* Posts by Intractable Potsherd

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: btrower Edward Snowden should get 2 Four Freedoms Medals @ Matt Bryant

Matt, do you have to be an apologist for the government and security forces *every* time? I know you think it makes you a realist, but it really doesn't.

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Re: Edward Snowden should get 2 Four Freedoms Medals

" Legislation that is fundamentally illegal is null and void. You not only have a right to resist such legislation. You have a duty."

Yes, this. Until more people understand this, the world will go to hell in a handbasket. We need more courageous people with the knowledge of these wrongdoings to stand up and be counted. A morally bad law is not a law that must be followed.

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Google says it can predict movie box office with 94% accuracy

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Re: Thirteen Searches!

My thoughts exactly. I know which reviewers come closest to my tastes, and sometimes *shock, horror* go to see a film without consulting any reviewers first because I want to make my own mind up!

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MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

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Nerd couture of the future

Google glass and a neuro-hat - stylish or what?

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Michael feels package shrink painfully as Dell freezes salary

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There is absolutely no-one, anywhere in the known universe, worth this sort of money. It is obscene, and the sooner it is stopped, the better.

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Another senior bod leaps overboard from foundering HTC

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@ Jemma, "How hard can it be?"

With the exception of your characterisation of Samsung phones as "plasticky dismal tat" (all those I have seen strike me as well-built and stylish - my Note certainly is), I agree with everything you say. There is definitely a market for a slider keyboard phone with good-enough processor (though I'd still want the ability to hand-write notes, bit I'm probably in a very small minority with that!)

Also, please remind me not to do anything to make you upset - your invective is funny and effective, but I wouldn't want to be the subject of it ;-)

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TSA: Perv scanners now fully banished from US airports

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Re: What ignorance

I'm not sure the ignorance is where you think it is, old bean.

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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

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Re: High Street @ Joe K

Are you a Labour councillor by any chance? You seem to have the attitude I associate with "hate the driver" Labour councils.

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Re: Simple problem, difficult answer

I've lived in three towns in the last three years. Two are post-industrial with staunch Labour-run councils. One is not. The town centres of the first two are places I avoid like the plague - need to pay a (relative) fortune to park, no decent shops, most of them pound-saver types, and surly people with an apparent IQ just about the the level of average great ape (customers or employees). My shopping-places of choice are/were the out-of-town facilities with a big supermarket. The other apologised because it needed to put its parking charges up (from free to 20p for two hours), a large range of shops, some independent, and pleasant people who could and would have conversations. It was a pleasure to shop there* - interestingly, it still had a proper High Street that wasn't pedestrianised. It felt much more "human" because it was used by all sorts of people.

What is the moral? Stop charging for parking, make the town centres easy to get in to, get rid of pedestrianised areas, encourage independent shops, and have some way of rewarding niceness. That way town centres may not be going the way of the dodo.

*Note that I generally dislike shopping - I want to get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible (hence the preference for supermarkets). However, I used to go to the nice centre two or three times a week just because it was a good experience.

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Forget the word 'cyberwar' says Marcus Ranum

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Re: @amfM1 (was: Paranoia ...... That old story which renders the fool their enemies ::snip::)

I think the use of "be" instead of "are" indicates that AMFM1 is being a pirate this week - or s/he/it is somewhere in the West of England. Now, where might an AI be found in that neck of the woods?

Shit, helicopters are hovering ....

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Re: Just wait for Space 1999...

Yep - Space 1999 had the most ham-fisted camera-operators in TV history. Greasy lenses every week!

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Re: That awesome Tomorrow People theme @ FlyingPhil

Thanks for answering my earlier question - it wasn't just me with the thumbs down the waistband! That's a relief :-)

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Re: The Demolished Man - Jaunting?

Alfred Bester is one of the most unrecognised authors of scfi. I don't think I've ever read a bad story by him. I was first introduced to him through a Marks and Spencer collection of science fiction novels I got for my birthday, which has "The Demolished Man" (it also has "2001: A Space Oddysey", "The Day of the Triffids", and "I, Robot" - a real treat!). Bester wrote of a kind of world I hadn't come across before, and which I still carry close to the front of my head as we move into the world of the technological "peeper".

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Re: Nope

The Jaunt Belt - did anyone else spend ages with their thumbs tucked in their waistband trying desperately to teleport? Please tell me it wasn't just me ...

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Google releases Glass' roots, warns it may turn specs to bricks

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I'm still baffled ...

... as to what use Google Glass is, and why anyone would want one. All this fuss over - well, what? I'm genuinely confused.

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Re: Easy answer then @ SuccessCase

I don't know if you will believe me, and don't really care whether you do or don't, but in your hypothetical situation of the unknown aunt with lots of money and no connection to Britain, my calculation would go along the lines of a) which country did she spend most time in? If there is a clear preference, pay the tax there; b) If no clear preference is shown, find a way to pay the tax in both. After all, it is money I didn't know I was going to get, anything is a bonus, and being fair is a moral duty.

For the record, I do not claim tax back on anything I could - I regard the taxation system as generally fair, and actually think that income tax in the UK is too low, especially for higher earners (which includes me).

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

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Unacceptable decision

According to the law you can only ever speak about something you *know* to be true. The world is going to be a damn sight quieter, and more boring.

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Brit spooks bugged Edward VIII's phones, records reveal

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Re: Yes... @ 2nd (inexplicable) AC

the issue is not whether this should have been kept secret for *some* time, but whether it should have kept secret for *this* amount of time. 80 years (i.e. long after anyone involved is dead) is, to my mind, unacceptable, and if it didn't involve the royal family then it would not have been. This stuff should have been released at least thirty years ago. Edward VIII was an interestingly incompetent heir to the throne with a liking for a bit of rough, and a tendency to be led into situations as a result and then refuse to be led out of them by people who saw things differently and more clearly.

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

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Re: Samsung 1 Nokia 0 @ Charles 9

One of the things I find fascinating about free-market capitalism and its emphasis on competition is that the logical end-point of it all is monopoly and no market at all!

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Re: Apologies to Izzard

Just as well he didn't want to go to the place near Huddersfield spelled "Slaithwaite", and pronounced "Slawit".

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Re: re: Wouldn't worry - it's not as if anyone's going to gaol over it...

That should be "Bujjer".

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Why would it be "com-mos"? You only speak what is there - it is a letter "C" ("see") followed by letters that form a a sort of word: "MOS". Therefore, "see-moss" or, at a push, "see-mose" or "see-moz".

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Why would I say "Jay-Pheg"? "Photographics" begins with a "p", therefore, "jay-peg".

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@Duffy Moon

I'm not German, and I tend towards the softer "s" in my pronunciation of "laser", though I use a less pronounced "lay" sound at the beginning - I don't know the format to write it, but the final "ay" sound is flattened - a bit like the sound of "é" in French. I also pronounce a certain Formula 1 driver as "Alonso", not "Alonzo".

Oh, and back on topic - it is obviously a hard "g" in "gif".

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Rogue Nokia splinter cell drops its Jolla phone A-BOMB

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Re: Good Luck!

Agreed with Eadon. I've even sent my 100 Euro to show my hope they will do well.

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Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'

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Re: Try as I might...

So there is one way to change the law - stop putting the rights of share-holders at the top of the list!

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Re: there's no right or wrong here @ Tim 11

You are quite correct to say that companies are not moral agents. However, it therefore makes no sense to treat them as individuals in other respects.

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Re: Oh dear oh dear

Legal positivism (the doctrine that says "the law is what is written down") is the bane of civilisation, and leads to the triumph of legalism over justice. There must always be "wiggle room" in the application of the law. I used to be a legal positivist until I did my law degree and became a lecturer in law and ethics, and I can see why technically-minded people prefer the idea that the law should be a set of blueprints, but, seriously, you wouldn't want that. It is not possible to have a law that covers all situations.

Let me put it another way - do you want zero-tolerance on law-breaking for everything?

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

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Re: Anyone who still believes that insurance drops at 25 is hopelessly deluded

My 18 year-old nephew had the same thing. Insurance for 6-7 yo small shopping trolley with barely enough power to climb over a speed-bump - well over £1300. Insurance for a 1 yo 1.6 Japanese car with a reputation for being quick and handling well - £650. Which did he go for - well, after borrowing a few thousand from various relatives, he had the newer, more powerful one. (He drives it like an old man, though - he has more risk of having a claim from being shunted by a rheumatic tortoise than from hitting something himself. He even takes the bus to work because it might get scratched in the carpark! He is a grave disappointment to me ;-))

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Re: Slightly OT

Dutch cyclists in towns - horrifyingly arrogant, careless people with an entitlement fixation. The number I've seen with no hands on the handlebars (therefore nowhere near the brakes or the bell), reading/texting/calling/photographing ... and getting angry when a pedestrian or other cyclist dares to get in the way! They alone make the Netherlands an unpleasant place to be.

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As long as *you* own the hardware, and you can switch it off whenever you want to, that is fine. It is the creeping compulsion that is frightening.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Re: Brilliant

So what is the mischief being avoided by having inflexible AHTs? What would the call-centre drone do to make their life easier if they didn't have to get rid of customers so quickly? Alternatively, what is the business case for quantity over quality? Genuine questions hoping for genuine answers.

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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Re: It will only work to move people around the UK if the tickets are cheap!@ mmeier

Czech Republic has a brilliant rail service, cheap, efficient (trains will be held to ensure a connection is not lost), goes all over the place, integrated with trams and buses. Definitely a good option to the car.

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Android device? Ooohhhh, you mean a Samsung phone

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Re: Nokia was right

Now I have a Samsung Android device, I genuinely cannot remember what it was that was so good about the Nokias I had, and I really didn't want to change from Nokia at all.

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Re: Design?

I wanted to buy a new hammer, but when I went into the shop they were just lumps of metal. None of them moved me, none had any soul ...

See how stupid you sound now?

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Feds stamp on cash pipeline to Mt Gox, Bitcoin's Wall Street

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Re: Listen up!

All money is imaginary, unless it is actually made of something useful. Gold doesn't count, as it is essentially useless, and the supply tightly controlled. Barter is the only really non-imaginary financial scheme, and that doesn't use money!

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Apple adds Galaxy S 4 to Samsung patent suit

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Re: first car...

Thank you, thesykes. I'm sure I have it in a book somewhere but it is in storage, and the internet doesn't seem to give an answer to any of the ways I've phrased it. It isn't important - I just like to be able to back up these things.

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As I've said before, some things, once brought to light, are just the best way to do things. If it is *the* best way then it is a discovery and not an invention, anyway. Other things become the de facto "right" way to do things (e.g. pedal arrangement in cars, and I still haven't found a reference to which was the first car to use clutch>brake>accelerator!) Once whatever it is has got to that point, there is no point whining about it - just accept you have given something great to the world. The final category of things is stuff like rounded corners - impossible to have unique use of, and therefore wrong to try to sequester.

Samsung may or may not have the same corporate failings as any other big company, but they don't seem to be as pathetically rabid about wasting time and money on them, and so they are higher up the moral ladder than Apple in my opinion.

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Re: Irony?

Third time - Apple troll is trolling.

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An AC has posted twice with the same mis-spelling of Samsung. Likely to be the same one, first making unsupportable slurs against Professor Sir Robin Jacobs, and now referring to Samsung as "vile". S/he probably thinks it is funny - Same-sung, as in "the same as Apple". S/he probably also works for Apple ...

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Larry Page acknowledges creeping vocal paralysis

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Odd that - "twat" was exactly the word that came to my mind when I read the miserablist's comment.

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New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

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Re: Meh

No SD card, no removable battery, so no. Not now, not ever.

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You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

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Re: ironic is my middle name @ YAAc

New keyboard, please! When will I learn not to consume food or drink when reading the comments?

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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Re: No real surprise @ All names Taken

If UKIP would drop the nonsense about coming out of the EU (I know - they'd need to change their name first), then their other policies look quite attractive and socialist. However, I'm rapidly becoming a Scottish Nationalist - socialist and wants to be part of the EU. I'll let the loons in the rest of Britain vote their paranoid way whilst I vote to make my adopted home a country that will be as good as the best in Europe in a few short years.

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Your Flying Car? Delayed again, but you WILL get it, says Terrafugia

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Re: @Not That Andrew (was: @ AC Trouble is ...)

48 hours!! What the hell do you drink?? One unit of alcohol is processed in about one hour, so any reasonable drinking bout is gone in about four hours, and an entire bottle of wine in about twelve! The alcohol count in the body 24 hours after the last drink will be as close to zero as makes no difference. You'd be more impaired from from the coffee with breakfast.

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NYC attorney seeks mobe-makers' help to curb muggings

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Is there a difference ...

... and I mean a *real* difference, between being mugged/threatened/battered/seriously harmed/killed over a phone as, say, a wallet/watch/necklace/whatever? The problem is the people who feel the need to take other people's stuff, for whatever reason, not what is being taken.

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Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

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Re: Safety is never a joke

JaitcH, I often agree with you, but your small mindedness on this ("Hope the well dries up soon") is really rather disgusting. I doubt Lester threw Rui down the pit, and it is probable that, had Lester tried to stop him, the answer would have been along the lines of "It's alright, I know what I'm doing!"

Just because you witnessed something unpleasant once doesn't give you an excuse to be objectionable about it. I'm willing to bet that I've seen at least as many unpleasant things as you, but it doesn't lead me to be pompous about it.

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Re: The way to do it safely

Sounds slow and prone to the very real risk of going very wrong. Proper assessment of the material you are digging in will give a good idea of the likelihood of collapse. Let people do jobs the way they want to, but make sure the liabilty reflects that. If Rui wanted to it that way, and no-one else was at risk, who are you to preach? That's why I downvoted you.

That said, there is no way I would have gone down there - not because of the risk, but claustrophobia,

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PERIL in ORBIT: Emergency spacewalk as ISS takes a leak

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Re: "Thanks for the proof"

mmeier is one of those bloody idiots I wish there was a way to block. I don't think s/he has ever said anything I agree with, and that puts her/him below Eadon, Jake, Titus Technophobe, Ian Michael Gumby, and Matt Bryant.

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Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

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Re: Could someone please explain me this British anti-ID obsession?

@ LondonRegger: using European countries, or most others with mandatory ID cards is a poor argument - many of them came through being governed by an oppressive regime. Those in Europe that weren't brought in by an oppressive regime were certainly of help when oppressive regimes came in. See the story of the Dutch ID card and its value to the Germans when they decided to spread their wings a bit.

I have no fundamental issue with a card that gives *me* a tangible benefit (and opening a bank account isn't one - talk about building up a triviality), and not makes it one-sided in favour of those who are supposed to be working for us - the government and its civil servants. There are many ways that approved ID cards could be available to those who want them that do not have any governmental input whatsoever, from many sources so that there is a reduced chance of data-aggregation. Better yet, the government could do away with the barely-concealed tracking agenda of needing umpteen documents to open a bank account under the pretence of preventing money-laundering, or having to show proof of Britishness in order to get a job by simply not pandering to the xenophobes. Also, let's get into Schengen and get rid of another layer of ID rubbish.

I'm wondering from your tone whether your handle is only vaguely accurate - should you really be "WestminsterRegger", here to see what opposition exists and how to conquer it?

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