* Posts by David Pollard

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Perjury in the Lynette White case

For some reason this case comes to mind. A large number of police had been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, three innocent men having been convicted for murder on the basis of false evidence. Then some files were lost and the prosecution case collapsed. A while later the missing files were mysteriously discovered.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Lynette_White

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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Dr Neil Bhatia

Dunno what Dr Bhatia's tipple might be, but he surely deserves a pint for his consistent efforts to bring the atrocious aspects of care.data and its precursors to the attention of the general public.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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The Return Of The Moderatrix

If that could be arranged I'd even turn Adblock Plus and Ghostery off for two weeks when I visit.

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Snoopy Fujitsu tech KNOWS you'll click that link – before YOU do

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Déjà Vu?

Do you experience a déjà vu moment when you do click on the link?

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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Re: So not a meal to have…

@Stuart: The figure I saw one time for average Indian adult intake of turmeric was about 1.5 g/day. It's been suggested that turmeric and other spices in the largely vegetarian diet may be factors in the remarkable longevity of people living in Kerala.

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As recommended by James Wong

His 'Grow Your Own Drugs' book and TV series contained a recipe for Teh Halia, an Ayurvedic turmeric tea. This certainly seems effective in mitigating a range of inflammatory conditions and digestive disorders. Piperine from black pepper in this remedy increases the body's absorption of curcumin.

There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence of turmeric's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, stretching back over a few millennia, but more research is needed. The problem is that there isn't much money for Big Pharma in a simple, cheap, safe and effective remedy.

Google Scholar is now full of promotions from health food purveyors and quackery, but there are some well researched pages to be found.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/

https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/10212

http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/genetics/genie/projects/sfwc/documents/Curcumin%20review%20paper-1.pdf

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Re: Hmmm...

A more ideal solution might be to enable sufferers to face their ingrained fears in a safe and supportive environment rather than merely to obliterate the troublesome memories so that troops can carry on killing, which is what I seem to remember the army research was aiming to achieve.

There seem to have been one or two suggestions recently that LSD can be useful in a therapeutic environment; hopefully the hysteria that do-gooders created for it is fading. As with other approaches to PTSD, though, a necessary part is having caring people around.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: My solution...

@Shades: Nice work. I hope you got the job.

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Adblock Plus seems to do the trick

Although there may be a few articles which aren't so good without the pictures, in general the site seems much improved when they are blocked. Thanks to ABP it's possible to read the home page without too much effort. I'd imagine most people visit the Reg to read and hopefully learn something useful rather than to gawp.

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Flash zero day under attack

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Re: Why is "forever" crossed out?

Windows 8.1 is safe while earlier versions are not? Is this then the latest marketing ploy?

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Turn your head and cough (up your details), HealthCare.Gov has sprung a leak!

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Re: Ad networks? On healthcare.gov?

@vagabondo: I'd wondered why I was getting unsolicited calls on a new mobile phone when I'd only given the number to half a dozen close friends and to the NHS so they could send appointment reminders. I had assumed that their reminder texts would be generated locally from the JR hospital's recently installed booking system, but if this has been outsourced it could well explain the unwanted calls.

Pint for holding out for what 'public service' is about.

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Good sense from the EFF

"President Obama will give his State of the Union speech tonight... If [he] is really concerned about cybersecurity, he may want to start ... by securing healthcare.gov."

Perhaps he could also find a moment to mention this problem to Dave.

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Re: Hell, I had this idea when I was 10

And where did you say you are working now?

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Re: A/C "Does time run the wrong way?"

Yes, in both directions.

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Re: Stupid concept

Nah. Trained sharks.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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@Stuart 22 - with you on that

I've got a hundred quid that says the average temperature based on a 'reasonable bucket' will be higher in the next twenty years than it was in the last twenty. If you can get Lewis to match this, with the pot going into a tracker fund or similar, winner takes all, then I'm on.

Come to think about it, if the 'deniers' will offer longer odds than evens then it might be possible to crowd fund climate prevention measures this way. The wager package might be a nice present to leave to one's grandchildren. I wonder what the tax position is?

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

It's a bit like setting up Windows. Classic Theme Restorer makes it look more normal and easier to use.

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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Why?

It's easier to obtain a 'careful driver' score and probably more accurate if information about accelerator position, revs and brake pressure are also available.

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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Deconditioning afterwards?

There doesn't seem to be any mention of efforts to mitigate after-effects. I can't help but wonder that, albeit conducted in a reasonable environment, programmes such as this might be rather upsetting for the participants; and adverse effects could appear quite a while after the tests. Perhaps follow-up studies in five and ten years time will shed light on this aspect.

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For pervasive 5G and IoT, prepare for wind turbines on cells

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The environmental cost?

There's a fairly clear argument favour of smaller grid-powered base stations both in reduced energy costs and overall improved reliability. However Yuyi Mao and co. appear to have entirely overlooked the aspects of capital, environmental and service costs of their rather extravagant hardware proposal.

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Don't use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp – Data protection MEP

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Re: What fools

@LDS "[C]ollecting a lot of sensitive data about *everybody* and keeping [it] for years [is] more dangerous than terrorism itself."

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Obligatory xkcd

http://xkcd.com/1450/

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Je suis Charlie

YMMV, but it seems to me to be almost axiomatic that intelligence involves a degree of free will. As various religions show from time to time, attempts to steer this to the benefit of one or other ruling class do not have happy endings.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Re: Not getting my vote...

I'm not sure that the Blair/Blunkett/Straw approach was that much better. Neither is your vote likely to change anything.

What it it needs is active democracy: for enough people to be regularly contacting their MP, and others, to point out that surveillance by gauleiters does not engender morality.

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German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

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Maybe they did tests

Given the thoroughness with which the CCC approaches these issues I imagine that they did various tests with their own 'phones and prints to discover how effective the technique is. Pint for good effort all round, including their video mentioned above.

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Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog

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Re: Questions to those opposing care.data

What exactly? I've opted out (twice) because I can't see how having a centralised copy of information will improve efficiency or accountability. Duplication does, however, seem likely to introduce errors; and the single massive store makes loss/theft of data a near certainty.

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

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Do the new LED streetlights have similar effects?

The new streetlights that are being installed in many cities are certainly bluish. The research here and in another paper I noticed seems to show that only a little short wavelength light can have a significant effect. Is there likely to be enough stray light from streetlights to cause the sort of problems mentioned? Should we be asking for warm white in addition to the energy saving dimming between midnight and five a.m.?

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: Suggestion for law enforcement

Perhaps the authorities could take note of the findings of Professor Nutt, and the committee members who resigned when he was sacked. To decriminalise recreational drugs would free up a great deal of police time and reduce the volume of clutter on law enforcement radar. Also with fewer doors being kicked in to no real advantage there might over time be an improvement in public co-operation.

http://drugscience.org.uk/

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Perhaps this explains ...

... why we seem to be stuck in the present.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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If memory serves

Wasn't there a problem with the power supply a few years ago? As I dimly recall, there was a component like a smoothing capacitor in the common feed and it was this that failed. The power supply went down and the UPS came up and was connected to a short; or something along those lines. Everything worked perfectly apart from an unlikely fault that no one had foreseen.

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

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A US intelligence operation?

Probably not. But no one who has ever used Ghostery or the like would be in any doubt that the present purpose of the www is to control the behaviour of the lower orders.

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Crims at vendors could crock kit says ENISA

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Repentant sinners?

The ones that know how to avoid getting caught cause much worse problems.

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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Brian Cox ...

... eat your heart out. You have competition.

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Re: Power lines?

Aside from that, according to research published in the BMJ in 2005, "There is an association between childhood leukaemia and proximity of home address at birth to high voltage power lines..." Why this should be is not yet entirely clear.

http://www.bmj.com/content/330/7503/1290?linkType=FULL&journalCode=bmj&resid=330/7503/1290

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Re: Changes in circadian rhythms

"... seek research funding ..."

Research has already been done, e.g. 'A 50-Hz electromagnetic field impairs sleep' in the Journal of Sleep Research. There also seems to have been quite a bit of interest in modulation of melatonin production by static or low-frequency electrical fields.

e.g. http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/8098713

It will be interesting to see whether the new style of street lighting using LEDs affects sleep patterns and whether scare stories develop like those about mobile 'phones.

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Changes in circadian rhythms

Here's a recent paper from PLoS Genetics describing experiments which show that EM fields do have an effect on living tissue. This involves the intriguingly named blue-light sensitive photoreceptor cryptochrome.

Genetic Analysis of Circadian Responses to Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields in Drosophila melanogaster

http://www.plosgenetics.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pgen.1004804

The introduction provides a good overview of EMF sensing by flies.

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Mood changers

Though I'm not suggesting that this shows mobile 'phones are dangerous, it's surprising that like other animals we seem to be aware of electric fields, for example when thunderstorms are imminent. For our senses to detect this there must be some sort of interaction.

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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Remember Lady Chatterley?

Is this something you would even wish your wife or your servants to see?

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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Kudos

Seconded.

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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Re: Getting stuffed ...

That's why they call them empty headed.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: Antactica is melting too

"A comprehensive, 21-year analysis of the fastest-melting region of Antarctica has found that the melt rate of glaciers there has tripled during the last decade." - from a study by UCI and NASA glaciologists.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141202183313.htm

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Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

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Bitcoin?

I wonder if they have a bit of fun mining bitcoin during their coffee breaks.

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Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams IN ONE YEAR

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Re: ORLY, DCI Stokes?

"I just need to ask you some security questions ..."

Southern Electric have twice now asked for my date of birth as a 'security check' when all I have done is to call to pay the bill.

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Australia to social media: self-censor or face AU$17,000 FINES

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Peer pressure?

Where the internet differs from other areas of life is that it's relatively easy to be anonymous. In the playground there's a possibility that at least some of the others who see bullying may point out that it's not a particularly nice thing to do. On the 'net this peer pressure is largely absent.

It's not easy to find solution, but it might make the world a little better if some of the less desirable aspects of human nature could be moderated.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Is there a collective name for Raspberry Pi enthusiasts?

Pilgrims?

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Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces

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Data on flow rates is what's needed

The Environment Agency already monitors river levels at each lock plus a few other locations. In most places in Oxford the local water level tracks very closely with this, following within an hour or two because the water flows quite easily through the gravel layers that underlie the flood plain.

Details of water levels have been available on the 'net for a couple of years; a commendable effort, even though the graphical data is perhaps not in the most convenient form and reliability may leave a little to be desired

e.g. http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels/136497.aspx?stationId=7072

What would be really useful is if the Environment Agency were also to make available sluice settings and the estimated flow rates both through and around locks. With this and with data for recent raindfall and near-term forecasts in the appropriate catchment areas it would be possible to predict likely levels quite accurately. Already an 'educated guess' for the next day or two can be made simply by looking at the upstream river levels and their changes.

Unfortunately the Environment agency seems to hold onto details of data such as actual flow rates as if this were a national secret in wartime. Perhaps as well as having a few Mr Mannerings in their midst, with vital roles is the so-called bronze, silver and gold control centres which are set up to handle the crisis and control civilian populations during floods, they are also concerned that people may be a bit upset when management decisions are made which have the effect of flooding one area rather than another.

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Calls for probe of UK.gov's DOESN'T VERIFY ID service

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Large projects can go wrong

"This demonstrate[s] the potential of large complex programmes enabled by digital technologies to go massively wrong."

Would a Labour government therefore scrap Care.Data?

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Good, measury stuff

Presumably all previous measurements have been similarly underestimated. So although the absolute values of historical data may need to be corrected, the changes recorded using other techniques will be more or less correct.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: In all seriousness....

"So who would be conducting this investigation, the HSE police?"

Clearly it needs a call to Professor Quatermass.

Details here for those who missed it back in the day:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quatermass_and_the_Pit

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: Obligatory XKCD - II

http://xkcd.com/1433/

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