* Posts by JimmyPage

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

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It would help an awful ****ing lot

if the banks themselves put their house in order.

I still get phone calls - genuine - from banks who expect me to cough up personal details before they will tell me what I am calling about.

To be fair it's not just banks. All sort of organisations do it.

The single biggest thing that could tackle these frauds is a industry agreement (mandated by legislation if needs be) that a calling agent never asks for security details.

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: Just drop the damn thing when above the point you want to be above...

These are criminals. Hardly the sharpest tools in the box to start with. The fact that some of their number were *inside* the jail rather underscores the point.

If they were capable of design and build as described, they wouldn't be criminals.

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

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@FrankAlphaXII

Have an upvote sir, I agree about WinPho, it's actually quite nice. As always, shame about the dearth of apps.

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

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Your Sinclair !

Didn't realise this was a Dennis publication. Maybe explains why copies were never lodged with the British Library (as I discovered when I was doing some undergraduate research in 1988).

Still, their horror at seeing me with a copy of a magazine they tried to tell me didn't exist did get me a pass to the library proper, which was almost unheard of for an undergraduate.

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RIP Felix ...

from someone who's subscribed to Fortean Times since before El Reg was born

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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so how are you therefore entitled to compensation?

We live in a liberal democracy. That supposes we *all* live under the rule of law. Including (and especially) the government.

If the government causes people to suffer, because it breaks it's own laws (which it did in the JSA case) then those people are entitled to redress.

For a government to rush legislation through parliament to retrospectively deny claimants the money they were due (again, under the governments own laws) is a shocking abuse of process, and one which may well be found to be unlawful, when reviewed against the UKs undertakings to the European Convention on Human Rights.

The fact that Labour colluded with the government on this makes them hypocrites of the highest order. The fact that the poor in society have some notion that Labour is looking out for them is one fact that might be used to demonstrate the stupidity of poverty.

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we'd be better of bludgeoning them all to death.

better still, get them to bludgeon each other to death.

We need an Idi Amin icon :(

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A textbook example

of ideology over practicality. It matters not a jot that this project will cost far in excess of any putative "saving" it will deliver. Because that wasn't it's aim to begin with.

It's real aim is to deliver an extremely cheap labour force to be exploited by the fatcat companies.

Personally I would question Labours sincerity. Don't forget they voted *with* the government to deny jobseekers who had been unlawfully deprived of benefits compensation. Something against the principles of natural justice, where a citizen has a right of redress against state misbehaviour.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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Re: Wonderful Idea

I doubt there'll be any human element. It'll be a code controlled locker of some description.

Presumably it'd be a two way street, and you could return stuff this way ?

I still think there's a trick to be made for Amazon to come to a deal with one, or maybe *all* of the big supermarkets to piggyback onto their delivery networks. I appreciate the commercial realities would be for Tescos et al to say no (as they'd want to flog their own tat) but there's an upside that they might win some customers who plump for online groceries (where, after all, you ARE going to be in) just to get the Amazon stuff.

If anyone from Amazon or Tesco/Sainsbury/Ocado want to contact me ...

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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41 comments, and no one has picked up ...

The FCC said that it is seeking the penalties against Shenzen-based C.T.S. Technology, and has issued a cease-and-desist order halting sales in the US and demanded a list of individuals who purchased phone jammers from the company.

Be curious to know about the law about this. In particular if the named individual either denies being that person, or no longer has the device (sold it on, binned it).

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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US Beer

hold off, I cry foul !. Yes, the run of the mill stuff is like making love in a canoe. But then the same could be said of a lot of big brand "UK" beers.

When it comes to decent small-volume craft beers, the US is a shining light.

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Good article

I must be getting old - I must have looked like a Daily Mail reader getting their breakfast fix of bigotry and hate reading that article. I agreed with almost every word.

My current bugbear is "news" sites (well, local news) where you *have* to sign in with Facebook to be able to comment on articles. It would be interesting to see if there's an objective measure of the quality of comments on such sites, when compared to the internet as a whole. I'd be curious on the IQ of a bunch of self-selecting commentards.

btw is it just me, or does Dabbsy look like an IT version of Will Self ?

(I will be very upset if I don't get a pithy reply. I may have to unfriend Mr. Dabbs ...)

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'I'm for free speech!' brave Boris bellows, bewildered by 'right to be forgotten' bluster

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Maybe he was thinking of

Damnatio memoriae ?

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Internet cf. postcards

Personally, I've always taken the view that any data transmitted through any public network should be viewed in the same light as a postcard, where the transmitted data *and* addressing data are in plain view. Although (ironically) the younger generations are probably unaware of how postcards worked. Like rotary phones ;)

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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There's a scene in the 70s sitcom "Porridge"

where Fletcher is being pressured by McKay to tell him how the inmates digging a tunnel managed to get rid of all the earth.

"Oh, that's easy Mr McKay" says Fletch breezily. "They dug another hole, and put all the dirt in there."

Why does that remind me of electric cars ?

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Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

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Re: Religion

A while back, I was listening a debate about religion, and an atheist said that good people will do good. bad people will do bad. But the only thing that can make a good person do bad, is religion.

Remember they burnt witches at the stake, not as a punishment, but to save their souls.

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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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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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