Feeds

* Posts by Ross K

562 posts • joined 14 Feb 2011

Page:

British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

Ross K
Bronze badge
FAIL

Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

The word "reasonably" would laughable in this context if it wasn't such a fraught subject,

blah blah blah...

I rest my case.

TL:DR

God, I wish The Register had some kind of ignore list so I didn't have to come across you again - it's getting kind of tedious.

Enjoy your "big eyes" anime... Ta ta.

2
16
Ross K
Bronze badge
Mushroom

Re: AC for some definition of paedophile...

Five down votes for a perfectly reasonable post explaining why stopping kiddie porn is a good idea? So either that means the coppers probably need to add five more to the list

Judging by the downvoting of posts condemning child porn, it would indeed seem like there are more than a few deviants on here who like that kind of thing.

Keep it up sickos, keep it up...

2
14
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: for some definition of paedophile...

Lots of perfectly healthy people out there enjoy very healthy sex lives involving violence, such as flogging and queening and the like. Doesn't make them "bad" people.

With children? There's nothing healthy about sex with children, or violence towards children.

Sorry you think otherwise...

2
12
Ross K
Bronze badge
WTF?

Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

What I *do* have a problem with is laws criminalising something based on someone's completely subjective impression of what a fictitious image looks like or, indeed, if some in government get their way, a fictional *description*, which could end up with possession Nabakov's Lolita being a criminal offence!

The definition of a prohibited pornographic image, according to the Act, is clear enough to me.

The image "must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal."

That word reasonably means that a reasonable person - the man in the street - would find the image of a minor to have been produced for the purpose of sexual arousal.

So stop with the drama and the hyperbole. You're highly unlikely to be prosecuted for the possession of anime, or a book for grown-ups with words instead of pictures.

Don't take my word for it. Go pay a solicitor for an hour of his time and see what he says.

2
12
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

Yes, of course, that is why it is now a crime to possess images such as those in the Japanese Manga and Anime "Big Eyes, Small Mouth" style which are *drawings* that are completely fictitious, that were *never* based on photographs or video of actual acts, but, none the less, will get you arrested

Yes. Coroners and Justice Act 2009, I know...

The definition of a prohibited pornographic image is this:

"An image is “pornographic” if it is of such a nature that it must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal.

Just so I'm clear - you're ok with pornographic images of children as long as they're not in photographic format?

1
19
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: for some definition of paedophile...

Throw the book at child molesters and abusers, but looking at pictures being a crime is a step too far.

I believe the line of thinking is that if you "just" look at images of child abuse, you're enabling the creator of the content - a child has to be abused for the image to be created.

Not to mention that if you find images of children being abused to be titillating, you most likely have some serious psychological issues.

Minimising the impact of something like this and dismissing it as a "thought crime" is bullshit. If that's the way you think, you need a kick in the balls.

7
11
Ross K
Bronze badge
Childcatcher

Lot Of Sick F*cks Out There...

The NCA added it had manacled 660 people throughout the UK and said that doctors, teachers, scout leaders, ex-cops and care workers were among the cuffed suspects.

Only 39 individuals were on the Registered Sex Offenders' list, said the NCA.

660 suspected paedophiles is a lot of people.

The fact that only 39 of that number were registered sex offenders is mind-boggling.

I hope people don't start running pediatricians out of town again. :(

8
3

YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

Ross K
Bronze badge
WTF?

Re: Not an ISO 3166 code

Yes, and the employment related to same.

Aye right, as they say.

Using Scotland as a nuclear waste dump is totally worth it if it brings in a few jobs, eh?

1
3
Ross K
Bronze badge
Mushroom

Re: Not an ISO 3166 code

if Mr Salmond wants independence he should get it. All of it. Everything. Get his own country code, his own TLD, his own bailout fund for RBS...

And in return, the "rUK" can take its nuclear detritus back from Faslane, Hunterston, Chapelcross, Dounreay, Vulcan, Rosyth, etc, etc?

Seeing as we're giving things back to their rightful owners, y'know?

6
6

US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: I'm sure they know what they're doing

Blyk, Ovivo

Never heard of them, so they can't have been that popular.

A quick look on Wikipedia suggests that they both failed to come up with a workable business model.

0
0
Ross K
Bronze badge
Meh

I'm sure they know what they're doing

...but how do they make money?

Will you have to listen to an ad before your call is connected?

3
0

Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: don't rendition in Italy

They don't like this type of thing in Italy.

Are any of those US agents serving time in Italy for what they did?

0
0
Ross K
Bronze badge
Facepalm

(Extra)Ordinary Rendition

Secret Service agents arrested Seleznev Junior as he was boarding a plane in the Maldives and put him on a plane to Guam, where he is currently being held.

I was going to sarcastically write "Is that a thing now?" but fuck it...

Is anybody surprised anymore?

Where's the 'Stop this train, I want to get off' icon?

0
1

Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

Ross K
Bronze badge
Coat

Re: I seriously want one of those canoes

There's a "man in the boat" joke in there somewhere, but I'm not going to be the one to make it...

13
0

Test drive Microsoft Azure & meet Mark Russinovich

Ross K
Bronze badge
Devil

My favourite piece of Winternals software...

... was the Bluescreen screensaver.

My PHB at the time took a week to realise his laptop didn't have a huge collection of faults.

0
0

What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

Ross K
Bronze badge
Holmes

Re: If only...

Tortuious interference with contract?

It might fly - IF you were a paying customer.

The No-IP ToS is here: http://www.noip.com/legal/tos

(Caps are their doing, not mine.)

No-IP SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES RELATED TO THE ServiceS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION: 1) ANY WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY OR CONTENT OF INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR ServiceS; AND 2) ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORD, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION

In short: get lost, valued customer

0
0
Ross K
Bronze badge
Mushroom

Re: If only...

@ NP-Hardass

I know that i'm using them as a free service, but I'd like to see No-IP offer me some compensation for the down time (obviously Microsoft would be responsible). Upgrade to premium service for a couple of months or just disable the nagging login requirement for a little while

That right there is what's wrong with this planet.

Everybody's got such a huge sense of entitlement, even if they're getting something for fuck all.

Pay for a fixed IP you cheap bastard.

6
1

'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

Ross K
Bronze badge
Gimp

Re: Cool Desktop

I've always marvelled at the fact MP's could have a desktop that looks like this:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3031/3076951588_fd217fb244_o.png

Ok I'll play along...why would MPs need a desktop that looked like that?

2
0

Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

Ross K
Bronze badge
Mushroom

Isn't it great...

...that they've included an auto-updater now so Flash can patch itself twice or three times a week without bothering you too much.

Just like the Java Updater, more useless shite sitting in the system tray and consuming resources is just what we all need.

I know Apple users have to update Flash regularly too, but what do linux users do? Has Flash been abandoned on that OS or is it still soldiering on bravely?

10
0

UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

Ross K
Bronze badge
WTF?

Oi Clegg, You Having A Laugh?

Clegg promised that "civil liberties would be properly considered" under the new law and claimed that Brits will "know more than ever before" about what access the police and spooks have to our online data.

They will do the bare minimum the ECJ requires them to in terms of civil liberties, or less when nobody's looking.

It's also doubtful that Brits seeking to "know more than ever before" will get anything other than the standard "Sorry, we can't discuss that for national security reasons" when querying cops or spooks about their activities.

7
0

Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

Ross K
Bronze badge
WTF?

Re: Today's Pro Tip

Probably no colder than they way most execs would behave if the boot was on the other foot, the only difference being they would get away with it.

I don't give a shit what you think an "exec" would do.

That's not much of a justification for watching somebody die, is it?

2
0
Ross K
Bronze badge

Today's Pro Tip

If you must fraternise with hookers, don't let them inject you with heroin - it won't end well.

Pretty fucking cold to sit there and let the guy die. Who knows what kind of daddy issues she had...

0
0

Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

Ross K
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: Muslim-Americans?

Point taken, but it wouldn't take a lot of propaganda effort to poison that. Subtly asking the question "are you Muslim or American?" would do the trick.

Kinda like the "Who do you support, Rangers or Sellick?" question that Glaswegians are fond of asking in order to determine your religious persuasion?

1
0
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: Muslim-Americans?

It's just a bullshit tag that helps the general populace feel a bit better about themselves when the xxxxx-Americans are discriminated against, or herded off to internment camps like the Japanese-Americans during WWII.

17
5

Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

Ross K
Bronze badge
FAIL

Re: @Ross K

Here's the hard evidence:......

...Why does there always seem to be some half-wit atheist who grasps the flimsiest excuse for taking his half-wit out for an airing?

LOL LOL LOL

You sir, are a moron.

Let the 18 downvotes you've received bear testament to that fact.

1
1
Ross K
Bronze badge

the evidence we have shows very clearly that both those claims are likely to be wrong (regardless of whether life "evolved" here or not.)

What evidence?

I nominate you to go on a fact-finding mission throughout the galaxy to conclusively prove that there are no other signs of life out there.

37
1
Ross K
Bronze badge
Alien

Buzz Aldrin may have stood on the surface of the moon, but neither that nor anything else gives him the right to state that as fact. That's pure opinion, conjecture... and the hard evidence is completely against it.

So what are you suggesting? That we were made by a bloke called God one Sunday afternoon? That Jesus partied with the dinosaurs?

I would say that life here on Earth hasn't evolved ENOUGH in some cases...

66
6
Ross K
Bronze badge
Facepalm

Some of those redditors...

...need to be put in a rocket and blasted towards the moon.

4
0

ICO probes BBC after secret British army unit's info LEAKED

Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: A leak of information?

@Alan Brown: I know that state-sanctioned murder goes on everywhere. Mossad are amateurs compared to some other players out there BTW.

This article referred to one particular murder squad in Northern Ireland, which is what I was referring to. Whether or not you see MRF operations in Northern Ireland as domestic or international probably depends on your political leanings

1
0
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: A leak of information?

The one that was on telly last November?

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/158281/Panorama_Britains_Secret_Death_Squad_BBC_Documentary/

Or is this a new documentary about a different murder squad?

1
0
Ross K
Bronze badge
Facepalm

A leak of information?

They'll get the usual smack on the wrist by way of a fine - paid for by the TV licence payers...

Nothing will be learned.

2
0

Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

Ross K
Bronze badge
Holmes

I've always had a problem with contractual terms such as this;

You do read an employment contract before you sign it, yeah? Some people don't until it's too late.

If you have a theoretical or moral problem with a non-compete clause, you can:

a) negotiate with the other party to remove it from the contract before you both sign, or

b) decide not sign the contract

1
0
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: Can't see the gray area here

@PhilipJ: You don't understand how contracts work, do you?

0
0
Ross K
Bronze badge
WTF?

Re: Can't see the gray area here

In the UK, your company can put whatever they like in to your contract regarding no-compete clauses, and you are largely free to completely ignore them - your right to pursue legal employment outweighs the contract provision.

Uh, not true in the slightest.

Unless the non-compete clause is way too onerous or restrictive (as decided by a court), you will be bound by the contract you signed. Courts can, and will, enforce non-compete clauses where there is a legitimate business interest.

There is plenty of case law on the subject which I'd suggest you look up before giving flawed advice like "you are largely free to completely ignore them".

2
2

Linux turns the crank on code for cars

Ross K
Bronze badge
WTF?

Re: Huh? Ransomware?

You've got a great imagination - I'll give you that.

Well, there is already ransomware for Android, and that's Linux isn't it?!

Ah yes, Simplocker - downloaded from fake Google Play sites and removable with a factory reset.

Oh do please explain to me how you see users installing untrusted apps to a car computer that's NOT running Android with access to fake Google Play sites. I would love to benefit from your knowledge in this area..

0
0
Ross K
Bronze badge
Gimp

Huh? Ransomware?

"Also a car system would be a rich target for cryptolocker type malware; "You wanna drive this car then you're gonna have to pay". That kind of threat doesn't work so well for, say, a set top box; we'd just throw it away. But we won't throw away our car just like that."

The beardy types will be spluttering their coffee all over their terminals at the thought of ransomware on linux.

From what I can make out though, the plan is for linux to control the non-essential stuff like nav, climate control, bluetooth - not the stuff that's critical to making a car move. Unless I read TFA wrong I don't see any mention of a car's ECU running linux?

Tesla have been doing this for a while now so linux in a car is hardly earth-shattering news.

And I won't mention Apple CarPlay.

3
0

Cisco okayed for UK government comms

Ross K
Bronze badge

Approved for ...?

After reading the report of the NSA team whose job it was to intercept Cisco kit in the supply chain in order to install "upgrades", all I can say is the yanks had some balls slagging off Huawei kit as dodgy and insecure...

0
0

Who gives a F about privacy? New scorecard rates US pols on spying

Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: Greenpeace Blimp?

The world at large?

Any American who complains about being surveilled by US government agencies?

0
0
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: Greenpeace Blimp?

All very well bitching about it here... If you're an American, have YOU personally demanded your congressman do his part to put an end to this indiscriminate eavesdropping?

1
1
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: Greenpeace Blimp?

What does this stunt achieve for them, beyond establishing that they are fond of flying, which actually we already knew about.

I could tell you similar stories about other so-called charities - "Do as I say, not as I do."

They should have made that guy cycle home. On a bike with no saddle.

2
1
Ross K
Bronze badge
Black Helicopters

Greenpeace Blimp?

Hardly original, and not as funny as Mark Thomas flying over NSA Menwith Hill in a hot air balloon in 1999.

What are Greenpeace protesting? The spying, or the massive amounts of water and electricity this data center is using?

5
2

Windows Server 2003 end of life: Plan your WS2012 migration now

Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: Bad day at the office?

Downvoted?

My post must have been offensive to a reader with no need for reproductive organs.

Or a linux admin.

Oh wait...

0
1
Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: Bad day at the office?

One of the comments under that Dilbert strip:

Isn't a unix what they call those men who worked for the japanese emperors; the ones who had specific reproductive organs removed?

1
2

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

Ross K
Bronze badge
Black Helicopters

Re: The anti-helicopter wires it hit

Theat was 40 years ago, but those crazy Canucks still doing it today:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebec-police-search-for-3-inmates-after-helicopter-jailbreak-1.2668653

Black helicopter icon seems appropriate...

0
0

Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

This post has been deleted by a moderator

EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

Ross K
Bronze badge
Black Helicopters

Re: Warrantless search for $500?

In many countries, usage of this tool requires a warrant. If it is being used illegally, will that invalidate convictions?

Aww, that's cute. You think law enforcement agencies worry about warrants.

Just in case you've been on holiday in Antarctica or on Mars for the last few years, you might want to read up on that Edward Snowden guy and the company he worked for.

6
0

Microsoft to release epic Xbox One update in June

Ross K
Bronze badge

Re: Minecraft on Xbox One?

Yes I know - I read the article.

1
0
Ross K
Bronze badge

Minecraft on Xbox One?

Pushing cubes around the screen should put all that processing power to good use.

1
0

Firefox biz Mozilla makes Beard new interim chief executive

Ross K
Bronze badge
Trollface

Just checking

They do understand that a BEARD is a person of the opposite sex who marries or dates a closeted lesbian or gay person to cover up their homosexuality?

1
1

Page: