* Posts by Intractable Potsherd

2359 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

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Re: No systemic problem?

Quashing of any criminal proceedings is high on the list as well. There are people with undeserved criminal records - arguably as bad as the financial implications.

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Hack biz rivals or hire cyber-warriors and we'll shut you down, warns EU

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Re: "fail to prevent staff" ?

Yep - it does look like we are all now extensions of our employers, who must now monitor every IT activity we do. The concept of "private time", or time when we are not the responsibility of our employers just went out of the window.

This is going to lead to some popcorn sessions, I think. Better get the armchair ready.

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France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

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Re: I'll bet this shitze don't fly

Ahhhh, ignore it, ratfox - it is just one of the usual IP trolls that come here every time to post from the same script. I'm don't know exactly who employs them, but at least one will show up every time.

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Universities teach us a thing or two about BYOD

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Re: Eduroam, and similar @Matthew 3

"... most academics respect the skills and experience of their IT staff ..."

Well, true in many cases. Personally, the IT folk are high on my list of people (departmental and central) to make acquaintance with within the first week in a new place - partly because I enjoy the company of techies, but because I want to show my respect for them by talking to them before I have anything to ask of them. The same isn't the same of all my academic colleagues, some of whom still regard IT as an unnecessary evil ...

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Re: Security deserves more attention. @Phil W

"In most UK Universities the academic staff get any devices they need for their work provided to them, so BYOD isn't necessary."

I don't know where you get this idea from. Of the many jobs I've had in universities (lecturing and research), only one supplied me with a laptop for the work (which I was more than happy to use, even though it was a bottom-of-the-range Toshiba laptop). All the rest required (and still require) my own IT provision.

I'm intrigued what those who advocate a supplied-IT approach in universities would like to see? The only other option is to supply thousands of staff and students every year with standard equipment, creating a huge inventory and attendant stock-taking and replacement cycles. Alternatively, are you advocating that all students/staff must only use local desktops, (which shows you don't have a grasp on how learning works these days - distance-learning is a fact, guys and gals)? My current university is some 400 miles from where I live, and I need to be able to work when I'm not actually at my (non-existent) desk. So, seriously - what is your answer?

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Barnes & Noble chief walks as Nook ereader stumbles

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@h3

At what price *do* you expect customer service to be included? I'm old-fashioned enough to consider that any customer deserves service, regardless of what is being bought - a 50p tap washer customer is the same as a £100 tap customer.

Your attitude makes you part of the increasingly poor delivery of service, since you think that price is directly proportional to deserving of service.

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Your own £19 Pocket Spacecraft could be FOUND ON THE MOON

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Re: message direct from their favourite social media...

Lunar environmentalists must be the silliest form of life anywhere ...

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Re: Err

I suppose it would be wrong of me to suggest the same fate for you, for exactly the same reasons?

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Re: Reply Icon @ Anomalous Cowshed

You have a very depressing take on life. Fortunately, there are always a few outliers who know that the country is more than what the bastards in the background say it is, and want to do the right thing. These people should be treasured, not vilified.

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

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Re: Surprise, surprise

Keep your nihilism to yourself. Wish for your own destruction if that is how you feel, but not everyone else's.

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Re: of course

And there is another of your problems - one generation blaming another, and fragmenting society.

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Re: Incorrect asumption about US Public opinion.... @ AC

It is "thinking like an American" that has led to the current situation. If you'd held back from interfering in world politics post-1990, we wouldn't be in this situation.

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Re: What a jerk

And you already know my opinion of you. I gave you a chance to justify your opinion last week, so that you could join in a proper discussion, and you didn't bother. You are no better than a troll.

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Re: @AC 1336h GMT - It's all good @ andreas

+500 upvotes.

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Re: Dear Mr Snowden @ James O'Shea

You talk about insane when defending the country that has significant numbers of people that believe that the Earth is 6000 years old (or whatever), and that an old bearded guy in a bath-towel created it?

You might want to work on that argument.

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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In an educated country, the "LOL" shouldn't be needed - no-one would even think to take it seriously.

You can draw your own conclusions what I'm suggesting about you, AC.

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Re: The land of the free. My rse!

Is it ironic comment by the script-writers that has Sheldon Cooper as being from Texas??

("Big Bang Theory" reference, for those who don't know)

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Re: Texas ADULT

Lest those in the UK feel smug, remember that two ten-year-olds were tried as adults in the British courts (Robert Thompson and Jon Venables). Our Texan cousins aren't even close to that - frankly appalling - decision.

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Re: We would love too.

Good riddance. Could you work on leaving the planet, too? You wouldn't be missed.

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Run for your (private) lives! Facebook's creepy Graph Search is upon us

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No, the British Nationalist Party (BNP) are a far-right organisation. Far-left is associated with communism, which the BNP most definitely don't support.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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Re: Only a matter of time, and lack of protection. @OP AC

You sound like one of those elfin safety idiots that want to make life difficult just to gain a minor gain in safety. Mobile phones are supposed to be ... well, mobile. By the time all those "improvements" you mention were incorporated, we'd be back to the brick-phones of the early 1990s.

I can't tell if you are being serious or sarcastic, but I downvoted you just in case you *are* a genuine safety elf, because if human history had been plagued with safety elves, we wouldn't have had fire or the wheel ...

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My first thoughts as well - is it the original battery, and, if not, is it a genuine Samsung replacement?, followed by does she use the original charging mechanism, and has she "personalised" the case? These are relevant and important questions, even though any tech has a finite failure rate, and a completely genuine, properly cared-for battery has a chance of catastrophic failure.

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Of mice, the NSA, GCHQ and data protection

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Re: How SWIFT works

For these purposes, EU and EEA are interchangeable. No need to be picky.

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Investors: Oh Samsung. You need to smash those records HARDER

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It is terrifying that the economy is in the hands of such panicky, unrealistic, people as analysts and investors.

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UK data cops to Google: You've got three months to sort out privacy

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Re: Correction

No, hamster isn't right, either - have you ever been bitten by a hamster? They hurt and draw blood very effectively. I'm not sure what member of the animal kingdom would be a suitable descriptor for the ICO - watch-earthworm? Watch-woodlouse? Maybe we have to go to other branches of evolution. Watch-fungus, maybe?

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What 80/20 really means: One big failed customer will kill you

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I have never understood why "loyalty" is such a dirty word to big companies (unless they are talking about loyalty given to them). Loyalty is one of those things that tends to magnify effort, but it seems to be something that, as soon as idiot bean-counters reach a certain critical mass, goes straight out of the window.

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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Re: @Intractable Potsherd

Thanks, dogged, for the reply. It is interesting to follow the comments about Win8. I have no personal axe to grind (or hammer to ... whatever one does with hammers): Win8 won't be going on any machine of mine in the near (or far) future - I think it is a step in the wrong direction to make a "one size fits all" OS that needs fiddling (even if it is one extra click, which really it isn't) to make it work in the way I want. The default should be old>new, not the other way around.

Clearly, there are a lot of people that don't think this is trivial, though.

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Re: One vote for Steven

It's true - learning depends as much* on failure as it does on success. The importance is how one deals with failure, and the bunch of risk-averse shitwits that form the major investors in big companies always want to denigrate failure. I doubt that I would like Sinofsky, but I did appreciate the fact he was attempting something different that might have worked (especially if he had listened to some reasonable criticism).

* If not more

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Re: I'll believe in a conspiracy... @dogged

I can see that you have strong feelings about this, but why? Your ire is somewhat out of proportion to the perceived advantages of the new interface(s). Why the one-man crusade for something that you perceive as marginally better?

Seriously, there are many tools that are chosen on aesthetics - have you never chosen a car because some functional part of it looks better in some way (nicer dashboard or better seat covering - the job still done the same, but looks or feels better) for the same price? If you claim not, then you probably aren't being truthful with yourself or us.

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Going lo-tech to avoid NSA snooping? Unlucky - they read snailmail too

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Re: hmm ...

Doesn't the effectiveness of this require the (extremely odd, in my opinion) addition of the sender's address on the envelope, as in many mainland-European countries? It isn't common in the UK to do it, and so the information to be gleaned is limited.

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Re: Always be suspicious...

Having a shed doesn't mean actually having an actual construction down the garden/allotment. As long as a man has a room he can call his own, it is an honorary shed. Not as good as a real one, but it allays suspicion sufficiently.

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Mastercard and Visa block payments to Swedish VPN firms

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Re: But who leaned on Visa/MC ?

No - make the companies angry, and they will go after the source for you - much more effectively.

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Re: Who are Masercard & Visa? @ Steve Davies 3

It is interesting to watch these things. There are so many corporations that seem to be wings of the US security agencies that a whole new view of things is opening up.

Snowden tells about snooping > more people think about secure comms > credit card agencies make it difficult to use them. Coincidence? Probably not.

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells That guy @ Matt

Given your usual comments on hackers, i.e. all scum, should be found and imprisoned etc, you seem to be dangerously close to the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" fallacy!

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

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Re: And have they stopped... @ smudge

To what does your comment refer? It sound interesting.

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Crimelords: Stolen credit cards... keep 'em. It's all about banking logins now

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Re: Lazy users, lazy politicians

jacasta: five posts at the time of writing, account started on 16th June. When was Eadon nuked by the mods?

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France sets antitrust watchdog loose on Apple, raids premises

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Re: Come hir, you noti, littel Appeul @ Anomalous Cowshed

I'm sorry, Anomalous - I don't believe your story ...

... there are no *Old* Apple employees.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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"Why didn't Obama just cancel the program like he said he would in 2008?"

Because the President doesn't have the power people think he does. The power lies three steps back and two across, almost invisible. These people don't want real democracy, they are (perhaps understandably) afraid of what will be done with it (let's face it, democracy in the Middle East hasn't made things much better for many people). The whole ruling class are afraid for their lives and livelihoods, and cannot see that relaxing the amount of oppression now will settle things down. Unfortunately, countries like the UK and USA are on the brink of serious, sustained civil disobedience, and no-one is sufficiently versed in the art of giving something to avoid the worst, which is how the UK* has managed to avoid real revolution** since the time of the Roundheads.

* OK, the UK wasn't created yet, but you get my point.

** I'm not counting the "Glorious Revolution" because it was effectively twelve men and a dog.

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Re: Bush said

"When your children are being murdered in the street ..." And so we see that the terrorists have won. Fear of the incredibly unlikely guides your thinking. Do you also live underground in case you are hit by a meteor?

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UK.gov to be fully BIM-enabled 'by 2016'

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That was an article almost entirely lacking in information. I now know what "BIM" stands for, and someone in the government likes the idea. However, what it does, and how - not a clue.

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

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Re: Good Lord, oh the manatee!

Oh, the huge-manatee ...!

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

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Re: Naive, or what

Do *you* spy on your friends? I doubt it, so why let countries off the hook?

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Re: Euro countries "should look first"

They are, and I'm waiting for the brave Eurospook to stand up and be counted. I'm not holding my breath, though ...

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Re: Show them you mean it

@AC - I think you mean *both* of them (i.e. Snowden, the man with his head on the block, and your putative "Deep Throat" operative). Snowden did the hard work here - why do you want to throw him to the lions? Equally, even if "Deep Throat" does exist (something I'm not willing to stipulate at this point, because it sounds a bit fantastic), he doesn't need asylum because he hasn't been caught.

You need a bit of practice at logical thinking.

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The perfect gift for the pistol-packing 'Merkin: a handgun iPhone case

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Re: This is going to confuse some Brits

"Even though almost all of us have guns, we usually don't shoot each other with them. When we do our aim is usually poor and the target usually survives."

So why have them?

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@AC

"While liberals hate guns, the liberals they elect hire armed security for protection. So the liberal leaders feel the right to protect themselves ..."

I'm trying to work out what your point is here. There is a small, but not to be ignored, number of people who think that "liberal"* stance on things means that they need to be shot. Pro-choice, anti-give-anyone-a-gun campaigners have been shot, along with anyone who was stood near them (see Gabrielle Giffords, and look up the less well-reported (at least internationally) shootings and bombings of abortion clinics and supporters). There are some people that *need* to have protection.** Hell, even in the UK, politicians tend to have security, especially at cabinet level, and there aren't that many guns, and most of them are out of the hands of crazies.

* "Liberal" in the American sense, which has a somewhat different meaning than in countries a bit less right-leaning.

** I'm still grappling with the concept that there is no way that the USA will ever be able to get rid of all those guns in private hands, and so there may be some truth that there are a lot more people that might need to protect themselves. Thus, a a vicious (literally and figuratively) circle is created.

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Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR

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Re: Of course....

What do you mean by "all this"?

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Re: Priorities

Don't forget power supplies. No money to increase spare capacity which is going to be down to 2% in the next two years (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23081695), but they need to protect us form getting uppity when the power cuts start ...

George Osborne JATT*

*Just Another Tory Tosser

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Korean doctors: Smartphones really ARE doing your head in

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And your point is ...? Prior to that, I'd use a dictionary or encyclopaedia (if one was handy), or maybe ask someone, or just not bother with it. Now I'm more likely to get the information by typing it into the appropriate search box, becoming more educated in the process.

Advanced learning has nothing to do with remembering lots of things: it has everything to do with knowing where to find what you want to know, how to verify it, and how to use it.

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British lord sets new world electric vehicle speed record

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Re: NIMBY's

The Elvington NIMBYs are typical "I moved to the area knowing about the airfield, and now I want it closed! wankers. The (common) law needs changing so that a person moving to a known source of potential nuisance (and due diligence would be expected) cannot successfully bring an action to get that source closed down, or otherwise interfere with its operation. Any action could only be successfully brought if there were plans to change the operation such that the nuisance might get significantly worse, or crate a new risk, in which case only the proposed operations would be under scrutiny, not the old ones.

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