* Posts by Christoph

1785 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

Snapchat jihadist-fearing peers return with LAST GASP Snoopers' Charter demand

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"Snoopers' Charter – a term which Lord West claimed was "emotive claptrap"."

Calling it a Snoopers' Charter - emotive claptrap.

"If you don't let us spy on everything you do, YOU'LL ALL BE MURDERED IN YOUR BEDS BY TERRORISTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - reasoned debate.

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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"the cost of calling someone to replace a dead drive far outweighs the price of the disk"

So why use an expensive fleshy? It's a standard box in a standard slot with standard connections, arranged in a standard rack in known positions. Just have a juke-box type arm swing in and do the replacement.

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Passing asteroid MOONS the HUMAN RACE

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It's the Iron Chicken

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Re: For the Nth time

Help, there's drones flying all over my lawn!

They must be from that bee-hive next door.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Some law abiding US citizens need to know where the police are, for their own safety. So they can avoid walking down the street past them and getting shot dead for Walking While Black.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Big Brother

Nothing to do with terrorism

We want to have and use every technically possible means of spying on the population, without limit.

What was this week's excuse for needing it, again?

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Standard response

If (Users report serious security problems)

{

Say "Security is our first concern";

Say "Our system has been properly tested and is secure";

Do <null>;

}

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Facebook: Yo 'people'! Zap fake news on our giant ad farm, would'ja?

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Poe's Law strikes again.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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Wizard of Oz most significant?

Inconceivable!

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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"our shared goal is to prevent bad actors from exploiting, disrupting or damaging U.S. commercial networks and cyber infrastructure. When it becomes clear that cyber criminals have the ability and intent to do damage, we work cooperatively to defend networks."

When we hacked into their networks, we found that these terrible criminals were hacking into our networks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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I wonder how effectively you could plant false memories if you could hold someone in isolation for a decade while continually interrogating and torturing them?

Not that any civilised country would do that, of course.

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Lloyds supplier payments TITSUP: What, you want MONEY from a BANK?

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"The Account Payable Helpdesk has stopped answering calls from suppliers due to the volume of queries"

So they didn't hear the call saying "All future orders from you will be on a pro-forma basis"?

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Re: Creepy - Betrayal!!

Even worse if Hobbes had been doing that.

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Uber reveals fresh passenger data spaff – and city officials are OK with this

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How long will it take before someone de-anonymises large chunks of that data? A few days maybe?

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Wwas then never heard from again

No, the re-entry temperature was too much for the sticky-back plastic they built it with.

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

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Re: It will be a forced explosion, not a choice.

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,

To puff and look important and to say: –

"Though we know we should defeat you,

we have not the time to meet you.

We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;

But we've proved it again and again,

That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld

You never get rid of the Dane.

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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The number of people killed in Paris is roughly about two months worth of the number of children killed as bystanders by drone strikes. The difference being of course that we are killing those children to Fight Terrorism!

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Mr Cameron goes to Washington for PESKY HACKERS chinwag with Pres Obama

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80%?

"more than 80 per cent of UK firms had tackled an internet security breach in 2014."

If you include things like a single, easily contained attack by a virus, you could stretch that to an even larger scare figure. But maybe they thought that would be too obvious.

Still, it's nice to know that the problem will be sorted out by two such experts on how the internet works.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: If only..

The more energy you store and the smaller and lighter the thing you store it in, the more dangerous it is when things go wrong and all that energy makes a break for freedom.

There's an obvious long-term answer to the storage problem, but what happens when the isolation breaks down and all that anti-matter goes off at once?.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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And don't forget

The Impressive Clergyman

Mawaige!

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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They refuse to show that the agreement is being adhered to - cancel the agreement. End of problem. End of discussion.

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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

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I'm not a customer of theirs, but I had an email offering laser eye surgery (I can't remember the details).

Buying anything from a spammer is crazy, but eye surgery?

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

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How long before one of those office buildings gets the display hacked?

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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"smart enough not to shut the engine off if the car's in motion"

Hopefully with a way to over-ride that, for when the computer has locked the engine in top speed and won't respond to anything else.

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Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

What happens when someone who learned on that automatic handbrake system then drives a car without it and tries to do a hill start?

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Verizon wants to sell 'antiquated' copper assets, stick to wireless for voice

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I gather that the statutory responsibilities are the main reason they're pushing this. When they're no longer required to provide a service they can tell the customer to get stuffed. And the customer can't go elsewhere, because they've had their tame politicians pass laws forbidding municipality-run wireless networks.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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The Beeb reckon they're scratching their pointy little heads trying to work out what went wrong.

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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"What manner of man are you that can summon up fire without flint or tinder?"

"I... am an enchanter."

"By what name are you known?"

"There are some who call me... 'Tim'"

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Cheques

"old machines that allowed them to issue physical payroll cheques"

Aren't they lucky that the banks weren't allowed to close down the cheque system?

However flashy and clever an electronic system is, you still need a physical fallback when it goes toes up.

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Re: So...

It might be that the head of IT was not allowed to implement proper security, by bosses who rubbished the idea of a company as big as Sony falling to a kid hacker.

That won't stop the IT people taking the blame of course.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Why?

If Bliar didn't want to have problems from the Freedom of Information Act, he shouldn't have told so many lies!

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Re: Burden

Absolutely. If the information is all public, there is no burden whatever on the council to draw the information together to satisfy a particular request.

If the information can be released under FoI, why isn't it released by default?

If there is no specific reason to keep it confidential, why is it not made public?

If there is no bureaucratic process of FoI compliance involved, but the information is simply posted to the web as standard operating procedure, the costs promptly become trivial.

Any analysis that the public and the press want to do, they can do themselves at zero cost to the council.

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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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