* Posts by MarkieMark1

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LinkedIn offers MORE SECURE hobnobbing option

MarkieMark1
Happy

the URL is

https://www.linkedin.com/settings/security

as the blog at http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/02/07/linkedin-ssl/ seems to refer to an apparently invisible link from the account settings page

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Will the looters 'loose' their benefits?

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Paris Hilton

A Brilliant Idea

would be to put people to work in the public sector, doing necessary tasks

we could call them 'public sector jobs'

of course the money would need raising, we could call that 'taxation'

no, wait, everyone recently voted against that, didn't they? :-D

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Joke

similar to a crampon, it needles

more petty though :-D

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David Cameron turns water cannons on social networks

MarkieMark1
Holmes

furthermore

think what the consequences of chowing 'the fruit of the poison tree' may be

hint, you may have seen some of the consequences in London recently :-D

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MarkieMark1
Holmes

there may be some misjudgment

As the PM is very persuasive, his statement that 'it was all looting' to paraphrase, may be an over-simplification;

it looked more as though people were in the streets for a variety of reasons including the main one of disaffection, then the looting happened as an opportunist reaction to the police standing around;

while clearly there was some organized looting, the initial 'organized' nature of it is hardly different to hardcore troublemakers causing confrontations at peaceful demonstrations

so banning facemasks, banning known troublemakers from organizing via social media during protests, may be workable legally although dubious technically, providing there is the proper level of supervision;

However we should be alert to the mischaracterization of the majority of the looters, as their original primary purpose was in most cases very different.

Even facemasks there is the potential of it restricting peaceful anonymous protest, I myself would say that without more jury trials generally, there's no guarantee that peaceful serial activists won't be the subject of harassment

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MarkieMark1
Alert

reading more carefully

it sounds as though he's suggesting measures similar to banning known hooligans from football matches, could well be workable *providing it's handled properly*

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London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

MarkieMark1
Stop

be honest

when do you stop?

when you see it all as paying off the threat, would you ever be prepared to see the less fortunate as human beings?

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MarkieMark1
Go

25

[Ins]

25 Make all wages/benefits for the 99% of the population who constitute the underclass, worth 10% less

35 give all the bankers bonuses

[/Ins]

further advantage, now it reads as though it involves putting 99% of the people on welfare at every iteration :-D

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MarkieMark1
Holmes

there are no time limits

providing you're prepared to think sufficiently laterally

to rekindle manufacturing – plus many additional beneficial effects – it's as simple as adding a clause to GATT to say that goods/services from producer countries that have worse conditions of labor may be levied for import duty in proportion to a cost estimate of the value of such working conditions

trouble is that free trade is virtually a religion now, it would be rather an obstacle course to persuade its advocates to accept such a reinterpretation of it

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Essex cops slaps cuffs on social media riot crusaders

MarkieMark1
Stop

ps have you ever considered

that the reason you're working until 11pm is that you're a slave to money? Need to know when to stop?

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MarkieMark1
Holmes

that's right

it's everyone else's fault, no-one here is making more profits than they deserve, move along nothing to see here

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MarkieMark1
Childcatcher

the implications of their words

I suppose it's the police's job to talk tough, although obviously rather unrealistic

seems to me the entire business could be summed up in a few words

– Everyone involved seems to want to have their cake then eat it

that goes for rioters, politicians, police, shop owners, everyone; in no particular order, as it could be said that the selfish attitude of the rioters is the result of the selfish attitude they see everyone else successfully implementing

Maybe the nature of journalism is to pick up the kind of selfish reactions, although I'd say it's a sign of an illness affecting UK society

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Videogames caused riots says plod

MarkieMark1
Holmes

an unnamed constable

so they couldn't even get a sergeant to comment? The word of 'an unnamed constable' must be worth as much as the word of 'an anonymous source' then

Besides, the lack of trust in the legal system as a result of police larging it rather than legally, sensibly, enforcing sensible laws is clearly a very marginal reason :-D

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Sony distribution centre engulfed by fire

MarkieMark1

Human Rights Act

As you say, there are many factors leading to the very real grievances that are somewhat banally evidenced in the looting of consumer goods;

As I see it the trouble is that it's easier to say 'change the Human Rights Act' than to provide a working alternative; even though as all laws are, it's a lottery who gets sometimes laughably kid-glove treatment, the principle is to delimit rigour from oppression, we definitely need some kind of definition of oppression in our law;

bringing us neatly back to the question of education, possibly we should emphasize civics classes so people – from all sides – understand the importance of some classical values such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, firmness, mercy, etc

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MarkieMark1
Holmes

the failure of the police is a contributing factor

@Paul - Basically, as you say, driving young people into criminality is a myopic direction for society, that our Thatcherite/Blairite overlords encouraged for years, including such demagogic moves as right-to-own then limiting new housing stock => driving house prices up so property owners could consume more german cars; ignoring the relative poverty that they were driving the non-elect into;

However the rôle of the police is less than an innocent one, as they've consistently lobbied for an accretion of the kind of unjust procedural laws that bolster unjust substantive laws; while in some areas actual attitude – the kind of stuff that Joe Public notices, is Old Bill an arrogant bully? Is Plod going to try to lift a finger to catch the criminals? etc – has improved, there's definitely room for further improvement

In a sense riots are a kind of poetic justice, noticeably given their spontaneity, they are a sign of widespread resentment, even though the 'gottagetateevee' attitude looks kind of contemptible at an individual level, it's the collective level that teaches us some lessons.

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Prime Minister recalls holidaying MPs after London riots

MarkieMark1
Holmes

those kinds of attitudes

won't prevent a repetition though, will they?

get a grip, what is this the daily wail comments?

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Anonymous and LulzSec spew out largest ever police data dump

MarkieMark1
Holmes

could tell you where the local cop/s lived

In Miami, to the best of my knowledge, you recognize the police officers' houses as there is a police vehicle parked in front of them at night-time – unless they're working nights

The safest system is one where there is generally mutual respect – luckily mostly the case nowadays – it avoids the kind of bottled-up hostility that causes riots

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Shagbook won't take Facebook thrust lying down

MarkieMark1
Joke

there already is a place that people describe such activity

it's called Facebook :-)

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Mr Bean prangs £650k McLaren

MarkieMark1
Joke

good news is

that it cures cancer though :-D

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Thumb Up

at that price

they'll repair it; it would be virtually impossible to write one off

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Anonymous unsheathes new, potent attack weapon

MarkieMark1
Big Brother

Looking at it objectively

Even scientology starts smelling of roses in comparison

– then, saying that, everyone's own interpretation of it would possibly be a function of their reaction to the notion of the means justifying the ends

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Death haunts government petitions site

MarkieMark1
Paris Hilton

no duplicates

As I seem to recall, one of the original incarnations of BigSocietyLoonMagnet.gov.uk included a stipulation that none of the petitions should be duplcates of petitions already started, actual enforcement of that rule would go some way to limiting the sheer loopiness factor of the sites

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Ex-NetRatings CEO's daughter freed from collar 'bomb'

MarkieMark1
Happy

Traps Save Boobies from Alleged Booby Trap

there, fixed that for you :-)

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Ultra stealthy spy malware not so stealthy after all

MarkieMark1
Holmes

Not merely 'evidence to the contrary'

According to the report at http://www.secureworks.com/research/threats/htran/

"we were lucky enough to observe a transient event that showed a deliberate attempt to hide the true origin of an APT" in the PRC, so it sounds as though it's very compelling evidence, possibly even beyond a reasonable doubt :-)

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State-sponsored 5-year global cyberattack uncovered

MarkieMark1
Megaphone

QED

as I said, the usual antisemites

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MarkieMark1
Holmes

an 'unspecified' foreign state, nudge nudge

it's mere coincidence that the 2008 olympics were held in Beijing, while google has already pointed the finger at China for operation Aurora; wait for the usual antisemites to point the finger at their favorite accusee though :-D

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Google claims 'bogus patent' conspiracy against Android

MarkieMark1
Paris Hilton

google's business model

involves down-valuing hardware & software in favour of, basically connectivity; so it should be no real surprise when hardware & software manufacturers resist

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

MarkieMark1
Linux

FAKE STORY

Even the Beeb has noticed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14389430

PS written from Ubuntu so no realistic possibility of me being a fanboi :-D

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Scotland Yard probes News of the World computer hacking claims

MarkieMark1
Joke

so now we know

who really wrote stuxnet

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Police charge Scottish teen over Soca attack

MarkieMark1
Black Helicopters

the twitter feed

well no, unless he were being held incommunicado, unusual for non-terrorists, it's quite straightforward for him to tell someone his twitter password;

the usual standard is that unless there's someone reasonably well identifiable who fits the moniker better, then the shetlander *is* topiary for current purposes

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Nokia's cheapies strategy bombs

MarkieMark1
Boffin

what part of the phone quality?

Firmware, it seems anecdotally; even the generally-decent 6230i, it so happens I've got a virtually-bricked 6230i here that Nokia wrongly refused to reflash the firmware under warranty for

that, in a few words, is the reason I for one see Nokia's slide as poetic justice

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Utah cops baffled in case of mysterious anonymous cuffee

MarkieMark1
WTF?

thumbs

so

1 - the article says the policeman refers to John Doe's 'family background' = evidence of some intrusive questioning, possibly the kind that would lead to a person buttoning it up

2 - Utah, as we know, contains many Mormons, whose deeper attitude to polygamy is non-mainstream

3 - the policeman's suspicions of John Doe being some kind of vague unspecified mega-wanted person as a way of overstating his chagrin at the non-cooperation, are a clear sign of overzealousness;

so I have to infer that the thumbs down are from Mormons? Whoever you are, you seem unwilling to clearly state your contention

NB as it happens I'm in favor of legal polygamy, in a non-cult setting, particularly given current trends in the definition of marriage

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MarkieMark1
Holmes

Married?

He's In Utah, there's a good chance he's Married to more than 1 wife – in fact that could be a better reason for his reticence than the policeman's somewhat typically overzealous hunches

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MarkieMark1
Boffin

as a matter of law

historically – section 25 PACE – you could be arrested for a non-arrestable offence where it was impossible to properly ascertain your identity; aside from that, _in principle_ no-one should have been arrested simply for refusing to identify themselves;

it should be said that people were regularly unlawfully arrested for non-arrestable offences as a result of the police making mistakes of law – non-arrestable offences were generally the less serious ones; the provision allowing arrest when identity is unverifiable is however legal;

Now an arrest is allowed when 'necessary', including when identity can't be verified; there are no longer non-arrestable offences, thanks tony http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/15/section/110

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Dragon-owned Expansys bemoans weak UK gadget lust

MarkieMark1
Joke

have you ever lived in France?

There are loads of snotty French women; in fact there's an equation

p(speaking to a snotty French woman | calling a French number) = 1 - p(speaking to a snotty French bloke | calling a French number) - p(rain during a randomly picked day in August in the South of France) * p(a randomly picked small shop in a French town being open in August) * p(room to swing a cat at a beach in the South of France during August)

:-)

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Developer fury as Google makes Android apps vanish

MarkieMark1
Joke

let me fix that for you

didn't they make their fortune selling people the business names those people had mistakenly assumed they already owned?

there, fixed :-)

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Digital singles all the rage in Europe

MarkieMark1
Joke

Surprising

so £320 per year from digital music

£850 from cds

£5 from singles

£40 from dvds

so at most £1250 per year, how does that lady gaga afford all the hats?

graph labels, very good invention

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UK data watchdog 'looking into' Google+ mission creep

MarkieMark1
Childcatcher

commoditisation of human beings

there was a name for that at one time

now, would it be possible to sign up as William Wilberforce?

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Dongling P2P downloaders 2nd-biggest mobe data users

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Go

could the p2p traffic really be

telecoms – google voice, skype, etc – p2p traffic?

how would they know the difference?

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Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

MarkieMark1
Paris Hilton

Besides

From the sounds of it, all they really proved is that they can't _measure_ at a speed faster than c, an effect potentially moving faster than c; although I'd need to read the original

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Survey scams exploit Winehouse's death, Oslo massacre

MarkieMark1
Paris Hilton

Be Fair

she was both; the tragedy is that no-one was apparently capable of making her change her course before the final curtain

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Mega-colossal space raincloud found at moist black hole

MarkieMark1
Holmes

One of the simpler time-travel tenses

future conditional futuristic perfect - should be going to have happened

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Rescue privacy before it vanishes forever

MarkieMark1
Big Brother

dimocrasy, innit?

that is to say, the world + dog 'approve' of facebook/twitter updates for every move you make, hence many sites have 3rd party credentialling linked to – at least potential – news feeds of every comment / high score :-)

that's democracy as the internet understands it; so until true democracy overrides it, imposing some real laws to protect our privacy / our future rights, the only vote that counts is the internet equivalent of voting with your feet

Matt, congratulations for resisting the trolling instinct for once :-D

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'There's too much climate change denial on the BBC'

MarkieMark1
Holmes

Hence the phrase

"carbon pollution"

it really is a field of often surprisingly self-serving language

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TSA to revise nudie scanner software

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Thumb Up

Be Fair

the risk level at Ben Gurion makes it one of the few places that a lack of much of a sense of humour is understandable; even so I'd say the checkers there are more human than at, say, Heathrow; possibly it's the level of intelligence, possibly the standard UK security guard mentality

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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 USB 3.0 Flash drive

MarkieMark1
Go

that's the price of the 16 gig model

32 gigs from £50, 64 gigs from £90

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Seagate ships slim, fast Pulsar XT SSD

MarkieMark1
Paris Hilton

Besides

how do they reach $2.50/IOPS for the Seagate Barracuda? A quick search says there's a 500GB 7200rpm SATA3 Barracuda @ $49 from Amazon, even cheaper from Ebay ~= $0.32/IOPS @ 180 IOPS coincidentally :-)

Even to reach $150 the Barracuda is SATA6 7200rpm 2TB, 64MB cache so someone's been shopping at Harrods :-D

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Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment

MarkieMark1
Go

you wish

I foresee tech support EP, as you'll now have to 'web-appify' all your sage comments, then there's translation from what Mum-in-Law is saying, to googlespeak for that function, etc; good luck :-)

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Hacking Baseball

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Thumb Up

it seems to have changed this year

Last year though ISTR several baseball players in the $50M region, must be the recession

it's mostly golf, basketball, motorsports, tennis, both kinds of football; a mere 11 baseball players in the top 50 athletes list now

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MarkieMark1
Holmes

ceci n'est pas un titre

As the highest-paid sportsmen are Baseball stars, it must provide deep stimulation to someone :-)

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