1491 posts • joined 30 Jul 2010
Re: Public money
@ Ledswinger. The problem took off with a vengeance in 1997, when the Labour party took office and began to inflate the public sector at the expense of both tax payers and the private sector. With Dyke in place - in spite of his confrontations with the Labour party in government - the new policies were expansionist and wasteful. There was no longer any need to concentrate on quality, and so they concentrated on width. Thus, instead of generating good programming with genuinely talented actors and other 'artists', the Peeb gave us very expensive chat show hosts, vulgar phone calls to older actor's daughters, fixed game shows, footage edited to make it seem that the monarch had flounced out in a temper, and much, much more besides.
The Peeb will take a long time to recover, and probably one of the best ways to assist them in pursuit of quality rather than quantity is to cut their income. This began with the process of integrating the separately financed World Service into the main Peeb, thus making them entirely responsible for the new arm's budget, in the same way that Broon made the MoD pay for Labour's wars rather than using the contingency reserve. An utterly brilliant mirror stroke to the wasteful Labour years, for which we will probably pay for more than two decades.
Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning
@ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects. Yup, that's what I heard! The new head man says he wants to levy all our internet accounts to raise finance for the Peeb. Frankly I think he should look in his coffee, because it's clearly been spiked.
Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning
@keithpeter. It is my understanding that problems only arise when users watch programmes that are simultaneously being broadcast, for the first time. True, the Peeb wanted to levy all internet accounts as a source of income, but they are likely to find themselves cut rather than inflated any more. Their behaviour over the past nearly 20 years has seen to that.
@ Gotno iShit Wantno iShit. I agree on the matter of True Crypt, though there is the question mark, it seems the earlier version may be safe. However and in addition I use Mirek W's PINs package (http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/index.html) which is free and sits very nicely in an encrypted container. In the past I used another free package called Oubliette (French for 'forget' I believe), but it has not been subject to development for some years. Mirek has a forum, is in reach, and the package is OSI Certified Open Source Software. It has a lot of very useful features, including 448 bit blowfish encryption, and a very good password generator, reminders when passwords are out of date, and so on. Alternatively Gibson at grc.com has a funky password generator.
As to True Crypt, I keep an archive of all software that I use to enable reversion in the event of such problems. In addition I also keep backups of the appropriate *.tc files, on three separate systems, one my backup server the others being portable drives. When I travel I copy the True Crypt files to my notebook, and then back them up to the portable drives by rotation. I would use the massive USB drives that I have but don't have much faith in their longevity. That sort of traffic would probably cripple them.
Re: People do not like to hear this but here it goes...
Yes, and your point is?
Re: People do not like to hear this but here it goes...
The story is similar in Russia, where some 60 journalists have been assassinated, whilst former Soviet States Chechnya, Dagestan, Georgia, Ukraine, Trans Dniester and the like can hardly believe that the USSR has gone away. It is almost certain that Snowdon has divulged everything to his new owners.
Re: Stop who?
"Your entire argument is a statement of "this is how it is, so learn to like it." I call that cowardly bullshit. You may be roughly accurate in describing how limited our options are - though I believe you are overly optimistic about how many options the average person realistically has - but we always have the choice to resist.
Perhaps you were addressing me, I don't know. However, and as far as the subjective material is concerned, you are reading a crystal ball that does not work. For one thing I do not recommend that you like it. How you respond is up to you. Hate it, love it, like it, dislike it, ignore it, I could not give a tinker's cuss; your projections and imagination are of no consequence nor of relevance. As to the cowardice, I have worked in dangerous occupations that have nearly killed me - including a year on active duty - and no one has ever accused me of cowardice, whatever that means; in fact, cowardice probably means something to the effect that an individual places its well being over that over others. Now the interesting thing here is that the group security that I outlined is the opposite of cowardice, because people are called on to make sacrifices, but I don't give a damn, and that is not surprising. I once nearly died of losing more than half my blood supply, never mind the narrow escapes, including one or two defending a country whose citizens are completely clueless when it comes to the meaning of the word 'freedom'; but there again, it's whatever wobbles your trossachs, whatever gets your rocks off, whatever helps you to vent your imaginary spleen, all the while ignoring the fact that coming together as a group a) makes you a target b) reduces the number of variables (degrees of freedom) that you have and c) requires you to do something that psychopaths cannot; follow rules, engage cooperatively, work as a group, something which probably emerged in human behaviour once the opposing thumb and forefinger evolved, thus encouraging hominids to develop the concept of working together.
Perhaps you don't understand that, but I could not give a farking damn. I certainly am untroubled by the silly notion that you seem to harbour that governments should bend for you, when in fact they are made to respond first to protecting the maximum number of people; that means your petty desires are unimportant whilst the bigger issues of the day exert greater pressure.
Meanwhile your 'I bow to no man' speech is belied by your failure to piss off into the bondu and look after yourself, independently and out of range of a government. That if anything is the message behind my words. It is of the shape up or shove off variety that I learned as a soldier. Now perhaps you'll go and find yourself an alternative; go on, be brave. Meanwhile I'll continue my own quest. The one which has nearly killed me on several occasions.
Re: Stop who?
"I can't opt out of my government."
Yes you can. You can fly to Ecuador, you can fly to Belarus (assuming they'll let you in), you can jet off to a country with a jungle and live there. Indeed you can, like Eddie baby, fly to Mother Russia and lose almost all of your 'freedoms' in exchange for living under an autocracy that is just barely better than the dictatorship that preceded it. If, on the other hand, you mean 'I can't opt out of my government whilst retaining the comfy life that I have, complete with electrickery, gadgets, organised health and welfare, police officers to prevent people from assaulting me, intelligence and security agents to intercept bomb plotters" you are probably right. We lose much in exchange for these things and, in case you had not noticed, you have an approximation to freedom only once every five years, when you put a X on a ballot paper. You may want to argue that that does not approximate very much to freedom, but that is about as good as it ever gets and is probably better than the 'freedoms' experienced by the like of Snorri Sturluson and others (and note that even Snorri Sturluson's 'liberty' and freedoms were curtailed by a murderer).
As to freedom itself, it is a myth. From a statistical perspective there are only degrees of freedom, meaning the choice between a limited number of alternatives, ranging from one set of outliers through the middle to the other set of outliers. Try living off the land in a place far away from government - the outback will do if you like - and see what freedom means.
"For all his hard work in pro-gay relations? Or for his work invading the Ukraine?"
I laughed my arse off at his attempts to portray himself as a protector of Russians who means no harm to a 'brother nation':
In case anyone was wondering about Yanukovych, there is this little item:
In this country he would be called a holocaust denier, although of course he was denying a holocaust committed on the land whose president he claimed to be. Bah. Putin, he's worse.
What happened in the Ukraine is behind Putin's claims of 'facism'. He is using the same sorts of Soviet 'socialist' tactics to cow the Ukrainians as those used by the Labour party to cow people who opposed his clandestine immigration scam.
As a side note, Belarus is in the state it is because Putin and his satrap have made it thus. Ecuador have deported or intend to deport a journalist to Belarus, where he will probably quietly 'disappear'. Ecuador is Julian Assange's 'friend', he thinks; that they have squashed the press and human rights in Ecuador is apparently of no interest to a man on the run from charges for jumping bail in the UK, and from charges for sexual assault in Sweden.
The NSA don't need 'WhatsApp'; they already have it.
Re: A beelion users can't be wrong (can they?)
" 450m have given their telephone number to WhatsApp"
And the contents of their phone books. One day people like me will be known, simply because we will be among the few sheep that do not use this stuff. Perhaps I ought to go off grid and live in the mountains of some American backwater. Yeee haaaaaaaaa.
Re: Size is relative
"The one with the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy cassette tapes in the pocket"
I have them stored on an infinitely small MP3 player. You should get out more!
Re: For Carl
"Commenting on the small blue dot, somebody once said to me "doesn't it make you realise how insignificant we are". I had to say "no, we built that spaceship, we sent it on it's way to the stars; insignificant, I think not".
Thank you Carl."
Indeed, and what magic he made on television and on radio.
Now to another IMNSVHO great man who influenced many things, including this medium , we are "[...]An invisible dot on an invisible dot. Infinitely small. [...]". I think that he was speaking through the character of the Total Perspective Vortex's guardian (Gargravaa I think).
 Though he used a Mac.
Re: I thought Edward Snowden was the oracle ...
"I think you'll find he's 'The One' - have a cookie."
He's properly known as Edward Sneowdon
Meaow. All bow to Bob, pra Bob.
Correction; script kiddiez.
You said "It's right there in the article, you just need to take a minute to read it before commenting:"
Say != do.
" there is an ongoing and rapid switch to Netflix and Love Film. Neither have adverts and amongst student subscribers (where account sharing is rife) time spent watching BBC output is all but wiped out."
Account sharing is the modern analogue to newspaper and magazine sharing. Publishers frequently say that their readership is wider than their subscribership. For the BBC this is a significant danger. They've sat back on their laurels, sucking the licence fee cash cow pipe for too long and have become complacent. This will change and soon. It probably won't change in the way that any of us think, and may even involve an admixture of income sources. Whatever happens I both want to see us freed of the shackle of viewer taxation and dread the thought of the mess that might follow. I think the BBC are reliant on responses like mine. Certainly there is a strong chance that a drop in quality might follow.
Re: "Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"
What are you smoking? Remind me to avoid it.
At any given time the 'communists' of the USSR had some 11 million people in Siberian penal labour battalions. That's how Stalin financed his 'revolution' and kept the rest of the proletariat in check. As for the Fascists - do note the correct spelling, please - if you are ignorant of those facts, well heaven help us. Perhaps, as someone else snarkily observed, it's to do with the age of the average age of readers of The Register. Fascism and Nazism were spread like a rash across the European continent, even the Hispanic peninsula, and threatened to take over the world. They were every bit as bad as the 'Communists', and every bit as real.
Otherwise what a cliché ridden post.
Re: The Golden Thread
"[...] terrorist attacks that killed, in this country, rather fewer than the number dying in road accidents in two weeks."
Yes, I know what you mean, and didn't Uncle Jo Stalin himself say that you cannot make omelettes without cracking eggs? So yes, fuck those who might die of terrorism, let 'em die with the words of a fictional character from a TV legal soap echoing in their ears, never mind all of the plots that were thwarted. I'm right with you; "let freedom ring".
The appropriate venue to contest laws is in the legislature, not the executive.
Re: Tin hat time
The Pubic Triangle.
"- no white cat to stroke (OK, he's got the beard now, maybe that's a substitute)"
No white cat to stroke? He sho nuff likes to stoke a lotta fagina! ;->
Oh, stroke. I'll get my coat then.
'Assange has always been apprentice megalomaniac' - Have you noticed how Assange and Assad have something in common? The first three letters in their name indicate what asses they are.
Re: codeusirae Dear NomNomNom ..
"Nurse! Old man Bryant is out of bed again.
Please increase his medication."
Does your mummy know that you are posting again? Small wonder you are anonymous. Allegedly.
Re: codeusirae Dear NomNomNom ..
"Producer3: "I know - Kim Chung- whatshisface, that guy from North Korea!""
Now that reminds me of one of the lines from a Brosnan Bond episode. Something along the lines of 'remind me to get a new anger management therapist'.
Merry Humbug to you. I'm sure the rest of the digiterati here will respond nicely too. Heh.
Re: Dear NomNomNom ..
Son of David Icke. Watch out now, NSA lizard's gonna gitchya.
I occasionally open a Facebook account and then 'nuke' it; I use it to track down and communicate with people I've not seen for some while. Facebook and the other social networking devices are insecure; forget the state, the threat comes from your fellow 'digital citizen'.
I've always had difficulty with social networking which seems to me like a perpetual narcisstic round robin. I don't have a blog and I've not had a web site for some 12 years or more. Perhaps I'll have another one soon, but that is as far as I will go. Anyone who communicates freely and without using encryption - unless their communications are bland and valueless - has a problem of their own making.
From very early on in my digital life (now on the 3rd decade of digital communication) I used PGP when I needed to keep the state and others out. I don't knowingly communicate with criminals of any sort, and I don't use the net for anything controversial, nor off line come to that. I read all of the hissy fits and I wonder if people realise that state surveillance in the pre-digital eras of intelligence and security was very common (the practise of steaming open envelopes has a very obvious digital parallel, and the post office was routinely used by the intelligence and security services of this country), and done to intercept and watch a variety of criminals, terrorists and spies from other states or private organisations.
Of course regulation is required, but you dear citizen are every bit as dangerous as that which you claim to abhor. The screaming and weeping that I observe is pure hissy fit, and my response to people is that they should grow up and use encryption, along with a battery of other security devices, too lengthy to list but definitely aired in the Reg time and again. The weeping and rhetoric is, well, pathetic and risible. Now arrow me down, you know that you'll get a kick out of it, and I'll be amused to hell at the evidence of children in the process of a fit of self righteousness.
"My parents lived through two world wars - my mother in London during the Blitz. If she were alive now she would be reduced to tears at the betrayal of all they fought for."
My mother is 93, lived through bombing in Birmingham, Manchester and then Bristol, worked in precisely the sort of field in question and understands the importance of meta data. Many people interacting in this debate are behaving like Web 1.0 virgins, as if someone behind a web site is taking note of their every deed, and this is utter bunk. There are not enough people to pay attention to all of the communications in question, it simply is not possible. Analysis of meta data will certainly help uncover links between known suspects and others above and below them in the chain of command, and that is the point to intelligence and security.
"Yes, there's a lot you don't know."
Oh and you know it, right? Spare me the spooky rhetoric, it belongs on the Guardian's pages, along with the Web 1.0 virgins, 9.11 conspiracy theorists, bearded open toed sandal wearers and vegans.
"We grew up in the cold war and with the IRA. Tell us something we don't know....."
Indeed. The irony of Snowden's hissy fits? They're made from that bastion of autocracy, Russia.
Re: Sinclair calculator, pinhole camera?
My DSLR has a shutter button, as Wikipedia confirm ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_single-lens_reflex_camera ):
"Focusing can be manual or automatic, activated by pressing half-way on the shutter release or a dedicated AF button."
My search failed, so please enlighten me; Blake?
Thank you for expressing my thoughts so fully and accurately for me. You have outlined some of the thinking behind my irrevocable decision to not ever buy the fanoi toi.
Re: Personally Torn
"The ballot box is and has been fixed by the government and it's minions."
Wrong; the ballot box was fixed by the Lib-Dems, who at the expense of the Tories vetoed the findings of the Boundaries Commission.
Otherwise, if you want politics to work, get involved. Tell the 'gummint' what you want, band together with friends, join a political party, start a political party. Politics is not like a trip to the local take away, it takes effort, participation; you don't select number 23 from the 'menu' and expect it to be fulfilled, because in fact there are many thousands who want number 32.
Very often people complain about a government's failure to adopt their pet policy and overlook the fact that it is in direct opposition to the policy espoused by the majority of the population. You have to change minds, and it won't happen overnight; it took a long time for women to get the vote, for women to have property rights, for the laws on rape and homosexuality to be clarified, and so on. It didn't happen overnight or because someone picked a number from the menu. It took effort and, in some cases, people died (like the suffragettes, for example); it is never easy, and you have to participate.
Re: @Scorchio!! - will the plea for clemency fall on deaf ears?
""clemency will only encourage further offending"
The Daily Mail comments page is over there ->"
Actually no, AFAICT no one from that rag would employ the principles of behavioural psychology, in which when an animal (human or otherwise) learns, by proxy/vicariously or by direct learning, that in committing an offence it can 'get away with it', it will compute the odds and behave accordingly. This kind of thinking is behind a great deal of so-called 'cyber crime', especially when the offenders are convinced they are 'anonymous'.
The point underlying my post is that it is not the place of a business or organisation that has been on the wrong end of this kind of offensive behaviour to plea; the point is that others have the right to expect that the law deals with these people appropriately. Clemency can only encourage them. That is the point of law and that is the psychology underlying the law.
If you wish to trawl the Daily Mail comments pages, well fine, but you will not find behavioural psychology there.
As to your remarks taken as a whole, I see the Beano is online; otherwise perhaps a crayon.
"Now I see why <insert terrorist organisation du jour> are so popular... it's just logical."
Indeed. Now, where's my membership card for the People's liberation front for Judea?
People Liberation front F*ck off we are the Liberation front of the people... people liberation front Honestly"
Read Tom Sharpe's Wilt, and The Wilt alternative, where you will find the pages covered, nay smeared, in parodies of such idiots. I laughed until the tears ran down my cheeks. For such fools the ballot box holds no attraction, and they know better than you and I, the electorate; we suffer from false consciousness whereas the PLF do not. They know the truth. Hah.
Re: will the plea for clemency fall on deaf ears?
The plea for clemency must fall on deaf ears, because clemency will only encourage further offending, as it did in Assange's case; if you remember Assange was convicted on 17 (or was it 19) counts, and let off with a gentle reprimand and an advisory to the effect that next time he would go to gaol. He made good and sure that he was not caught. So far. For spotty faced obnoxoids who used the LOIC, it should be Tango Sierra. They must pay for what they did, and this has to deter others.
"She sounds like a bitch from hell. Steer well clear!"
Always make them sign a pre-nup. No one is going to walk away with my house and toys!
Re: 1.5 mill isn't much
She sho must have a purty payer of jugs.
Re: Stupid Idea - always was.
"Why didn't they merge a QL with a Swan Teasmade? Now that would have been much better!"
Ah now, it would have been much better to have merged it with the Goblin Teasmaid. That way one per desk would have made so much more sense!
Re: Looks like a One Per Desk to me
Ah microdrives; it's possible to fill them up too much so that the whole thing falls over. One of the pains of writing a final year dissertation.
"So close to buying a QL.... Wait, is that an 8-bit databus on a 32-bit CPU?"
Yeah, I had a QL and was always amazed at the stupidity of Sinclair for putting an 8 bit bottle neck in it. That man needs a good manager!
As an aside, more than foolishly I bought the QL 'Trump card solution'; with two 720k floppies, and 'Task master' from Sector Software I felt like a king. When the floppies (which were under guarantee and I changed in time) failed, I ran everything from RAM. I can't remember how I hacked it, but when I first booted it up under this arrangement Taskmaster asked 'Are you sure'? It saw me through my B.Sc., and earned me a few bob too.
Re: If you want your private life to remain private
"One day Facebook will be inevitably hacked. Years of user data (wall, history, messages, photos) will be stolen and dumped online. In the future with more cloud storage this data will be duplicated enough that it cannot be taken down."
Ah, Facebook. I remember Facebook. I tried it once, for a very short time. I didn't put anything important or significant on it, and I didn't use my real name. I sacked them. I keep wondering if I should have another go. Then I wake up.
Re: Version 1.0 all your base belong us
Re: all your base belong us
For more than 50 years it has been taught to the appropriate battlefield intelligence operatives that they collect excrement and assess it. For example, if the merde is running freely amongst the majority of the troops, that is evidence that they are anxious and their bodies are mobilised. I'm not sure what solid coprolites mean in battlefield intelligence speak (I didn't do the course), but my modern scientific training indicates this could be due to haemorrhoids, a poor diet, or even the lack of a poor crap hole; when I was desperate for a shit I'd run off to the general's personal crapper and make a deposit; it never smelled bad! So if the Soviet battlefield folk had the job of analysing my general's shit they'd find it necessary to run DNA analyses on the DNA matter left on the outside of each turd, in order to assess if it originated from the same people. Knowing the general's DNA would of course help them to be sure if it was him being anxious/laid back and so on, or me; my turds were always regular, because of using his bog and not worrying about the stink of the communal ones. Ah bliss. ...and I was only ever caught out once, but not by the general.
Re: Version 1.0 all your base belong us
There, you see? You've been marked down because no one liked what you posted. That there is truth in your words is completely irrelevant, for this is the world of imaginary democracy, where espionage was not brought to new heights by Walsingham, and has never been and never will be justified. The modern attitude to intelligence and spying is akin to that prevalent in the western world to the modern sciences after WWII; rather than get their fingers dirty, 'nice' middle class people with education (most of them, e.g.) opted for analytic philosophy, calling it science. They didn't have to wear white coats, they could pontificate and moralise and, best of all, the birds loved them because there's nothing like a pseud if you want to be shagged. Allegedly.
Watch my post attract down votes like merde attracts flies, like magnets attract iron filings, like planets attract inter planetary detritus, like diplomats attract 'informers', like classified information attracts information thieves, like Julian Assange attracts money [...]. C'mon boiz, I'll be disappointed if you don't, and you know it.
Re: 10 years eh...
He'll probably find out on his way out of stir; they'll implant him with a chip, GPS, Wi-Fi RFID and fuck knows what else. He'll spend the rest of his life triggering alarms, being kicked out of what approximates to Cyber Cafes and the rest of it. One day he'll be found on the pavement, twitching; cause of death? Some new kid on the block decides to free him from his incarceration by hacking his electronic 'enhancements' and screws up badly, triggering a massive wave of electrochemical activity in areas normally associated with grand mal fits.
Re: Honestly? Good.
A few years ago someone raped my bank account of about 4,000 stlg, and I went ape shit with the bank. To be fair the bank coughed up, not least because the thief was clearly not white and I clearly am.
This identity theft was only possible because someone had stolen my documents whilst in the post. My attitude to these people is similar to yours, and if the CJS is not prepared to deal with them I want to.
Re: Making Democracy Strong
"[...]This makes you a truly free spirit or person fully able to exercise your democratic right to do what you want without thinking about the little people.
Oh hang on that appears to be more like many of those famous 'democratic people' from history, e.g. Hitler, Franco, Mao, etc.
Oh dear I must have read the page on autocrats not democrats."
Your analysis seems to be on the mark; I think you'll find over each Anon prison camp gate a sign saying "Diebstahl macht frei".
Re: Well...parliament of dictators
""That's right; deter all people but the most psychopathic from standing for election and we'll have a parliament of dictators."
and this is different to the majority of the current occupants of the house...how?"
I am not sure if you want me to dignify your question by responding in the context of the current government, which has inherited the biggest peacetime debt in this country's history, a debt already being formed by a spendthrift government even before we began to experience the worst recession since before WWII...
...however, it is the case that between 1997 and 2010 we had what I sometimes regard as a duopoly; there was little ToniBler and his Giving Tree, and behind him we had Golden McBroon with his Money Tree; the Money Tree operator fed the Giving Tree operator with funds, and everyone thought they were happy! Except of course for the armed forces, who were made to pay for ToniBler's martial adventurism out of the resources they would normally use to maintain a standing army, air force and navy; Golden didn't given give them any money to pay for Toni's wars, which was typical of his something for nothing economics...
...Eventually things went very badly for ToniBler because the electorate were beginning to twig where his policies of military adventurism, clandestine immigration, immigration, immigration and diversity reducation, diversity reducation, diversity reducation were concerned, never mind the fiscal implications of education, education, education and McBroon's selling cheap of 66% of treasury reserve gold when the market was at a 20 year low. See preview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyDBsMi7WE8&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs (It is a pity that Spitting Image did not last into the 21st century, they would have ripped these gangsters to pieces.)
Thus the 'men in grey suits' spake, saying 'ToniBler 'tis time to leave, whereat ToniBler told the people "you are blessed!". Golden McBroon stepped in but, unfortunately for him, the new man in charge of the Money Tree, Alexander McKissieface, told him there was no money left! McBroon found the ship was headed for the rocks, but no treasury reserve gold to bail him out; you see, McBroon had sold off the gold for a song, announcing it in advance and selling it en bloc, all things which depress the market price; he errrrrupted with anger at McKissieface but alas he was kicked out of orifice, leaving one of his treasury secretaries to write a letter to the incoming Liberal-Democrat machine operator of the now thoroughly broken Money Tree, to the effect that he was 'sorry' but there was 'no money left'.
So the new government had to find money from nowhere. However, if you know of an inexpensive, magical way to eradicate the worst peacetime debt in our history, with some 20 NHS Trusts on the verge of bankruptcy... ...you could form a party of your own! Yes, you could set up and you could sort out the problem with whatever alternative economic strategy you have, other than the fiscal austerity pattern first mooted by McKissieface when he took charge of the broken Money Tree!
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