 7 days and it really is waterproof. This, pretty much, means I can treat it like a "real" watch in the way I wear and use it.

I like the wide range of 3rd party watch faces that are freely available. Currently sporting a LCARS style face. Nerdy but actually looks rather nice.

The "Cloud Pebble" development environment is rather neat. It works well, is well documented and means I can knock up apps and faces wherever I have access to a web browser.

Essentially it is a watch that is "smart", rather than the micro-fondleslab on your wrist that the more "upmarket" smartwatches try to be.

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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Big Brother

Great insight

This gives a great insight into the mindset of those who desire wholesale surveillance of the entire population's Internet activity.

We (IT pros) all know that the whole "snoopers' charter" thing is a huge expensive white elephant that just, plain, will not do anything to "protect" us from the terrorists. Irrespective of any civil liberties and/or human rights issues, it is a pointless waste of money.

But the spooks and their Civil Servant bosses are so used to being able to snoop on who they like, when they like, with no Judicial oversight, that they cannot bear to lose that power. The trouble is that freely available strong encryption seriously puts a spanner in their works., and the great unwashed are now more aware than ever about the way Governments spy on them and how encryption can protect them from this. Hence Cameron's latest turd-spurt regarding getting it banned / regulated ( despite that being akin to trying to ban farting in public ).

The article also makes it precisely clear who are the bosses and who are the minions and neatly explains why successive governments and home secretaries all go down the illiberal Big Brother route as soon as they get into power. They are merely doing what they are told do to like good little boys and girls.

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Eponymous Cowherd

Re: Fascinating.

If it is a politician doing something, it is probably malicious as well as mind-blowingly stupid.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

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Thumb Up

Re: Deep Joy

"But don't those yellow zig-zags mean "SUV Parking Only"?"

A Police officer friend of mine once old me how they received a number of complaints from the local MumsNet chapter (yummy mummy division) about people parking inconsiderately outside a local school.

They duly dispatched a couple of plods who slapped tickets on a swathe of vehicles parked on the yellow zig-zags (which, apparently, earns you points as well as a fine).

Next day, another load of complaints from the same people (who had originally complained), who had all been ticketed. Apparently they "had" to park on the zig-zags because all of the legal parking spaces were taken.

They expected Plod to move on people who were parked legally, so they could park, and were incensed that they were ticketed as they made the complaint in the first place.

I don't know if they were driving SUVs, but, in my mind's eye they were. The sense of righteous entitlement to the entire road kind of fits.

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Trollface

Re: Deep Joy

"Nope, my current 4.2 Q7 is still significantly faster accelerating. And there was a 6.0 too..."

But how many wanker signs per hour does it do?

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Pirate

Re: No No No!

Until Big Media decided to make an issue over this, there was clear blue water between the practice of buying a CD and ripping it for my own use, and grabbing it from a torrent.

One was legal, the other wasn't.

Now, if you rip your bought-and-paid-for CD, you are crook. If you grab a torrent, you are a crook.

So you may as well grab the torrent and save yourself some money as you are a crook whatever you do.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Joke

Dark Helmet

I mean, he just is, isn't he?

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Metadata slurp warrant typo sends cops barging into the wrong house

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Unhappy

Snooper's charter

Expect much, much, much more of this kind of shit if Theresa May and chums get their way with the "snooper's charter"

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