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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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Are oyster cards identifiable ?

Mine is, as I ordered it online. But how about the one I bought for the Mrs (for a London trip !) in cash at a newsagents ?

If you want to confuse the surveillance aspect of this scheme, have a pool of burner oyster cards. And/or swap them with your mates.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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There's a certain delicious irony

in spying on the spies.

I wonder how they liked it ?

It's all the more sweet for being such a Heath Robinson story - how much did these guys spunk on *their* tech ?

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Not sure how to define this ...

a boffin is someone who can (and may actually) undertake an ordinary activity in an *extra*ordinary way, thanks to their grasp of science.

Two examples by way of illustration, both from Breaking Bad.

Walter White making his own battery in the desert out of metal and acid (btw that was *bad* science, as the flimsy wires he connected to the RV would have disintegrated with the current needed to start it)

Gale B. using Liebig condensors and retorts to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

I would add that the Mythbusters are all boffins IMHO.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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business elsewhere ...

fair enough. However the implication is, over time, certain sites for the expression of opinions and discussions will only be used by a self-selecting audience.

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Industry opt outs .....

on a related note, I have recently encountered two online news sites (the Birmingham Mail is one) where the *only* way you can leave comments, is to "sign in with Facebook".

As of 4 weeks ago, my email to their published "contact us" email address has gone unanswered.

Now that's a private, commercial site. But how long before anyone who doesn't have a Facebook account becomes a second class citizen, and can't sign into a government site.

The irony is, I was a big proponent of putting stuff online. I saw it as similar to the 70s when people complained that *only* dealing with people by phone was unfair on those without a phone (yes, it really happened). My argument being that internet access in the 2000s was becoming like having a phone in the 80s (I had some friends in the early 70s whose parents chose not to have a phone. They were extinct in the 80s).

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Indifference

Personally as someone who has read 1984 I think a lot of what saves us is our utter indifference. The system in the book only works due to the scary level of commitment from the government employees. At the moment we simply lack this (hooray for bureaucracy!). In the future? Not so sure.

Stewart Lee, in stating that he hates Twitter, (half) jokingly called it "a state surveillance agency staffed by gullible idiots. A stasi for the Angry Birds Generation"

Like all humour, there's a kernel of truth in that. It won't be the government snooping on what we do, and who we do it with. It will be us - the public.

Most people in East Germany selection for political "re-education" were dobbed in by neighbours (probably in a pre-emptive strike) or more chillingly, their own children. A common classroom trick was to ask the kids to sing the theme tune to the news, to identify whose parents were watching the banned West German news.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Missed caption opportunity

"JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, George Osborne and R2D2. Spot the android."

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World first: ANIMATED GIF of Mercurian SUN ZOOM from MARS

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Newtonian to Einsteinian physics ?

Dredging my memory, wasn't it something about the timings of the transit of Mercury (observed differing from theoretical) which validated Einsteins theory of relativity ? (Whether special or general, I can't say).

Either way, love it !

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Dallas Cowboys to return 'dumbass' Texan's chopper

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Re: Nice

Except it's the *federal* aviation authority.

Southern states have a deep rooted mistrust of most things federal. Apart from their money.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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I like it ..

Many years ago, in Chandlers guitars, Richmond, there was a big sign behind the counter:

"Our hourly charges:

instrument repairs - £20

if you watch - £30

if you help - £50"

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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Re: ICO and ASA seem to be backing off in this area...

so the ICO and ASA want you to validate your email address to spammers.

I really do think IQ levels are falling worldwide.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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"Enabling"

A word that *so* desperately wants to be paired with "Act"

The third word :( -->

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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phew Rory ?

spearchucker ?

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And the first question to make ££££ for the lawyers

Underage when

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'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

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That advert

should be required viewing at school, every year from age 5 to 18. It should also be shown daily across all channels. Oh, and all jurors should be shown it before a case starts

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

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plus ca change ...

Back in the early 80s, this was the *only* way you could have a decent computer for a small business. A friend of my Dads got one, and used to sit behind it. It had 2 8" floppy drives which took up one half of the drawer space.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: 2008: undersea cables cut

Hmmmm

In 1914, just before it all kicked off, the UK cut Germanys undersea telegraph cables, forcing them to route all international traffic through their London embassy, which - surprise surprise - military intelligence had already compromised.

Very good site here

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NOT "random"

When GW Bush inserted his foot into his mouth by originally calling operation "Enduring Freedom" "Crusade", there was a lively discussion in the UK media about how operational codenames are assigned. Someone from the MOD said that whilst there should be no connection between a codename and the nature of the operation, names were vetted so that in the event of the operation going wrong, there could be no unintentional humour attached to the operation. They also try to avoid incremental alphabetical codenames (cf hurricane naming) as that could tip of the enemy about the scale or pace of operations.

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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@AC

how did you work out issuing customers with new passwords would cost £500,000 ?

Are you interested in a bridge ?

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Sigh ...

Hashing was know about 30 years ago (at least - that's when I discovered it as a fresh faced computer science undergrad). Yet I still see designs where passwords are stored either in plain text, or reversibly encrypted (with routines which *de*crypt the password to compare with the supplied).

I still gets looks of "huh" when I suggest one-way hashing.

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TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

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Paris Hilton

Maybe separate the display from the device ...

Watching TV on a mobile screen = dead loss.

Using a mobile to store and/or access TV content and share it with a big screen = possible interest ?

Icon because it has a question mark ....

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Except

there are several reported cases where police *have* deleted images on the spot, and faced absolutely no censure whatsoever.

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Space hackers prepare to reactivate antiquated spacecraft

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This is soooooo coooool ....

this ->

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

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Home networking ...

indeed. I can shift 32Gb across 10 metres in about 4 seconds. My home network might do that in 16 hours ...

reminds me of an exercise we did at Uni .... up to what radius is a floppy tied around a St Bernard faster than a 300 baud connnection ....

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Creepy Facebook urges users to pester friends about their SEX LIVES

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Re: They can do what the fuck they like

You don't need to. Your friends will do it for you.

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Re: Ha!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but unless everyone you know, or ever knew is also not on Facebook, it doesn't really matter. Facebook can work out a hell of a lot about the people who aren't on Facebook, simply by cross-referencing their friends who *do* use Facebook.

If some marketer somewhere discovers that "people who are not on Facebook" is a population worth targeting, then Zuck and the boys can probably deliver a list of 99.9% of their names and email addresses, thoughtfully harvested from your friends Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo etc accounts.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: only poor people drink tap water

Well, that's the French for you. In the UK, tap water is probably amongst the cleanest in the world.

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Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens

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Re: Nadsat?

IIRC Nadsat was loosely derived from Russian (Burgess created a future where the youth aped Russian culture, rather than US culture).

So it would need a more slavic flavour.

'fraid that's all I can contribute - my Russian is non-existent

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"Don Coglioni"

this ------->

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GCHQ's 'NOSEY SMURF' spyware snoops dragged into secretive tribunal

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WTF?

Nosey smurf ? Foggybottom ? Gumfish ? Tracker Smurf ?

Is this GCHQ or the Chuckle Brothers ?

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Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

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@Bunbury

You know those old ladies who push shopping trolleys down the street, and shout at cars ....?

That's your mum, that is.

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Google CAN be told to delete sensitive data from its search results, rules top EU court

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@TopOnePercent

First of, in the UK, under the CRB (yes I know it's been replaced) legislation, a lot of offences are effectively lifelong anyway. So we're already in a world where the concept of spent convictions is hazy.

The real problem is what is the purpose of the criminal justice system ? If it's just to punish, and protect. Fine. However, I subscribe to the rather quaint notion that it's also to rehabilitate. That is to turn an offender into an upright citizen. If you foster a system where a conviction for (say) graffiti effectively marks you as a criminal for the rest of your life, and you are unable to ever get a job, then where do you think society will go ? If 50% of the population has a criminal record for something, sometime, then you devalue the concept of a criminal record. Much as the concept of speeding has been devalued. So many people have at least 3 points on their licenses, most insurers ignore it. It's meaningless. It's the same thing with the 3,000+ criminal acts the last Labour regime bought in.

It's axiomatic, of course that these pettifogging convictions will be no bar to the rich and powerful.

The idea of "spent" convictions is that they allow a person a chance to go straight. 10 years, no trouble, they are considered rehabilitated.

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The elephant in the room ...

is what *is* a search engine ? OK, Google is most peoples Search Engine Of Choice (SEOC ?). However DuckDuckGo ? Bing ? Yahoo! ?

Or, alternatively, how about a site which isn't a "search engine", but simply a static list of links ? Presumably Google (et al) would be prevented from returning that in a list of results, but another simple static web page pointing to it would be OK ?

You know, when people used to ban books, I don't think they just ripped the index out, and left the content there....

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We're from the SAME DUST CLOUD, BRO: Boffins find Sun's long-lost sibling

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I like the idea

of naughtyboffins ?

Sounds like there should be a website devoted to it ....

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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NTNOCN

"I'd like to buy a gramphone, please"

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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FAIL

What amused me

was the rather quaint notion that pirating is done with torrent. Anyway, didn't they block the Pirate Bay ?

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Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

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Re: Hack away you can't do worse than Bristol City Council

Or Birmingham. Look at the abortion that is the Northfield "bypass" (it's actually quicker to go through than use the bypass). When collared at a local council meeting, a councillor admitted that the traffic light timings could be optimised and allow traffic through much faster. However there were national guidelines that prohibit councils making private travel easier - the mantra is "use public transport".

We need an Alice-in-Wonderland icon ;)

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Look out, sysadmins - HOT FOREIGN SPIES are targeting you

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2 Blackadder quotes in 13 posts !

*and* from different series !

This must be a record.

Somewhere.

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Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

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Socialist DRAM

Consumes vast amounts of power, is slow, and forgets the last 10 years.

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Source code for world's first MUD, Essex Uni's MUD1, recovered

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Memories ...

going to school in London in the early 80s, we had a dial up to Essex. Previous Computer Science students had to write their code offfline, onto paper tape, then go into the terminal room, dial up (acoustic coupler anyone) load the program and run it.

Then we got an ITT 2020 ;)

We managed to load MUD once, and had no idea what to do .....

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Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)

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Re: Not so long ago...

The problem with that approach is even with remote management tools and processes, you end up with what is effectively a single point of failure - the PC. And with the best will in the world, the best discipline in the world, you will end up with a failed PC that can't just be swapped out. You'll need to image a replacement PC. Probably apply updates. Then install the niknaks the user has to have that aren't in the image. No so bad in a small organisation, but if you have hundreds of users, across multiple sites ...

Much better to give the user a terminal, and concentrate on a reliable datacentre.

That said, it does bring a smile to my face ... one of the first uses of PCs was as smart terminals to mainframes, as they were cheaper. (Can't recall how much the fancy DEC and Wyse terminals were in the 80s, but you could probably have bought a car for a pair).

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

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Calories aren't all ...

The Horizon "documentary" back in 2012 with Michael Mosley, about fasting and low-calories diets had a guy who had eaten 25% less than the recommended daily allowance of calories for *years*.

Does good things to the body chemistry, apparently. A doctor who gave him a full physical and blood chemistry workup described him as "a new species"[1].

[1]Now you see why I put "documentary" in quotes

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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@Uffish

Merci bien, cul sec !

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Idiom ?

If we're trying to achieve the *sense* of mutts nutts, then ISTR (certainly in Paris) a common equivalent would be "C'est les pieds" (It's the feet).

No, I don't know why.

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Hackers attempt to BLACKMAIL plastic surgeons

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SQL injection ?

Botox injection, more like

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Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS

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The problem here ...

is that the phone is likely going to be kept physically with the card. So a stolen handbag will contain the card and the key to getting the PIN.

I wonder what the correlation is between "people who forget their PIN" and "people who don't lock their phones" ?

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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depends

on whether you think Android is a load of old cock.

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Penis beaker

surely we can't have a thread about Mumsnet without a penis beaker reminder ?

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Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

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The cynic in me

would suggest that is is another move to facilitate the authorities data grab ....

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