* Posts by Richard Parkin

63 posts • joined 3 Nov 2008

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Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

Richard Parkin

Re: Don't worry.

Google will pay for it and for the doors through it.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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reform the voting system

Which is why one of the things needed is to reform the voting system so individual MPs are less secure in their seats and voters have more power than the parties. However a sensible first step was rejected overwhelmingly by the great unwashed.

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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Hearing aids

Aren't wristwatches and spectacles wearable tech and if you say it has to be electronic what about hearing aids?

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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iPhoto still works with El Capitain

As subject

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iPad bricked by iOS 9.3? Don't worry, we'll get through this together

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No problem here

I have an iPad2 on the beta channel and it updated without problems and an iPhone 4s also no problems, so it's a bit odd that it only affects some. What are you people installing on your iThings that borks them?

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What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

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Assault on battery

The FBI are aiming at being able to cause the battery to explode, preferably when a call is made.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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Nobody complained before ...

I don't see what all the fuss is about. Before the Internet all mail was opened and copied at the Post Office before being redealed and delivered and nobody complained then.Or was it ...

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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If you don't like the political system how did you vote in the AV Referendum?

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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

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Pint

"Here in the Reg US offices, one of our hacks has scored in the top 99th percentile for Neanderthal DNA, with it making up 3 per cent of his genetics. Thankfully he's a non-smoker who's a happy chap at heart." So good of him to pose for your headline picture. Give him a beer.

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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The continent's highest court ...

"The continent's highest court", well that's inaccurate.

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Firing a water rocket to 1km? Piece of cake

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Rules don't say how much water

Rules quote dry weight but say nothing about quantity of water, because water ...

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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The author has the right idea but the wrong reasons. We need to search out intelligent life in other systems and destroy it before it come here and does for us!

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LastPass's password-shuffling rival Dashlane gets a makeover

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Re: How is it on Mobile?

1Password is available on Android now

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: We aren't going to agree on the best phone

". And who knew a smartphone was going to do all this stuff?" Steve Jobs, obviously. Let the down votes commence ...

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Janet pulls open network info for good after DDoSers exploit it

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Re: Crocodylia

@ davemcwish

"@Martin-73 @Richar@dJones1

I'm assuming that you reside by the coast and have the requite saltwater typically favoured (but not exclusively) by crocodiles. For the rest of us I'd suggest alligator."

Even the Saltwater Croc does not require salt water and there are plenty of other freshwater croc species.

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Roundworm infection increases female fertility

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Hookworms

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminthic_therapy

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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

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Allow entry of long password but secretly truncate

The worst experience I have had was a site that allowed me to enter a long password but then ignored any characters beyond 11 without informing me. Troy Hunt has cited some examples of this too.

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TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details

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Re: She's not telling the truth

"Now what talk talk should do is let ANYONE leave them without contract penalties " doesn't solve anything as they still have your details, as has been discussed here you are now an ex customer. If you cancel anything it should be your bank/credit card account.

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Get James Bond in here: 13 million account passwords plundered from 000webhost

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@alien overlord. He was not asking for information (he already had the list) but was trying to alert them to the breach.

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Look out, world! Apple is about to launch .apple

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Re: Boring

@messele and AC above. Quotation marks are intended to indicate quotations. If you had read the article you would have recognised the quote. It is the sentiment expressed in the article that I find boring.

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Boring

"Although fanbois are likely to get very excited over the idea of domain names ending in "apple" (they tend to get excited over literally anything that Apple does)"

Maybe, but not so excited as El Reg when it finds a Apple story. It's all getting a bit boring. If it wasn't for the recipes I'd have to stop looking in.

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Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

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Because it's on the beta channel.

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So once again we find El Reg readers can't perform backups and upgrades. My iPhone 4s and iPad Air2 are working flawlessly on iOS9 and my old iPad 2 which has been running flawlessly on the beta version is now on iOS 9.1 with no problems.

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Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

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If they are so numerous suck them up with giant vacuum cleaners and feed the compressed mass to the reindeer - or export to China where they are probably a delicacy.

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Releasing Grey Squirrels

I think it is illegal to release a G Squirrel once captured in England.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Re: 5000 years

Foxes and rabbits indeed but even more like rabbits and myxomatosis. The problem I had was with Tim's picture of 5000 years of cooperation by what he calls Mongolian shepherds. Even today anyone who watches television will have seen that "shepherd" is not a good description of the mounted, armed Mongolian nomads. We are also told that they were a byword for tribal conflict prior to the arrival of the Genghis Khan. Maybe the last 1000 years has been relatively peaceful - for them if not for the rest of Eurasia but the previous 4000 not so much :-(

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Richard Parkin

Re: 5000 years

Maybe. I know what the effect of the BD was but the world is a different place now.

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5000 years

I'm unconvinced by your examples of Mongolian shepherds and nomads. Unless there is evidence to the contrary, it seems to me more likely that over a 5000 year time scale their populations have varied for the same reasons that animal populations rise and fall. In those marginal environments climate variation will control population. A few successive hard winters or dry summers can wipe out whole families by starvation or being forced to sell their livestock and adopt a different lifestyle. The recent succession of droughts in the Sahel exemplify this. In richer environments disease may cause a similar effect - eg the Black Death.

It is interesting to speculate what will happen when a virus appears that is as lethal as Ebola and as infectious as influenza.

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Surviving Hurricane Katrina: A sysadmin's epic DR (as in Didn't Realise) odyssey

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Guns

@J Hindle "the only people carrying were the bloody criminals" so just like being back home in the UK!

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Mr Dabbs gives the impression of not suffering fools gladly back then, who knew ..

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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I don't see why El Reg contacted the RSPCA for comments which inevitably produced irrelevant remarks about primate pets in UK.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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Sort out your Psittacula krameri from your Myiopsitta monachus before writing article!

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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If it is just screwed to the outside of the door it is going to get stolen. Camera etc needs to be outside and the rest inside and wired to the mains.

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Re: I'm a republican…

Being a republican is not the same as being a non-conformist though in your case it may be the same as being a foul-mouthed idiot. I always felt that the point about Philip's message and Charles's messages being broken into was that if they could do it to them they could do it to us. As proved to be the case.

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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Re: Put four rounded corners together

Don't Formula 1 cars have rectangular steering wheels these days?

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Apple preps to DUMP crappy, sluggish iPhoto FOR GOOD

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Re: I've had a look at this

There is no substitute for Aperture for organising photo - I've tried the others. Aperture still works of course and I think I'll just continue using it since we can always run the required OS in a VM.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Ordnance Survey online maps require Silverlight

As subject

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Re: I Thought the Reg was an IT mag.

As noted in the article, the Gtech can be plugged into a PC.

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Police in U-turn as 'shop a gun-owner' hotline is scrapped

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Right not privilege

It is my understanding that owning a shotgun is a right which the police have the power to negate on reasonable grounds. Has that been changed?

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

Richard Parkin

How do they recommend that you remember which long passphrase belongs to which site?

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Richard Parkin

Just use 1Password

Just use 1Password.

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California blue whale numbers soar to historical levels, say boffins

Richard Parkin

Re: It's a success story with an important lesson...

Though the reduction in numbers may have led to a loss of genetic diversity which may not show up for years/centuries and may lead to extinction..

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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My own first name is on the banned list. Do I have case for surfing Virginmedia inder Human Rights Act?

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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@Rich11 - GK Chesterton got there before you

1908 The Man Who Was Thursday.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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1Password

Just use 1Password.

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Apple updates OS X Mavericks, iTunes, Podcasts for iOS

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Downcast

I gave up on the Podcasts app mainly because it would not play just one and then stop (maybe that has changed) and have used Downcast app ever since.

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

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Grocer (no not her)

I seem to remember that a diet almost exclusively of chickpeas etc damages the nervous system so maybe not suitable commercial weight loss exploitation though I like the idea. I think these side effects of pulses are only seen in the poor who are eating them to excess, if that is not a contradiction.

Regarding old and hard chickpeas needing longer cooking, that applies to all pulses so this is exactly the wrong time of year to find good quality ones. Your grocer (remember them?) is your friend an will be able to tell you how ancient the pulses are that he is selling at any one time.

Curiously, the older peas are more expensive if you are buying them for poultry feed as they lose more and more water each year they are kept and thus have a higher protein content per kilo. Same principle as salami etc.

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Shrunken buttocks

If you are advocating that the poor should live on daily chickpeas, just be aware of Lathyrism which causes shrunken buttocks and other symptoms.

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Descriptive Camera develops text instead of images

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...as pointless as a ... pedal-powered wheelchair

See

http://flic.kr/p/8dVjM3

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