A dead, blind person with a dead guide dog could have seen this coming
294 posts • joined 17 May 2007
Re: Hope they win.@raving angry loony
Yes, and then it was stored in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.
Beer icon, because there isn't any Tea.
Re: pepetideo clickbait at it's worse
"A consistently loss-making newspaper with a declining readership"
Isn't that most newspapers and print media though? I thought that teh intarwebs was rapidly eroding the readership and pound value of newspapers?
I'm sure I read that online somewhere...
"They already have had the ability to snoop on electronic communications for ages."
I seem to remember many years ago (ok, it was only the late 90's) that Mark Thomas covered something about this with his little Hot Air Balloon Over Menwith Hill stunt. Whilst he was in the balloon, he pulled out his mobile phone and rang his mum and started saying (not entirely) random words along the lines of "bomb" and suchlike. At which point his mum asked if he was high. Which he sort of was at the time (hot air balloon, remember?)
The general thrust of the piece was the listening post that the NSA had built slap-bang in the middle of Menwith Hill, without any real public knowledge or oversight, how the facility could tap into 100,000 live phone conversations at the drop of a hat (my memory is a bit tarnished about the figures here...), but the one thing they had forgotten to do was apply to the local council for building permission, which meant that there was a tiny little legal loophole and the airspace directly above the listening post was effectively open (no flight restrictions). So he flew right through it. And made his MI5 file all the larger because of it.
I seem to remember at the time thinking "how can they get away with this; surely this can't be right, let alone legal?". Then the Snowden leaks came along, and the Menwith Hill episode was the first image that floated to the top of my memory. And I was proven wrong on both of those last counts, as there seems to be no moral or legal argument that can be used to stop this sort of behaviour.
Sorry, got to go, incoming choppers and all that...
Re: Secret mode?
↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A
Re: Weeell... sort of
I, too, worry that it will end up with aforementioned MP instructing their minion to open MS Word, type "Hello World" and then using File -> Save as -> HTML and thinking that's all there is to this interweb lark. If you're lucky, they may use the Insert picture from file option...
@Anon who didn't read the article...
You Sir, are what I like to call a Fotho. Fuckwit of the Highest Order.
Re: https @ returnmyjedi
"We certainly don't think its not a challenge."
So...it's a challenge then? Challenge Accepted!
Re: Do they check if the data is legitimate?
"Do you think I count as a statistic?"
Only as an outlier, friend.
Re: Next on 24: Nothing to do at the office
...and set the threat level to Purple Alert!
Are you sure? That does mean changing the bulb...
QANGO isn't spelled QUANGO, it's an acronym for "Quasi Autonomous Non Government Organisation".
QUasi Autonomous Non Government Organisation
See how flexible the english language can be?
Re: @i like crisps - I don't think there's anything to worry about..
"no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks"
Re: I don't think there's anything to worry about..
i mean, the AI on Red Dwarf was harmless enough
Yes, with an IQ of 12,000, or the equivalent of 6,000 P.E. teachers.
Re: Shades of the King
Blaine is a pain, and that is the truth.
Re: Give That Man A Cookie
So many people taking so little, so seriously.
That should actually be the tagline to the whole of the intarwebs.
Re: Technical Limitations
Why bother inserting the beacon, when they can be persuaded to carry it around themselves as the latest new shiny?
Re: Be glad you didn't live millions of years ago
."Boffins have just confirmed that Tyrannosaurs hunted in groups."
Just waiting for the first copyright/trademark case against someone who used a photo of their boss/spouse/family member/celebrity/delete where applicable to be launched.
Re: 3 minute orgasm
Think of the arm ache.
Re: Long passwords are easy
"Unfortunately a lot of sites insist on relatively short passwords."
Additionally a lot of sites also insist on the mixed use of upper/lower case and numbers.
Re: I like it...
He doesn't know how to use the three seashells!
Re: Lizards/Dinosaurs x Human sex not illegal
"Presumably our lawmakers being somewhat reptilian themselves ..."
You are David Icke and I claim my £10 gift voucher.
Re: so annoying@Valeyard
"i'm really offended by the casual portrayal of racism toward my planet :("
Re: Not "extra-terrestrial"
Don't be ashamed, embrace it, love it and express it.
Re: Sock gnomes
Dammit to Hell!
Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell
"I think that one calls for a hoover to remove it though."
Nope, the correct procedure in this situation is a vinyl album cover of Dark Side of the Moon, a large mixing bowl, and a clear run from the bottom of the back garden.
Then you can never live in the house again.
Upvote for the drop bears, those buggers hurt!
Re: Are there ANY success stories? @ mdava
"Can anyone point out a major government IT project in the last decade that has been a success?"
How about any of the GCHQ surveillance programs?
Re: Is it wrong to Torrent Murdoch content?@Anonymous Cow heard
Depends on what value you attribute to "worth". Or what value you attribute to "content".
Re: Misdirection @ Fibbles
"If you scan everyone then your actual target becomes obfuscated"
Unless everyone is your target?
Re: So basiclly, @ Mark 85
And all those exclamation marks, you notice? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head.
"I love this canned press release statements that tell us how wonderful our political overlords are."
Expect much more in the coming months, election time and all that...
Re: Is watching Twitter taking your eye off the ball ?@ Anon
"I know the average incompetent terrorist, or criminal is - almost by definition - not the sharpest tool in the box"
Re: All these posts, and no one has hinted at the real agenda ..
Lemme guess, slightly less than 1 and slightly more than -1?
Re: The next obvious steps in captcha town@Sandtitz
All Your Works Are Belong To Us?
Re: Thats going to be one pretty big database file @ Mr_Pitiful
"So how do you store everyones metadata?"
Google/Facebook already do to some extent don't they? Wasn't that the point of part of this bill? To ensure that companies are forced to hold the data for more than the statutory 12 months?
Re: If only @ James Boag
Re: SOP is as follows...
Probably about ~99% effective
So you admit then that it hasn't worked at least once?
Stick your finger in the loop of my tag!
Re: YO @ I ain't Spartacus
Re: Who cost the taxpayer £6M?
"It is a valid point, although I have to say 6 million to pay someone to watch a front door does seem rather bad value for money."
Not if your name is G4S.
Mine's the one with the ankle bracelet in the pocket.
Re: Maybe...@ Super Tim
Here's the great thing I like about the powers that be; In some instances (NSA/GCHQ etc) they seem to be pretty on the ball as far as teh intarwebs is concerned. They have the ability and/or tech to hoover up as much information about the rest of the world as they want. Then you have total numpties like this guy, who make such hilariously inaccurate comments as he did, that they come across as looking completely inept.
I'm sure those in the know (again, NSA/GCHQ etc), are absolutely loving comments like this made by highly paid public figures, for various reasons. Not least being that it helps to justify their activities to some degree, but also that it helps garner support in the level of policing/monitoring activites on the net that they take part in.
Re: SOS, DD
Depends on the tortoise, and if they press charges.
Re: Aw man
Danger Mouse's trusted assistant, Ernest Penfold. Codename: The Jigsaw, because when he's faced with a problem, he goes to pieces.
Re: non story
The Tomb Raider reboot multiplayer mode had male avatars that you could select IIRC, however all of the selectable avatars were based on the in-game models from the single player campaign.
"Now go and have an original thought for once instead of just rehashing the same boring rubbish and crap "jokes". Or better yet, talk about the thing in the article. You know, the science? The actual interesting stuff?"
And yet, you completely fail to contribute to the conversation topic in any meaningful way yourself.