* Posts by Captain Hogwash

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

Captain Hogwash

Re: second hand vaping

Neither I nor the article stated that second hand vaping is harmless. The article simply said that vaping is harmless. Studies highlighted in a recent BBC Horizon programme suggest that this might not be the case.

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Re: Vaping is harmless

Steady on old chap. This is not known for certain. What is known is that it is very much less harmful than smoking. But it is probably naive to assume it is benign. For the record, I am a former smoker who has much to thank vaping for and is very pleased to be living in England.

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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Re: I don't think he mean't it literally.

However the choice of analogy is telling.

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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Re: Why would you want to flash a custom ROM?

Read the rest of the post. As long as updates came as often as necessary I wouldn't. The ability to flash a custom ROM is required for when the updates stop coming but the hardware is still OK and a custom ROM for that hardware is still actively supported.

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WTF?

Re: bend over or check out

That's an appalling defeatist attitude! Live free or die trying!

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Re: Great for companies! @Copen

You're right. I'd forgotten about Truecaller. I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S3 with CM11 which has none of that nonsense. But it was hard work getting it to its current state and the real point of my comment is that I should be able to buy something like that on a current hardware generation without having to hack it, void warranty, etc.

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FAIL

This got my hopes up

...and then dashed them with the inability to (i) install apps from e.g. f-droid (ii) flash a custom ROM.

The latter wouldn't matter so much if regular updates came for as long as one should reasonably expect the hardware to last. But the former is a deal breaker. Phone manufacturers, what's so hard to understand? I want a phone over which I have control. Basically what I want is to be able to buy modern flagship specced hardware running Cyanogen OS or equivalent without the Google services. I'll then add f-droid and whatever goodies I find useful that are available there.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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stranger than fungus?

Good name for a band.

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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Re: Who's Brenda? @Oor Nonny-Muss

Thanks for the explanation.

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WTF?

Who's Brenda?

Brenda is not a diminutive form of Elizabeth, but an entirely different name. So I'm rather confused.

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Blighty's SMB tech ranks bitterly divided on Brexit

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Childcatcher

If we leave...

...mustachioed, top-hatted, be-caped Tory villains will be stuffing little boys up chimneys before you can say "competitive". I exaggerate but you get the point.

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Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

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Coffee/keyboard

Playmobil do fish now?

Who knew?

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Tay talks back: What made you think you beat me?

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you shall never know the thrill of reading "The Tempest" or "King Lear"

...or William McGonagall

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Pornography, violence and JG Ballard: High Rise, the 1970s' internet

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Plus ca change

The 1970s was a period of social stagnation in the UK, when when the country saw itself as either falling apart or sliding under the heel of a new fascist boot.

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Subjects! Speek your branes to Parliament on the Snoopers' Charter

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Unhappy

Re: I want a None of the Above option at the next election

Once this has gone through there might not be another election. As most have noted, Labour want this just as much as the Tories. Remember Gordon Brown's 'government of all the talents'? Seemed to me at the time that that might have been code for 'one party state'.

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UK Snoopers' Charter crashes through critics into the next level

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Re: Two-headed Beast

Two asses would indeed have two heads.

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Re: This:

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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WTF?

Re: that way its alphabetical and chronological

Huh?

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: "much-vaulted"

I assumed they were frequently installed incorrectly, maybe with an exposed live contact.

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Megaphone

It's the tracking stupid!

The other stuff is annoying but not the primary reason for blocking.

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Cisco's purple princesses gush workplace joy

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They're being duped

...into believing they're expressing their individuality whereas in reality they are slowly adopting the uniform of S.H.A.D.O. Slinky tinfoil catsuits to be encouraged next as Cisco continues to monitor alien transmissions.

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Pubs good for the soul: Official

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Coat

Re: Larger

"It could be a golden or a blonde. However, judging by the lack of head it's probably not."

I do like a larger blonde with plenty of head.

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GCHQ spies quashed this phone encryption because it was too good against snoopers

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Holmes

Re: "thought that was the intent of Western policy, but perhaps I have been niave..."

"Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."

George Orwell

1984

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: Nibiru...

The UFO people? I really don't see why members of the United Fruitcake Outlet would be interested in astronomy.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Re: "Whatever that means"

The recent scent of joss sticks and the sound of whale-song around the offices of The Register?

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Free Wi-Fi for the NHS, promises health secretary Jeremy Hunt

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Pint

Re: Your just a complainer who jumps to their keyboard

I don't care about the man but, yes. Yes I do want the woman sitting next to me in the waiting room to be watching porn on the hospital wifi.

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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Facepalm

Knights in rusty armour

"...It is highly intrusive for this data to be retained just in case we commit a crime in the future..."

Just in case we are suspected of committing a crime surely?

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Cyber cop: Snoopers' Charter tag is offensive. Maybe we need a 'yes to snooping' tickbox?

Captain Hogwash

Tick box?

That was mentioned but not explained. What would the tick box be for?

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'Govt will not pass laws to ban encryption' – Baroness Shields

Captain Hogwash

Re: Where are we getting "banning encryption" from?

Mandatory key disclosure doesn't guarantee that a message can be read by the authorities. The penalty for non-disclosure might be significantly less onerous than that for any crime revealed to have been committed if the key is disclosed. Guess what people will do under such circumstances.

Encryption circumventing malware? Maybe.

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Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

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Flying Lion

Did anyone else first read that as Flying Low? Made me wonder about the quality of what comes out of the tap.

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Terror, terror everywhere: Call the filter police, there's a madman (or two) in town

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Holmes

Government crackdown on internet freedom.

More on that story later. In other news: Government hopes £30billion of investment will come out of Chinese president Xi Jinping four-day state visit to UK.

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Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

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So that's what Ned Flanders was talking about. Thanks for clearing it up.

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Child abuse, drug sales, terrorism fears: Why cops halted a library's Tor relay ... for a month

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@PeterGriffin. Is that your real name or did you make a conscious choice to use the name of the primary buffoon in an animated sitcom? Just asking.

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US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node

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Nuts, Iowa, etc.

They're from outer space. They just work in Iowa.

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Robots, schmobots. The Rise of the Machines won't leave humanity on the dole

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Unhappy

Re: care homes

I'm looking forward to getting my backside wiped by some bitter, resentful so-and-so who thinks they ought to be a rock star. Assuming I can keep my job from robotisation long enough to be able to pay for the privilege of course.

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Re: The Rhoomba

I'd love to see a Roomba dance the Rhumba.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Re: turn our electronics on for verification

Security drone: Please turn on you electronic device for verification.

Suicidally inclined Ne'er do well: With pleasure.

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

Captain Hogwash

Re: Plates matter

Area alone wouldn't result in a very good approximation though. Pancakes, which those strange transatlantic types consider to be a breakfast food, can be stacked much higher than peas, which I consider to be a breakfast food.

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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Meh

Sexism?

I've seen this on several online publications today. This woman appears to assume that such devices will be produced only to satisfy the needs of heterosexual males. I suspect that models will be available for all tastes and genders (if any at all are.) For the record, I have no interest in using these things for their intended purpose if any are ever built. However I would be happy to contribute code for appropriate remuneration.

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Heigh ho, oh no! Politically correct panto dumps Snow White’s dwarfs

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WTF?

Re: "it's only ever manufactured in countries predominantly peopled with whites"

Such as Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan to name but four.

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

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Re: There's no arguing about aircon temp

There's rather more to this than clothing weight. Everyone here is happily wearing t-shirts but I'm freezing with a jumper and jacket on. As for context switching, if you are a software engineer then it's a way of life and doesn't require the help of a change of clothes.

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Octogenarian accused of performing sex act with a SHRUBBERY

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Re: Really...

Consent should not be assumed. Unless it was the same species as the singing bush from The Three Amigos I'd imagine the shrub was unable to give consent.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

Captain Hogwash

Re: But your pessimism is unjustified

In my experience with technology companies pessimism is never unjustified.

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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Joke

Re: Excessive

NASA = Norfolk Area Space Agency?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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prepped in advance

So you're saying they're good cold? That sounds ideal.

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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

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Re: Sonos speakers don't have an input cable

But the Sonos Connect does.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

Captain Hogwash

Some great suggestions from commentards

But the only character who impressed me so much as a boy in the seventies that I asked my mum to cut my hair like that was Spock.

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Coat

Ringing birds is best left to the RSPB.

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