* Posts by oldredlion

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Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

oldredlion
Holmes

"wonder what they would have had to have done to actually be investigated."

Well, two police officers (DCS Dave Cook and DC Jackie Haynes) were targeted and followed by the News of the World and the police did nothing, except have a lunch meeting with the NotW editor at the time and told them to stop. Nothing else happened, no investigation or fines or punishment of any kind.

Sherlock Holmes, 'cos he'd be spinning in his grave if he had one.

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

oldredlion
Angel

LOL. And it was only yesterday that the UK Government was complaining about Huawei.

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Aaron Swartz prosecutor accused of 'professional misconduct'

oldredlion
Holmes

Re: Wow!

I think obvious troll is obvious.

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BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony

oldredlion
Headmaster

Re: 1970's tech, too

Oh, is that why they've done it? That never occurred to me.

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oldredlion
Facepalm

1970's tech, too

What they've done is to print off the various witness statements and then scan them back in. You can see photocopy blur/shadow marks at the edges of the pages.

This also means it is impossible to search them and it is impossible to simply cut and paste a quote from them.

Well done the BBC, another winner.

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

oldredlion
WTF?

This article is crap

What exactly is wrong with this?

All EU countries should have independent media councils. Media councils should have real enforcement powers, such as the imposition of fines, orders for printed or broadcast apologies, or removal of journalistic status.

I hope El Reg aint going the way of the Sun...

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Oracle, Dell, CSC, Xerox, Symantec accused of paying ZERO UK tax

oldredlion
Facepalm

Re: Go right ahead...

Businesses don't pay taxes, their customers do. Jack up their taxes, and they'll just pass it on. So really, you end up taxing yourself. BRILLIANT!

You're arguing against tax in general, which in relation to this article is irrelevant.

If one business (e.g. a small UK based company) has to pay the tax, why shouldn't another company (e.g. a huge US based company) also pay the tax?

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oldredlion
Holmes

Re: Go right ahead...

Also as we're in the EU economic zone they could move their company elsewhere in Europe and continue to sell into the UK and the UK wouldn't be able to do anything to stop them.

Wouldn't matter, as they would still be liable for UK corporation tax based upon UK sales profit. The current row is about reducing those profits by moving money made from UK sales into lower taxed areas (Caymans, Luxembourg etc)

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oldredlion
Holmes

Re: Go right ahead...

How confident are you that it will be Z which is reduced rather than X going up or Y going down? Not very I would suggest.

The market will decide if the product is overpriced and Government will decide a minimum level for wages, so every business will compete on a level playing field.

At the moment every foreign multinational can under price a UK based firm. The current tax situation is hurting UK businesses.

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

oldredlion
Holmes

what nonsense

if you want a global economy, have a global government that regulates that global economy.

Oh, you don't you want that? Then you're just a corporate apologist.

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

oldredlion
Childcatcher

"40p a day, isn't it?"

Hmmm, well according to the Grauniad, it's only 6p per day to fund the media groups.

That seems like a bargain.

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oldredlion
Headmaster

"BBC adds their £1 a month"

Ahem! The BBC get nearly 12 quid a month at present.

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Last remaining reason to order an iPhone 5 disappears

oldredlion
Happy

Re: But el reg was spraying jism everywhere in your iPhone review.

"What happened? "

Wanker's remorse.

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Australian tabloid decides to fight trolls ... with trolls

oldredlion
Facepalm

A Perpetual content machine

to generate page after page of tedious drivel.

Do not feed the Trolls.

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Broadband minister's fibre cabinet gripe snub sparks revolt

oldredlion
Big Brother

Re: 6 feet

These boxes might seem nice and smart but given the chance they'd kill you and everyone you care about.

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Sceptic becomes UK Environment - but not Climate - Secretary

oldredlion
Unhappy

curses

Hmmm, that linky doesn't appear to work...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/20/coalition-u-turn-nuclear-energy-subsidies

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oldredlion
Holmes

"and the "subsidies" (actually special invisible levies added to electricity bills) which are the only reason any renewable powerplants exist."

What are his view on subsidising nuclear? Or other "low carbon technology"?

The Grauniad

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Samsung fights to stay on US shelves as Apple calls for ban

oldredlion
Thumb Down

Re: Well, that's that then

So the choice will be the walled-garden that is Apple or the walled-garden that MS mobile-devices will be.

To which I say "Screw the pair of them, I'd rather do without".

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Merde! French Prez palace blueprints nicked from cable layer

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Facepalm

"And no, the documents weren't encrypted."

Nelson says

HA HA!

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Daily Mail group in screeching U-turn on parody tweet persecution

oldredlion
Happy

@dailyfailgroup

As Nelson Muntz once said,

HA HA!

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Bradley Manning's lawyers seek to show 'cruel treatment'

oldredlion
Headmaster

Re: Now then now thenl

"Rumour has it that he was held in the best wing on the Beverly Hill Hilton, was given access to anything he wanted, including the best food and loose women."

Well that rumour is bollocks.

"A plea of mental subnormality and instability may work yet statistically, being afflicted in such a way has never stopped people being enlisted in Uncle Sams Army."

He was deemed mentally unstable BEFORE he was shipped off to Iraq, so it won't work now. The US wants a trial to show how serious they are, in a similar way that the British Military would shoot men suffering from shell shock for desertion during the Great War.

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Raspberry Pi rolls out speed surge Raspbian OS

oldredlion
Holmes

Re: Daft twats

"however, I still think that paying for something that does nothing unless you add to it is a tad silly."

Think of it as buying an unlocked mobile phone; you can buy whatever brand of SIM you like but until you do you cannot use it as a phone.

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Top spook: ISP black boxes NOT key to UK's web-snoop plan

oldredlion
Happy

Re: All my future posts on all sites will now look like this:

xkcd covered this form of security

http://xkcd.com/538/

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Google makes Opera bloggers an offer they can't refuse: Use Chrome

oldredlion
WTF?

Boooo!

It might not be Evil with a capital E but it is a little bit evil, trying to increase market share like this.

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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

oldredlion

Re: 'Far too many religious nutjobs' indeed

Yep. People - whether gay or not - are more important than any religion. If laws change to reflect that, that is a Good Thing.

Religions are a construct of man, and man changes. Why can't religion change as well?

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oldredlion
Childcatcher

Re: 'Far too many religious nutjobs' indeed

You have too much faith in the last "two thousand years" of history.

Look at society long before that, consider the great philosophers and thinkers, people of science who came up with beautiful theories and ideas without any machine other than their brains.

What our civilisation has done in the last two thousand years is insignificant, in the great scheme of things.

Thought for the day: Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

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oldredlion
Alien

Re: 'Far too many religious nutjobs' indeed

Social Engineering? What?

Setting or amending laws to reflect changing times and people is social engineering?

That bit about levellers and 1865 - you're not suggesting that instead of the Illuminati and the Masons it was really the gays we should be watching out for?

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oldredlion
Holmes

Re: If we have to be federated with anyone

Blow that for a game of soliders, there are far too many religious nutjobs and corporate shills masquerading as politicians.

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FunnyJunk lawyer doubles down on Oatmeal Operation Bear Love

oldredlion
Facepalm

Carreon's mother...

if you go to the oatmeal and have a look, it was aimed at the funnyjunk owners mum rather than Carreon.

The law-talking guy has fallen at the first hurdle, methinks.

linky for the hard of googling: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/funnyjunk_letter

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ICANN eggfaced after publishing dot-word biz overlords' personal info

oldredlion
Happy

kerching!

Apart from the initial "how can we get a lot of money?" question, ICANN hasn't put much effort into this.

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All of Europe's data in US servers? We're OK with that - EC bod

oldredlion
FAIL

secure and protected

How bloody stupid is that?

“Theoretically, it shouldn’t matter where data is held as long as our rules apply,”

Well they don't apply because it's in the US. Good luck with getting them to play by your rules.

I'd expect this EU cloud to go live and the US security bods to be looking through the data that same day.

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Vint Cerf: 'COMMUNISTS want to seize the INTERNET'

oldredlion
FAIL

"The greatest strength of the current system of internet governance"

Where was this Governance when ICE was taking over thousands of website or when the DHS were tramping all over wikileaks? And where was the front line troops when ACTA, SOPA and PIPA raised their ugly heads? In bed with the **AA, that's where, selling out the little people who normally in the real world don't have a voice. Give it a few years and they'll lose that as well, because the US is just like every other tin pot dictatorship, looking after the interests of those with a lot money.

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BBC uses lifted Iraq war photo to depict Syrian slaughter

oldredlion
FAIL

Re: Really?

"I detest the concept of "creator" and the idea that one should have pennies shoved into one's bank account for every crap one comes up with. Because of "rights". Sod that."

Well, that's a bit stupid, isn't it.

Where do you think those pennies come from? The Penny Fairy?

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Carriers, prepare to bleed: EU pops a cap on data roaming

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Thumb Up

People always moan about "Europe" but they seem to do more for normal people than our own government does.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

oldredlion
Holmes

Re: Monopolies in their field

"Who's going to play the Tom Watson part & get those BAE skeletons out of the cupboards"

I doubt any MP will.

Remember the Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged BAE bribery of Saudi officials to get rich defence contracts that was shut down by Tony Blair because the Saudis asked him to?

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Kelvin MacKenzie blasts 'footie rights warehouse' BSkyB

oldredlion
Facepalm

Re: £546 a year for Sky?

I'm going to guess that you never actually watch either BBC or Sky News.

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oldredlion
Facepalm

Re: £546 a year for Sky?

So you look to the face reading the news rather than the content?

Have a look at the Media Lens website, there are some good articles showing the apparent Governmental (whatever flavour) bias of the BBC.

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oldredlion
Facepalm

Re: £546 a year for Sky?

"Nothing that Sky broadcasts is essential to life"

Sky News is at least as good as BBC news, and IMO often a lot better.

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

oldredlion
Linux

Microsoft will include Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

It's not really included, is it?

I mean, if you have to pay a third party provider before you can use it, it isn't part of the system, it is just something you can buy and then you'll get any additional benefits - a bit like any other piece of software.

It won't look good on the marketing blurb so why do they bother? And if MS isn't adding all the extra bits and bobs that people apparently want, why should people pay for a MS OS? It's easy to stick a linux variant onto a PC nowadays and you'll end up with the same functionality.

Patents and copyrights will slowly strangle MS. Ha ha.

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Over 1,200 dot-word bids flood ICANN at $180k a pop

oldredlion
Facepalm

As Barnum apparently said

there's a sucker born every minute.

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

oldredlion
Holmes

Re: Shall we just...

"declare all network traffic illegal. Or unlawful."

They could simply declare that encrypted traffic is illegal, *unless* it is from a recognised retailer or bank or an official site of some description, or a proper business, the name of which you have to provide to make sure it is state approved.

After all, you are legally obliged to give up passwords to your encrypted hard disks and such like, so why should real-time data be any more private?

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Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago

oldredlion

the same reason some people buy the Grauniad

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Jeremy Hunt clings on as SpAd quits over News Corp emails

oldredlion
Childcatcher

Re: Bullet Proof

Not sure if he'd be a future leader but he is the Olympics minister and with only a few months to go they will not have time to get someone else in place, so they will do their utmost to keep him in place.

IMO it will mean uncomfortable press reports for the Government but to try to get someone else in place and up to speed would be even worse - any little problem that befalls the Olympics would be blamed on the new minister and then on Cameron for his lack of judgement, so it would be best for Dave and the Tories if Hunt stays in place.

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Theresa May: No emails sniffed in web super-snoop law

oldredlion
Happy

Re: when she says

I think the "so on" category covers the heinous villains who try to get their children into better state schools or put paper in with the non-recyclable waste, things like that.

Dropped an apple core on the street - rather than put it in your pocket - because you couldn't see a bin?

They'll grab a frame from the CCTV, use a face scan to find out your name and then dig into your email and phone communications. They'll track your car number plate and build up a complete log of your movements via CCTV and your mobile phone GPS data and when they cannot find any further crimes, they'll serve you with a fixed-penalty £50 fine.

And because the Big Brother cameras are already in place and the various databases will be filled by information from official documents you provided (DVLA, Council tax etc) it'll only take one security bod to press a button to do all the checking, meaning it won't cost very much. It's a win-win situation.

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oldredlion
Holmes

when she says

"to maintain the capability for the security services to access certain data on terrorists, criminals and so on."

If these terrorists and criminals are already known to the security services, why don't they lock them up?

I think she actually means *suspected* terrorists and criminals.

In other words, as anyone can be a criminal or terrorist, the best way to catch them is to snoop on everyone's data and then watch for red flag words and phrases that could mean someone may be a criminal or terrorist, and then apply intensive techniques to gather as much info as possible and look for further evidence on that person and anyone they've communicated with.

A bit like the Private Investigator at the centre of the Leveson inquiry, except this has State approval.

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Sky News admits two counts of computer hacking

oldredlion
Holmes

Public interest defence

might be covered regarding the Curious Case of the Cunning Canoeist (and his missus) but it falls flat on its face regarding the second one, the suspected paedophilia, so there is no defence.

So AFAIC the only question is "What is their punishment likely to be?"

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Mistakes over GCHQ codebreaker's death crippled inquiry

oldredlion

Re: "Dark Arts"??

"People might think it old-school but the Services pride themselves on not being Mossad or KGB."

Well, we assume that there are foreign agencies "working" in the UK - for example the poisoning of Litvinenko and the recent murder of the Russian banker - so it doesn't need to be UK services doing the dirty deed. We can probably assume that those agencies do not always communicate with our services that they are "working".

"The whole thing sounds much more like incompetent investigation than cover up"

That is very possible, agreed. Be interesting to see what his field of expertise was, though.

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Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory

oldredlion
Happy

Re: Pearl Harbor Sucked...

"Amy tries to stop her friends wound bleeding by sellotaping a credit card over it. "

That is only the second goof, and it sounds hilarious. I want to see it...

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SUNKEN LINER Titanic iceberg riddle answer FOUND ON MOON

oldredlion
Angel

More like Astrology

"But in this case the Moon was unusually near, more able to affect the oceans, and on top of that the Earth had passed its closest in a very long while to the Sun just the day before."

When is this alignment going to happen again?

Step 1: Give vague prediction - "a watery based event will happen"

Step 2: wait for calamitous event that is noticed by the media

Step 3: point out my prediction

Step 4: Prophet?

Step 5: Profit!

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Venus BELCHES solar wind in shock weather explosion

oldredlion
Pint

Could be worse...

"Venus BELCHES solar wind"

it could be from Uranus.

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