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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

Argus Tuft

dangerous slope...

I remember when they first introduced random drug tests to go with the random breath tests here.

Media circus arranged by police for the first use of the new booze/drug bus - cameras filming the first guy (a professional truck driver) who tested positive on the preliminary test, his identify splashed across all the TV channels. Reputation ruined. His wife and children in tears. Police and pollies bleating about how despicable this family man must be to drive with drugs in his system.

What a pity that the follow up lab tests showed 100% clear - and the preliminary test was faulty.

Bit late by then though...

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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

Argus Tuft
Unhappy

i miss my nokia 6310i

usb? Bah!

(was it really only 10 years ago?)

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

Argus Tuft
Pirate

good for the soul..

Everytime I read about how the corporates gleefully rob us blind 'legally' - I feel a little less conflicted about downloading an (ahem) 'Linux Distro' from Bittorrent.....

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Telstra shed fried in fire

Argus Tuft

not just pussys

they also have COW's (Cell on Wheels) - a mobile cell station for additional mobile capacity at events, or to cover for disasters/damage like this.

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Video shows armed assault on Kim Dotcom family home

Argus Tuft

what surprised me

was the number of stairs up to the 'red room'. Looking at DotCom i'd have expected an escalator...

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Amount of CO2 being sucked away by Earth 'has doubled in 50 years'

Argus Tuft
Devil

Why worry?

Some mad b*st*rd with a nuke is going to blow us all to hell before any of this matters anyway.....

so i'm using my share while it lasts :)

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AAPT confirms attack, through Melbourne IT

Argus Tuft

what's this about 'old files'?

Isn't the point to show that the data is going to be kept for years, so will all be 'old files' tucked away on dusty servers in compliance with government orders - just a big juicy target...

And of course beyond the hacking aspect, they surely won't be subject to the same sort of 'browsing' that existing govt databases suffer - no nosy official is ever going to look up the browsing habits of their daughter's new boyfriend are they.....

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GM to slash vast outsourced IT empire

Argus Tuft

loop counter ?

step 1. Save money on IT by outsourcing (& pocket management bonus)

step 2. Save money on IT by bringing back inhouse (& pocket management bonus)

step 3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until costs approach zero. (& buy bigger yacht)

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'Apple is corrupting App Store downloads', warn angry devs

Argus Tuft
Black Helicopters

never thought i'd say this,

but don't blame Apple.

It's those nasty types at the NSA inserting their own little bit of 'monitoring' code into every download....

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US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes

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Black Helicopters

Re: Focus ?

"A military telescope is meant to look down at Earth

Says who?"

indeed - maybe they are up there to keep watch for the approaching Vogons?

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Boffins develop nanoscale vacuum tube running at .46 THz

Argus Tuft

ahhh memories...

6146B's happily warming the room- - back when there was still some magic in talking to someone on the other side of the world, and international phone calls upped your mortgage...

then came computers... sigh....

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Top Italian OPERA boffin steps down after faster-than-light mistake

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Black Helicopters

This is how science works..

"perfect scientific integrity in opening their measurement to broad scrutiny, and inviting independent measurements," he said. "This is how science works."

--- unless it's about Global Warming ofcourse....

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Sweden rolls out invisible infrared tank

Argus Tuft

battlefield hacking

according to the swedish article linked by Jake Rialto 1;

"In order to be able to be controlled as pixels in a TV, they sit together in an electronic network, where each one has its own IP number."

so now you just need to hack the tanks' LAN and turn it bright fluro pink :)

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Nepalese gov to nail Everest's bigness in row with China

Argus Tuft
Linux

why don't the Chinese

simply employ a couple of their billions of peasants to build a new mountain just inside the border that's just a little bit higher? and stick a nyah-nyah flag on top... [penguin because they like snow]

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English, Welsh cops get mobile fingerprint-check tech

Argus Tuft
Pint

re: The scanner are...

"i wants one though to play with, link it to the beer fridge to deny access to the wife & kids"

that can't work - how's she going to fetch you a fresh one while you're safely ensconced in front of the telly?

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New top-secret stealth choppers used on bin Laden raid

Argus Tuft

re: not just on missions

The aussie SAS crash (1996) was due to two Blackhawks clipping during a live-fire night training exercise. Terrible tragedy with 18 fatalities, but not mechanical failure. Survivng crew actually credited the construction of the blackhawk for getting out of the crash alive.

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BBC engineers see PLT knocking out DAB

Argus Tuft
Black Helicopters

how long...

before Google cars start hoovering up the leaky data?

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'Self-incriminators' may be forced to tell the court what they know

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Unhappy

sad

so if i bash a granny over the head with an iron bar that's OK and I can refuse to testify, but if I photocopy a page out of a book I'm such a threat that this right must be forgone??

sick sick world we're creating I'm afraid..... corporate profits must be protected. people can just be bred to meet demand...

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Council loses USB of patient records

Argus Tuft

@ Matt Hawkins

the 'lock down all ports' comments were being made in a generic fashion relating to all users. That is simply not realistic. Even councils do need to pass data to people in unencrypted formats - tender documents to vendors etc.

Yes this person should NOT have copied the data. No question. The solution though is not a knee-jerk 'lock down all ports on all machines for everyone' - but to look at why they worked around what was in place and make the process fit in a way that they can use (and is simpler to follow than to avoid).

eg app that recognises the confidentiality level of the data and will only write it to appropriate media: unrestricted to clear usb, confidential to encrypted, secret blocked... - but that is dependant on useable rating system beyond the control of the user (or everything becomes unrestricted...).

Sooo many of us loose sight of the fact that ultimately IT systems are not an end in themselves - they are only there to support the business process. The modern version of paper shufflers who see their forms as being more important than the process that the forms are meant to assist..

If the systems are not supporting that business process (rather than being a process themselves) then they need work.

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Argus Tuft

@ It's the process, stupid, not the policy.

spot on. Make it simple and it will be part of the work flow. Make it complex (for the basic user) and it won't.

Simple for an IT worker is NOT simple for a middle aged clerk who uses PC's simply because they have to - not as a way of life... "just mount in Truecrypt" would leave 80% of users glassy eyed...

So many posts here say "just lock down the USB ports". Those posters need to get out of their ivory data centres and into the real world where people do actually need to give data to others (eg customers) on unencrypted USB's.

If the average user isn't doing what we them to -- it is OUR fault - not theirs, because OUR systems don't fit the real world work flow.

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Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

Argus Tuft

omg

does this mean the russian mafia could spend thousands to extract the spreadsheet of my shopping expenses for the last month...?

my life is sooo boring I'd welcome the attention.

(pps - hydrofluoric acid - just don't get it on you...)

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Texting teenager plunges to his death

Argus Tuft

couple of facts

The building regs here are that if there is more than a 1m drop off the edge of a deck etc, you need a barrier 1m high

That's fine for a verandah, but when it's 8 stories in the air (like this was), then a 1m barrier is too low. Some carparks have wire mesh above the concrete car-barriers to prevent this sort of accident (which is what it was) - but not many.

The ridiculous part is the barriers around any sort of pool have to be 1.2m high, but a safety barrier to stop a 100m drop is only 1m...

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Mexican woman gets litigious on Top Gear's ass

Argus Tuft

@ Dagg

gotta correct that one - everyone knows it's New Zealanders who like wooly overcoats.

Aussies are the ones who suck at cricket.

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Sat-spotters find secret payload launched by giant US rocket

Argus Tuft
Headmaster

reminds me of..

Romanes Eunt Domus

now write it out 100 times....

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Gov gone wild: Mad new pub glasses, bread freedom introduced

Argus Tuft
Paris Hilton

the only reason you lot like warm beer

is to stop it freezing in winter...

[wot - no sunny beach icon? Have to make do with Paris as she knows all about schooners]

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Argus Tuft

the only reason you lot like warm beer

is to stop it freezing in winter...

[wot - no beach icon?]

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Car immobilisers easily circumvented by crafty carjackers

Argus Tuft
Happy

sounds like a job for....

Trunk Monkey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9odyz844flw

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US Navy achieves '100 mile' hypersonic railgun test shot

Argus Tuft

but what happens

if the ship reaches 88 mph?

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Oz bank meltdown due to file corruption cock-up

Argus Tuft

the ones to be chopped

should the "C-level" ones who control the budgets for backup systems, and offshoring. Not the staff who have to work with what they've got.

(said by someone who hates our own IT group with a passion...)

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Ofcom slaps down ham botherer

Argus Tuft

.. / -- .. ... ... / -.-. .-- (sigh)

.. - / .-- .- ... / -- --- .-. . / -.-. .. ...- .. .-.. .. --.. . -.. /

---... -.--.-

(+ some random letters to get past the bot)

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Las Vegas death ray roasts hotel guests

Argus Tuft

Call in Mr Burns

Wasn't there an episode of The Simpsons where Monty Burns blocked out the sun with a giant umbrella?

Just get one of those hanging from hovering airships during daylight hours.

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Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

Argus Tuft

only problem is

most of the men I know who are anything to do with airlines would be safer monitoring the womens queue....

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ASA: You can't say 'f**k'

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Happy

this f**ckin f**k counter

is completely f**cken f**cked...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJIk01p_x7U

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Google experimenting with spy drones, says German maker

Argus Tuft
Grenade

shooting air rifles might be illegal

(at least they are in Oz), but paintball guns.......

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Feds admit storing pervscanner pics

Argus Tuft

won't someone think of the children

wonder how many tour groups of school kids have gone through that court?

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Saudi Arabia beats UAE to BlackBerry ban

Argus Tuft

shhhh

Don't let the Aussie Politicians hear - they'll want to block it first....

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DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits

Argus Tuft

they're OK in certain spots

BUT - in my area of OZ they've gone totally feral on them, and lovingly set them with a (reportedly) 3kmh tolerance.

Do 103.1 kmh on a 5 lane freeway and you're snapped. As that is about the width of the speedo needle it has breed a generation of drivers who spend more time watching their speedo than looking out of the car.

This becomes frightening when taking my learner-driver teenagers out on the road - and they're concentrating more on what speed they're doing coming up to an intersection than looking out for the fire-engine coming from the crossroad.......

Typical case of a concept taken to ridiculous extremes by zealots and accountants...

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The Register comment guidelines 2010

Argus Tuft
Black Helicopters

won't someone think of the children

hmmm - nothing in the rules about posting kiddie pron....

So now I can complain to ACMA and have this URL banned by the Great Aussie Firewall. bwa ha haaa.

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Dutch send submarine to fight Somali pirates

Argus Tuft

nosiy nukes

the put-down on electric subs is interesting.. Canadian, Australian, and Dutch electric subs have repeatedly taken out nuclear attack subs, carriers, anti-sub frigates, etc in exercises - mostly without loss.

And that includes the Walrus class subs.

On the 'listening to communications' - wouldn't it just be easier to station a couple of big floating steel things with lots of guns in clear view just off the main trouble zones?

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Brazilian banker's crypto baffles FBI

Argus Tuft

re: RIPA = No rights in the UK

maybe that's why your civil service don't encrypt those pesky databases they like to leave on trains.

if they encrypted it and forgot the password they'd be breaking their own laws....

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New Aus PM may dump comms minister

Argus Tuft
Black Helicopters

only trouble with an Opt-in filter

is once the infrastructure is in place - it's only a signature on a Act to make it All-in.....

and in another 4 or 8 or whatever years time there'll be a different bunch of monkeys in govt all with another point to make on how to 'save the children'.....

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Canadians form adulterers' privacy campaign

Argus Tuft
Paris Hilton

so many lines, so little time...

could decide between;

a) did she enjoy the rogering?,

b) she got well and truly rogered then...

c) another random phrase with 'rogered' inserted in the middle...

(ok so it's Friday.....)

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GCHQ imposes Whitehall iPhone ban

Argus Tuft

human factors?

we got iPhones for email. Our vunderkinder in corporate IT then set a group-policy that the phone auto-locks after 1 minute, needing you to enter a complex (upper/lower/numeric) password to get past the 'slide to unlock' every time you put the bl00dy thing down.

result - jailbroken iPhones with the security disabled totally........

not sure if you can jailbrake a Blackberry - so maybe that's a consideration?

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Conroy pledges to stop spams infecting Aussies' portals

Argus Tuft
Black Helicopters

there's a plan....

'The Portal' makes it sound like a nice single point-of-entry from the big nasty internet thingy into Aus. That'd make it easy to "protect" us by simply putting a filter onto that single 'portal' wouldn't it.....

Apart from the fact that he's a raving moron, there's a pattern appearing in his babbling of trying to create an 'understanding' in the general population that the Great Firewall is a good and simple thing....

Little details like polls taken by the major newspapers showing 99% of the population opposed to it are just issues to be worked through.

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Humanity evolved to cope with 30°C+ heat, says prof

Argus Tuft
Coffee/keyboard

only in England

30deg ... "Cruelly Hot".. Hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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Aussie police probe Google

Argus Tuft
Troll

re: the title

this is a follow-on from Senator Conroy's blast at Google.

the only thing that should be probed is Conroy - preferably without lube..

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Oz customs search lappies and mobes for smut

Argus Tuft
Paris Hilton

time for new desktop wallpaper..

GOATSE perhaps?

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.XXX accuses ICANN of 'lip service' on porn domain

Argus Tuft

or for our New Zealand brothers

.baa.nz

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Israel confiscates visiting iPads

Argus Tuft

@jim 45

or is that iVey?

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