* Posts by JimmyPage

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W3C turns BROWSERS into VIBRATORS

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Let's hope it gets used

(we can all think of abuses)

for making websites more accessible for partially sighted people, who might just benefit from tactile feedback.

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

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So, so so pathetic

Instead of tempting other countries to come here, why not get this country to innovate and expand.

To me this is chickens coming home to roost, and an acid comment on the past 15 years.

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Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

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Have to mention Birmingham

who spunked £2,000,000 (yes, million) on writing a custom website which is in effect, a CMS system.

Apparently "there's nothing quite like it on the market" was the justification for not using FOSS.

If you goto Birmingham city councils website I'm sure you'll agree. There really is nothing like it on earth.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Slightly misleading title

(not that it diminishes the arrogance of Samsung)

I doubt the ad was "inserted" into the video stream. More like the users picture (i.e. film) was minimised, and the TVs picture (the ad(s)) was maximised. Although I would be curious to know if the TV managed to pause the film. I know HDMI is full duplex, so in theory a TV could tell a media player to pause.

I know my LG TV can switch my TiVo on.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Upvoting just wasn't enough

to show appreciation of mention of a comic I have only heard of through Stewart Lees Alternative Comedy Experience [first series].

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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So does this mean

there might be some bargains to be had ?

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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Microdots ?

Didn't Tommorows World (so must be 25 years old) show a system of spraying thousands of microdots with the VIN (look em up kids) all over a car. The idea being you could never remove them all, and only one would be needed to link a gearbox/engine/ECU (think about the last) to a stolen car.

The problem being the second a car is in pieces (where it's worth more than as a car) then the police are on the back foot having to prove where the piece came from.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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"Flash sales"

the 'net equivalent of a pop-up shop ?

Something traders in the East End have been doing for years - with suitcases and genuine Rolex watches ...

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Bags ? BAGS ?

For about 3 years now, MrsJP and I have used 2 folding crates we keep in the car. Usually one is enough. Unfold, put in trolley, and fill with goods. Get to checkout. Remove delicate items manually, then unend the crate onto the belt.

Total loading time <30s.

Then put crate back in trolley, and fill as operator scans. Be prepared to wait while you do this - you can pack faster than they can scan.

Job done.

Occasionally 2 crates are used for a big shop. Or, if you want to use the self service tills, it's 2nd crate on packing area, and transfer from trolley to crate (scanning as you go).

Still weirdly minority behaviour, from what I see, despite the fact my Mum was doing it 25 years ago.

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Toshiba packs NUMERIC KEYPAD onto self-bricking USB drive

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Plausible deniability ?

I hope the next product under development allows for *two* unlock codes. One for you, and one for the security services - like a TrueCrypt hidden volume.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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Irony ...

It would be nice to imagine both Labour and Conservative high command roundly taking it in turns to kick each other .... it seems to me with the proliferation of Green/UKIP sentiments, STV might have actually helped the big two - particularly the conservatives. But, stuck with the system we have - and an electorate who knows exactly how it works, I suspect they will suffer. UKIP supporter know they have to vote UKIP to get UKIP, and their second choice doesn't count.

Boo fucking hoo.

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Re: None of the above

Coupled with a requirement that a winning candidate polls >50% of the available vote.

If no candidate meets that criteria, the constituency doesn't return an MP (saving money on the salary).

People could still get elected. But they'd have to be worth it.

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Re: Don't moan - Take it a step further

The problem is to stand in a general election required access to funds of £1,000 that you need to be prepared to wave goodbye to.

So it's "democracy" for those that have.

And of all the demographics, I suspect the one least likely to be able to spaff a grand will be 18-25 year olds.

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Given this some thought ..

and am more intrigued by how on earth it is supposed to work.

First off, where did the data set "facebook users" and "UK unregistered voters" come from ? Surely an unregistered voter is - by definition - unregistered.

I wonder if this scheme wasn't actually proposed by Facebook as a free way to acquire lots of lovely data on their fading "target" demographic.

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Our son is 18

and like most of his peers has absolutely no intention of voting. Because there's no one to vote for.

And really, despite it breaking my heart, his response to my urging is just this

"Voting, huh. What's that ever done for you ?"

and since he knows that I have never ever voted for a winning candidate in 20 years of voting, he really has a point. I voted against the Tories (well Tory candidate) in the 80s - we got Tories. I voted against nuLabour in 1997/2001/2005 - we got nuLab. I voted against Labour in 2010 and got a Labour MP.

He has a point :(

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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@kraut

the thing is, getting encryption keys via RIPA is a drag. And annoyingly can involve one of those idiot judges who actually insists on doing things legally. It also generates unhelpful press coverage.

Banning encryption would bypass RIPA for people who obey the law, and give "probable cause" for those that don't. Particularly if their skin is off white.

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Re: re: Steganography

But properly done steganography is impossible to detect in a fresh image. As long as no "before" image is kept anywhere, the spooks can have from now to eternity to try to decrypt them.

Besides steganography may not necessarily involve fiddling with the binary data in a file. Information in a picture may actually be contained in the subject of the picture.

Post a picture of "me and the posse" and you're signalling "go ahead with operation Pablo".

Post a picture of "me and Aunt Mabel and Uncle Terence" and you're signalling "Operation abort. Agent compromised".

Ever seen "Mississippi Burning" ? There's a scene where one FBI agent shows how Ku Klux Klan members were able to signal in photos their allegiance. You'd only know it was there if you were told.

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No

but it means that the media trope of anyone using encryption is complete.

FWIW I suspect this is the governments real agenda. They know there's no practical way of banning encryption. However, if they demonise it enough, then it's another tool in their armoury of policing by prejudice, rather than policing by statute. Mention "encryption" when they arrest a "bad" guy, and he's as good as guilty.

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

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Begs the question ..

How much of this stuff is already going on. Maybe not in a military context, but a political one.

Those Daily Mail comments. Are they genuine, or Tory party shills. Or Labour party activists ?

Those BBC HYS posters. Are they really what they say they are. Or plants to give the appearance of public dissent/support (delete as applicable) ?

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: Hmmmm

Downvoted because it's irrelevant what private companies get up to. At the end of the day they are just that. Private companies. You can choose to do business with them or not.

Data held by the state is obtained under duress. Don't provide it - go to jail. Which is why it's imperative the state demonstrates it takes great care of this data.

Your tax money is the same. Obtained from you under duress. And look how carefully the government look after that. They would never lose that in the Royal Mail. (Although they may lose it in a Royal Mail sale).

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Re: Puzzled

We don't have capital punishment in the UK. The police can't go around executing people they suspect of anything.

The Duggan case raised enough serious doubts about the police conduct to be *very* wary of believing their truth of the matter. Something these disks might actually demonstrate - especially if it has *all* the police testimony there. Before it was "adjusted".

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What happens to things that are "lost in the post" ?

Since matter can't just vanish into thin air, they must be *somewhere*.

1) damaged in transit - presumably the royal mail have procedures for items like this

2) stolen by employee[1] - although unless it looked like it had money in it, not likely

3) wrongly delivered - worrying if there was no tracking

4) somehow in the wrong part of "the system" - a thorough search should locate them

5) stolen by employee [2] - deliberately targeted. Raises more questions than it answers

6) we are of course assuming they made it to the postbox ....

However, there is a certain life-affirming feeling knowing that Royal Mail can cock it up for the great and glorious as well as for the little guy.

I wonder how long the MoJ had to spend on the phone ?

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WTF?

They CANNOT be the only copies

and they were encrypted to GCHQ approved standards

the mind boggles.

Just WTF are we paying for with all these government IT contracts.

In a way I *do* hope something bad happens as a result. It might just wake someone somewhere up.

By the way, my choice of icon is deliberate. This is in no way a "fail". It's sheer WTF all the way.

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Story priority ?

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Story priority ?

Slightly surprised that El Reg hasn't had a byline on this story about missing data

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31037879

over 18 hours after I first saw it on the Beeb.

Was hoping for a more forensic analysis, particularly around whether the data was encrypted. That is encrypted as El Reg readers understand it, not just an Excel spreadsheet with a password

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Pot noodle ...

in Ben Eltons "Gasping" (which I saw with Hugh Laurie and Bernard Hill :) ) there's a piece of dialogue where the Ad agency boss (Hill) explains to the misbred young executive (Laurie) the concept of a Pot Noodle in marketing ...

"When it was first released, the market share of other snacks did not decrease .... the Pot Noodle made money where there was none before."

It may or may not be true, but it does stray into the Apple/Smartphone question upthread.

So what other products have been "pot noodles" ?

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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With UK.gov still wedded to IE6

what was the point of this article ?

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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So the developers ..

Who will see their Windows 8.0/8.1 apps binned can join the developers that saw their 7.5/7.8 apps binned, who had joined those developers that saw their 6.5 apps binned.

No wonder no one writes apps for Windows Phone.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Does no one remember Heavens Gate ?

ISTR it being a Bazza running gag in Film79, Film80, Film81 ....

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Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

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All modern cars look the same ...

interesting the design is strongly reminiscent of the space shuttle. Is that because that's what they started with, or that's what they ended up with ?

Either way, big thumbs up on this one.

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

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eBay - s'OK

that's it really

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Do the older amongst us

have a sense of deja vu ?

I've just briefly daydreamed back to the 70s/80s, when VCRs (Phillips, VHS, Betamax) were over a grand a pop, and no one knew anyone who owned one - you usually saw them in TV documentaries with famous people. Not everyone had a colour TV (and it wasn't unheard of to know families that had *no* TV). Generally nice TVs were rented (Granada, Radio Rentals, Reddifusion, Laskys ?) since the average family could never afford the £400+ price tag (when cars could be bought for £1,500.

Maybe 2015 could see an El Reg Icon review - I call for an "I remember the days" icon. Perhaps a ZX80 ?

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Maybe they'll find out what Greek fire was ..

or other ancient mysteries - like who made the Antitheka mechanism ...

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Since we're talking of alternative inputs methods ...

(well I was)

I give you Sip'n'Puff (although I recall it as POSSUM)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sip-and-puff

interesting to speculate if this could be bought into the modern smartphone/tablet age ...

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Re: It's 1980

Not the Maltron (but thanks for the link)

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Re: It's 1980

That's the badger !

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It's 1980

or thereabouts. And a British boffin unveils a device to allow you to enter data into a computer using one hand - an alternative to typing (which scared people for some reason).

Time has erased the name, but I am sure other El Reg readers can help

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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What's that sound ... a penny dropping ?

The main - almost exclusive drive to piracy is not people wanting stuff for free. It's people wanting stuff that is being artificially siloed away from them.

I'd pay £10, £15 a month if it was to a single gateway, and I could watch the content I knew was available.

Currently it's TV licence, £70/months to Virgin (and that's being reviewed), plus Amazon instants, plus netflix, etc etc.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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The *real* reason ...

early adopter fanbois ? Got your first iPad in 2010 ? How old were you ? 45, 50 maybe ? So you're now 50,55 ? Eyes a tiny bit weaker ? Fingers a tiny bit fatter ?

Not to worry, Apple will see you into the grave.

When I mentioned website accessibility in 2000, it was of no interest to anyone. But now those people are 15 years older ...

Might help disabled users into the bargain.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: @Dan Paul

Yes I have seen the Imitation Game. It's a film isn't it. A work of entertainment ?

It's a well known paradox of cryptography that in order to maintain your advantage in the long run, you may have to make short term sacrifices. Sounds easy on paper, until you realise the sacrifices have families.

However, in *this* case, it's hard to see what the long term advantage being protected by leaking a story about how you had the capability to do what everyone thought you had the capability to do anyway is.

Although many people did make a sacrifice, and go and see "The Interview". I guess that's the price of [cyber]war.

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Would have been more impressive (and believable)

if they had stopped the hack.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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On the BBC ... "2014 confirmed as warmest year"

here

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Voting Green ...

I'm not voting Green because I want a "Green government"

Nor because I have any natural sympathy for their cause.

However, a few Green MPs might be able to control the balance of power - particularly in a complex hung parliament (no *two* parties can form a majority). And curb the terrifying excesses of both Tories and Labour.

Maybe this is the rise of the cynical voter as antidote to the cynical politician ?

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: Successful failure ...

Moreover it got to Mars in one piece. So was it under engineered. Or was curiosity massively over-engineered ?

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

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Re: Another reason for Google to leave Spain

Interesting idea ... the access to outside services acting as a driver for political change

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Surprised how many people point out the laws this would break

the government will just change those laws too.

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Will they ban notes in newsagents windows too ?

Browsing in a London suburb recently, and 90% of the notes were in non-Latin script. Except for the odd number.

They might be saying "for sale, fridge freezer, needs cleaning"

or, they could be saying

"Drop the goods round the back, and knock twice"

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Many years ago experts warned

if the spooks get too clever with bypassing encryption then the bad guys -certainly them muslamic terrorists - will revert to faxing each other handwritten pages of Arabic.

In code.

Incidentally, as an aside, do the readers of El Reg think it would be possible to plan something without using electronics ?

Personal Ads in printed magazines.

Handwritten replies to P.O. Boxes.

would be enough to initiate contact. Then have established an offline connection, the bad guys could use it to establish an anonymous online connection - say ads posted on Craigslist in cipher, and replied posted on Gumtree in cipher. All of which can be done openly, under the noses of MIx

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Privileged communication ?

So, emails between lawyers and clients must be made available to the state ?

Oh, hang on - THEY ALREADY HAVE TO.

You lost your privacy years ago - and no one (well very few) even noticed.

don't believe me ?

link

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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2014 - our most cashless year ever ?

Brief chat with MrsJP, and we *think* the last time we "got any cash out" (i.e. cashback !) was a month ago. We still have the remains of it in our wallets. The only thing it gets used for nowdays is the Friday night chippy meal (and I suspect they take switch, if you ask - just nobody does).

Bad news for charity bucket slingers, I'm afraid.

Anyway, back to the story ... I'd be fascinated to know (but not so fascinated I actually Google it) whether cashpoint use in the UK is increasing, declining, or steady. Especially since banks must really hate them when they aren't replacing staff.

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Re: How come... USB ~?

Because it's cheap ?

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