* Posts by Christoph

1753 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

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"sexuality "?

WTF were the council doing recording that information in the first place?

Would the current councillors and all those standing for election to the council like to now publicly detail all their sexual practices before being allowed to stand?

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Could you please post links here to the evidence you used to make that accusation?

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India's heavy launch rocket passes flight test

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Re: Nobody here but us nitpickers...

Yes, the US uses solid boosters to launch people.

No, it's still not a good idea.

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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

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Re: Memories ...

Hoiking the things out of the washing-machine sized drives every day to run the backup.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

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Name them for politicians

They should be named for prominent politicians.

Because Mercury is the god of thieves and liars.

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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"building a back door into every cellphone, tablet, or laptop means deliberately creating weaknesses that hackers and foreign governments can exploit"

It also creates a weakness in equipment used by citizens of other countries that the USA government can exploit.

But the USA has anointed itself world policeman (being so scrupulously honest itself) so those funny foreigners will just have to put up and shut up.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: one film edit

"Hopefully someone will cleverly edit this into a one movie with filler removed, coming to a torrent site soon?"

The trailer for that is already out.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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"Invariably someone puts a flight plan wrong and it borks the system"

"If the flight data processing system is down for more than eight minutes, the flight server alerts controllers that the data it is getting is stale."

So if one flight is well off its declared route, it can mean that it's eight minutes before the controllers go to checking the radar directly.

What happens if a second flight goes wild within that eight minute window? Does it get noticed?

Could terrorists exploit this by hijacking two aircraft? Use the first to crash the system by flying wildly, then the second has eight minutes before the RAF get notified.

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Re: just use MOSS

Under MOSS they need to keep two non-conflicting proofs of which country the VAT should be charged to, for 10 years.

They also have to register for VAT. So if they sell a single item in Europe they must account for VAT on everything they sell.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

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Which model should we pick, the one that's running now or the one used in the USA?

Well obviously it's the one used in the USA - they are such a shining model of consumer choice and strict limits on rapacious large companies.

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Crims at vendors could crock kit says ENISA

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So you make sure that the kit as shipped from the vendor is clean.

And by the time it arrives at your premises it is stuffed full of NSA spyware.

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Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options

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" still not entirely friendly to those who, like Australian provocateur Stilgherrian, prefer to be known by a single name."

Hardly just political activists. For instance a previous UN Secretary General, U Thant. 'U' is an honorific - his actual name was 'Thant'.

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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Re: One word

SCIENCE!

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: Not far enough

Yes, Anonymous Coward - it's terrible when people hide things!

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Will it include details of the load that a lorry is carrying? Especially if it's wearing a Hazchem code. Those firemen would really like to know in advance if it's carrying something like ClF3.

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" it will call you an ambulance should you need it."

"You're an ambulance!"

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Re: And in other news

Exactly how does Blunkett expect him to have opened up those issues without exposing them to the public as he did? *Any* other approach would have just got him "Yes, yes, it's a problem, we'll look into it, now go away and be quiet".

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Re: Oh dear

There have been far more citizens of this country forced into despair and suicide by benefit 'sanctions' than there have been people killed by terrorism. Who then are the enemies of the people of the UK?

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Shortly after takeoff

But they're still waiting for the small lemon-soaked paper napkins

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Meet Jack and Jill: Google’s new Android compilers

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Re: Not not mention...

Jill came down with half-a-crown

But not for fetching water

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US retail giant Target fails to get banks' MEGABREACH lawsuit slung out of court

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Great. Now can bank customers sue the banks when their incompetence lets crooks steal money from ATMs? (which the banks immediately blame on the customers until they are forced to admit it was their fault).

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: We must comply

In 1247 years you will be told that the answer is "42"

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

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Re: You sir, are a freak. =-D

Oedipus Schmoedipus - who cares, so long as he loves his mother?

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Perhaps they could make a series of films about the battles and carnage of people trying to grab bargains.

"The Plunder Games"

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Beyond the genome: YOU'VE BEEN DECODED, again

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Re: Most treatments have no need for either genomic or proteomic diagnostics

But it will help if you have an antibiotic resistant pneumonia, and a drug that kills it but that some people are sensitive to.

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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

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Re: Admins locked out from a public-facing user interface?

The admin accounts should be set to only allow logons from secure terminals, not from anywhere on the web. That should stop them being locked out by failed attempts.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

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Oh great

So if someone is standing in a jam-packed commuter train, they can answer their phone just by waving their arms about in sweeping gestures?

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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

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Re: Bait and Switch

ROFL!

You mean that if all the powers revert to our current government, they will not make all decisions on the basis of the interests of businesses rather than the interests of citizens?

What is the value of pi in your universe?

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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

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Re: Actually....

That does assume that the rights holders have anything to do with it. It's possible that some of the smaller ones don't know about it, it's being done 'on their behalf'.

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Sony Pictures in IT lock-down after alleged hacker hosing

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"Determine what will you do till November the 24th"

A German hacking group perhaps? Most Germans use 'until' when they mean 'by'.

I wonder if they got into Sony using Sony's own root kit that someone still had installed?

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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All these terrible things will happen!!!!!

What a list of all the terrible things that will happen if you don't give them even more power to snoop on everything we do.

Most of these will not be affected in any measurable way by the extra powers.

The one thing that we do know for certain is that they will misuse the powers. Because they always, always do. Every single time any inside information on their operations becomes public, it is found that they have massively misused their powers.

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

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"Realistically, poo buses are not going to be a significant factor in the transport of the future."

Well, every little helps. There's no need to poo-poo the idea.

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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But will it work for climbing the Cliffs of Insanity?

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Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data

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The root password is 'Fiat Lux'

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HDS: Storage? Pah! We're working on a SMART CITY OPERATING SYSTEM

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What could possibly go wrong?

All the important bits of a city all linked together, using the same systems all written by the same company.

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Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work

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Please add all of your company's internal data so we can sell it to our advertisers.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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An excellent idea

"UK prime minister David Cameron has called for “extremist material” to be taken offline by governments"

Absolutely! Get the Daily Mail offline right now!

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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What else can they seize?

If the USA decides it can arbitrarily seize the property of another sovereign state, will it then decide that this includes the ability to seize the territory of that state?

(Permanently as its own property, rather than temporarily by invasion and occupation or by subversion and installation of a puppet dictatorship.)

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Re: Bizarre in many ways

The UK should obviously be able to seize all the USA's domain names as compensation for the USA direct support of the IRA.

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Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

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Not much point

The entire raw data of the last census was handed over to the NSA. We don't have much privacy left for them to violate.

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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

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How long before Amazon decide that since they now own the word 'book' they can sue anyone else who tries to use it?

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...

We'll soon have all you bloody ornithologists banned!

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Genocide?

"helping terrorists to co-ordinate genocide"

He's gone completely barking mad. No terrorist anywhere has even begun to approach anything that could be called 'Genocide'.

He himself is a far bigger threat to this country than any terrorist has ever been.

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

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There's loads of ultra-fast connectivity to Cheltenham - it's just not available to consumers.

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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

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Visa's reassuring response would be a lot more reassuring if the banks didn't do it every single time a security flaw ir reported, until they are eventually forced to admit that there really is a problem.

They have been known to have their customers jailed for fraud rather than admit they have a problem.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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"would be comfortable with a better and more sustainable relationship between the [intelligence] agencies and the tech companies"

"Bend Over"

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Re: Those that sow the wind, reap the whirlwind

ISIS is the result of endless invasions and interventions by the West over the years. Even the existence and layout of the countries in that area was created by the Western Powers after the First World War. They were deliberately set up to be unworkable, for the advantage of the West.

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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There must be someone, somewhere, who is surprised by this. Probably in the remoter parts of New Guinea.

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Spooky GHOST LIGHT reveals DEAD GALAXIES torn apart over 6 BEEELLION years

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That's a bit of a sod for any civilisations on planets of those stars. It's a long way to the next-door neighbour.

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