* Posts by Throatwobbler Mangrove

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: National Identity Card

"You can use the card to sign an electronic document in a legally binding way, for example. That's in itself is something many people might find very useful."

Not really in Britain, it's not. Documents "signed" by email or using e-signatures are already legally binding (in almost all cases - there are certainly some exceptions).

I don't know anything about Estonian law but I assume (!) it's a civil law country in which notaries public are used to record/formalise contracts, leases etc fairly regularly. If the electronic ID card replaces that need and they already have a mandatory ID card system - well, great, I suppose.

But in the UK, ID cards and electronic voting are solutions looking for a problem. We got on fine without them. Paper voting is cheap, easy and works pretty well. It's no surprise that the biggest proponents are like Malloch-Brown, who sells the machines!

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Bigfoot?

"2.1429 Linguine"

That's about 1.9 Biros, isn't it?

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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but maybe close enough?

El Reg's original report noted that services across London were affected and "Holborn is home to a BT switching station".

OTOH, this is all premised on a comment by a retired cop who has never heard of an electricity network fire that large. I don't think he's lying, but would he have heard of it? I mean, it would be a bit more meaningful if a power network manager (or whatever) said they'd never heard of a fire that size. If a network engineer said he'd never heard of a diamond theft that big, no-one would pay much attention because her/his expertise isn't in that field...

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Regulation

But it's a load of bollocks. The organisation that publishes the most "health and safety myths" press releases each year is...the HSE.

It's nonsense that cheese rollers are restricted. Jump off cliffs, ride mountain bikes down steep hills, run through moors at night - it's all out there for you to do.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Load of Hype

"I've heard worse stories about the video game industry."

You are Steve Bong and I claim my ringfenced unicorn.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: I did watch Panorama

"The 1% are terrified of a similar situation that happened in the old Soviet Union in the early 90's happening elsewhere."

What, you mean a situation where practically the whole wealth of a state is transferred into the hands of a tiny number of people for nothing? Yeah, I bet they're petrified...

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Hmmm... a conumdrum

"the BBC offers no solution for the miners except take away their income..."

Your comment is like the section in the original article that said:

"And if we decide that we're just not going to buy our tin from there any more then this option won't exist and they'll have to fall back onto those worse ones. It's hard to see how this would make the world a better place."

Both of these suggestions are remarkably stupid. This is not a binary BUY/DON'T BUY situation; there is a third option, which is to keep buying but improve transparency, introduce monitoring, raise labour standards, raise environmental standards, remove the corruption, keep people employed. This is exactly the same process that is happening with textiles over the last two decades after the sweatshop campaigns, with diamonds after the Kimberley Process, with forestry and so on. There is nothing new or radical about this proposition.

You and Tim Worstall would, in 19th Century Lancashire, presumably be suggesting that if little Timmy is stopped from working at t'mill with a pretty good chance of losing a finger a week, linens won't get made and everyone will be out of a job. History shows otherwise.

To turn the question around - are you seriously suggesting that a supply chain with systemic labour abuse, environmental damage, theft and corruption is the best and only arrangement?

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(By the way, I don't think it's the BBC's job to offer solutions for fixing Apple's supply chain any more than it is their job to propose a solution to the war in Syria. Panorama is a news reporting programme - they report the news.)

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

right - and also, it's presumably the 25% of Scotland's territory where practically no-one lives. It's not 25% of the population of Scotland that only gets a 2G signal most of the day.

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Fire fighters call for no-drone zone around bushfires

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Re: Commandeer

"Maybe they should just commandeer those drones and use them for observation. "

In principle that's not a bad idea, but in practice I would have thought your average Rural Fire Service firefighter in the middle of a bushfire has better things to do (like stay alive and protect life and property) than firing up the ol' Acer laptop and trying to hack CSI-style into some inconsiderate person's drone.

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Aussie feds consider job offer to 'LulzSec leader' who wasn't

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Mushroom

Re: tool

" largest terror raid in AU history occurred just a few months ago."

...and many valuable plastic swords were seized...

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Doomed

"chewing broken glass would be more fun than suggesting she 'go to the desktop'."

But how am I going to go to the desktop when I'm sitting on the couch?

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Me GIVE you $14 SQUILLION gadziddly-DILLION

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: My Dear Mr. Dabbs,

I think you're off the mark.

On one hand, the person to whom you're responding has obviously completely misconstrued the "Dewey" joke. The joke is that the firm's name sounds like "Do we cheat 'em? And how!", which doesn't work if you pronounce Dewey with a J.

On the other hand, if you don't see how raking over tired Shylock and "media control" stereotypes is anti-Semitic, then you're bonkers (and probably haven't read much Shakespeare, either).

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Doing the maths

Surely the cap would have been per user per month, not per ISP per month...? At least, that's the only way I can see to give sense to it.

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Screw the guvmint, vows CEO of ubiquitous Korean jabber app KakaoTalk

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Government Spying

It was also a military dictatorship until fairly recently. There's a good reason to be worried about the state having access to your private communications.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Overrated

Blimey - you ploughed through all TEN books thinking that? I'd have binned it after the second one at the latest...

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Similarly...

...I got so fed up with morons yelling that I now carry a large machete that I wave at people that whose behaviour I don't care for. It has a range of about 25m, and now I can travel on Public Transport in peace and quiet (once the initial screaming has subsided). it's also useful in meetings, at the cinema or theatre and so on. It's (sort of) antisocial I suppose, but a lot less antisocial than being assailed by the usual racket made by people going about their normal lives in public places.

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

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They should sack everyone involved immediately...

...as a detergent to future saboteurs.

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Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative'

Throatwobbler Mangrove

It doesn't make sense because Brisbane isn't a heavily populated metropolitan area by any global standard - it's a poxy 2 million people that's a day's truck drive away from the next market of any significance, which is Sydney. In addition to being small, Brisbane also has high wages and high shipping costs - three things that are anathema to Amazon's model.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

I will eat my Amazon drone-delivered hat if Amazon has the slightest intention of moving into the grocery biz in Brisbane. If just doesn't make logistical sense.

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Really?

"How many commentards have even *seen* a cheque in, say, the last 10-15 years?"

At home, never. At work (not a large office), we probably receive and send hundreds of the freaking things a month. We send and receive more electronic payments than that, obviously.

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Sonos burns its Bridges: Our home-grown Wi-Fi mesh will do

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Eh?

This article seems a bit...advertorial-y.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: A US perspective

"I'm guessing the last is due to recent immigrants' being less able to navigate the odd requirements from establishing themselves as independent operators"

You're having a giraffe, ain't ya? NYC cabbies are all already independent operators (not employees) and Uber/Lyft wouldn't survive if recent immigrants weren't signing providing the labour - just as they have for the last three decades of taxi driving.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: What about the unlicensed ones?

Right - Uber says that there is an insurance policy in place, but there's no guarantee that the driver will actually claim on it. When an Uber driver rearended my friend's car (in which I was a passenger), the Uber driver called up and claimed on his domestic policy.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Where do I begin?

"I am familiar with rent control in New York City. This is a very expensive place to live...Rent control is the only way many can afford to live there."

Respectfully, you and the author of the article conflate "New York City" with "desirable parts of Manhattan". There are plenty of apartments in NYC that are affordable or even cheap, but they're in the outer suburbs or in undesirable parts of Manhattan.

Rent Control operates primarily in Manhattan to give a relatively small number of tenants cheaper accommodation. In my entirely anecdotal observation, many of those tenants are middle class desk workers who could afford market rent (although TBF that might just reflect the fact that I mostly hung out with other middle class desk workers). It also creates lucrative opportunities for rent controlled tenants to illegally sublet their apartments to people who pay more-or-less market rate - so the tenant gets the cream for free.

There might be an argument for preserving social diversity through intervention in the market like rent control - but I don't think that rent control in NYC really achieves that and I don't think there has been a real discussion about who pays the cost of that (coz nothing comes for free).

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Big content seeks specialist court for copyright cases

Throatwobbler Mangrove

"The former Federal Magistrates' Court, renamed the Federal Circuit Court in 2013, provides an appropriate template, since its purpose is to offer streamlined procedures as an alternative to the Family Court of Australia"

Did you mean that the Fed Circuit Court is supposed to be an alternative to the FEDERAL Court of Australia? I didn't think that the Fed Family Court and Fed Circuit Court both had jurisdiction to hear family law matters.

I don't think the comparison to the budget of the Fed Circuit Court bears much examination, frankly - it does far more than a Federal Pirating Court ever would. But in any case this government isn't going to be very interested in setting up new microcourts - they've only just finished amalgamating all the specialist admin tribunals into the AAT. (And it's a terrible idea to start with).

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: kmpl? WTF?

Surely the Reg-appropriate measure of fuel efficiency would be how many times a full tank could take you around the coastline of Wales?

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Tesla: YES – We'll build a network of free Superchargers in Oz

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Things in Australia can be very far part, but the population is very concentrated in a few small places.

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: A fair cop

"The ATO has also made it hard to pay employees in Bitcoin..."

It's not hard, you just have to pay tax, just like you'd have to pay tax whenever you pay your employees, surely?

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Uggly

...and this is nothing like a civil war based on religion.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: The Alcosense Lite

"I can still see the point of a gadget that let’s you know where you stand viz-a-viz the long arm of the law."

The breathalyzer shoulda been used on the proofreader ;)

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

Throatwobbler Mangrove

"When you're not watching telly, the system can also turn the TV into a digital picture frame, showing photos stored on Google Drive or from the web in a continuously changing background mode."

Sounds tacky.

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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: 10% of Samsung global revenue

"It would be like the government taking your car if you park in front of a fire hydrant. "

It would be more like the courts taking two wheels off your car after you formed a conspiracy with other drivers to make sure all the hydrants in town were blocked by cars.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: We need a follow up story

There's an excellent post on Kalzumeus about the assumptions that programmers (and plenty of other people) make about names and how they're often wrong: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/

You say "1 word made-up name" but plenty of people in the world only have one name - e.g. about 20%-ish of Indonesians.

http://www.ibtimes.com/sukarno-suharto-megawati-why-do-some-indonesians-have-only-one-name-1408204

You might think that that is a cultural oddity of no real significance but the Indonesian market is 245 million people and its economy grew 6-ish% last year. In my finest South Park ski instructor voice: if your social media can't handle the names of your new user base, you're gonna have a bad time.

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Murders?

You're trying to be funny but it's callous and incorrect to suggest that murder victims brought their deaths upon themselves by engaging in illegal activity. (And it's not even what happens in The Wire).

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Decisions, decisions

if it had a built-in VPN client, it would be an AMAZING business travellers' tool - no more crappy overpriced hotel movies and local TV!

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Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Okay...

That's not so much contentious as incomprehensible.

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Joke no more: Comedy virty currency Dogecoin gets real in big Xmas heist

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Hmm...

"Hasn't happened for a long time (certainly not since we went off the "gold standard"). "

S/he knows that, which is why s/he wrote "AT ONE TIME if you took a fiver into Bank of England"...

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Boffin

"The Crown Estate, an arm of the British government,"

As a tedious pedant tosser, I want to point out that the Crown Estate is not an arm of the government, it's an arm of, err, the Crown. http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/about-us/faqs/

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Corruption cops warn on old-school project management

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: They forgot one bullet-point ...

Not a terribly useful comment - unless the state stops using IT entirely, it's going to have to procure IT.

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Two more counties to get gov-funded bumpkin broadband from... guess?

Throatwobbler Mangrove

no, no, no

they mean banoffee.

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Russia's post-Snowden spooks have not reverted to type

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Original Izvestia article

There is a hidden story but its not the Snowden one. Obscure product + weird supplier + remarkably high price paid = bent government procurement.

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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Woah! Hold on there!

"Other than Apple's online store, the rest of Russia's trade in Apple kit is through the black market,"

Black market is not the right phrase for the huge number of independent mobile phone shops and online retailers in Russia. Just because they're not official Apple distributors or whatever it doesn't mean they're engaged in any illegal or immoral activity. Grey importing is not a crime.

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Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices

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Facepalm

Re: +1 to Computercenter

You still don't get it. Whether or not Computercentre had "legal reason to assume" the offices were unoccupied (a legal principle which you appear to have invented) is irrelevant when they had actual knowledge that the offices were occupied.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove
Facepalm

Re: +1 to Computercenter

"Computercenter...had legal reason to assume the property was not occupied. As such, they have every right to do what they wanted to the property."

Assumptions had sod all to do with it. Computercenter knew that there were people living there - that's the whole reason they employed the "consultant". RTFA.

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A woman in IT is like a dog who speaks: Rare. A woman in IT security?

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Joke

Ma ütlen, ma ütlen, ma ütlen ...

...mul ei ole nina.

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Joke

Re: names

I woudn't bother putting too much thought into it, it's obviously vapourware.

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Oz opposition says to stop hackers first stop refugee boats

Throatwobbler Mangrove
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Re: @Anon 2:38

"If you've passed through several countries willing to take you in and offer you safety, you realistically cease to be a refugee."

Go on then - name the countries between here and Sri Lanka or Afghanistan that offer safe refuge to Sri Lankan or Afghan asylum seekers. There's a reason why people go to so much trouble to arrive in Australia instead of staying in Thailand or Indonesia, and it's not the Air Miles.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: nothing like old fashioned racism

"The obsession with the boats is costing $3.2 BILLION!!! This is plain lunacy!!"

We all know that Labor couldn't manage a PUIAB but it's pretty impressive that the Coalition (who supposedly espouse small government and Australian jobs) are also so keen for a system which shovels quite so much Australian money outside Australia and provides quite so much employment for foreigners.

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Belarus becomes world's top country ... for SPAM

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Headmaster

"7.45 per cent from the Ukraine..."

No - not "the Ukraine", just "Ukraine". The definite article is not just redundant but wrong. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18233844

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