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5 posts • joined 18 Feb 2008

Available to buy: your own frakkin' 7ft Cylon

James Dyer

@Tony - Blake

Ask, and ye shall receive:

"On 24 April 2008, Sky One announced that they had commissioned two 60-minute scripts for a potential series, working alongside Blake's 7 Productions, a subsidiary of Blake's 7 Media who owns the licence to the show" - wikipedia

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7364663.stm

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Ofcom swoops on caller ID-faking firm with... request for information

James Dyer

A title is not required

I'm shocked...callerid spoofing has been around in this country for years now - I've even received calls from BT which have presented as 01234 567890 in the past. The sales droid struggled to justify why I was so pissed off - didn't really understand the concept of callerid, which shows how many years ago it must have been!

I really thought the public had realised by now that callerid could not be trusted, and that it could be spoofed.

From memory, all you need to do this is an Asterisk or similar system, hooked up to an ISDN line. You can then choose which number to present. Been a while since I looked into this though, so could be wrong on the line type required - might even have been a straightforward business POTS line.

And £5 for 10 minutes - seems absurdly expensive to me...must be to pay for the lawyer fees they're probably going to occur when people start to use the service in a fraudulent way (I can think of a couple of legitimate uses, but most are fraudulant).

And there is an icon on this post, the only worthwhile one, marked 'None'....

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CERN completes 'world’s largest jigsaw puzzle'

James Dyer

A title should not be required

They're going to end up creating a black hole, and sucking the whole solar system into it, which'd be a bit of a laugh really.

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Jimbo Wales dumps lover on Wikipedia

James Dyer

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What amazes me is that people are bidding, and well, on ebay for these things...Just goes to prove that you can sell anything on ebay (if you're sad enough).

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Home Office opens sex offender files in pilot scheme

James Dyer

No consent?

So I can just go to my local plod station, and ask if my neighbour is a sex offender, without getting the consent of my neighbour? Seems dodgy under the DPA to me, but IANAL.

Why can't this system use a simple consent form? If I wanted to hire someone to look after my kids, and if they then refused to give me consent, I'd doubt I'd be hiring them.

What next? Could I go to the local hospital, and ask to see the medical records of someone, in case they're diseased, without their consent, just saying I'm a parent??

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