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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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All these posts, and no one has hinted at the real agenda ..

Smart meters will allow the supplier to reduce - or disconnect - the supply at will. It's a prelude to two-tier energy supplies, where the rich get nice permanent expensive power, and the poor get a supply that can be cut at a whim.

I didn't read anywhere in that article how many new power stations are coming online in the next 10 years, although it's a nice round number ....

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Vote now for LOHAN's stirring mission patch motto

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Merchandising ?

Will El Reg readers be offered a chance to buy themselves one of these patches ? Or get a baseball cap with the design ?

We need a "Ker-Ching" icon ....

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Re: Definition too broad?

I am afraid of the politicians.

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Re: Sexual Offences Act 2003

In the consultation phase of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 the drafting committee specifically left out the words "with intent" in the "indecent exposure" clause - because the police said it was making it difficult for them to get convictions.

Leading to the alarming situation that a woman could catch a glimpse of her [male, natch] next door neighbour sunbathing nude, and get him arrested and charged with indecent exposure, and a spell on the Sex Offenders Register.

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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Re:They have the tape.

Indeed. A fact *you* can use to *your* advantage. A favourite trick is to ignore the droid and just preface anything you say with "for the record", adding that in your experience it's made it easier to locate the relevant portions of the recording in court.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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Helpful link

Hidden from Google

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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Let's party like it's 1989

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: Splorf

a quick scan (ignoring declension and case) seems to suggest a craft belonging to the speaker is full of something ...

I'm going to take a punt that anguillarum is eels ? From anguilla ?

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Is it too late to point out

from my O-level days, that (IIRC) most educated Romans spoke Greek. In fact doesn't Robert Graves put a brief bit in "I Claudius" as to why it was written in Latin, rather than Greek ?

In which case, I introduce astroployen from 35 years ago, as the Greek word my friends and I invented for "spaceship". After all, we use "Astro*naut*" ...

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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ITYM

sausage rolls ...

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Downvote explained ...

In general, (certainly in the UK) Bill Shatner has been adopted with affection, because ... he gets it, and is more than happy to send himself up at the drop of a hat ... as his appearance of guest host on HIGNFY showed.

Henry Rollins used to tell a hilarious tale of how he got roped into singing on a William Shatner album ...

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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Are analysts really *that* thick ?

of is there an element of keeping themselves in work ?

I am heartily sick of responding to every piece of demographic research that "the 50 years of today, are not like the 50 years of 10 years ago."

Now this may sound like it comes from the school of the bleedin' obvious, but it has deep ramifications for the IT industry and those who work in it.

Here's one example, from *my* crystal ball. Phones/Tablets (and their apps) will evolve to take account of the fact that someone who was (say) 45 when they bought their first iPhone, back in 2007, is now 52. With slightly poorer close-vision. They are not going to stop using their new shiny. And given they will be the richer demographic - you can sure as hell guarantee they will be catered for.

We're not stuck in some stratified society. Bear in mind, *some* of todays "silver surfers" were systems programmers in the 60s.

The most hilarious thing is the fact that politicians seem to have missed this ... they seem to base their campaigns on some idea of what society looked like 40 years ago.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Re: unexpected consequences.

except they weren't. Unexpected that is. Critics and opponents at the time warned of the consequences. Exactly the same as people in the UK warned that if you create sweeping powers (RIPA) for surveillance, you will get abuses.

In both cases, when the predictions came true, you had this pathetic show of "we had no idea".

If there's one thing the internet is good for, it's as a memory bank for the masses, to be able to record these denials at the time, and play them back when the politicians try to pretend they weren't told.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Bleeding obvious ?

I thought the Goldiliocks zone was specifically that which allowed liquid water, which kinda implies oceans (that water has to be somewhere).

Is there anyone reading this who *didn't* think this ?

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Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

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There's a peculiar phenomenon at work here ...

Where people seem to be almost pathologically incapable of imagining that tomorrow may not be the same as today. Hence @JahBless failure ... people cannot picture a government tomorrow that will abuse these powers.

Time for the old story about frogs not noticing being slowly boiled ...

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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In 2006 ...

I bought a new phone, and they threw in a "free" bluetooth headset.

Free.

Since then, it never ceases to get my gander up to see people in £40,000 cars, on £600 phones, yakking away with no bluetooth.

I'm not a big fan of Draco, but I would happily see offenders cars seized and auctioned. If you can't obey the law, you shouldn't be allowed a car.

Only this Saturday, MrsP and I were shopping, and noticed a car (ironically it was BMW Mini - see above ;) ) which seemed to have a lot of problems parking ... in, out, in out. As we walked past we saw the reasonl The dozey woman driving it was yakking on her phone, so had to take her other hand off the wheel to change from first to reverse. Then she clamped the phone between shoulder so she could use 2 hands to steer, but then she couldn't turn her head properly, so couldn't see when she was lined up into the space.

On most non-trivial (longer than 20 minutes) journey, it's rare not to see at least one person yakking away.

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Just your footage is enough to get them "convicted"

Can you back this up, please ?

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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@Swarthy

One of the Jennings books (a *real* pedant would know which one) by the peerless Anthony Buckridge.

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Re: Word order ?

Upvoted for your pedantry ... and for reminding me the program declined nouns.

E pluribus unum ?

Civile si ergo. Fortibuses in aro. No vile, deus trux. Watis inum ? Caux an dux.

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Word order ?

From my recollection, Latin has no word order - you know what each word is doing by it's declension.

One of the first computer programs I wrote was in 1981, and it decline Latin verbs. (Apple BASIC string handling was cool).

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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False positive

As Jean Charles de Menezes [unwittingly] demonstrated, a false positive can be a lot worse than a little inconvenience.

And since nothing has changed, and no one held to account over that state execution, it *will* happen again. Maybe tomorrow, maybe in 20 years time.

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My first thought was ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertillonage#Forensics_and_criminology

which leads on to the salutatory story of Alfred Beck.

And todays conspiracy theory is that I seem unable to find a web resource which details his story. Basically he did five years in chokey, because he looked like a known fraudster. This was just before fingerprints, and did for Bertillonage in the UK.

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UK.gov's data grab and stab law IMMINENT as Drip drips through House of Lords

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It's worth repeating ...

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.

Alexander Fraser Tytler (although disputed)

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In other news ...

The tories want to redefine human rights ...

Coincidence ?

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Long shot, I guess, but any chance

of getting a bare android phone, with no ****ing Facebook. Or Twitter. Or G+. Or any of the other battery/data draining apps that I don't need or want, and didn't ask for ?

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Ex-despot Noriega sues: How dare Call of Duty make me look like, like...

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Now ?

hasn't it always been thus ?

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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

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Doesn't need to be Russia

last year there was a story that a bunch of thieves stole an entire Liverpool pavement.

linky

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Going retro ... another idea

I wonder if going back to *really* old versions of software would have a similar effect. You know, *before* they were compromised.

Is it possible in the future I put Wordstar under CP/M back on my cv ?

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Why should the Swedes come here ?

Their legal system doesn't allow for interviews to be held outside Sweden, which is fair enough. I would wager the UK system is the same.

Why should *Assange* get to make the rules ?

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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See ...

We *needed* those emergency powers ....

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: I have a really excellent method for dreaming up passwords.

but the margins here will not permit you to write it down ?

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"Could agree what makes a good password"

How come, in this age of ISO, BSI, CE etc etc, no one seems to have devised an internet standard for the creation and handling of user authentication credentials in an organised, systematic way .

Because it seems every man+dog site has their own ideas, and implement accordingly.

Here's some starters for 10:

1) define a minimum password length

2) mandate the form (one letter, one number, one non-alpha)

3) mandate that passwords must be stored as hashes (because I *know* there are sites with a backend of passwords stored in plaintext)

4) mandate a password recovery mechanism with one alternate *not* involving email.

5) mandate a password refresh period and password retention policy (can't reuse the last <x> passwords).

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Re: Priceless

Actually, that's not a bad idea.

If enough people just added home.secretary@gov.uk to their emails, and (say) once a week dumped a log of their browsing history to a file and emailed that, plus a log of their phone calls (most mobile companies let you access it online) it wouldn't take long for something to break.

Obviously they'd try and prosecute under under some sort of harassment law, but they'd have to argue that they didn't need the data (as they had it already). There would also be the terrible niggle that somewhere in that mound of data there really was something of value.

It's such a good idea, I might contact my MP and ask if they can supply the correct email address.

After all, in these times of austerity, it's only right we should help save them some money.

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Phone charging log helps to convict murderer

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@Russell Hancock

Also, just a thought that popped into my head - could it not have been a power cut that reset the charging flag? does it also record the fact that a physical "unplug" happened?

If the Oz legal system is anything like the UK one, the defence will have been given advance sight of the prosecutions case, plus any details of crucial evidence like this. It would then be up to the defence to accept, or dispute the evidence. Whilst they might be able to suggest alternative explanations for the evidence (in this case the fact the phone reported being "charged" at a certain time) they would also have to back it up with some proof - maybe a report from the power company ?

There are several alternative explanations beyond that. Faulty charger ? Faulty mechanical connection ? Faulty phone ?

The thing is these alternatives should also have occurred to the prosecution, and been eliminated *before* deciding to introduce it into evidence.

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Smashing, groovy, baby – yay, capitalism! Digital Ocean flogs Brit VMs

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but still subject to US data laws

so what's the point ?

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: ""We cannot reject this legislation; it would be wrong to do so.""

with the Tories complaining about civil liberties .....

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

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Wiki "inaccuracies"

Watching the excellent Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (or, as all the cool kids are calling it: "rhlstp") he was chatting with Dara O'Briain about Wiki inaccuracies, and it was suggested that *some* celebrities deliberately leave inaccuracies in Wikipedia, as it gives them a quick handle on the calibre of journalist they are dealing with.

On a similar theme, there used to be an story about Van Halen insisting on a bowl of M&Ms in their dressing room with the brown ones taken out. How we laughed at precious stars and their whims. Then one of the band confirmed it, but crucially explained it. Apparently the same rider gives instructions on setting up bits of kit and stage layout. After an near-fatal incident where some equipment wasn't properly secured, they inserted the "no brown M&Ms" clause at the end of the rider as a quick check that the rider had actually been read.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

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If it wasn't for ****ing cheques

I'd never need to go near a branch.

Last offender ? HMR ***inng C, who decided that my tax refund had to be a cheque. No asking how I'd like it. No choice of supplying a bank account and sort code.

Since MrsPage and I rarely if ever visit high streets (last time was 4 months ago), it's a matter of supreme inconvenience to have to deal with paying cheques in.

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Plus ca change ...

Back in the 90sm Barclays went all USian, with open plan banks, with one lone cashier behind a counter, and everyone else seated at desks. Looked very like US banks you see (or used to see) on TV. Of course they couldn't take money at the desk, nor dispense it. But as long as you wanted a new chequebook, or a chat about a loan, brilliant.

Little tip from the real world, by the way. If you need people to show you how to use the machines, then it's pretty much a conclusion that you've failed in making anything easier or better. Certainly as a customer.

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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+1 for Amazon CS here, too

In the 15 years since I started using Amazon, I can count on the fingers of one hand the problems I've had. And each one was dealt with promptly, courteously, and [IMHO] correctly.

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Just love it ...

especially since it kinda suggests we need some sort of in depth analysis of beers at altitude ...

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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upvoted for H.L. Mencken quote ..

"Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong."

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And once again ... signal to noise

none of our MPs have the faintest idea of the concept of signal to noise. What people should really be concerned about is by building up these <however many> petabytes a DAY, our security services are simply never going to find the real smoking gun. They may find loads of things which look like a smoking gun. But by the time they've realised it isn't (with a very negative outcome for the innocent who has been detained without trial for 28 days, lost their job, home, reputation, and has no redress from a state which will charge him for his rent and board whilst incarcerated) the real terrorists. The ones we *should* be scared of, will be skipping into the sunset, having bypassed all these measures by (a) faxing each other in Arabic, or (b) used VPNs and TOR where sensible.

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@Rich 11

I have already decided Green for me - despite the fact I disagree with almost all of their energy policy (something the big 3 have managed to fail at too ... looks like no party is going to build nuclear anyway, so I may as well vote Green).

None of the big 3 are getting my vote ... and since it's taken 30 years for me to feel this way, it's unlikely they ever will again.

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Re: Sunset clause

Depends what parliament looks like after 2015. I have a hunch that despite valiant efforts from Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband to pretend nothing has changed, they are commanding the tide to turn back.

The entire demographic of politics has shifted in ways unthinkable 30 years ago. The UK is no longer the easily partitioned LibLabCon landscape of days of yore.

I forsee coalitions as being a way of life. Remind me, who do I vote for if I don't want this shit ?

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Sunset clause

At least it has a sunset clause (as indeed ALL "emergency" legislation should).

Cameron won't be here in 2016 ....

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And todays word from history ...

Abwehr ...

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Out of curiosity ...

How many synonyms does Rogers Profanisaurous give ...

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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@Return to Sender

They may have changed it now. But I can assure you, when I first got it (Jan 2013), you could not set the internal IP address to be anything other than 192.168.1.1 It let you put it in the fields. But when you tried to save it, it reverted to 192.168.1.1. Hence I returned it as unfit for purpose. This was before the fix which allowed you to put it into modem mode.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Re: Factory Reset

Will this really *wipe* the memory ? Or just like the old "quick format" trash the file allocation table ?

There were scare stories in the 80s of people who had recovered sensitive data from formatted HDDs - and floppies.

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