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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Re: New Inquiry.

...and which rabidly anti-gay organs of the state are to be investigated over the 1327 death of Edward II, reputedly killed by having a red hot poker rammed up his anus?

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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Re: one small problem : "both halves of the debate"

"There are two factions, one of which outnumbers the other by about 99 to 1. The views do not hold equal weight, however much you might wish otherwise."

There was a time when those who believed the Earth (and a flat Earth at that) to be the centre of the Universe outnumbered the others by 999 to 1.

The number of adherents does not in itself give credence to any particular philosophy.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

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There ain't no foolproof any more...

Whatever a software technician can produce, another of equal or greater skill/knowledge can usually find a way around. Almost any 'security' these days really means 'It's offered security up to now - as far as we know'.

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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Re: Imagine the chaos

...Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP...

The phrase "UK gov" is a pretty big clue to the reason for the phrase "bumbling FLOP".

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Former US POLITICIAN gets 6 years in slammer for FACEBOOK SCAM

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Re: biggest Ponzi scam of all:- National Insurance?

Nice defence;- but not quite true.

Like many governmental schemes over the years, what is now viewed by the authorities as general taxation was originally set up for a specific purpose:- your vehicle tax disc was called a "Road Fund Licence" for many years after it ceased having anything to do with just road building & maintenance.

So NI (or National Insurance - the clue's in the name) was originally set up to provide very basic social security benefits for which you paid a premium.

Then some 'bright spark' thought that these funds can just be added to general tax funds instead of ring-fencing them for their intended purpose with the idea that we'll let future taxpayers worry about paying the entitlements to those who've compulsorily invested.

Result? Unfunded pension liabilities, massive increases for higher-echelon civil servants, and smaller benefits for original investors with start dates deferred way beyond the original 'contractual date'.

On the basis of "If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck then it's probably a duck', National Insurance has turned out to be a Ponzi scheme.

And no amount of politico-speak, equivocation or sophistry will convince me otherwise.

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So when do our politicos in the UK face doing porridge for the biggest Ponzi scam of all:- National Insurance?

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Apple CEO Cook breaks YEARS OF SILENCE, finally speaks to El Reg hack

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Re: don't mess with baldness.

OK: keep your hair on...

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Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

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Re: There is nothing evil about the military

Yes:- the old description - Lions led by donkeys - is as apt today as it was in the Crimean War, and pretty much any & every conflict since then.

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

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Re: Just me, or what?

No, it's not just you, Pete. That was my first take, too.

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Brilliant Brit bloke builds breakfast-belching BACON DRONE

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Re: Excellent...

...such as the black pudding (or bubble)...

My Full English has both black pudding and bubble, and also a round or two of fried bread.

Ambrosia!

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Re: I had wondered what this guy had got up to...

Ditto. I have been following rather good.com for several years now, and have subscribed to Joel's newsletters.

Far more intelligent and entertaining than most of the dross on the TV/MSM/Interwebs...

Good man, Joel:- more brown sauce to your bacon!

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Apple's GOLDEN BLING MOBE still the top selling US handset

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@Oh Homer...Re: Total lack of any actual numbers noted

Pure sophistry.

Try comparing like with like:- unless you think Ferrari are finished, because they're totally outsold by entry-level models from Kia & Hyundai inter alia

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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@Nicho - Re: Reflective Shell ?

"There was a dude called Newton who did some work a while back on action and reaction. You should check it out."

Yup.

To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

This can be proved by punching a Millwall supporter...

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Ca dépend…

Depending on which wildlife you feed (gators?)...

...and who you feed to 'em...

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Re: One meter charging is a bit more useful

Little perforations??

I await a patent lawsuit filed by the Tetley Teafolk...

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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@DaneB

Indeed Sir, Cameron & Osborne are particularly repellent examples of humanity, BUT...

Their being repellent does not automatically preclude Labour from being more than somewhat dense. Furthermore, a statement describing Labour as extremely lacking in the brightness department is in no way indicative of an endorsement of the other lot.

In my (not so) humble opinion, the whole bunch of 'em are utter and total arseholes, and I know many other people of the same opinion.

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To be expected:

The excellent Jerry Pournelle described this in his Iron Law of Bureaucracy:-

In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.

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I wholeheartedly concur...

...and admire your remarkable restraint in your descriptions.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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Re: Please!"

Harriet Harman's a woman???

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For a start...

We could bring an unbelievably useless PM (as bad as his two predecessors), who in common with those two, has a massive ego with absolutely no justification for it whatsoever.

He could have some value as ballast - to be jettisoned whenever necessary or desirable.

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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Great article.

I've seen many take the machine-gun approach:- fire off 299 shots and one will hit the target.

Lack of (spare) funds keep me wedded to my film kit (2 F4s & 1 F-801s bodies) and I shoot Fujichrome: Cost also means each shot is generally considered - but not of course, always successful. Still enjoy it & find it relaxing - and my faithful old Coolscan V lets me share with friends and family.

It's obviously different for a Pro, when you need to put food on the table & keep the wolf from the door, but as an amateur, I honestly don't think it matters a damn what you use if - a) you enjoy it , and b) you're happy with your results.

Chill:- and enjoy!

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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@NumptyScrub - Re: I genuinely do not understand...

"...Confidence tricksters, banking institutions, politicians...all exploit"

A degree of tautology there, perhaps?

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EC antitrust cops raid offices of Philips, Samsung, others

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Err...

...if they're all competing against each other to see who can be the most anti-competitive, will it stand up in court?

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Developer unleashes bowel-shaking KILLER APP for Google Glass

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Re: Austin Powers App

"...I and every other bloke would end up using it for "ZOOMING IN" on women's "TITS"..."

Even Graham Norton?

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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

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That headline...

"SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it"...

Is the first line of El Reg's Oath of Allegiance "Hate Apple & be superior"?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: So that's one fondleslab

I was a sales support techie in 1980 for Burroughs Computers. All salesmen (Burroughs & others) repeated the mantras regarding "The paperless office".

Most of them even believed it...

So, pardon me if almost 35 years later, as I sit surrounded by printers & reams of paper, I say when I hear comments like "touchscreen phones and tablets are going to replace the personal computer" my thoughts are along the lines of "We'll see:- time will tell..."

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Re: Looking on the bright side....

Quite true - although I'm a Mac user, I keep two separate & offline clones of my boot drive, so in the event of any incursion by the ungodly (there may always be some zero day exploit) I can boot from one of my backups (the most recent) and reformat & re-clone to the boot drive.

It's a bit of a faff, but it has become second nature to me: incremental backups to clones are pretty quick, - and I NEVER let the system remember passwords for any sensitive or financial info, or store card numbers for me.

Better 30 mins/week than letting these arseholes really spoil my day.

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

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Re: My Little Pony...

Earlier than that...

Private Eye had a cartoon of a sweet little girl with a "My Little Pony" stable on the table, next to her Dennis the Menace of a brother who had a toy building with a "My Little Knacker's Yard" sign affixed.

If my memory serves me correctly, this was early-mid 1970's...

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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Re: Solutions looking for a problem

@Amorous Cowherder

Almost ditto - but I'm still enamoured of both my 20yr old Nikon F4s bodies - hell, I also use my F-801s too. I shoot Fujichrome and send my exposed films off. If I want to get all arty-farty, then I have a Coolscan V - but I don't feel the urge to go digital quite yet. I'm due to retire (or more likely, semi-retire) in early 2015: maybe I'll relearn B&W processing as I have fond memories of darkrooms. I'd do it now, but I just really don't have the time.

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What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

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It's the norm these days...

If you can't find real bait for a trollfest, manufacture it artificially.

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Thai man reportedly dies clutching his scorched iPhone 4S

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Since you insist...

...on using Kiddietalk like (Cr)Apple, might one point out your omission in not referring to the EU(SSR)?

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Re: Is it only iPhones..?

Have only iPhone users using cheap third-party chargers shuffled off this mortal coil?

Or is it not deemed worthy of reporting Sony/Samsung/HTC/Motorola etc. users who have departed via the same route?

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Ditch your boring iPhone for a hot Android piece, says Google's TOTALLY UNBIASED Eric Schmidt

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Re: To be fair...

..and he stayed at each of those companies until he was found out, perchance?

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Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

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Re: @Tom7

2 thumbs down? There must be lawyers reading El Reg,

Our (and the Merkins) legal system has developed to administer the law.

Justice might have been an intent when drafting and passing laws, but the legal system is there to administer and enforce the law as is, not as should be.

Failure of the law to reflect justice is a failure by the legislators (aka politicians).

And when was the last time politicians screwed up..?

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@Tom7

It's been one hell of a long time since the legal system - in the US or the UK - had much to do with Justice.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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criticism in the US press... of the Slate 21 for lacking an accelerometer or a GPS chip but frankly that’s daft

Not at all, old lad.

Fit an accelerometer to it, and if it's sensitive enough, the Slate 21 will give you advance warning when you and your house are about to slide into the Pacific or the abyss.

They could even charge a premium for the "Slate 21 - San Andreas model"

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US govt cuts squeeze crucial computer science, shoot country in foot

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Re: Aww, US budget cuts could be simple ;-)

@Symon

select them at random?

Well, it's a novel idea;- and you've have to be 'selecting' in some pretty dubious places to end up with anything as hopeless as the shower we've got!

Before anyone accuses me of tribalism, let me say I have an equal view of ALL political parties, and it is one of utter contempt for all of them in their present form.

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Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

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Re: Where's "rate this article gone"?

You get an up vote for knowing the Buffs (all the way back from '67 - when I was but a callow 17yr old...)

Come to think of it, kudos to Mr Leyden, too.

Now where's that "ageing hippie" icon?

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Capita: We WILL be more accountable for our services

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"More accountable"?

Accountable to whom?

Another meaningless piece of disinformation.

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Barclays Online OFFLINE: UK bank site, mobile app go titsup for the evening

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Re: Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

Calling Banks "Cunts" is like calling cattle "bovine".

Damn close to tautology.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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Re: We've covered all the primary colours so what' next?

Maybe it is, but it's still a component colour of the rainbow.

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Re: "Blue light of death" is boring...

@AC 23:12

Don't see anything specifying "Human"...

Could be a commentard from Wales, or New Zealand or similar...

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Underage teens' Facebook posts are still FACE ACHE ads ... bitch

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But

"She repeatedly insisted that Facebook cared deeply about the privacy of its 1.2 billion worldwide user base"...

...and I could repeatedly insist that the moon is made of green cheese. Still doesn't make it so.

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GCHQ tracks diplomats' hotel bookings to plant bugs, say leaked docs

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Re: Version 1.0 all your base belong us

Such "ladies of the night in Moscow" coming into contact (oo-er, missus) with Clinton would definitely have been KGB/FSB (depending upon when) operatives, anyway.

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Apple iOS 7 security bug allows fiendish wags to easily empty your wallet

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"...The Cupertino idiot-tax operation..."

...as reported by the Laystall Street kiddie-scribble operation...

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Deep beneath MELTING ANTARCTIC ice: A huge active VOLCANO

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Re: Volcanos?

"Not the Germans *again*...

Natürlich:- Lebensraum unter dem Schnee

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But wait...

What if one of your list gets Simon Cowell first..?

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NORKS breaks ground on new high-tech industrial park

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@Don Jefe Re: "as well as a power plant"

And there's me thinking that nice Mr Putin had "altruism" written all over him...

Interesting how he wants the status & position of a Czar, but with the effective power of his old KGB chief...

Plus ça change

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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Oh well,

That means that anything to do with Scunthorpe is now going to be unfindable on the webs...

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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Re: There is a simple solution....

Yes, but scanned for what?

I've lost count of the number of friends/acquaintances who have installed AV on my advice, then complained two years later that their PC has nasties on it.

No, of course they haven't kept their virus defs up to date - too much like hard work - despite the fact that (I thought) I'd drummed it into them that it was a necessity.

Who knows how up-to-date GMail's scanning is? Sure, it's helpful:- but don't become complacent and totally rely on it.

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